2004 Nextel Cup Pocono 500 part 1 of 4

2004 Nextel Cup Pocono 500 part 1 of 4


>>>FOX SPORTS WELCOMES YOU TO NEXTEL CUP RACING, PRESENTED BY SUBY IN “APOCALYPSE NOW”, PENNSYANIA, AMERICA’S BEST DRIVERS WILL HEAT UP THE POINTS RE. E START OF THE 500-MILE EVENT HAS BEEN VED UP A BIT BECAUSE OF RAIN IN THE AR. WITH JEFF HAMMOND, AND THE GUYS THAT WILL CALL IFROM THE BOOTH, LARRY McRNOLDS, AND MIKJOY. HI, MIKE. Mike: KASEY KAHNES OUR BU POLE WINNER WITH A NEW TRACK RECO AND JOINS THE DRIVERS IN THE BUDWEISER SHUTOUT. SIE1975, THEY’VE AWARDED MONEY. THERE’S A STORM TO THE SOUTH OF US, OR HIT US HEAON. WE’RE ON A HURRY-UPSTART. HERE IS THE FRONT GRID. AND DARRELL, THE FRONT GRID HAS TWO DRIVERS THAT NEVER RACED BEFORE.>>Darrell: YEAH. ROOKIEAS EVER WON HERE.>>TERE ARE SIX DRIVERS WHO WILL START THEIR FIRST CUP RACE AT POCON TODAY ON A TRACK THAT FORS VETERANS.>>Darrell: HIS IS UNIQUE, MIKE, WE HAVE NO OTHER ACK ON THE CIRCUIT LIKE IT. IT HAS THREE CORNERS, NOT FOUR, THREE STRAIGHTAWAYS, NOT TWO. YOU HAVE TO SHIFT HERE, AND HAVE THE WHOLE PACKAGE. IT’S A CHALLENGE FOR SOMEONE, EVEN THOUGH THEY TESTED, THAT’S NEVER RACED HERE>>AND JOHNNY SAUTER RA AT NASHVILLE, CONCENTRATED ON THAT EFFORT, RATHER THAN THIS ONE. SO DID THE POLE SETR. HE DIDN’T GET HERE UNTIL 5:00 THIS MORNING. GOODING HE’S A YOUNG KID, BECAUSE HE’S NOT VERY RESTED.>>WE’RE GETTING READY TO GO GREEN IN THE “APOCALYPSE NOW” MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA. GRN FLAG WHEN WE CO>>>WELCOME BACK TO THE POCONO 500. AGAIN, A MOVEDPSTART OF THE RACE BECAUSE OF WEATHER IN THE AREA. WITH JEFF HAMMOND AND CHRIS MYER WE HAVE ROOKIES ON THE FRON ROW. BUT A VETERAN MARK MARTIN. THEREFORE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RACE FOR VETERANS.>>HE PICKEDP TWO POSITIONS AT DER. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE GUYS HAVE MOMENTUM. PAT, THE No. 6 CREW, THEY’ PUMPED ABOUT TODAY’S RACE.>>TEN DRIVERS WOULD BE ELIGIBLEITHE SEASON ENDED TODAY. RACING TO DO. LET’S GO BACK UPSTAIRS.>>THIS IS DESIGNED BE UNIQUE. OPTIMIZE AND COMOMISE.>>Darrell: REMEMBER, YOU’RE A BUSY MAN. YOU’RE SHIFTING GEARS, HARD ON THE BREAK AND TRYING TO HIT THE MARK. THIS IS A DRIV’SACETRACK.>>Mike: LARRY, I THE DRIVER SAYS IT’S GOO IN ONE, BAD IN THREE. WHAT DO YOU DO?>>Larry: YOU HAVE TO FIX IT. USED TO YOU COULD COMPROMISE BEFORE, BUT OW WITH THE WAY E COMPETITION IS, YOU CAN’T GIVE UP NONE OF THE CORNERS OR STRAIGHTAWAYS. DARRELL TALKED ABOUT THE COURSE, TURN ONE IS OVER 200 MILES PER HOUR.>>Mike: GO TO PIT ROW.>>KASEY KAHNE ON THE POLE FOR THE FOURTH TIME TH YEAR. NO ONE HAS W HIS FIRST AT POCONO, BUT IF ANYONE CAN, THIS CAN CAN! LAST WEEK, HE HIT OIL AND RAN IN THE FENCE. HE’S READY TO TRY IT AGAIN TODAY, WE COULD SEE ISTORY. STEVE BYRNES?>>Steve: AND — [ INAUDIBLE HE WON AGAIN IN 2000, OUTDUELING THEREAT DALE EARNHEARDT ON THE LAST CORNER OF THE LAST LAP. BUT IT’S BEEN 130 RACES BETWEEN WIN FOR MAYFIELD. HE SAID THIS WEEKEND, HAS THE BEST RACE CAR HE HAS EVER HAD. MA YOCUM.>>Matt: MARK MARTIN H NEVER WON A RACE HERE TODAY, B COME CLOSE TWICE. HE’S TRYING TO WHITTLE AWAY 00 POINTS TO CHASE HIS FIRST SERIES TITLE. IT A VERY STYLED RACE CAR. HE HAS A LOT OF GOOD RUNS IN THE PAS 24 TIMES IN 34 STARTS HE SCORED A TOP TEN. THAT’S THE GOAL FROM HERE ON OUT.>>Mike: IT’S THE GOAL OF MANY DRIVERS. HERES THE NASCAR P TEN IN THE NEXTEL CUP SNDINGS: THESE TEN DRIVERS ARE ON A MISSION. THEY’VE GOT TO G INTO THE TOP TEN. THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO.>>200 LAPS, 500 MILESIT ROW SPEED IS 55 MILES PE HOUR. THE PIT WINDOW CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. FUEL MEAGE, FUEL MILEAGE.>>CAN’T TAKE A CHANCE OF RUNNING OUT OF FUEL HE.>>Mike: FELLOWS, OFF OF TURN No. 3. TIME TO GET THE SHOW ON THE W.>>Darrell: ‘S 200 MILES PER HO. THEY DO IT ONE MORE TIME! LET’ GO RACING! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>I THINK THEY HEARD ME. [ ENGINESEVVING ] ONE GOOD THING ABOUT THE RACETRACK, RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO, THEY CAN RUN TWO OR THREE TRAPS. WHOA — 89, MORGAN SHEPHERD!>>Mike: THAT’S A REPLACEMENT ENGINE FOR MORGAN.>>THIS WAS THE FIRST LAP E DID NOT G TO PRACTICE WITH THE ENGINE. THE 6 CAR, LAST WEEK’S WINNER, GOOD SIGN, HE HAS A GOOD RACE CAR. SOTHING YOU DON’T SEE MARK MARTIN O. ICK PRACTICE THERE.>>BUT JOE GOT A HECK OF A JUMP. JOE NEMECH IN THE 01 CAR JUMPED OUT IN FRONT. NICE MOVE.>>HE’S TRYING TO RECOVER FROM AOUPLE ROUGH WEEKS. LAST WEEK AT DOVER, T CAUTION IS OUT.