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Pocono Raceway

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway for the second time and Ford drivers Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards all spoke about the challenges that track presents for drivers and crews. Edwards has two career NSCS victories at Pocono while Biffle is the defending winner of this weekend’s race.

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

“Pocono is a different place than everywhere we go. That race track is three completely different corners. The tunnel turn still has a big emphasis on getting through the tunnel good. You can say each one is important, but they all are. It’s a unique place.”

Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Ford and Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing Ford and Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

WAS SHIFTING A GOOD THING? “Yeah. It made the competition better and makes it to where you can get a pass going on a guy. These engines are pretty temperamental. They like to run in more of a bandwidth or RPM and it was difficult when the engine was so low RPM to get a pass started.”

DOES INDY AND POCONO HELP SET UP WATKINS GLEN? “I think so. Watkins Glen is just a completely different animal because you’re going left and right and so many gears, but Pocono does a little bit with shifting and the way some of those corner entries are and the way you drive it a little bit.”

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

“It hasn’t been one that we’ve really had a shot at winning. There have been a couple of times where we’ve been OK there. I feel like it’s probably one of my weaker tracks. I’m really not that great there. I think we’ve had fast cars there as an organization. Greg has won there and Carl has won there and Kurt has won there. We’ve had people that have won races there and I haven’t been able to figure out how to do that, so it’s one that’s always a challenge. It’s probably not one of the biggest ones I look forward to necessarily. You always look forward to going to your best tracks, but I certainly enjoy the challenge and trying to get better there. As many times as I’ve been there, I hope that we can get better.”

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

“I think Pocono has a bunch of challenges. Adding shifting to the mix is a whole other challenge. As a driver, you have to shift correctly. The guys who build the gear boxes and the engines have to realize that they’re gonna have a ton more wear and tear. I mean, I think Tony Stewart was a great example of a guy that was blistering fast and just ended up having trouble. He was shifting in all three corners from what I could see, so who knows? When you go there do you shift and do what Tony did and say, ‘Hey, I’m going for it. We’re gonna go as fast as we can,’ or do you save your car for the end. There are some tough decisions to be made in the race car that could have huge outcomes on the season, so I think it’s gonna be an interesting race. It’s a test of patience and endurance for the car and the driver.”

By: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Carl Edwards , Eric Gilbert
Teams Roush Fenway Racing
Tags biffle, edwards, ford, kenseth, nascar, nscs, sprint cup