Childress, Petty comment on qualifying, weather

By Dominic Aragon
July 29, 2016

LONG POND, Pa.—NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owners Richard Childress and Richard Petty shared their outlook on qualifying and the weather with The Racing Experts Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Childress, owner of the No. 3, No. 27 and No. 31 cars, spoke about what he expects from his drivers in qualifying.

“Pretty good, should be good,” he said. “We usually run good here, we enjoy it.”

Two of Childress’ 105 victories as a team owner have come at Pocono Raceway, both with Dale Earnhardt (1987 and 1993).

“Let’s hope we don’t get wet,” Childress said. “If we don’t get wet, we’ll be just fine.”

Petty, owner of the No. 43 and No. 44 cars, also gave his take on what he’s expecting from his drivers in qualifying.

“We don’t know,” Petty said. “We didn’t run that good up here before, we come back; everybody sits down and says, ‘OK, what did we do wrong, what do we need to do to get better.’”

Under the Richard Petty Motorsports banner, the team’s best finish at the raceway is fifth with Kasey Kahne in August of 2009.

Petty also commented if the weather will be a factor in qualifying.

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “If it don’t rain anymore, it’ll probably be okay.  But there’s going to be some wet places, but they’ll get around them. Once the cars get out there, they’ll dry it out pretty good.”

Qualifying is expected to start at 4:15 p.m. Eastern time. The forecast for Long Pond at 4 p.m. is listed at a 15 percent chance of precipitation, according to

Based on the updated rules for qualifying, if the session is rained out, the lineup for Sunday will be determined by owner’s points. Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy leads the owner’s standings over Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford, driven by Brad Keselowski.

Which driver will finish highest Sunday?
No. 3 Austin Dillon
No. 27 Paul Menard
No. 31 Ryan Newman
No. 43 Aric Almirola
No. 44 Brian Scott
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