>>I THINK BASED ON WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK, SMOKE, MAYBE THE’S SOME OIL THERE. WE BETTER CHECK. LAST WEEK AT DOVER, KASEY M — CASEY MEARS WENT IN TURN THREE, AND IT LOOKED LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE A TIRE RUB, INSTEAD IT WAS OIL ON THE TRACK. D IT TOOK RACE LEADER KASEY KAHNE, ANDTHERS, OUT OF THE RACE. SO CAUTION IS THE BY-WORD ON LAP ONE HERE AT ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>>WELCOME BACK TO POCONO, WHERE A FORECAST OF 72 AND SUNNY HAS URNED INTO A HIGH ERCAST, AND A BIG RAIN SYSTEM THE AREA, WHICH MAY PASS TO THE SOUTH OF US IT MAY COME HERE. CAUTI OF LAP ONE, FOR MORGAN SHEPHERD SMOKING DOWN IN TURN No. 1. THIS WEEK,FTER THE DEBCLE AT DOVER, NASCAR ANNOUNCED NEW PROCEDURES FOR THE CTION FLAG THAT GO INTO EFFECT IN NEXTEL CUP RACING TODAY. FIRST, THE METHOD OF FREEZING THE FIELD HAS CHANGED. NO LONGER WILL NASCAR ELY ON VIDEOTAPE OR SIGHT LINES FROM THE TOWER TO DETERMINE THE POSITION OF CARS. THEY HAVE SCORING LOOPS EMBEDDED IN VARIOUS PLACES AROUND T TRACK, I BELIEVE 14 OF THEM HERE, AS MANY AS 18 SOME LACES. AND THE LT ONE OF THOSE LINES PASSEDY EACH DRIVER RECORDS ELECTRONICALLY, AND THAT WILL DETERMINE THE RUNNING POSITION. SO THAT IF THE DRIVER’S PASS ANSCORING LINE POSITION CHANGES, AND THE CAUTION COMES OUT BEFORE THEY GET TO THE NEX LINE, IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED. IN OTHER WORDS THEY WON’ FREEZE THE FIELD, IT’S DONE ELECTRONICALLY BASED ON THE LAST TIME THEPASSED A SCORING LOOP IN THE TRACK. MIKE HELTON HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE TO EXPLAIN THAT AND OTHER ANGES WE’LL TALK ABOUT TODAY.>>AS MANY, MOST OF YOU KNOW, EARLIER THIS YEAR WE BEGAN USING A MULTI-LOOP SYSTEM AND DEVELOPMENT PHASE BEGINNING IN DAYTONA. SO WHETHE CAUTION COMES OUT, THE MULTI-LOOP SYSTEM WILL DETERMINE WHERE YOU BELONG, AND THAT WHAT WE’LL USE TO POSITION YOU. YOUR POSITION ON THE RACETRACK HAS ALREY BEEN DETERMINED. AND NASCAR WILL ONVEY TO YOU WHAT THAT POSITION WAS IF YOU’RE CONFUSED OVER IT THERE’S STILL AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF JUDGMENT CALLS THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE DURING THE RACE. WHETHER OR NOT A GUYS ROLLI OFF OF PIT ROW WHEN CAUTN COMES OUT AND THOSE TYP OF THINGS IS STILL PART OF THE SPORT THAT NASCAR IS GNG TO MAKE. WE’RE GOING TO FOCU ON THE JUDGMENT CALLS, MAKE THE CALLS QUICKLY AND GO ON WITH E RACING. WE WILL DO IT THAT WAY, EXCEPT AT T END OF THE RACE, IF THERE’S A CAUTION THAT, AND WE FINISH UNDER CAUTION. WHTEVER THAT CAUTION WAS, WE WILL USE HE LOOP SYSTEM, OR ANY VEO THAT WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON TO DETERMINE THE FINISHG ORDER OF THE RACE.>>ME, LIFE BEGINS AND ENDS AT THE START/FINISH LINE. IT HAS ALL MY CAREER. TO THINK AUT HAVING MULTI-START/FINISH LINES AROUND THE RATRACK IS CONFUSING TO ME AND PROBABLY FANS AS WELL. BUT TH’SHAT YOU’VE GOT TO CONSIDER. MULTI–FINISH LINES ARNDHE RACETRACK.>>Darrell: THE THINK I IMESSED WITH ISIS NASCAR ACKNOWLEDGED WE HAD A PROBLEM. WE WERE RUNNI TOO MANY CAUTIONLAPS, COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHO WAS RUNNING WHERE. YOU HAVE TO TIP YOUR HAT TO THEM. THE RESON WE’RE DOING THIS, THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR, TAIL END OF LAST YEAR, IT’S FOR SAFEY, TO KEEP THE GUYS FROM RACING BACK TO THE FLAG STAND LIKE WHEN DALE JARRETT WAS SITTING CROSSWAY AT THE STRAIGHTAWAY.>>Mike: WE AGREE THIS IS TAKING THEUMAN ELEMENT OUT OF DETERMINING POSITION. CHRIS?>>hris: THANK YO WE’RE THREE LAPS IN UNDER A CAUTION FLAG. GOT AN EARLY START BECAUE OF PRESSING AREA IN THE — THE ESNG WEATHER IN THE AREA. WITH JEFF HAD, THEY WERE CONFUSED BY THIS. AND HELTONPOLOGIZED, SAYING THEY WERE TRYING TO CORRECT THINGS. DID THEY MAKE A STEP IN E RIGHT DIRECTIO>>Jeff: WE DON’TNOW UNTIL THEY TRY. THEY TRIED IT THIS WEEK IN TEXAS, THEY RACED LAST NIGHT IN NASHVILLE. IT’S UNDER THEIR BELT AS FAR AS WHAT MIGHT HAPEN. GOOD THING, IT’S NOT A BRAND NEW, OUT OF THE BOX THING, FOR PEOPLE WORKING IT TODAY, BUT IT WILL BE TRYING BECAUSE THE COMPETITION AT NEXTEL LEVEL IS CLOSE.>>Chris: AND HE SAID THERE WOULD BE JGMENT CALLS IN THE FUTURE. THAT’S THE WAY I IS. LET’S TAKE A QUICK PAUSE FOR THE McDONALS DRIVE-THROUGH CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW. AND TONY STEWART’S CREW ON TOP OF IT. THAT JAY BERRY RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CHECK. THEY WERE ST WEEK’S WINNERS. THE OVERALL TEAM LEADER LED BY MY COUSIN, AND SADLER RNNING SECOND. GET IT BACK UPSTAIRS AND GET IT GOING AGAIN. GUYS?>>THERE’S A LOOK AT TONY, RIGHT NOW RUNS IN THE 7th POSITION. SO SHEPHERD TO THE GARAGE WITH A PROBLEM THAT THEY CAN FIX AFTERAN ENGINE CHANGE THIS MORNING. LOOK AT SOM OF THE ON-BOARDS. RUSTY, DALE JUNIOR, MICHA WALTRIP.>>Darrell: YOU SEE HERE, THI IS DALE EARNHEARDT JUNIOR’S PIT HERE, ONE THIN THAT’S TO HIS ADVANTAGE WITH SHEPHERD DROPPING OUT, THIS WAS SHEPHERD PIT, SO HFOR HAS AN OPEN PLACE TO DRIVE OUT OF PIT ROW. IT’S A TWO-AND-A-HALF-MILE RACETRACK, EVERY LAPYOU HAVE ON FUEL CA BE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. THE FINAL FOURTH OF THE FIELD CAN GO TO PIT ROW AND TOP OFF THE FIELD.>>Mike: BE THE CONSPIRACY STARTS UP, YOU THINK YOUR PIT IS IMPORTANT, BUT BEFORE THEY STARTED, THEY DN’T KW WHO WOULD BE PITTED IN FRONT O THEM.>>Larry: THESE ARE S BIG, GETTING PITTED UP IN HERE IT’S ALMOST POSSIBLE. Mie: I THINK THE WINGSPAN IS AS WIDE OF THE STRAIGHTAWAY.>>Darrell: YOU CAN COME OUT F HERE ATRACING SPEED AND DIVE TO PIT ROW AND GET ON TH PIT ROW SPEED BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE PIT LINE. WE’RE GOING RACINGGAIN! E RESTART. RYA NEWMAN IN THE 12 CAR HE’LL MAKE IT WIDE DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY. GOT START. HE’LL PASS THREE CARS BEFORE HE GETS IN THE TURN.