Crew Chief Club at the Pennsylvania 500 Event: Pennsylvania 500 When: Sun., July 25 at 1 p.m. EDT on TBS Where: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval) Â· Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott and ...
Crew Chief Club at the Pennsylvania 500
Event: Pennsylvania 500 When: Sun., July 25 at 1 p.m. EDT on TBS
Where: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
· Together, Jimmy Makar, Larry McReynolds, Todd Parrott and Robin Pemberton have led their drivers to 71 wins, 384 top-five finishes, 606 top-10 finishes and 70 poles prior to this Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.
· Pemberton and the Penske Racing South team hold the track and event record for the July race at Pocono. Rusty Wallace completed the event in 3 hours, 27 minutes and 3 seconds at an average speed of 144.892 mph on July 21, 1996. · All four founding members of the Crew Chief Club have earned a win in this event: Parrott and Dale Jarrett in 1997, Pemberton and Wallace in 1996, McReynolds and Jarrett in 1995 and Makar and Wallace in 1991.
· Along with their wins at Pocono, McReynolds and Pemberton have each scored a pole. McReynolds captured the pole in 1992 with the late Davey Allison and Pemberton earned a pole in 1990 with Mark Martin. · In last year's Pennsylvania 500, the Crew Chief Club finished in the following order: Makar/Labonte Start: 4th Finish: 4th Status: Running Parrott/Jarrett Start: 11th Finish: 5th Status: Running Pemberton/Wallace Start: 3rd Finish: 6th Status: Running McReynolds/Skinner Start: 28th Finish: 30th Status: Running
· Crew Chief Club souvenirs are available on the Chevrolet and Ford merchandise trailers. Fans can also log-on to the Crew Chief Club at their official website, www.crewchiefclub.com.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNED AT POCONO IN JUNE THAT YOU'LL APPLY WHEN YOU RETURN TO POCONO IN JULY?
Jimmy Makar - Interstate Batteries Pontiac of Bobby Labonte - "We had a competitive race car all day when we were up there last month. We were happy with that. The situation was a little hectic throughout the day as far as strategy was concerned. So, I'd like the same result without the excitement of different strategies throughout the day. We're excited to get back there and be just as competitive as we were last time."
Larry McReynolds - Lowe's Home Improvement Chevrolet of Mike Skinner - "We learned everything not to do. The month of June was not a good one for this Lowe's team. We bobbled the four races and are trying to put them behind us. We ran fairly decent at both Pocono events last year and our flat track program seemed to be doing well. But we missed it at Pocono back in June. It looked like we would do well, but we got into the marbles over the tunnel. We'll be taking a different car than we normally would. It won't be the low snout that we've run the last three events but I think we can get momentum in our favor before we go back. We learned a little about transmission ratios and some things that went on there. That's the thing about going back to Pocono so soon after the first time. If you run well, it's easy to keep a handle on what's good. But if you run bad, you certainly know what not to do when you go back."
Todd Parrott - Ford Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Ford of Dale Jarrett - "With our first trip to Pocono we learned what to do and what not to do. But that's typical for going back so soon. We've got a good car for up there. The only thing that's going to be a little different is that it's going to be hotter, so the track's going to be slicker."
Robin Pemberton - Miller Lite Ford of Rusty Wallace - "Keep the shoulder belts tight! We only had one and a half laps at speed at that track before we loaded our stuff and came home. We raced well last year at both Pocono races and we usually run well there. We're looking forward to getting back there. We'll have a new car when we hit the track."