Wally Dallenbach Pocono Preview

Dallenbach set for fun in the turns at Pocono Wally Dallenbach, one of the premiere road racers on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, plans to tune up for the upcoming race at Sears Point in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. ...

Dallenbach set for fun in the turns at Pocono

Wally Dallenbach, one of the premiere road racers on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, plans to tune up for the upcoming race at Sears Point in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo will use the three distinctively different corners at the 2.5-mile triangular track to prepare for the circuit's first road race of the season in California on June 27. But Dallenbach and the Budweiser team, led by veteran crew chief Tony Furr, won't overlook Pocono because it's one of Dallenbach's favorite tracks. "I just like these fast tracks," the 36-year-old New Jersey native said. "I love a place where if you get the car working you can run in deep, deep, deep. Pocono is one of those places where if you've got your car right you can go in deeper than the other guy. "If you can run through the middle, you're going to be really good. Pocono is more of a driver track. You've got to get the car set up neutral because you can't set it up for all three corners. They're three totally different turns. That's a fun place to run because it's kind of like a road course. You have to drive the car a little different than somewhere else where the setup means a lot. "I make up a lot of time going into turn one because of the way and where I downshift. I think probably one of the most important corners is turn three because that puts you on the straightaway, and that's such a long straightaway you need to get through three well. "It seems like the way I downshift and the way I break helps me make up a lot of time getting into turn one. Three is just flat and you have to have the car free enough. You can get in the gas past the center of the corner and stay on it and hammer it. "What you carry on the straightaway is important because you're passing people at the end of the straightaway. It's real important to get on the straightaway because of the speed you're carrying there. Turn two is a real handling type of corner, especially in qualifying. You've got to really, really fly through turn two on a qualifying lap. Turn three, you wrestle the car more. Turn one, you use the bank more getting in, so it's three totally different types of corners which makes it fun." Winning would make it even more fun, and Dallenbach isn't ruling out a trip to victory lane. He scored his best finish of the season last year in the Pocono 500. Dallenbach started 14th and finished seventh, and he's looking to move up in the standings with a strong run this time around. "I really think we can win at Pocono," Dallenbach said. "We're bringing a brand new car, but I think we'll be pretty strong. Things are looking up, and I think we're back on track. We've got some good races coming up the next couple of months. I think we're going to be pretty good, and I think we're going to keep climbing that ladder in points. I feel like we can be 11th or 12th in points after the next four races if we don't drop out. "It'll get a little bit tougher to move up in the standings, but hopefully maybe we can distance some of the guys who are behind us. Three or four top 10s in a row and you'll be surprised what it'll do in the points. "People don't realize how tough it is to run in the top 10. Everybody is racing so hard, and it's so competitive out there. One screw up on the track or one screw up in the pits, or if you don't get in pit lane or out of pit lane good one time, it makes a difference for the whole day. "I thought we had a 15th or 16th place car at Dover. We weren't any better than that, but that's about what we were. The last set of tires we got made the car real loose, and we ended up 20th. I figured we lost four or five positions because we lost the setup in one segment of that 400-lap race. That one set of tires cost us some positions. "It was just loose enough where we couldn't get in the corners, and I couldn't keep rolling through the center like we were. We didn't have another stop to adjust on it to get back like we were. Every little thing makes a big difference in these races. You've got to click."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Wally Dallenbach