>>Larry: I DON’T THINK TONY STEWART GOT OFF TO A GOOD START. JEREMY GOT OFFSIDE. YOU GET A TON OF — [ INAUDIBLE ] — DOWN THE LONG STRAIGHTAWAY OVER 200 MILES PER HOUR.>>Mike: AND THE SAIGHTAWAY IS THE LENGTH OFTHREE QUARTER-MILE DRAG STRIPS.>>Darrell: 3,000 DOWN THE BACK, 200 MIS PER HOUR DOWN BOTH OF THEM.>>Larry: THE CARS ARE STRUNG T DOWN THE RESTART. YOU CAN GET AN ADVANTAGE, IT CAN BE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE THE CARS GETWAY FROM YOU AFTER THE START OF A RACE.>>Mike: JIMMIE JOHNSON IS SECOND. WE’RE IN TURN THREE.>>Darrell: HE PASSED THE CAR IN PRACTICE BH TIME, SET UP A NE RECORD. JEFFORDON IN THE 24 CAR, HE’S TRYING TWORK HIS WAY UP TO THE THIRD POSITION. EVERYONEOLD ME THIS IS THE CAR TO WCH. HE HAD A LONG RUN YESTERDAY. [ INAUDIBLE ]>>KAHNE’S CAR IS TIGHT, HE CALLED IN AND SAID IT’S TIGHT TWO OUT OF THE THREE CORNERS. LONG RACE YET TO GO. THEY HAVE TIME TO ADJUST THE AUTOMOBILE AND BRING IT BACK TO THE SPEED WE SAW HERE IN PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING.>>Mike: PRACTICE YESTERDAY, IT WAS 112 DEGREES WARMER, IN FULL SUN. UNLIKE TODAY.>>I’VE G TO REITERATE THEY DIDN’T GET BACK HERE FROM NASHVILLE LAST NIGHT UNTIL 5:00-6:00 TS MORNING. IT MAY TAKE TIME FOR HIM TO WAKE UP.>>Darrell: MIKE, YOU’R RIGHT. A LOT OF EW CHIEFS ANTICIPATING THIS TRACK IS TIGHTER, MOR GRIP THAN IT DID. YESTERDAY WHEN THEY PRACTIC IT WAS IN THE MID-80s. WE S RIGHT NOW IT’S IN THE MID-60s.>>Mike: AND LABONTE PEAKS OUT FROM CASEY MEARS. THIS STRAIGHTAWAY CAN ACCOMMODATE CARS RUNNING SIX-WIDE.>>THEN THEY’VE GOT TO GET SINGLE FILE. THERACK IS MORE USER-FRIENDLY UP HIGH THAN IT USED TO BE. USED TO YOU GOT OUT OF THE GROOVE, YOU WT UP IN THE WALL NOW THEY HAVE THE OUTSIDE GROOVEORKING GOOD IN THE THIRD CORNER.>>Mike: SVE?>>Steve: MIKE, TERRYABONTE, P TEN RUN IN BOTH EVENTS LAST AR, BUT HIS CREW CHIEF WONG IS NOT WITH E TEAM. HE’S HAVING MEDICAL PROBLEMS AND TAYED BEHINDN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CARONA, TO HAVE DOCTORS LOOK AT IT. CREW CHIEF DUTIES BEING SHARED BY MIKE BOMGARDNER AND ONE OF THE TEAM ENGINEERS.>>TERRY HAD GOOD RUN AT DOVER LAST WEEK. [ ENGINES REVNG ]>>Mike: TWO-AND-A-HALF MILES AROUND PONO INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. ONE CAR HAD TROUBLE IN TURN ONE IS KEVIN LePAGE — HERE HE IS, SECOND WHITE CAR AT THE OM OF YOUR SCREE THE OTHER CAR BEHIND HIM IS BURKE,HAT’SROM PENNSYLVANIA.>>Darrell: RUSTY WALLACE IN THE 2 CAR. IOVE TO WATCH HIM. TCH HIS HANDS. HE SAYS I’M NOT GOING TSHIFT THIS TE. LOOK AT HIS FINGERS. REALLY FOCUSSING HE’SONCENTRATING. AND HE’S UP ON THE WHEEL. NOTICE RIGHT NOW, HE’S UP IN THIRD GEAR, THE SHIFT IS FORWARD. NOW HE’S ON THE LONG STRAIGHTAWAY, ST THE START/FINISH LINE, REACH UP THERE AND GHIGH GEAR. [ ENGINE REVVING ] STAY WIDE OPEN, RUN IT TO HIGH GEAR. HERE YOU USE THE CLUTCH, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS TURN. SLAMT UP IN THIRD AND AWAY YOU GO!>>EXPLAIN WHEN THESE GUYS ARE SHIFTI, WE HAVE A BATTLE RIT HERE WITH JEREMY MAYFIELD IN THE 19 CAR, THIS IS A BATTLE FOR 9th WITH GREG BIFFLE, THE 16. WE TALKED ABOUT THE STRAIGHTAWAY BEING DIFFERENT LENGTH, SHIFTING LETS YOU MAXIMIZE THE R.P.M.sN EVERY STRAIGHTAWAY.>>Mike: KEVIN LePGE PROBLEMS APPEAR TERMINAL. HE’S TAKING NEGOTIATI SOLUTION.COM CHEVY TO THE GARAGE.>>YOU HEARD JERMY, ACROSS THE SHORT SHOOT. GOT THAT ACROSS THEHORT SHT, WHICH ISPTIONAL. SOME DO IT, SE AREN’T. EVERYBODY ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY BETWEEN TURN TWO AND THREE. MATT?>>Matt: THE HORSEPOWER LOOKING STOUT EARY ON. JIMMIE JOHNSON UNDER THE CAUTION TOLD HIS CHECK “WE HAVE A GREAT RACE CAR TOD.” HIS FATHER COMMENTED ON HOW LL HE LOOKED AS HE WORKS ON THE 01. JOE NEMECHEK TRING TO TAKE THE LEAD. HOW WELL THAT CAR LOOKED FROM THE TUNNEL. JEFF GORDON TRYING TO GET IN THE PICTURAS WELL. HIS CAR A LITTLE TOOIGHT EARLY ON.>>THRE HE GOES FOR THE LEAD RIGHT HERE. GOT A GREAT WALL OFF THE TNEL LIKE HESAID. LIKE MATT SAID, HE’S GREAT ACROSS THE TUNNEL. DOOK IN YOUR MIRROR, MY FRIEND, BECAUSE HERE COMES YOUR TEAMMATE. THE FIRST FR CARS ARE JIMMIE JOHNN, JEFF GORDON, JOE NEMECHEK AND BAN. YOU’RE WATCHING NA ECHO EECO-DR. UNSTBLE! HEY, RACE FANS. PLAY THE RACE TE PROS VIDEO GAME ON FOXSPORTS.COM KEYWORD “GES.” 14 LAPS IS COMPLETE IN THE POCONO 500. IT’S NEMECHEK AND BRIAN VICKERS. SORRY, BUT THIS IS KIND OF NEAT. CURT IS RACING IN 14 PLACE. HE’S A NATIVE OF PLADELPHIA. HE HAS A LOT OF FANS HERE.>>HE DOES.>>GET A GLIMPSE OF HIM LATER.>>AND HENRY HAS EIGHT WINS HERE AS A CAR OWNER, MOST ANYBODY. I WON TWO RACES HERE IN ’91 AND ’92. THEY’VE ALWAYS HAD GREAT MOORS FOR RACETRACK. JEREMY MAKING THE MOVE INSIDE OF NEWMAN, 6t PLACE.>>ANOTHER THING I NOTICE. LOOK AT THE LAP SPEEDS. THAT’S THREE QUARTER SECOND, FROM PRACTICE YESTERDAY MORNING. THAT’S A CURVE, A MOEY WRENCH IN YOUR GEAR SELECTION, I N TELL YOU THAT.>>THE REAS IT’S SLOWER, BECAUSE TRACK MPERATURE IS COER.