This Week in Ford Racing July 27, 2010 This week's stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule is Pocono Raceway, where the teams will compete for the second time this season. The triangular-shaped track is one of the most unique in the country ...
This Week in Ford Racing
July 27, 2010
This week's stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule is Pocono Raceway, where the teams will compete for the second time this season. The triangular-shaped track is one of the most unique in the country and Ford drivers talked about what makes it one of a kind.
ELLIOTT SADLER - No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion
"It is unique because all three corners are so much different. Turn one is nothing like the tunnel turn. Turn three is very flat. Turn one has a lot of banking in it, and there's nothing in the world like the tunnel turn, so it's a cool race track. It's got a lot of bumps in it, and it's got some old, worn-out asphalt on it, so it's a very slick track. It's a fun track when you've got all three corners handling the same, but it's a frustrating track when you're struggling in all three corners. It's a cool track. Usually, for some reason, it's a big track and it gets spread out for 200 laps, but, for some reason, the last 10 laps are always very exciting at that place and I'm sure this will be the same."
AJ ALLMENDINGER - No. 43 Best Buy/Insignia Ford Fusion
"It's pretty crazy. It's a fun place to get around. I really enjoy it, but it's unique in how bumpy it is, and it seemed like turn one in the first race this year was way worse than it had ever been. Everybody was struggling with turn one and that's a tough thing, but it's a fun place. The race is so long there that there are so many things that can happen. Guys can pit early and not go a lap down, which makes it a different race strategy-wise, but it's a real fun race track. I've learned to enjoy it over the last couple of years, so I'm looking forward to it."
TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 37 Long John Silver's Ford Fusion
"Pocono and Indy are both pretty unique. Indy is a little bit more straightforward. It's just four corners and a rectangle shape, and pretty much a symmetrical race track. Pocono is very unique in that all three corners are completely different. The track is very aged and rough. It's the longest straightaway we have in NASCAR racing, so Pocono - just off the top of my head - would definitely be the most unique track that I've ever been to."
MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion
DO YOU CHANGE YOUR APPROACH FOR THE SECOND POCONO RACE? "No, you always hope to learn something at the first race and try to improve your finish and your performance in the second race. Everybody obviously hopes to do that, but I don't really change my approach. That's been a track that hasn't been one of our best. It's always a challenge when you go there, even a month later. It seems there's another pothole or a bump or a ripple or something that you're driving around, so it's a really, really rough, interesting and unique track. It's always got your attention, so even though we go back only a month or a month-and-a-half later, it always takes me a few laps to get up to speed and see where the bumps are and figure out your line."
-source: ford racing