Pocono: Roush Fenway Racing preview

David Ragan Team: No.6 AAA Ford Fusion "Pocono is a track we didn't run well at least year, so it was great to get to test here last week. It's a track that is very unique and fun to race at. I ran some ARCA races there back in 2005, I finished...

David Ragan Team: No.6 AAA Ford Fusion

"Pocono is a track we didn't run well at least year, so it was great to get to test here last week. It's a track that is very unique and fun to race at. I ran some ARCA races there back in 2005, I finished fourth in one and wrecked in the other. I think we learned a lot at the test last week and the track is fresh in my mind for this weekend. It's also the first weekend I'll have to do the back and forth for the Nationwide side since they are in Nashville. It will be a busy weekend, but I'm ready to have two solid runs and earn some good finishes."

Crew chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is a track we just tested at so I think it should be a pretty good weekend for this AAA team. We got a lot out of the two day test and have a good car going into this weekend. David didn't have the best of runs in Pocono last year, but we've been running solid this year and just need to keep that momentum going. If we can make solid runs at these tracks that aren't necessarily his best then we'll be able to maintain our point position and points are what it all comes down to in the end."

GREG BIFFLE No.163M Ford Fusion

"Pocono has historically not been one of my best tracks. We had a good run there a couple of years ago and were in contention to win. We ended up with a sixth-place finish but I'd be happy if we could just have a run like that again this weekend. We've got momentum behind us right now and we just need to keep it. A top-five or even a solid top-10 finish in Pocono this weekend would keep the momentum going and then we can get ready for Michigan which is one of my favorite tracks."

Crew chief Greg Erwin on racing at Pocono Raceway: "We're taking a brand new car to Pocono this weekend. We tested it at Pocono last week and learned a lot of things that should help us out quite a bit. It's always difficult to set up a car for Pocono because all three turns are so different. Brakes can be a concern so we are running our short track/road course brake package to ensure we don't have any problems. We just need to run better there than we have in recent history and come out of it with a solid finish to maintain our point position."

Matt Kenseth No.17 DEWALT Ford Fusion

"Pocono is a very challenging track for a number of reasons. Mostly because it's the only track we go to with three very distinct turns. The only other tracks with more than two distinctly different turns are road courses. You need a lot of horsepower to get down the long straightaways and you'll need a good handling car to carry that momentum through the turns. At least that part is the same as everywhere else. The principle is the same at Pocono as anywhere, you have to get through the center of turn better than the other guys.

"We've been running fairly well over the past few weeks and we'll be looking to build on that this weekend at Pocono."

Crew chief Chip Bolin on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"We're bringing a car that we tested here last week. We've put a lot of work into this car and I think we've made some big improvements. Hopefully all of that will prove true when we unload on Friday. Pocono is a tough track to setup for because it's relatively flat and every corner is different. We've seen it come down to fuel mileage in the past, so we've got to do our part to stay on top of pit strategy. There have been several races this season with really long green-flag runs, with limited opportunities to catch up to the leader, so a good stop can be worth four, or five positions on the track that aren't that easy to get back. So, like every weekend, we'll have to be on top of our game and take care of everything that we have control over. If we can get the car to turn, I know Matt can get the job done."

Jamie McMurray No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion

"After coming off a top-10 run in Dover last weekend, it certainly gives the No.26 IRWIN Industrial Tools team a shot in the arm heading into Pocono this weekend. I really enjoy running at Pocono even though I might not have the best results there. Pocono is a track that is so different from any other track that we visit during the season. It's also a track that I've qualified really well at in the past. I sat on the pole there a few years ago, and would like nothing better than to have a repeat effort this weekend.

"We tested at Pocono last week, and although we didn't have the best test session, I felt really confident in the overall performance of Roush Fenway Racing. I really feel like we walked away with a lot of data, and a lot of additional knowledge we can use for the upcoming races.

"Hopefully we can start to build upon our run last weekend at Dover and have another good run this weekend in Pocono. We have some great tracks coming up in the schedule, so I'm looking forward to the next few weeks."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Pocono Raceway:
"Pocono is such a unique track and one track that is really unlike any other track that we visit. It's a fun track, but it certainly has its challenges both on the setup of the car, as well as the engine package that we run there. We had a pretty good run in Dover last weekend, which gives a little more confidence heading into Pocono this weekend. Overall, as an organization, Roush Fenway Racing had a pretty good test at Pocono, which should help us with our setup and package that we take up there. Hopefully we can have another clean race and be there at the end."

Carl Edwards No.99 Aflac Ford Fusion

"I'm excited to go to Pocono. I feel confident that we have what it takes to run well there, even though we have struggled some at Pocono in our last few visits there. This is the first weekend I'll be traveling between the Nationwide and Cup Series so I'm looking forward to that as well."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono Raceway: "The Aflac team has been pretty consistent so far this year. We've had some really good finishes and our team continues to improve. Pocono is a place where I feel like we can continue that. It's a challenging race track, but I enjoy racing there. With three different turns, there is a fine line between being good and being good enough to win. I know Carl has what it takes to be successful there. Hopefully we'll give him the car to go and do it."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Greg Erwin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing