Ponoco: Sam Hornish Jr. preview

* In four career starts at Pocono Raceway, Hornish has a total of one top-five and two top-10 finishes with an average start of 30.5 and an average finish of 20.5 at the "Tricky Triangle" in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. * Mobil 1 crew chief...

* In four career starts at Pocono Raceway, Hornish has a total of one top-five and two top-10 finishes with an average start of 30.5 and an average finish of 20.5 at the "Tricky Triangle" in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.

* Mobil 1 crew chief Travis Geisler, a native of nearby Pittsburgh, Penn., comes from a racing family and has a dozen starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, all coming in 2004. His father, Lynn, races dirt Late Models and is in the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. His brother, Ben, is Chief Marketing Officer for the World Racing Group.

Sam Hornish Jr.:

After two top-10 finishes at Pocono Raceway last season, what is the biggest factor for success there?

"Patience is the big thing at Pocono; it's such a long race you can get yourself into trouble. You always have to remember that no matter what the track is like, as far as how you start out the race, you can still get to the front before the end. There is a lot of room to pass there and with double-file restarts, it's possible to overcome mistakes. You just have to remember to be patient and not get too far ahead of yourself."

From a driver and team perspective, how do you balance the three distinctive turns at Pocono Raceway?

"In my opinion, Turn 3 is the most important because you have that long straightaway. The next longest straightaway is coming off of Turn 1. So, I feel those two corners are the big hitters and your 'tough' corner is usually Turn 2."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler:

What are your thoughts on this weekend's race at Pocono Raceway?

"Pocono is close to a home track for me since I am from Pennsylvania. It is one of the most unique tracks on the Cup Series circuit. The different banking and speeds in each corner creates a challenge to get the car comfortable all the way around the track. I always like going to Pocono because it forces you to get creative with adjustments to have a fast car. We feel that our cars have been good at the flat tracks, and with two top-10 finishes at Pocono last season, we are looking forward to a strong run with the Mobil 1 Dodge this weekend."

-source: penske

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.