>>Mie: HERE COMES CURT, WAITING OR HIM NEXT TO THE START/FINISH LINE. A LOT OF FANS HERE. EVRY TIME HE ES BY, YOUNG KIDS THEREHOLD UP THE BIG 72 SIGN. EVERY DRIVER HAS A FAN BASE OUT THERE. GOODO SEE.>>ANOTHER IS GREG BIFFLE, ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT CONTINGENT. HE WENT DOWN AND RAN NASILLE.>>THEY WENT TOGETHER, CAME HOME TOGETHER, KASEY KAHNE AND GREG BIFFLE. I BELIEVE THEY WERE TOGEER LAST NIGHT.>>Darrell: AND KASEY KAHNEN THE 9 CAR, POLE SITTER, AND HE GOES BY HIM IN T 9th POSITION. IT’S ONE THING TO RUNROUND THE PLACE IN QUALIFYIN THAT’S A CHALLEE. BUT TO RACE THESE GS, AND THE TIRES GIVE OUT, TH’S ANOTHER CHALLENGE. Drell: YOU JUST DON’T GET THESE CONDITIONS. YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T GET OUT THERE WITH 43 OTHER GUYS. YOU GET OUT THERE WITH A COUPLE THREE CS, YOU THINK YOURE PRETTY GOOD UNTIL YOU GET A BUNCH OF CARS ALL AROU YOU.>>Mike: THIRD PLACE, BRIAN VICKERS, THE OUTDE POLE SITTER COMING BACK AFTER JOE NEMECH.>>CONTRARY TO A GUY RUNNING HIS FIR RACE HERE, HE MOVES TO THE FRONT ANDASSES HIM.>>Mike: JOE IS CK TO THE FRONT AND SETTLING BACK TO FOURTH PLACE.>>HOW QUICKLY IT WILL CHANGE. AFTER HE COMPLETED LAP ONE, NEMECHEK GOT ON THE RADIO AND SAID IT FEELS REALLY GOOD. BY LAP TEN HE■ SAID THE CAR IS FREE. BY 16 HESAID, “I CAN’ GET ON THE GAS.” THEN HE SAID THROTTLE OFF, CAN’TDO ANYTHING WITH IT. THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE!>>YEAH. OF COURSE, YOU SAY THAT’S A LOT OF INFORMATON, BUT THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO GIV THE CREW CHIEF. TELL THEM WHAT THE C IS DOING, ALL THE POINTS, BAUSE HE CAN MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT AND FIX IT. AIN’T HE GD?>>Mike: MARK MARTIN AND KASEY KAHNE OE MOVE.>>THAT WALL ACROSS THE TUNNEL THERE. [ GI REVVING ]>>THAT WILL MOVE JUNIOR IN THE 8 CA UP TO E TOP 10. KASEY KAHNE — I THINK THE CAR, HE DESCRIBED IT AS TIGHT, NOT TURNING. WHAT NORMALLY HAPPENS HERE YOUSHTION BURN FUEL – YOU BURN FUEL F AND IT GETS TIGHTER, NOT LOOSER. I’M SURPRISED, BECAUSE THE CAR WAS SOLID IN BOTH PRACTICES. I’M SURPRISED HE’S HAVING TROUBLE.>>Mike:TIME FOR CINGULAR WIRELESS VIRTUALREW CHIEF QUESTION. VOT NOW FOR FRO YOUR CINGUL WIRELESS PHONE. OR VISIT FOXSPORTS.COM TO VOTE ONLINE.>>THE ANSWER WILL BE “A”, “B” AND “C”. [ UGHTER ] WE WERE TCHING DALE JUNIOR IN THE CAR, HE QUALIFIED IN 10th, RIDING HERE WITH HIM,AS WE HEAD TO TURN THREE. THE GROUP CAME ANDESTED, THEY RAN IN DOVER. THIS IS MAYBE WHERE THIS RACE TEAM C MAKE THEIR TURN-AROUND. THEY’RE BACK IN h IN POINTS. OUT OF THE TOP TEN. [ ENGI REVVING ]>>Mike: YOU SEEE’S ALMOST 11 SECONDS BEHIND JIMMIE JOHNSON, AS JOHNSON GOES THROU TURN ONE. THAT’S THE TFFIC AT THE BOTTOM CENTER OF YOUR SCREEN. AND MATT KENSETH IS ON PIT ROW TOO EARLY. IT’S ABOUT HALF A FUUN.>>HE’S GOING BACKWARD. I’M WATCHING HIM AND THE SCORING MONITOR. THIS THING ABOUT THIS, THE REASON HE WTED TO GET TO PIT ROW NOW, HE MAY MAKE THE PIT STOP AND SY ON■■HE LEAD LAP. IF HE CONTINUES TO GO BACKWARD, HE PSIBLY WOULD HAVE BEEN LAPPED MAKING THE PIT STOP.>>LARRY, HE WAS BACK-SLIDING. WHATEVER THEY DID TO E RACE R AFTER THE FINAL PRACTICE SESSION, THEY MADE IT BAD. IT’S LOOSE ON THE EXIT.>>THE OTHER PROBL, HE WILL GO A LAP DOWN. HE’LL COME OUT IRD AND FOURTH POSITION ON THE RACETRACK AS HE GETS UP TO SPEED IN TURN ONE.>>IT’S PRETTY FAST. IT MEANS GO.>>Mike: RIGHT. THE DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION ONE LAP DOWN, JUST 20 LAPS INTO THE POCONO 500 YOU’RE WATCHING NASCAR ON>>>NICE TO HAVE YOU WITH US, NEXTEL CUP RACING ON “FOX”, PRESENTED BY SUBWAY, AFTER 23 OF THE 200 LAPS,IME JOHNSON FINISHED 32nd LAST WEEK AT DOVER, TRYNG TO UNCE BACK AND CHASE DOWN POINTS LEAD DALE EARNHEARD JUNIO THE TOP FOUR SPOT ARE CHEVYS, JOHNSON, VICKERS, TONY STEWART, AS YOU LOOK AT THE LEADER, HIGHEST-RUNNING FORD. AND AS WE S THOSE WHO MADE THE BIGGEST MOVE, JEFF BURTON ISUNNING. EXCITED AUT THE RENUDE OPPORTUNITY.>>Larry: I SEE HIMEHIND MMER TRYING TO MAK HIS WAY UP TO 25th. CHALLENGING 24th. THIS TEAM SEEMS LEE THEY’RE TAKING ADVANAGE OF THE MOUM AT DOVER LAST WEEK WHEN THEY FINISHED FOURTH. DESPERATELY OPTIMISTICBOUT TODAY. THEY’RALSO RUNNING THE FORD SILVER HEAD ON THIS CAR.>>RIGHT, REFERED TOS THE “D-3.” THE ONLY ONE NOT RUNNING IS CURT BUSCH.>>RIGHT. THOSE WHOORK WITH THE YATES ENGINE COMPANY, SADLER AND DALE RRETT, AND THE REST FHE CAMP AR ALL RUNNING.>>WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT. JOE NEMECHEK IN TROUBLE IN THE PITS. WE HAVE THE LATEST ON THAT.>>NEMHEK’S CAR GOT LOOSER AND LOOSER. WE THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE, CHANGED ALL FOUR. THE MECHANIC ARE BEHIND THE WALL, CHECKING THE TIRE PRESSURE TO SEE IF THAT’S THE CASE. TO MATT YOCUM. Matt: ? AN UPDATE ON THE 17. HEELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS A MISON ONE OF THE REAR TIRES, POSSIBLY A LOOSE WHEEL. WHEN THEY DID CHANGE THE TIRES, YOU COULD TELL BY HOW THE HOLES WERE IN THE WHEEL, THEY WERE LONG, THEY HAD LOOSE LUGS ON THE WHEEL. NOW HE SAYS THE GOOD NEWS, THE CAR ISN’T TIGHT, CHRIS, IT’S JUST LOOSE.>>Chris: THANK YOU. HOW ABOUT THAT WITH TE TRACK NDITIONS HERE?>>IT’S STRANGE, CAUSE YOU FET THE COOLER CONDION WOULD MAKE IT TIGHTER, BUT A LOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE CAR NOT HAVING THE GRIP ON THE CORNER. EY WORKED ON T WHEN THE SUN WAS OUT, BUT IT’S COOLER TODAY. YEERDAY THE TRACK CONDION WERE IN THE 80s, AND BASICALLY TODAY IS 60 DEGREES.>>Chris: LET’S REJOIN LARR DARRELL AND MIKE. Mike: QUIT A GROUP HERE. THESE FELLOWS HAVE BEEN BATTLING AD BATTLING SIDE-BY-SIDE.>>Darrell: LARRY, THE 17 HAS A LOOS WHEEL, HE’S RACING WITH A LOOSE WHEEL.>>Larry: BUT THESE GUYS ALL MORNING LONG USED A TORQUE WRENCH. I DON’T KNOW IF I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT HAPPENING, ESPECIALLY WITH E 17 CAR.>>Mike: EXACTLY. AT GROUP YOU SAW, ELLIOTT SADLER MADE HIS WAY PAST FOUR OR FIVE CARS. INCREDIBLY HE DID IT IN E MOVE. EVERYTHING STACKED UP GOING IN THE TUNNEL TURN, AND SADLER WAS ABLE TO TA ADVANTAGE IT WAS — GRAMA PUT YOUR TEETH IN YOUR POCKETBOO FOR THIS ONE KIND OF MOVE THAT PAID F.>>SADLER QUALIFIEIN THE 1th POSITION. HE WENT BACKWARD EN THE RACE STARTED, BUT HE’S TRYINGO WORK HIS WAY UP TO THE FRONT. ANOTHER GUY WORKING TO THE FRONT IS JAMIE McMURRAY IN THE 42 C, WORKI HIS WAY TO THE TOP TEN.>>HE HAD A GOOD CAR AST YEAR, JAMIE IN THE 42.>>Mike: WE GO TO A LOT OF TRAC AND TALK ABOUT THE BEST PLACE TO PASS, OR WHERE YOU DON’ WANT TO PASS, BUT THERE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE A BAD PLACE TO PASS HERE.>>PROBABLY, ONE OF THE TREACHEROUS THINGS YOU CAN DO GET THE NOSE BESIDE A GUY AND HE NOTNOW YOU’RE THERE, PARTICULARLY HERE. PARTICULARLY OVER THE TUNNEL I TURN THREE.>>LABONTE IS UP TO 9th, BOOKING PRETTY GOOD. HE HAD GREAT RUNS RE. THE CAR ARD 19th.>>QUALIFIED 19th, WE TALKED ABOUT THE OTHER HENDRICKS CAR RUNNING ONE, TWO, THREE. HE’S TRYING TO MAKE IT ONE, TWO, THREE FOUR, BUT HE ALWAYS NS WELL HERE.>>YOU’LL FIND THE GUYS TH RUN A L HERE, THEY KNOW THIS. THEY WON’T WEAR OUT THE BRAKES OR BLOW THE ENGINE U UNTIL IT’S TIME. THEY SAVE IT UP. IF Y NOTICE OFF TURN ONE THERE,HEY HAVE BARRIERS U IN TURN ONE AT THE JOINT. I’M GLAD TO SEE THAT. I UNDERSTAND THEY’LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT AROUND THE REST OF E RACETRACK ON THIS RACE.>>THE CAR BEHIND TERRY, 40 CAR, STERLING MARLIN, HE MADE A NICE MOVE TOO. HE STARTED IN 20th AND IS IN 10th POSITION. LIBE LABONTE HE RACES WELL.>>Mike: STEVE?>>Steve: DALE EARNHEARDT NIOR JUST TOLD THE CREW HE THINKS HE MAY HAVE A FLAT TIRE. HE HAD BEEN OING MOMENTS AGO, BUT HIS CAR WAS LOOSE AND THEN NIGHT T MIDDLE. BASICALLY HIS CAR HAS NO GRIP ATLL. HE THINKHEAY HAVE A FLAT TIRE.>>Mike: HE’S CONTINUING TO LOSE TIME DOWN THE BTOM OF OUR GRAPHIC TO THE RACE LEADER. [ RADIO CHATTER ]>>YOU YOU KNOW I’M NOT SO SURE, WE’RE WHIN TEN LAPS OF STOPPING, I BELIEVE I’D COME DO AND MAKE T GREEN FLAG PIT STOP. HE’S ALL THE WAY BACK TO E 26 POSITION NOW AND HE’S BEHIND THE LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>Mike: LOOSE-LOOSE-OFF, AND THEN TIGHT END.>>Darrell: IT’S O A GOOD FEELING. ALWAYS REMEMBER– FIX THE FIRST THING THE DRIVER SAYS. FIX THE TIGHT END.>>Mike: JIMMIE JOHNSON, GORDON, BRIAN VICKERS, AND DALE JAETT HAS MOVED UP TO FOURTH PASSING JEREMAYFIELD. 30 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE POCONO>>>PIT ROW IS A BUSY PLACE. EEN FLAG STOP, AND BURTON HAS COME AND GONE. EVE?>>Steve: HE’S DESCRIBING H CAR AS TIGHT OTHE THROTTLE. THEY HAVE MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTME. MARTIN ON PIT ROW.>>KASEY KAHNE IS ALSO IN. THEY’LL RY TO LOOSEN THE CAR UP. HE’S HAD PROBLEM WITH IT TIGHT. STARTED ON THE POLE, LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST CAREER WIN TODAY.>>SADLER AND BCH AND STERLING MARLIN ALSO PITD. HERE COMES BRIAN VICKERS, THE OUTSIDE POLE SITTER.>>GREAT RUN GOI BY BRIAN VICKERS. FROM THE THIRD POSITION, COMING IN AND OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE THE RACE CAR. SOLID STOP SO FAR. NO AJUSTMENTS F BRIAN VICKERS. THE CR A BIT ON THE TIGHT SIDE ON THE CORNER, BUT DOESN’T WANT TO ADJUST IT.>>DALE EARNHEARDT HAVING A FINE RUN, THE CAR IS TIGHT ON ENTY. — DALE JARRETT, FINE RUN.>>STEWART, — [ INAUDIBLE ] — SCHRADER, HARVICK, LABONTE AND THE LEADER,JIMMIE JOHNSON IS I>>MATT?>>Matt: POSSIBLY THE TEAMMATE, GORDON REPORTING HE MIGHT BE OUT OF GAS. JIMMIE SAYS HIS CAR IS TIGHT, MAKING AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. HE MAKES HIS WAY TO A PIT STOP. JEFF IS LOOKING FOR TRACK AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. HE SAYS HE NEEDS GRIP ALL THE WAY AROU. THE CREW GOES TO WORK ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RACE CAR.>>SQUIR — IS THAT ETHER? — IN THE AIR BOX>>AD HE’S OUT AND AWAY.>>TERRY LABONTE HAS BEENIN AS WELL>>WHICH MATT SAID HE SAID HE WAS OUT OF FUEL. RIGHT THERE THEY SPRAYED THE ATHER IN THERE TO GET THE ENGINE REFIRED.>>AND RUSTY WALLACE ON PIT ROW. SO IS WALTRIP. GREEN SLAP STOP AT5, BRENDN GAUGHAN IS IN.>>HE’S — THESE ARE ALL SCHEDULE STOPS, HOW FAR YOU CAN GO ON FUEL HERE.>>THEORDS THE CAME IN EARLY, PRETTY MH IN A GROUP. E YOU SURPRISED THE FORDS MAY NOT BE GETTING THE GAS MILEA SOME OF THE CHEVY AND DODGES ARE?