In his second Sprint Cup visit to the track, Kyle Larson has claimed the pole for Sunday’s race.
After finishing 5th in his first visit to the track earlier this season, Larson says he is adapting to two aspects of the “tricky triangle:” the precision and the shifting.
He says the track’s technical challenge seems to work to his advantage.
“I feel like I’ve adapted pretty well to this track, even though it’s not a track where you maneuver around and can move from the bottom to the top,” he said after qualifying.
“Maybe because it’s a technical track in the sense that you do have to – I know I’m not good at shifting – but you have to shift and all that. It makes it technical so it seems like I have liked tough race tracks and this is definitely one of them.”
With Carl Edwards’ season-end departure from Roush Fenway Racing, Greg Biffle inherits the leaders mantle for the frequently-struggling Ford team.
In media opportunities at Pocono today, Biffle shared insights about his own contract situation and his expectations for the future with Roush.
“I think it’s pretty obvious for all of us that this has probably been one of our tougher seasons for our whole organization,” he said.
As they struggle each week to find consistent speed, Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus have the 48 team focused on NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.
In separate media opportunities this weekend at Pocono, Johnson and Knaus have stressed the importance of showing up in the Chase ready to win.
With today’s announcement that NASCAR legend Mark Martin will return “home” to Roush Fenway Racing as driver development coach, the team may have signaled its full blown entry into “rebuilding mode.”
Tellingly, Martin will not only be working with RFR’s “understudy” drivers in the Truck and Nationwide series programs, but will also take Sprint Cup regulars Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Trevor Bayne under his wing.
“I understand what it takes to succeed in this business and appreciate the hard work, dedication and focus required to compete at the highest level week in and week out,” Martin said in a team release.
Bob Tasca III and his Shelby Mustang crew return to Seattle’s Pacific Raceways this weekend, ending a “grueling” three week tour of summer races for the NHRA Funny Car team.
“It’s the end of the Western Swing, a grueling stretch of the summer,” Tasca said. “It’s hard on the guys and the parts. It takes its toll.”
Tasca’s team got off to a slow start but has been improving week-by-week. Last weekend at Sonoma, he beat Del Worsham in a first round matchup before losing to eventual event champion Courtney Force.
Coming off a victory at Toronto, Mike Conway takes over the Ed Carpenter Racing entry for this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio. The driver says testing has improved the team’s prospects for the event.
“It was good that we had a test day before the race, really gave us a chance to get through a good program that the engineers wanted to get through. We stuck with that all day,” he said.
“By the end of it, we had the car pretty dialed in. We were running in the top five all day.”