Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Returns to Scene of its Last Top 10
DEARBORN, Mich., – Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion have been riding a roller coaster for the last six races and are due for an up cycle after a late-race wreck in Indianapolis pushed them to a 36th-place finish.
If the rookie driver’s first look at the Pocono Raceway in June is any indication of how he’ll fare this weekend, the Tricky Triangle should be a comfortable place to recover. He posted a 10th-place finish in his first Sprint Cup start at the Pennsylvania track.
This will be Wood Brothers Racing’s 58th start at Pocono. They’ve won twice (1975 and 1980) and are eager for another visit to victory lane.
“We had a decent run at Pocono earlier this year. We are optimistic about going back and try to better that result.”
-- Ryan Blaney
RYAN BLANEY POCONO FAST FACTS:
This is his second Sprint Cup start at Pocono.
Posted a 10th-place finish in the June race.
Won the first race he ran at Pocono in the 2013 Camping World Truck Series.
WOOD BROTHERS POCONO FAST FACTS:
Has won twice at Pocono: in 1975 with David Pearson and in 1980 with Neil Bonnett.
Has 58 starts at Pocono and 433 laps led.
CREW CHIEF JEREMY BULLINS’ FAN GUIDE TO PENNSYLVANIA 400:
“Two things seem to always be a factor at Pocono. First is the weather. It’s an area that seems to get a lot of rain, especially when we are in town. I’ve been through many races there where we wondered if we were racing ‘til halfway and if rain would end the race early. If there are showers on Sunday, I’d pay attention to how that affects the strategies.”
“The second factor is fuel mileage. Because Pocono is such a long track, you can pit without getting lapped, so your strategy is very similar to a road course. You generally try to pit as soon as the window opens to make it to the end of the race on fuel. Pay attention to which cars pit first, because if a caution comes out before the rest of the cars pit they will cycle to the lead and gain track position. The risk is that you pit too early and don’t have enough fuel to make it to the end.”
“You come out of here with a top 10 in your first trip here with a Cup car like we did in June and that’s not bad. We had a couple of things we’d do differently looking back, but all in all we’ll take it and feel like we’ll be stronger when we come back.”