>>REMEMBER THE FORD HAS NEW ENNE PACKAGE, YOU TURN MORE R.P.M.s, LOWER GEARS AND USE UP MORE FUEL.>>THAT WAS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IN CINGULAR QESTION, WILL FUEL LEAGE GET YOU TO VICTORY LANE?>>IT HAS ALWAYS EVERY TIME I GET HERE. YES, IT WILL. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. ONE WAY OR ANHER.>>CARL LONG ENTERS THE PIT LANE AS W ARE WITH EARNHARDT.>>HE’S OE OF THE LAST LEAD LAP CAR TO COME TO PIT ROW.>>YOU GOT HIM TONY!>>55 MILES PER HOUR. [ RADIO CHATTER ]>>HE HAS A CLEAR SHOT OFF AND ON PIT ROW. THEY MAKE A WEDGE ADJUME ON THE No. 8. REMEMBER, JUNIOR SAID HE THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE AND THAT HIS CAR WAS EXTREMELY OSE. TIRES GOING ON, ALL THE ADJUSTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE. ANJUNIOR IS AWAY. CLEAR SHOT OUT ON PIT ROW.>>JEFF GREEN IS IN AND SO IS JIMMY SPENC. AND THE LEADER OF HE POCONO 500 LEFT OF UR SCREEN P.J. JONES WHO MADE HIS DAD PRETTY PROUD TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN HE STARTED HIS FIR INDY 500.>>HE’NOT GETTING THATMUCH BETTER MILGE, AS WE SEE HIM COME TO PI ROW. HE WAONE OF THE CARS I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THAT TOPPED OFF ON LAP THREEHEN WE HADTHE FIRST CAUTION.>>AND DEVELOPMENT DODGE, REPLACED DEREK FOR T NEXT COUPLE RACES.>>HE MAY BE OUT OF FUEL NOW.>>I’M NOT SHOWING THAT HE HAS BEEN TO T ROW FOR FEL YET. HE DID NOT TOP OFFEVEN ON THE FIRST CAUTION. RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS PITTED OF THE LEAD LAP CAR EXCEPT FOR RICKY IN THE 21 CAR RUNNING SECON NOW. HE SHOULD BE COMING TO PIT ROW SHORTLY.>>AND HE MAKES ITO THE ACCESS ROAD, SO HE’S OUT OF HARM’S WAY. RACING UNDERG.COM-FORD. McDONALD’S DRIVE-THROUGH CHAMPIONIP, DALE EARNHEARDT NIOR TEAM SPE THE LEAST TIME ON PIT ROW, SO THEY LEAD IN THAT CHASE FOR 200-GRAND AT SE>>> LAPS COMPLETE IN THE POCONO 500. THE LAST CARS TO MAKE GREEN FLAGIT STOP IN THE SEQUENCE HAVE DONE SO, SCO RIGGS, AND RICKY CRAVEN. THE 00 OF CARL BOUN OFF THE WALL, IT’S ON PIT ROW UNDER REPAIR. OUGHT TO YOU BY WENDY’S HAMBURG ER, BETTER HER>>>RICKY IN THE 21 CAR, RIDING TH HIM RIG NOW, HE MADE HIS GREEN FLAG STOP. HE WAS OTR CAR THAT TOED OFF IN LAP THREE, HE’SAVING TO CUT BACK TO PIT ROW. [ RADIO TALK ] SO THAT WILL BE A COSTLY MISTAKE. WE SEE IT EEK IN AND WEEK OUT, TRYING TO MAKE THE PIT STOP. STAKES, MISTAKES.>>TOPPING OFF, THOUGH HE WAS ONLY OUT THERE FOR AAP OROR TWO.>>TOUGHREAK FOR THE VETERAN FR CHE SA PEEK, VIRGINIA. HE’S LED 12 RACES THIS SEASON, THE MO OF ANY DRIVER IN NEXTEL CUP RACES.>>LOOKING LIKE HE DID AT CHARLOTTE RIGHT NOW. AT’S HOOKEDP. HE IS GOT GOOD LAP TIME. LITTLE QUICKER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE.>>Mike: HE HAS 57-COND EAD OVER HIS TEAMMATE. DALE JARRETT IS 12-AND-A-HALF BACK. GREG BIFFLE IS 13-AND-A-HALF SECONDS OUT. THE 6th PLACEAR, WE’VE CYCLED THROUGH GREEN PIT TOP, THE DRIVER PITTED UNEXPECTEDLY EAIER, MATT KENSETH, THE GREEN ARROW DENOTE HE IS’S MOVING FORWARD IN FIELD.>>HE WOULD LOVE TO SEE A CAUTION. HE’S IN THE 8th POSITION. REMEMBER, HE MADE THEPIT STON ON 20, BECAUSE HIS CAR WAS SO BAD. RIGH NOW, P 43, 35 LAS ON FUEL. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO COME BACK TO PIT ROW SHOULD WE STAY GREEN IN 12 MORE LAPS. HE’S UNDER PRESSURE FROM LABONTE IN THE 5 CAR.>>HAT TEAM CAN’T STAND PROSPERITY. THEY LIKE TO DIG A HOLE –>>DO IT THE HARD WAY.>>SEE IF THEY CAN DIG OUT OF IT.>>ARE YOU SAYING HIS PROBLEM IS HE QUALIFIED 15th?>>TOO FAR UP.>>YEAH. HE’S NOT USED TO THAT.>>Mike: CARL LONG, AFTER THEY ASSESS THEDAMAGE TOOK THAT CAR TO THE GARAGE. AND RYAN NEWMAN HAVING A SOMEWHAT UNCHARACTERISTI DAY IN THE EARLY GOING, SOLDIERING ALONG IN 18th POSITION. STEVE?>>Steve: MIKE, HE LEAD 88 LAPS HERE A YEAAGO IN JULY, WINNING FROM THE POLE. HIS CAR, HE’S FHTING A VERY LOOSE RACE CAR ALL DAY. WHEN THEY STOP, THE STOP, THEY ADDED AIR PRESSURE, LEFT REAR TIRE, AND MADE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT>>Larry: STEVE, WE TALKED ABT IT. WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT CORNERS HERE, YOU HEAR THE COMMTS. TRY TOIND A GOOD-DRIVING CAR HERE A ALL THREE CORNERS IS WALKING A TIGH ROPE. YOU EITHER HAVE A LOOSE CA, TIGHT CAR, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A TIGHT CAR SOME PLACES AND LOOSE THE OTHERS.>>Darrell: YOU HAVE TO GET IT FREE. IT’S A COMPROME. YOU’LL NEVER HAVE IT EXACTLY RIGHT. ALWAYS LIKE IT TO BE GOOD ON THE FLAT END DOWN ON THE 2 AND 3 END. GOOD OVER TH TUNNEL, GD OFF TURN THREE I COULD SACRIFICE A LITTLE IN TURN ONE.>>Larry: IF YOU’RE LOSE LIKE DALE EARNHEARDT WAS, THE STRAIGHTAWAY IS SO LONG, IT KILLS YOUR SPEED.>>Mike: TWO DODGES BATTLING SIDE BY SIDE. THE 30, THIS WEEK DIB BY — DRIVEN BY BLAINENY IN THE AOL CHEVY IN HOT PURSUIT.>>Darrell: DOING A GOOD JOB IN THE CAR. HE’S UNDER CASEY M■ARS RIGHT THERE. SEE WHERE HE STARTED 29. HE OVER-DROVE TURN ONE.