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Jason White on the “Tricky Triangle”:  “Pocono is definitely a very unique and different track.  The track has three very different corners and the challenge there is to get your truck to handle as best as it can overall – there is a reason why they call it the Tricky Triangle.  I enjoy racing at Pocono as the uniqueness of it makes it very fun to drive.  They have repaved the track since we last raced there so it will have a lot of grip and make it much faster. It should be very interesting through places like the tunnel turn.  The new pavement also presents a challenge with the racing grooves, as usually with new pavement it takes some time to work in multiple racing grooves.

“We are taking our new truck that the GunBroker.com team has built. After we debuted it in Kentucky, the guys took it back and tweaked it a little more – so I am excited to race it this week. I think we could have something pretty special with this truck.”

Jason at Pocono:This will mark Jason’s third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 2.5-mile track in the Pocono Mountains. His best finish was 10th during the 2010 season after starting in the 16th position.  He has an average starting position of 18.0 and average finish of 13.5. Jason also made his one and only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway last year where he finished 33rd driving for FAS Lane Racing.

Race Rewind:  The annual visit to Chicagoland Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has become one of excitement and survival and Jason White provided both on Saturday night during the 150-lap event.  An exciting green-white-checkered finish would see White and his No.23 GunBroker.com Ford survive for a much deserved ninth place finish in the running of the American Ethanol 225.

The finish moved Jason up into the 10th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers’ standings – only seven points out of the ninth spot. 

“Sniper” Sets Sights on Pocono: The GunBroker.com team will be bringing the truck they nicknamed “Sniper” to Pocono Raceway this week.  In honor of the team’s sponsor, GunBroker.com, the GB Racing team uses gun and shooting themed names for most of their trucks – thus the name “Sniper”.   “Sniper” is a new truck that Jason ran for the first time last month at Kentucky Speedway.  Jason and the team also just tested “Sniper” at Michigan International Speedway on Monday at the Goodyear tire test.

Home at Hampton: Jason White and his team will enjoy the fine accommodations of the Hampton Inn Lehighton/Jim Thorpe Area during their stay in the Pocono area.This friendly hotel is situated just off Interstate 476 at exit # 74 and only 15 minutes from the beautiful historic town of Jim Thorpe, PA. Keep in touch with family andfriends during your stay thanks to free WiFi and 24 hour business center. Unwind after a busy day with a workout in the fitness room or by making a splash in theindoor pool and Jacuzzi.

 

Denny Hamlin will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of 2012, driving the No. 18 GNC Franchising Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. KBM's flagship Tundra will be sporting a new primary sponsor this week, GNC Franchising. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., GNC Franchising has been the No. 1 Vitamin Retail Franchise for 22 years in a row with more than 7,100 retail locations throughout the United States and 45 international markets.

If racing at the track dubbed as the "Tricky Triangle" was a college class, then Hamlin would definitely be the "Professor of Pocono." The Virginia native achieved immediate success at the 2.5-mile Tri-oval, sweeping both races from the pole as a Sprint Cup Series rookie in 2006. Over 13 career Cup Series starts at the venue, the 31-year-old driver has totaled four wins, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes. He has one previous Truck Series start in the Keystone State, posting a ninth-place finish in the inaugural event in 2010.

 

Hamlin, who has competed in 13 career Truck Series races, made two starts in his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate's Tundra during the 2011 season. In his KBM debut last October, he became the 23rd driver in history to collect at least one win in each of NASCAR's top three divisions when he drove the No. 18 Toyota to victory in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He returned to the truck for the series finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway last November, and came home with a runner-up finish in the rain-shortened event.

 

The third-year team is hoping that Hamlin's expertise at the "Tricky Triangle" can help propel them to their first win in the Pocono Mountains, as the challenging three-turn track is one of just seven venues on the 2012 Truck Series schedule where KBM has yet to claim victory. The No. 18 Tundra has come up one spot short in each of its first two Truck Series starts at Pocono Raceway - Kasey Kahne piloted the team's Toyota to a runner-up finish in the inaugural event and owner-driver Kyle Busch duplicated that finish in last year's race.

