Pocono II: Todd Bodine preview

LAST MONTH, YOU RAN A GOOD RACE AT POCONO. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REPEAT OR DO EVEN BETTER? "Pit strategy and a pretty good set-up played a role in our 11th-place finish. We ended up leading the race since we were the final car to take on gas.

LAST MONTH, YOU RAN A GOOD RACE AT POCONO. WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REPEAT OR DO EVEN BETTER?

"Pit strategy and a pretty good set-up played a role in our 11th-place finish. We ended up leading the race since we were the final car to take on gas. We put a strategy into place and needed a caution for our plan to work. Unfortunately, we ended up being two laps short. Strategy is important because the quality of competition is so tight and any time you can do something that can set you apart from the other teams as well as gain track position can really help increase your chances for a win. Crew chiefs have their work cut out these days in determining different strategies based on what could happen throughout an entire event. It's a real art to try and out think 42 other crew chiefs."

"Our handling was consistent through all three distinct corners and that's not a bad thing. The last thing you want is to be loose in one corner and tight in another. You really can't afford to set your car up for a specific corner. All three corners are important. If I had to rate each corner based on difficulty, I would say turn three is the biggest challenge because you have to be able to carry as much speed as you can through the corner to have the momentum going into the long frontstretch. If you have to let up going through three, you are going to get passed. Turn one is the easiest corner for me followed by turn two."

WHAT MAKES POCONO SO FUN TO DRIVE?

"It really allows you to try different lines and experiment with your car to see where it handles best. That's one of the nice characteristics this place presents to a driver. It's a driver's track. The straights are also fun because you can catch the draft and pass a few cars. This place drives like an oval and a road course. That's why we like to call it a "roval".

Last Year's Event:

Todd's brother Geoffrey qualified and raced the No. 26 car due to a scheduling conflict with Todd's Busch team.

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