>>Mike: BLANEY IS RUNNING FOR BILL DAVIS. IF THEY HAD A FULL-TIME SPONSOR, THEY’D RUN THE FULL SEASON. EYON’T, SO DAVIS WOULD LIKE BLANEY TO PICK UP OPPORTUNITY WITH JONY SAUTER NOT HERE. WE SEE WHAT HAPPENS FROMERE. [ ENGINES VVING ] DALE JUNIORN THE MIDST OF THAT PACK, WONDER IF THEY GOT HIS CAR MUCH BETTER. HE’S RUNNG IN 26. STEVE? Steve: NOT RIGHT NOW, MIKE. EARNHARDT JUNIOR IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE RACE CAR. HE TO HIS CREW HE NEEDS MORE RWARD BITE. HE SAID IT HAS NO GRIP. HE’S NOT A HAPPY RACER RIGHT NOW.>>Larry: ‘S NOT WHEN THEY LAPPED DOWN FROM JOHNSON’S CAR, 14 SECONDS.>>Darrell: HE STRUGGLED LAS WEEK AT DOVER,ARRY, WAS A SLAP DOWN, PLUGGING ALONG, AND FORE YOU KNOW IT, HE GOT THE PASS AND BACK IN THE RACE ON — FINISHED THIRD.>>arry: THINK ABT 11 DOWN IN T POINT, THEY NEED DALE EARNHEARDT TO VO A BAD DAYO PULL THEM CLOSER TO THE TOP TEN IN THE POINTS.>>Mike: BUT YOU KNOW HOW IT IS, LARRY, YOU CAN ONLY MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK. TONY STEWART AT THE TOP OF THE REEN. RUNNIN THE 6-8OSITION PRIOR TO PIT STOP. RIGHT NOW HE’S 9th. DICK?>>Dick: A LOT OF PEOPL THOUGHT TONY STEWART WOULD WAC AWAY WITH THE RACE BECSE OF LAST YEAR. HE HAS THE SAME CAR, BUT IT’S SIMPLY NOT PERFORM AS WELL AS IT DID LAST YEAR. THE PROBLEM? THE CAR ISN’T AS FAST AS THEY’D LIKE. ASA RESULT, THEY THREW EVERYTHING THIS MORNING THEY HAD AT THE CAR. FOUR SHOCK ABSORBERS, FOUR SPRINGS, CHANGE THE NOSE LENGTH AND WEDGE ON THE CAR, CHANGE E FRONT END GEOMETRY. SO FAR, SO GOO THE CREW CHIEF SAID THEY HAD JUSTMENTS TO GO AND MORE SPEED TO DIAL IN TO THIS THING.>>YOU KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, THEY GO THROUGH RECONNAISSANCE MISSION, WHAT SHOCKS YOU GOT? THEY COME IN SUNDAY AND THROW A NEW PACKAGE AT IT.>>Larry: WE HEARD DICK TALK ABOUT HE WON A RACE A YEAR AGO, WE HEARD THIS, WHAT WORKED LAST YEAR, WITH THE NEW ARROW AND TIRE PACKAON’T WORK THIS YEAR. THEY CHANGE TRANSMISSION IN THAT CAR TOO.>>WOW!>>Mike: THAT’S THE OTHER THING.>>WHATVERDRIVE DO YOU HAVE? 96 LAST YEAR, AND PONT 96 AND THIS YEAR IS .92.>>Mike: BLAN NY MAKING A — BLAINENY MAKING A PIT STOP AT’S UNSCHEDUL. AND GORDON COMING IN THIRD PLACE BEHIND JOHNSON AND VICKERS HIS TEAMMATE.>>WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THAT, WE COME BACK IN SIX WEEKS AND IT WILL BE DIFFERENT AGAIN.>>TRUE. THE OWNER HAS TO BE PLEASED. GORDON RUNNING IN THIRD, NOT PPY WITH THE RACEAR.>>Mike: TURN TWO, TURN TWO BURTON GOES FOR A BIG RIDE! UNDER AAUTION AT LAP 50. ENGINES REVVING ] LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE TURNED OUT OF THE WALL. ALL I SAW WAS SMOKE. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED HERE. I CAN’T IMAGINE HE KEPT IT OUT OF T WALL. OH, YEAH. HE UST GOT LOOSE. HE SAW DALJUNIOR BEHIND HIM, GOT ON IT TOO QUICK, TOO HARD — TURNED! lAIR>>Mike: DARRELL, AT THE SPEED, CAN IT TAKELL THE AIR OUT?>>Darrell: IT CAN. WE’VE SEEN IT A LOT TS YEAR, MAKES ME WONDER IF THE SMALL, REAR BLAD IS NOT LOOSENING T CAR UP MORE THAN WHAT THEY’RE USED TO.>>LarryIF YOU’RE LOOSE, IT ADDS TO IT. STEVE BYES?>>Steve: DALE EARNHARDT SAID I NEVER OT ITHZERO CAR, I NEVER TOUCHED HI>>Mike: HE WASN’T CLOSE, STEVE.>>Steve: HE DID NOT TOUCH IT, BUT WE THINK HE MAY HAVE ADDED TO HIM BEING LOO.>>Larry: TALK ABOUT WHO LIKES THE CAUTION. MATT KENSH WAS FIVE LAPS AWAY HAVING TO MAE THE STOP. I THINK KEN SCHRADER WL GET THE FREE PASS. WHO DON’T LIKE IS DAVELANEY SITTING ON PIT ROW WHEN THE CAUTION CA OUT. HE’LL END UP TWO LESDOWN AS A RESULT.>>Mike: O NEW PROCEDURES INSTITUTED. FIRS OFF, THE FIELD IS ALIGNED BASED FROM THE LAST SCORING LOOP THEY PASSED. THAT 14 OF THEM A POCONO ACROSS THE TRACK, THE ELECONIC SCORING SYSTEM WILL REGISTER. ALSO, FIRST TIME THE LEADER COMES BY THE PIT,HEY MARK IT. NEXT TIME HE COMES BY, PIT ROW WILL ON, IF PIT ROW IS CLEAR, THEY WON’T WAIT FOR THE PACE CA TO PASS TWICE WHEN THE LEADERS ME THE PIT STOP, THE FREE PASS CAR, IN THIS CASE SCHRADER, WILL BE WAVED AROUND INSTEAD OF ADDING AN EXTRA LAP OF CAUTION LATE TO DO THAT.>>Darrell: CAUTIONS THIS YEAR AVERAGE TEN LAPS BIEVE IT OR NOT. WE’LL SEE IF WE IMPROVE ON THAT.>>Larry: BUT IT WILL HELP ON A TWO-AND-A-HALF RACETRACK. IT’S NOTIKE BEING AT A HALF-MILE OR ONE-MILE TRACK.>>Me: DAVE BLANEY WAS ROLLING ON PIT ROW, THAT’S THE DETERMINATION OF WHERE YOU ARE IN LINE. HEOT OUT AHEAD OF THE LEADER. SO HE WILLE ONE, T TWO LAPS DOWN.>>Larry: SIMILAR TO WHAT HAPPENED N ROCKY DOWN WITH KASEY KAHNE, I THINK, AND KENSETH WAS ON PIT ROW. JAMI McMURRAY WAS THE LEADER.>>Mike: MATT?>>Matt: WAITING FOR DRIR, JIMMIE JOHNSONITH THE CHEVROLET. THEY HAVE THE FIRST PIT STOP OFF TURN THREE. MMIE SAS THE CAR IS NOT BAD AT ALL. LOOSE IN THE CENTER TURN ONE, TIGHT IN THE TUNNEL TURN. NOT BAD AT ALL. OFF TURN TEE, THEY WILL MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMT IN THAT RIGHT FRONT WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO SCO HIS FIRST POCONO WIN. HIS TEAMMATE IN 24 OF JEFF RDON AND 25 OF BRIAN VICKERS. GORDON, HIS CAR IS BAD, BAD LOOSE. DICK?>>Dick: JUOR’S CAR IS FAST, AND HE’S HAVING HIS BEST RUN THIS YEAR. A NICE STOP.>>Mike: STEVE?>>Steve: THE ADJUSTMENT ON THE 19th OF MAYFIELD ANDFORD TIRES. JEREMY SAID HIS RACE CAR WAS GOOD ON THAT RUN. AND GOING STRAIGHT OUT!>>Mike: HERE COMES STERLING.