Dallenbach looks for more 'results' at Pocono Fresh off his best finish of the season and headed to a track where he turned in his best qualifying effort of the year, Wally Dallenbach and the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo team can't...
Dallenbach looks for more 'results' at Pocono
Fresh off his best finish of the season and headed to a track where he turned in his best qualifying effort of the year, Wally Dallenbach and the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo team can't wait to compete in Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Dallenbach drove the No. 25 Budweiser Monte Carlo to a seventh-place finish on July 11 at New Hampshire to record his second top-10 finish of the season. On June 18, Dallenbach qualified ninth for the Pocono 500 at the 2.5-mile triangular layout.
Those results give Dallenbach and company positive building blocks for the second half of the grinding 34-race NASCAR Winston Cup season.
"Nothing stupid happened at New Hampshire, and we had a good finish," Dallenbach said. "It's been there all year. It's frustrating to keep saying that and not get it. We got it at New Hampshire.
"We didn't get run into, and we didn't have anything break or blow up. We pulled it off. It's like the last three weeks before New Hampshire, anything that could go wrong went wrong.
"We are running good. We're just not getting the results, and we finally got the results at New Hampshire. We had a top-10 race car at Daytona and got in a wreck with a couple of laps to go. We just need the results." Dallenbach is taking a different car to Pocono, but he's familiar with how it'll run at the high-speed triangle. "Actually, we're taking the car we ran there last year and ran pretty good with, so I don't expect too much different other than maybe making it 500 miles," Dallenbach said. "We had a top-10 finish there last year, and if we'd had better pit stops, we could have really had something for 'em. We'll have the good pit stops this time. "It's just a place I like. It's a shifting, braking type of race track. It's a fast track. We've got good motors, and that helps there. Randy Dorton (Hendrick Motorsports motor specialist) builds good stuff for Pocono. "You unload the same there as you ran earlier (in June), but if the temperature is 10 degrees different, then the track is going to be different. It's not completely different, but you won't be able to unload there most of the time and duplicate what you did earlier. It really depends on the temperature." Although the two Pocono races are only five weeks apart, Dallenbach says you can't count on using the same setup from one race to the next. "It's like Bristol," Dallenbach said. "So many times you go to Bristol and have a good setup and then go back there in the fall and you're totally out to lunch. I don't know why. We'll go there with the same setup we ran last year with that car and hope we're close. "You'd better be close because you've got to run good from the start. Nobody's got a choice these days. There's too much pressure on everyone to perform. That's the nature of the business anymore. Somebody was asking me, what's my strategy in the race. Well, there is no race strategy. You just run
hard." Dallenbach ran hard from the start in the last race at Pocono and paid the price. He never really got a chance to show his stuff in the Budweiser Chevy, but that's par for the course at some tracks.
"Normally you need four or five laps and then everything gets single filed out," Dallenbach said. "It takes 20 or 25 laps at places like New Hampshire, but there's no reason to be getting into people at the start of the race. "I know the deal last time at Pocono wasn't intentional. Jeff Burton got into the back of me going into the tunnel turn. Everybody gets jammed up. Everybody is running through there the first couple of laps. It's tight. Even when he got into me, I never hit anything. Trying to make it back to the pits, I blew the left-front tire and tore up the car. You've got to be lucky. "It's like an accordion. The guy in front of me was tight, and he lifted. I kind of lifted a little bit and boom, Jeff was right on me and he had nowhere to go. It happened so quick. That's just typical of the tunnel turn. You're carrying so much speed in there, and if a guy checks up a little bit, the guys behind scramble."