 

KBM

News & Notes:

  • This Week's ToyotaCare Toyota at Iowa Speedway ... Brett Moffitt will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 42 weekend at Iowa Speedway. This Toyota Camry made its 2012 debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where Kenny Wallace started 18th and finished 11th. Wallace then raced it at Auto Club Speedway, where he started sixth and finished seventh. In May, Travis Pastrana piloted this chassis to a 24th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Most recently, Wallace drove this chassis from an 11th-place starting position to a 4th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
  • A Weekend of Firsts ... Brett Moffitt will make his debut for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard this weekend, driving the No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry in Saturday night's U.S. Cellular 250. It will also mark current K&N Pro Series East points leader's first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
  • Iowa Facts ... In five Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, RAB Racing has two top-10 finishes. Additionally, RAB Racing-prepared entries have an average starting position of 21st, an average finish of 18.4, and have completed 94.2 percent of the laps contested (1,177 of 1,250) at the 7/8 mile tri-oval dating back to the inaugural race in 2009.
  • Rearview Mirror ... Travis Pastrana was able to avoid an early incident in last Saturday's inaugural Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but was forced to restart in the back of the field after making multiple pit stops to clean debris from the grill opening of the No. 99 Toyota. Between his Scott Zipadelli-led Boost Mobile team's pit strategy and his desire to make the most of the day, Pastrana rallied to record a career-best 13th-place finish.
  • The Collective RAB Racing Report ... In 19 races this season, RAB Racing's two NASCAR Nationwide Series entries have notched one top-five and three top-10 finishes. RAB Racing-prepared cars have also completed 3,027 laps with its five drivers - Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Pastrana, John Wes Townley, Ryan Truex and Wallace.
  • Get Well, Torie ... In recognition of his 16-year-old daughter Torie Costa's battle with childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue malignant tumor of skeletal muscle origin that accounts for approximately 3.5% of the cases of cancer among children aged 0 to 14 years, crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the members of RAB Racing's Nationwide Series team are wearing pink bracelets in support of Torie. A CaringBridge site has been created where Torie and her family post updates as she battles her disease. Family and friends are able to visit the site, stay informed and leave supportive messages. To keep up with Torie's journey, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/toriecosta
  • Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends... With their normal pit crew at Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend, the No. 99 team's pit crew will have a different roster for Iowa. Front-tire changer Josh Debruin, front-tire carrier Nick Keller, jack man Sean Cotten and rear-tire changer Brian Eastland will fly to Iowa Speedway with their usual rear-tire carrier Craig Lamb to offer their services to the RAB Racing team for Saturday night's race.
  • Catch the Action ... The U.S. Cellular 250 Presented will take the green flag Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m. EDT. Race coverage will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT and broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 20th race on the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule will be televised live on ESPN2 Saturday, August 4 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

 

Brett Moffitt Quotes:

"I am very excited to make my Nationwide Series debut in the No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Not only is it my first Nationwide race, but it will be at my home track. I love Iowa Speedway and it will be nice to have my fans and family out at the track supporting me. It's going to be a busy weekend with running both the K&N Series race Friday night, and the Nationwide Series race the following day. Though it will be in a different car with different competitors, hopefully I can draw on some of my past experience to overcome the learning curve and keep the No. 99 ToyotaCare Camry up front."

 

Scott Zipadelli Quotes:

"I'm looking forward to heading to Iowa Speedway for the second time this season. Iowa offers good short-track racing that is similar to the likes of Richmond, but creates additional challenges for the drivers with a big bump in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. We're going to have a few challenges this weekend, but nothing we can't overcome. We will be practicing during the day and racing at night, so the setup will be tricky. It will be exciting to work with our new driver, Brett Moffitt. He's a good kid who does very well at this track in the K&N Series. Brett will get some extra seat time running in that series before the Nationwide Series race, so he will be ready to compete in the No. 99 ToyotaCare Camry."

 

RAB Racing PR

Sam Hornish Jr. is quick to point to the 2.5-mile triangular-shaped Pocono Raceway as his personal favorite race track along the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit.  Getting another shot behind the wheel of Penske Racing’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge in this weekend’s Pennsylvania 400, Hornish is eager to get back to the track.