>>Darrell: YEAH, I’M SURE HE ONLY TOOK TWO TIRES. THEY WERE LAST ON PIT ROW ON LAP 32, SO THEY HAV18 LAPS ON THE TIRES.>>Mike: YEAH.>>Darrell: YOU’RE RIGHT. HE RUNS WELL HERE.>>Mike: HOW MANY TIRES DID STERLING GET?>>Lry: TWO TIRES, MIKE.>>Mike: GOOD CALL. TRACK POSITION.>>Larry: AND A CAR LOVES TO BE OUT IN CLEAN AIR HERE. I DON’T CARE HE MAKE YOU HAVE. IF YOU’RE IN CLEAN AIR, NOT FIGHTINGRAFFIC, A CAR KES IT HERE.>>Mike: ANYONE QSTIONED CHAD’S PIT POSITION, HERE IS THE ANSWER. JIMMIE JOHNSON COMES OUT SOND AFTER BEING THE FIRST CAR TO COMPLETE THE SERCE.>>WE QUIT QUESTIONG IT.>>Mike: I DIDN’T MEANS.>>Larry: HE WON THE BATTLE OF THE CARS THAT CHANGED FOUR TIRES.>>Mike: 51 LAPS COMPLETE AT TH>>>LAST SUNDAY AT DOVER, FOUR DRIVER WON BIG. IT W HIS 4th VICTORY AT DOVER. HIS 12-YEAR-OL SON AT MATT, CONTRACT RACER, WON THE NIGHT BEFORE IN FLORIDA, DRIVING TRUCK No. 66. THE KID HAS LOTS OF VICTORY LA EXPERIENCE.>>THANKS MY SPONSOR AND FORD, AND EVERYBODY WHO WORKS ON MY CAR.>>THE FANS WERE AWESOME THE FANS MAKE RACING. WITHOUT FANS, RACING WOULDN’T GET VERY FAR.>>BUILT FORD TOUGH!>>Mike: WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO POCONO O FOX. IF HE’S HALF THE RACER HIS DAD HAS BEEN, HE’LL TURN OUT OKA AND HE’S RUNNING 12th UNDER THE CAUTION. THE OUNGEST DRIVER IN THE RACE, MARK MARTIN IS 12 YEARS OLD. BRIAN VICKERS IS 20 YEARS OLD IN THIS RACE AND TOP FE MOST OF THE DAY, NNING FOURTH NOW. LET’S GO BACK, JUST A MOMENT, AS WE GET A LAT KASEY KAHN>>Jeff: YEAH, WHAT’S GOING ON THERE. HE DECED TO STAY OUT AND LEAD A LAP, COMING DOWN NOW, GET THE BONUS POINTS, MAKE ADJUSTMENT TO THE CAR. IN FRONT OF THE CAR, HE’S NOT RUNNING WARM ENOUGH. THEY’RE TRYING TO MTHE CAR MORE AERODYNAM, REMEMBER, HE’S ONLY 71%. IF HE CAN GET A GD FINISH HE, AS WELL STAZ BONUS POINTS, THEYL GET VALUE.>>Chris: ONE OF FOUR DRIVERS DOING DOUBLE DUTY RACING IN NASHVILLE, ALONG WITH GORN, AND WALTRIP.>>Jeff: WE HAVE TROUBLE, NOTICE HERE THE LEFT FRONT AREA, A SHOCK THERE. THEY’RE CHANGING THE FRONT SHOCKS. AND IN THE BACK, THEY’RE WORKING, NOT HAPPY WITH THE RA CAR. THEY’RE MAKING SERIOUS ADJUSTMENTS TO IT.>>Chris: HNSON LEAD THE MOST LAP, AND STERLING AFTER THE ROUND OF PIT SP. WE’RE GOING UP FOR GREEN.>>Mike: I WARN YOU WE’RE GOING TO THE SRT AND GETEADY WITH THE NOD. JOHNSON AND MAYFIELD. GAUGHAN, AND RUDD AND BURTON ARE ONE LAP DOWN ON THE INSIDE.>>Larry: THINKING OF DAVE BLANEY ON PIT ROAD, TS IS ONE PLAC YOU CLD PROBABLY CHANGE YOUR SHOCKS UNDER A CAUTION LAP AND NOT GO ANOTHER LADOWN.>>Mike: PIT ROAD SPEED I 55 MILES PER HOUR THEY’RE COMING BACK TO GREEN. WE LET YOU LISTEN TO THE CROWD, 30,000 AEMBLED FOR HORSEPOWER. CRANK IT UP! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ ENGINES REVVING ] [ ENGINES REVVING ]>>Mike: JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE LEADER, VICKERS, MARLIN THIRD, THREE-WIDE. FUELS IN THE CORNER. AND JEFF GORDON IS ON THE MOVE. TOGH THE PIT.>>Darrell: YOU KNOW SOMETHING I FOUND INTERESTING, GORDON HAD TOP 12 FINISH HERE IN THE LAST THREE RACES. HE ALWAYS RUNS GOOD HERE. LAIR LIAR THREE-WIDE IN THE TUNNEL. HE MADE IT.>>Mike: FOURTH PLACE HE TOOK FROM MAYFIELD.>>Larry: HE HAD A GOOD YESTERDAY IN PRAICE. IN BOTH PRACTICE SESSIO ACTUALLY. THE PIT CAR, TAKING IT THREE-WIDE. GOING BY 88. JUST THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPTRUM IS MARK MARTIN. HIS AVERAGE STARTING PACE HERE –>>Darrell: WEAVE A LEAD CHANGE. THE 25 CAR,DO YOU THINKE LET HIM GO, LARRY?>>Larry: I DON’T KNOW. I TALKED TO PETER ABOUT VICKERS IN THE 25 CAR, REMEMBER, HE’S ONE OF THE GUYSAKES HIS FST START. THEY CAME AND TESTED, AND PETER SAID IN TWO LAPS HE FIGURED IT OUT. BUT THE TEAMMATE IS NO READY TO GIVE THE LEAD TO HIM EXACTLY. MATT?>>Matt: TIGHT THE CENTER, ON THE LAST PIT STOP, HE MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. THAT WAS A PRE-ARRANGED MOVE TO 48, ALLOWING THE 25 TO GO BY TO THE LAP. THERE’S THE PICTURE. HE GETS THOSE BECAUSE HE’S BETTER TO LEAD THE LAST LAP.>>Mike: DAVE BLANEY BACON PIT ROW, AS JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADS VICKER AGAIN. HERE COMES STERLING ITH TWO FRESH TIRES, TRYING TO WORK HIS WAY UNDEVIERS IN TURN THREE.>>Larry: I’M RE LEE THOUGHT WATCHING VICKERS ON THE FIRST LAPS, IF THEY TAKE FOUR TES, THEY’LL BLOW BYUS ANYHOW, SO WHY NOT GAMBLE. HE’S HOLDING SOD IN THIRD PLACE IN THE 4CAR.>>Mike: BLANEY IS TAKING HIS CAR TO THE GARAGE.>>Darrell: AS NOT RUNNING WELL, NOW HE’S IN THE GARAGE. SOMETHING ST HAVE HAPPENED.>>Mike: RUSTY ON THE OUTSIDE OF KEVIN HARVICK. [ ENGINE REVVING ]>>arry: THEY’RE UP TO 16th POSITION. RUSTY HAS THE CAR MUCH BETTER SIE WE WATCHED HIM QUALIFY. HE QUALIFIED IN 30th POSITION.>>Darrell: EVEN WATCHING HIM IN PRACTICE, LARRY,HE LOOKED LIKE HE HAD A CAR THAT WOULD RACE CFORTABLY. IT WASN’T FAST AS THEY WANT, BUT LOOKED LIKE IT HAD A COMFORTABLE RACE CAR.>>Larry: HE SAID HE WAS HAPPY WITH THAT.>>Me: DICK?>>Dick: THEY’RE WORKING

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  1. I was at this race. Always like seeing how packed the stands were at every race back then. So many people you could hardly move.

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