NASCAR XFINITY Series - Pocono Green 250
June 10, 2017 - Pocono Raceway-Long Pond, PA
This Week's Rheem Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway
This weekend, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will make its second trip to Pocono Raceway. After finishing third in last year's inaugural race, Ty Dillon will return this weekend in the No. 3 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro. Dillon also has two previous starts at the "Tricky Triangle" in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He finished in 18th place in 2015 and in 21st place in 2016. Dillon has also run two NASCAR Camping World Truck series races at Pocono and scored his best finish of sixth place in 2012.
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Fans will have two opportunities to meet Dillon this weekend at Pocono Raceway on Sunday morning. He will be at the GEICO display in the Fan Midway at 11:50 a.m. E.T. before appearing at the Richard Childress Racing merchandise trailer at 12:15 a.m. E.T.
Is Pocono a track that gives you a real sensation of speed?
"The front straightaway is so long that it reminds you of Indy a little bit with all that speed you are gathering going into Turn 1. Then you get to Turn 1 and it's so tight that you have to slow down to what feels like a really slow pace, and then you wind the motor back up down another long straightaway. You have three totally different corners, so it's very interesting. You kind of approach it a little bit different from most tracks you go to that are the same in each corner. When you have three totally different corners, you are kind of dissecting the race track almost the same way you do a road course, not that it feels like a road course, but the way you think about what you need in the race car is the same."
It's difficult to set up a car to be good in all three turns at Pocono. How do you decide which turn at Pocono comprise on?
"My team tries to focus on Turns 1 and 3 because those are the longer straightaways that you have coming off those two corners. The Tunnel Turn is something that, as a driver, you can work on throughout the day to make your car get through there a little bit better. I ran pretty well there last year in both the Cup and XFINTIY cars, so I'm looking forward to going back there. I really enjoy racing at Pocono. It's one of my favorite tracks and one of my favorite areas to go to."
NASCAR XFINITY Series Results at Pocono Raceway
- Starts: 1
- Wins: 0
- Poles: 0
- Top 5 : 1
- Top 10: 1
- Average Start: 8
- Average Finish: 3