“Pocono is my favorite track and I am really looking forward to getting the opportunity to race there this weekend,” said Hornish, who will be logging considerable air miles as he competes in both the Pocono Cup race and the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway this weekend.  “I like a lot of tracks and try not to dislike any of them, but I am quick to point out just how much I like racing at Pocono.”

The feelings between driver and track and track and driver seem to be mutual as Pocono Raceway has been the site for Hornish’s most successful Sprint Cup runs to date.  His fourth-place tally in the August 3, 2009 Pennsylvania 500 rates as his best career Cup finish in 113 series starts entering this weekend’s return to the “Tricky Triangle.

“We’ve led laps and had some of our strongest runs at Pocono, that’s for sure,” offered Hornish.  “We finished fourth there in one of the 2009 races, but really had our best shot at winning there in the races there during the 2010 season.  We led pretty late in both of those races and if luck had been on our side, we could have won.”

Hornish led 16 laps in the June 2010 race and was leading with 13 laps remaining when eventual winner Denny Hamlin got around.  He appeared to be headed to another top-five finish before a crash at the end of the race forced a green-white-checkered finish.  He got shuffled back to 11th when the race was finally completed after 204 laps.  Hornish led as late as with 21 laps remaining in the August 2010 Pocono battle.  Eventual race winner Greg Biffle passed Hornish on Lap 180 and went on to win by 3.598 seconds over Tony Stewart.  Hornish soldiered on to another 11th-place finish.

As for what it is about Pocono Raceway that connects so well with Hornish, he has several thoughts on that subject.

“Pocono is a track that’s all about compromise because all three turns are so different,” Hornish said.  “You try to be as good as you can overall on the track, but so many times you have to compromise in giving up a little in one turn to be really strong in the other two.

“It’s about getting your car to handle well coming off the corners to get good runs down the straightaway; that’s what Pocono is all about.  The straightaways are so long there that you have to be able to exit the corners well in order to pass people and to keep people behind you.

“I’ve raced there enough that I can go to that track with a lot of confidence,” said Hornish.  “I think I can handle the compromising challenge pretty well.  I think that there’s a lot of guys that don’t like going there, so they’ve already got this negative opinion about it. Their attitude is probably not in the right place.

“I’m really looking forward to it.  I like the track and the challenge it presents.  It’s unlike anything we run anywhere else on the Sprint Cup circuit.  It’s just a unique and demanding track and I really enjoy racing there.”

 In addition to his six career races at Pocono for Penske Racing between 2008-2010, Hornish started the June 2011 race there in the Front Row Motorsports Ford (started 26th and finished 35th).  He has a 26.0 average start and 17.3 average finish at Pocono in Penske-prepared cars.  His overall record in seven starts shows one top-five finish and two top-10s.  His overall average start is 26.0 and average finish is 19.9.  Hornish has completed 1,274 of 1,404 laps (90.7 percent lap completion average).

“We’re really looking forward to Pocono this weekend,” offered Shell-Pennzoil Dodge crew chief Todd Gordon.  “I know how much Sam likes racing on that track and I think we can go there and have a solid weekend.  Being able to run the entire race at New Hampshire and again last Sunday at Indy, we continue to learn each other better and improve in our communications.

“Sam has had some really strong races at Pocono and we’re hoping to add to those this weekend,” Gordon added.  “He has led several of the races in the later stages with just a few laps remaining.  All of his Pocono races have been in 500-mile events.  We started running the 400-mile distance there this season.  It may just turn out to be the right scenario to turn some heads there on Sunday afternoon.”

TRPR

The month of July was just what Ryan Newman and his No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing team needed.

After struggling to find the top-10 for three months and free-falling in the point standings, Newman and his No. 39 Haas Automation team finally got things turned around and headed in the right direction by scoring three consecutive top-10 finishes in three July races.

The South Bend, Ind., native kicked off the month with a fifth-place effort at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway July 7. While it was the No. 39 team’s first top-10 since Newman’s win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway April 1, it also marked the first top-10 for Newman at the 2.5-mile superspeedway since his 2008 Daytona 500 win.

He followed that up with a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon July 22.

