|Ryan Newman is 80/1 to win at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.|
Newman at the Tricky Triangle … Newman will make his 526th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the Series returns to the 2.5-mile raceway this weekend. In 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono, Newman drove to victory lane in the second summer event of 2003. The “Rocket Man” also owns two pole awards. In total, he’s recorded nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. He has led 184 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10.9 and average finish of 12.8. In the last 10 races at the Pennsylvania track, the Richard Childress Racing driver ranks fifth in most points earned.
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RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
What is the key to Pocono Raceway?
“It’s just really about getting a good balance in all three corners of the track. Another key is getting off the corners. It’s probably more important than getting into the corner because the straightaways are so long. There is more to be gained distance wise on the straightaway but just having a good balance and getting your shifting points right is also important in managing all three corners.”
What’s the hardest part of the track to figure out?
“It all depends. A lot of times it is the tunnel bump. Sometimes it could be just getting loose into Turn 1. It all depends on how your car is handling. I’ve had cars there that are still fast, but a handful to drive. You want it to be good and relaxed because you have long straightaways but it is a very demanding track. You think with the long straightaways you would be relaxed at the end of the race, but it’s actually one of the most physically demanding places to drive.”
Which turn is the most important one to get right?
“Turn 3 is the most important because of the front straightaway being the longest. There is more to gain and lose there. Turn 3 exit is super important.”
What are the starts and restarts like at Pocono Raceway?
“We can go five wide on the front straightaway on the restart but we do not go five wide into Turn 1. It just never works. Three wide is usually a question mark and two wide is sometimes a challenge in itself. There is a lot of give and take that has to be done in order to make a restart not trigger another restart, if you know what I mean.”
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