Ponoco: Dodge Motorsports preview

FROM THE ENGINEER -- HOWARD COMSTOCK, DODGE MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR ENGINEERING "Pocono. Is it a road course or is it just a giant two-and-a-half-mile triangle speedway? The longest straights in the series lure you into thinking it's a speedway...

FROM THE ENGINEER -- HOWARD COMSTOCK, DODGE MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR ENGINEERING

"Pocono. Is it a road course or is it just a giant two-and-a-half-mile triangle speedway? The longest straights in the series lure you into thinking it's a speedway and then you get to some of the flattest and toughest corners that make drivers feel like they're driving at a road course. It's hard on engines with the long straights and it's hard on brakes when you have to slow dramatically for the flat corners. Either way, this big triangle is a tough place to race."

DODGE DRIVERS:

Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"At Pocono, you can pit and not lose a lap and that's rare on a race track. That's where you'll see some of the guys and the (pit) window that they're trying to stretch. With this green-white-checkered situation now, fuel (mileage) is more of an issue because you never know when the race is going to end; they're so many extra laps. You just have to play the strategy right and just feel comfortable and confident in the decision that you make."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"Patience is the big thing at Pocono; it's such a long race that you can get yourself in trouble. You always have to remember that no matter what the track is like, as far as how you start out the race, you can get to the front before the end. There is a lot of room to pass there and with double-file restarts, it's possible to overcome mistakes. You just have to be patient and not get too far ahead of yourself."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

"Pocono is a place that I've been to many times with my family. My dad always ran well there in the family ARCA car and those are my earliest recollections of the track. It's a very unique place with its triangular shape. I think if you poll the garage area you'll have a lot of drivers that will tell you the 'tunnel' turn is the hardest corner in NASCAR. Even though it can be tricky, it has become a place where first-time drivers usually run well. That gives me confidence that we can grab a good finish this weekend. It would be awesome to get Jay (Guy) a win at his home track."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Brad Keselowski , Sam Hornish Jr.