And then, last Sunday, he finished out the month by earning a hard-fought seventh-place finish in the Brickyard 400 – his first top-10 finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since his 2002 rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Now, with the month of August here and the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship just six races away, Newman needs to keep the momentum rolling and turn his string of top-10 finishes into top-fives, and even wins, beginning with Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Newman, who has one victory, three top-five and six top-10 finishes this season, is 14th in the Sprint Cup standings. And one thing is for certain – it’s going to take at least another victory to secure a wild-card spot to advance to the Chase and enable Newman to fight for the Sprint Cup championship.

Luckily for Newman, this weekend the Sprint Cup Series rolls into one of his favorite tracks – Pocono’s “Tricky Triangle,” where he has a solid performance record, including his first-ever stock car victory in the ARCA Series back in July 2000.

Since that dominating victory, Newman has gone on to build a solid record at the 2.5-mile triangular-shaped track with an average starting spot of 9.8 and an average finish of 12.7. In 21 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono, Newman has finished outside the top-15 just five times. He has two poles, a 2001 win, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s.

Newman & Company hopes to keep its streak of top-10 finishes alive this weekend and build on its momentum from a strong July. With the ultimate goal of securing a spot in the Chase, the team knows it will need to earn at least another win.

With Haas Automation – the world’s largest CNC machine tool builder in the Western world – behind him and on his racecar’s hood at Pocono, Newman knows he has the “tools” to put his No. 39 Haas Automation Chevy at the front of the field.

TSC

After having a car capable of winning at Pocono Raceway in June, Marcos Ambrose and his Stanley crew head to "The Tricky Triangle" this week for a second chance. The No. 9 team will look to bring home a win at the newly paved 2.5-mile tri-oval in Long Pond, Pa., as Ambrose will make his seventh career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono on Sunday.

 

The Australian native has one top-10 finish at Pocono. His best finish (sixth) came in 2009 and his best start (seventh) came in last year's spring race. He has completed 1,155 of 1,364 laps attempted at the Pennsylvania track, leading one of them. Ambrose enters this weekend's 400-mile race in 18th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

 

Ambrose's car will have a different look this weekend as Stanley will return as the primary partner of the No. 9 Ford Fusion.

 

Don't forget to tune into Sirius XM Radio on Channel 90, Friday, at 10 a.m. ET for the Morning Drive with Pete Pistone and Mike Bagley to listen to Marcos talk about racing at Pocono for the second time this season.

 

Marcos Ambrose's Thoughts on Racing at Pocono:

 

"We had a great car in Pocono in June, and I expect to have a similar setup in my Stanley Ford this weekend. We had a strong race going for us earlier in the year, but we had some bad luck and weren't able to capitalize at the end of the day. We ran up front for the majority of the race in June, and things just didn't fall in our favor toward the later portion of the event. We have had a bit of a slump here the last couple of weeks, so I'm ready to get back on an uphill swing and get a good finish this weekend in my Stanley Ford.

 

"My guys have been working their guts out this week getting ready for Sunday, and I can't thank them enough for all they do. It's been a long week already with us testing in Michigan right after Indy, but I know what my team is capable of and we are going to show that on Sunday at 'The Tricky Triangle.'"

 

Comments from Crew Chief Todd Parrott on Going to Pocono:

 

"We have some good notes going into this weekend after racing in Pocono in June, so that will be a tremendous help going into this weekend. We know the track is going to be fast and smoother than it has been in years past, so we are going to have to really concentrate on having a well-balanced race car. Pocono is one of the more unique tracks we go to because it has three very distinct corners. If we can get our Stanley Ford to handle well through the turns and carry good speed on the straightaways we will be in good shape on Sunday."

 

RPM

As a special thank you to the greatest race fans in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is offering special pricing for selected days for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend for those who reorder their Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard tickets by Monday, Aug. 13.

Fans reordering tickets to the 2013 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard will be entitled to special "Fan Prices" on tickets to the following days:

Day                                                                   Gate Price         Fan Price
Nationwide Race Reserved Seats                         $65/$50              $60/$45
Thursday/Friday/Saturday - General Admission    $65                     $50
Nationwide Race General Admission                    $25                     $20
GRAND-AM Races                                             $30                     $25

There are two ways to reorder seats for the 2013 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard:

1. Visit www.imstix.com, log in to your account and reorder tickets

2. Mail 2013 Reorder Form (enclosed with 2012 tickets) to:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
P.O. Box 24910
Speedway, IN 46224-0910

The 2013 Kroger Super Weekend will culminate with the 20th anniversary of the Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard featuring the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson, who won this year's event, and Jeff Gordon will both try to become the first driver to win five oval races at IMS.

