2016 Pocono Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion, was involved in an accident earlier this week during testing at Watkins Glen International. He stopped by the infield media center at Pocono Raceway this morning before practice to talk about the incident and his hopes for this weekend.
BRAD KESELOWSKI - No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion - CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR WEEK. "We had a pretty long week, or short week depending on how you want to look at it, with testing in New York and trying to get ready for everything else thatís coming up, so weíre glad to be here. Itís been a good track for us, trying to keep the roll that weíve been on here going. I think weíve got a great shot at winning. Of course, we qualified up front here and on the pole in the first race, which really puts a little bit of pressure on you coming back because itís kind of hard to top that, but we didnít win. I think we finished third and had a shot at it there late. Last fall in this race we finished second, so I think weíve got a great shot in general of winning here again and would like to get number five up on the board and just kind of ready to get to it."
Is Jeff Gordon just what the doctor ordered for Hendrick Motorsports?
LONG POND, Pa. - Since Dale Earnhardt Jr.ís immediate future is in the hands of doctors, itís appropriate that his substitute driver, Jeff Gordon, has also been brought in for a second opinion.
Not a medical opinion, mind you. But Gordon is invaluable in his role as a consultant for Hendrick Motorsports, and now that heís behind the wheel of Earnhardtís No. 88 Chevrolet, his opinions of the organizationís performance are all the more informed.
"I think what this is like for the team is getting a second opinion," Gordon said on Friday at Pocono Raceway. "I think every driver out there sometimes would like to have a second opinion of their set-up or their car.
"To me, if Iím saying the same things that Dale is saying, if you are seeing the same results in qualifying, letís say, then there are obviously some things that need to be worked on besides the driver behind the wheel."
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS met with media and discussed his finish at Indy last week and his expectations for Pocono on Sunday, his plans for the Knoxville Nationals, what race weekend is like when a crew chief is absent, and more. Full Transcript:
YOU TOO PART IN SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL THIS WEEK AT GREENBRIER. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU DID THERE?
"Yeah, earlier this week; well actually before that, Denny Hamlin and me. Denny had approached me about if there was any possible way we could help out through Target with the floods that had happened there in West Virginia. So we got in touch with Target and they were going to allow us to go shopping for a bunch of toys. Denny and I, earlier this week, we went and bought close to $3,000 worth of toys. And yesterday we went to Greenbrier (County) there and got to deliver toys to a lot of kids. That was really cool. A lot of their families and stuff have lost everything; homes family members. I know there were quite a few people that died from the floods and stuff. So, to be able to contribute just a little bit with toys and see the smiles on some of the kidís faces was pretty special. I know that Greenbrier and that whole community means a lot to Denny, so it was pretty neat to help out and pretty awesome that Target stepped up to let us do that."
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway and looked ahead to this weekendís event before qualifying today at Pocono Raceway.
JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - BRAD CONSIDERS YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST IN TERMS OF RESTARTS. HAS THAT BECOME A REFINED ART IN TODAYíS SPORT? "For sure. Thereís a lot of opportunity on restarts to go either way. It can go good or it can go really bad, really quick. So itís something that I study a lot. For each race track it takes something different to be successful on a restart. It takes a lot of time talking with your crew chief, understanding what you need in your race car to make some of the moves you need to make, but, like what Brad said earlier, theyíre very, very important and itís a big challenge. Everyone is trying to make up as much as they can, especially here at Pocono. This is one of those race tracks where you have a long straightaway before you get down to turn one and there are usually only about two lanes that are really worth anything when you get there. Thereís a lot of side drafting and pulling each other back and three, four-wide - sometimes five-wide - going into turn one and youíve got to find a hole to get in there, and it becomes very challenging. You donít want to be the guy thatís left out. A lot of times the aggressor is the one that wins out on that thing, but sometimes the aggressor is the one that maybe puts himself in the wrong spot. Itís a calculated decision on each restart on knowing who youíre racing, the tendencies theyíve had in the past, what race track youíre at, and kind of putting that all together to make the decisions on the restart on making these moves because it becomes so challenging to pass afterwards. When you talk about here or Indy, or most race tracks we go to itís very hard to pass these days, and the opportunity is on the restart. So you push hard and itís that way across the board. Every driver is doing that and itís just a matter of doing it in the right way."
