Kellogg's/CARQUEST team looking to master Pocono
- Aug 05, 2007
- 5 Team
LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 5, 2007) – Kyle Busch and the No. 5 Kellogg’s/CARQUEST Chevrolet team used pit strategy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to earn a solid fourth-place finish, the team’s fifth top-five of the season.
Now the team turns to Pocono Raceway, where it hopes to build on last week’s performance as the NEXTEL Cup “Race to the Chase” winds down. The same chassis that the team utilized in Indianapolis will take the green flag Sunday at Pocono.
“This Hendrick Motorsports team gave me a great car last week at Indy and we are turning it around to take back to Pocono this weekend,” Busch said. “It was the best car I’ve ever had at Indy and, to be honest, I thought we had something for Tony (Stewart).
“I think we passed more cars than anyone all day long—and usually at Indy you can’t pass. It says a lot about the engines at Hendrick Motorsports and the cars these guys are building.”
With 20 races completed thus far in the 2007 season, Busch has the fourth-best average running position (12.366) in the NEXTEL Cup Series, sitting right behind three former circuit champions: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart. He also has the fifth-best driver rating in the Cup Series at 97.4.
Busch finished eighth at Pocono in June, posting an average running position of 6.830 and the sixth-best driver rating (106.8). In addition, he has started in the top 10 in the past three Pocono races, and has one top-five result and two top-10s at the 2.5-mile track.
“Pocono’s a tough track with its three distinct corners,” Busch said. “We finished in the top 10 last time and we learned a lot about the tires and pit strategy. That race tends to have some long green-flag runs, so we need to qualify up front, get a good pit stall and stay up front.
“I’d like to win one to put us in a better position in the Chase.”
The NEXTEL Cup Series race at Pocono will air live Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.