Despite Repave, Ragan Says ‘It’s Still the Same Old Pocono’

‘Tricky Triangle’ Smoother, but Still a Challenge with Three Unique Turns

STATESVILLE, JUNE 3, 2014 – David Ragan, driver of the No. 34 Taco Bell Ford, comments on racing at Pocono Raceway:

 

“Pocono, since the repave, is definitely a little easier for tuning on your car. Prior to the repave, tire wear was an issue and it was a challenging racetrack. It’s a little bit better, a little smoother and definitely a lot faster since the repave. But at the same time, it’s still the same old Pocono. You still have three completely different corners — a high-banked corner, a relatively flat corner through Turn 2, and then 3 is nice and wide and really sweeping to set yourself up for that front straightaway.

 

“What we’ve had happen in the last four or five years with Kansas and Michigan and Pocono, and you can even throw Darlington and Charlotte in there, the asphalt is so well put down and engineered so perfectly that it doesn’t change as much as it used to when you had repaves back in the 90s. So I think the race surface at Pocono is still going to be very grippy and very smooth.”

 

 

JUST THE FACTS: Ragan has 14 Sprint Cup career starts at Pocono Raceway … He has one top-5, one top-10 and two top-15 finishes at the 2.5-mile oval … His best finish at Pocono is fifth (2008).

 

@DavidRagan earned a @FrontRowNASCAR history-best Pocono finish of 21st in his last visit to the Tricky Triangle in August. #WhatTurn4

 

 

About Front Row Motorsports

 

Front Row Motorsports is a race-winning organization competing in the NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 34 of David Ragan, the No. 38 of David Gilliland and the No. 35 Ford.  The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C.  FRM was named to INC Magazine’s “INC 5000” list in 2012, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The team’s partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, CSX Transportation, Love’s Travel Stops, Farm Rich, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s. Visit teamfrm.com.

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