What Cup drivers learned running the Pocono XFINITY Series race
By Dominic Aragon and John Haverlin
June 10, 2017
LONG POND, Pa.—Six NASCAR drivers are running double-duty at Pocono Raceway this weekend.
Three of them finished inside the top five, including the winner, Brad Keselowski.
We caught up with five of the drivers and talked with them about lessons they learned running Saturday’s XFINITY Series race that can be applied toward Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event.
Brad Keselowski, winner
“At some point tomorrow, someone’s going to make a decision to throw away the second stage and get a bad finish in that stage to help advance themselves for the next stage.
“So, running up front is not going to be a guarantee of track position throughout the whole race, and at some point, no matter who you are or what you’re doing, you’re going to cycle to the middle of the pack at the very least because of the stages.”
Kyle Larson, 3rd
Daniel Suarez, 5th
“There is always something [you can learn]. Tomorrow, we’ll be loose in the short run and tight in the long run. We’ll see how we can be a little bit better for tomorrow and move on.”
Ty Dillon, 8th
“Don’t speed on pit road is my biggest takeaway. We had a good Rheem Chevy. The driver just put us behind all day. Terrible in qualifying and I sped on pit road once we got in the top five.
“I’m just really disappointed in myself. We had a fast car. I probably could have had a shot at running top-five. We had to kind of do some off-key strategy, but all in all, it was good to be back; great to have speed in our RCR Chevys.”
Darrell Wallace Jr., 11th
“Hopefully, it’s not as boring as this day. Just got to get into a rhythm, feel like I got into a decent rhythm today, just got to do it tomorrow.”
Paul Menard was the lowest double-duty driver, finishing 31st. He spun at the exit of Turn 1 and hit the inside wall as Stage 2 ended.
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