2016 Pocono Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Danny Stockman, Dr. Eric Warren
DANNY STOCKMAN, CREW CHIEF, NO. 27 MOEN/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS AND DR. ERIC WARREN, VICE PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION AT RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway to discuss Stockmanís appointment as crew chief of the No. 27 Chevrolet SS, where the organization is at this point in the season and many other topics. Full Transcript:
TALK ABOUT THIS BEING YOUR FIRST WEEK AS CREW CHIEF OF THE NO. 27 CHEVROLET SS TEAM:
DANNY STOCKMAN: "Well, definitely not much time to prepare and all that stuff. We kind of just had a couple of days at the shop to get ready to come to Pocono. To be quite honest with you, it was more about dealing with the people this week and making sure that the people were pumped up and excited and ready to go compete. Itís important that the people are behind you from the start and itís important that they are 100 percent ready to go to battle as Eric Warren talks to us about. We need to take this No. 27 team and get them uplifted, get them really pumped up and we need to make a difference this second half of the season. That is what the last three days has been. Obviously, Iím very excited for the opportunity that everybody has given me and everything. Itís been fun. We are looking forward to it. We are looking forward to making a difference in the performance side of things and we will see how it fairs here."
JEFF GORDON, INTERIM DRIVER, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and discussed his thoughts on last weekendís race at Indy, staying hydrated, the challenges his faces this weekend at Pocono, his thoughts on if he will continue his fill-in role and many other topics. Full Transcript:
TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING YOUíVE HAD GOING ON RECENTLY: "Mexico was on business for Axalta. Iíve been busy. A lot of these things that were already scheduled and then to throw in these two races has definitely made it a very hectic schedule. Iíve not even been home to get a new set of clothes. So, I was doing some laundry this week myself as well. As far as Pocono, it was nice to get that race under my belt at Indy. I feel a little more confident in understanding the car and the limits and the competition and working with Greg (Ives) and the No. 88 team. I felt like they did a really nice job in Indianapolis. I didnít do them any favors on the restarts, but luckily got a few back on that last corner to get a decent finish. This week a little bit different preparation than last week. Get fitted in the car, debrief with the team from Indianapolis and then preparation for Pocono. Didnít have test video from some of our teammates for here like we did last week at Indianapolis and I didnít have time to get in the driving simulator either. The first few laps today were definitely again a steep learning curve. This is a very challenging race track so itís going to be a tough, challenging weekend, but I do like this track and a little bit to learn with this new package."
Busch hopes Indy momentum will carry over for first Pocono victory
Last year at Pocono, Kyle Busch had nothing but air between him and the finish line with a half-lap to go. A visit to Victory Lane would have given him his fourth consecutive victory just five months removed from breaking his right leg and fracturing his left foot in an accident at Daytona. Suddenly, Busch ran out of fuel and finished a disappointing 22nd.
The No. 18 Toyota driver will attempt to turn his luck around in Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway (1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). The "Tricky Triangle" is one of only two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tracks - Charlotte Motor Speedway is the other - where he has never won.
"I think when you run well there and have a shot to win and you run out of fuel, when you head back there you still have the same mindset that you have a shot to win there just like we had a shot to win there last summer," Busch said. "I would definitely like to win a race there, and last year having such a good car I certainly have figured out how to drive the track, so eventually I think weíll get that win there when you keep bringing back good cars like Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the M&MíS guys have."
NASCAR Announces Aerodynamic Package For Pure Michigan 400
NASCAR unveiled the aerodynamic package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race on August 28. The industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing has led to the continued development of the rules package.
Austin Hill Spends Time Coaching Next Generation of Racing Stars
For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Hill being a driver coach to a young up-and-coming racer has been an eye-opening experience and has helped him evaluate his own driving skills.
NASCAR, FOX Sports and NBC Sports today announced the race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The race dates were released by the partners in May.
The start times for all three national series were finalized almost six months earlier than in recent seasons due to the collaborative efforts between NASCAR, its broadcast partners, race teams and tracks.
Spencer Boyd To Make NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut At Iowa Speedway
Adding more drivers to their already impressive resume in 25 years of Motorsports existence, Rick Ware Racing announced today that Spencer Boyd will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
Boyd will pilot the No. 25 Wick Buildings Chevrolet Camaro in the U.S. Cellular 250. It will be Boydís third career NASCAR national series start this season.
Stewart-Haas Racing to field NASCAR XFINITY Series team starting in 2017
Staff Report, NASCAR Wire Service
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Monday it will field a full-time, single-car NASCAR XFINITY Series team in 2017.
The driver and sponsor lineup for the team will be announced prior to the conclusion of this season. The team will operate out of SHR's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
"In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series," said Greg Zipadelli, Stewart-Haas Racing's vice president of competition. "People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary."
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