POCONO HAS THREE DISTINCT TURNS. DO YOU CONCENTRATE ON ONE TURN OVER ANOTHER? "You really can't because each turn is as crucial as the next when it comes to having a decent run or a chance to win at Pocono. If I had to rate each corner based on...
POCONO HAS THREE DISTINCT TURNS. DO YOU CONCENTRATE ON ONE TURN OVER ANOTHER?
"You really can't because each turn is as crucial as the next when it comes to having a decent run or a chance to win at Pocono. If I had to rate each corner based on difficulty, I would 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're going to get passed. Turn one is the easiest corner for me followed by turn two. But like I said before, I can't afford to set the car up for one particular corner. Pocono requires a car that can handle all three distinct turns."
YOU HAVE SCORED A POLE AT POCONO? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN THE PERFECT LAP?
"It's tricky ... real tricky. You have to let off early and get back to the throttle as fast as you can. The only problem when doing it is the wall. Turn three can easily take you from first to worse if you are not careful. Qualifying is interesting to watch because each car gets so close to that corner and at least one car gets bitten every time we go there. You just hope it's not you."
"For me to capture a pole there would mean a lot to this team. I am going to try like hell to get it. It would be an awesome accomplishment for this relatively new team. It would be a good boost to us for Sunday's big race."
YOU WILL BE DOING DOUBLE DUTY AGAIN THIS WEEKEND. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE ROAD TRIP AND TWO DIFFERENT TRACKS?
"The key is not to get played out. I will be making sure I get plenty of sleep and that's hard especially after running the Busch race on Saturday night. It's tough to sleep on a plane with all that adrenaline going. You just can't so I'll be lucky if I can get to sleep when my head hits my pillow in Pocono at 3 or 4 a.m."
"As for Pocono versus Nashville, you just climb in and drive. It's what I love to do so it really doesn't matter where I am. I'll drive Pocono the best I can and the same for Nashville. I love racing at both places so adjusting from one to the other isn't a consideration. I just drive as fast as I can."