The exciting weekend also features the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and GRAND-AM Road Racing races in the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Series.

IMS

Kurt Busch will conduct "double-duty" at Iowa Speedway for the second time this season, traveling from Long Pond, Pa., where he will practice his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry on Friday, and then qualify it on Saturday morning. Busch will then head to the cornfields of Newton, Iowa, where he will try his hand again, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the .867-mile speedway. Busch, the older brother of Kyle Busch Motorsports owner-driver Kyle Busch, has secured two Nationwide Series victories this season, including the first for his brother's young team. Coincidentally, that win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway came in the same car #009, which he'll be driving this weekend.  

 

In Busch's previous attempt at this facility, he traveled from the Charlotte, N.C. NASCAR All-Star event, and missed the qualifying time for Iowa's spring Nationwide Series race. Support driver Drew Herring qualified the Richmond-win car in the 31st position for Busch, who upon arrival race day, took over driving duties, led two laps and reached a fifth-place finishing position, the team's third top-five finish of the season.

 

After last week's strong run in Indianapolis (Ind.) with team owner-driver Kyle Busch, who paced the field with fastest lap times in both practice sessions and during the race, the first-year Nationwide Series team chose to bring chassis #009 back for a fourth attempt at the company's second career win.

 

Crew chief Mike Beam also looks to improve his Iowa Speedway career-best finishing position of third, hoping this week's U.S. Cellular 250 presented by the Enlist Weed Control System, is a good luck charm the second time around.

 

KBM PR

Aric Almirola returns to Pocono Raceway this week with the benefit of experience as well as two new partners.  For his second race at the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle," Almirola brings a No. 43 Ford carrying the messaging of primary sponsor Automotive Lift Institute and co-sponsor ALM Materials Handling.

 

Automotive Lift Institute is a trade association dedicated to promoting the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, service and use of vehicle service lifts.  Its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 team will help promote the Institute's safety message as it launches its Lift Inspector Certification Program.

 

ALM was founded in 1982 and focuses on the manufacture of material handling lifts.  Its fixed or adjustable base positioners can improve customers' competitive advantage by boosting throughput 35 percent or more while eliminating old-fashioned, unsafe inefficient methods.

 

Almirola welcomes both partners as he returns to Pocono after making his Sprint Cup debut at the Long Pond, Pa., track in June.  The No. 43 team finished 28th on the newly repaved track that proved challenging for the entire field and produced multiple wrecks.  Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 will air live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Comments from Automotive Lift Institute Ford Fusion Driver Aric Almirola:

 

"We definitely learned a lot as a team, and I learned a lot as a driver, during our first trip to Pocono earlier this summer.  Not only was it my first time racing a Cup car on the track, but the track had just been repaved, too.  So it will be nice to go back there the second time with some experience and a notebook to work from.  I think we'll roll off the truck in pretty good shape and I'm ready to get back at it.

 

"It's cool to have the Automotive Lift Institute and ALM on our No. 43 Ford this weekend.  We're excited to take new partners to the racetrack and our whole team looks forward to bringing them a good result."

 

Comments from Crew Chief Mike Ford on Pocono:

 

"Pocono is a fun but difficult track every time you go there.  And last time, we had the extra element of the repave to work with.  Going back now a second time, we'll have the benefit of Aric having run 400 miles on the track just two months ago and all the notes we took from two days of testing there.

 

"As we start to return to tracks for a second time in the second half of the season, that will be a big help for Aric and for our entire team.  As a team, we've been going to tracks together for the first time and building our notebook as we go.  It will be a big help now to go back to some of these places, look at our notes and say, 'OK, we learned this lesson last time.  Here's how we're going to adjust and be better.'"

 

RPM PR

  • This Week's ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra ... John Wes Townley will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 48 in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. A workhorse of the 2012 season, this Toyota Tundra raced at Kansas Speedway in April, Charlotte Motor Superspeedway in May, and twice in the month of June, at Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Most recently, Townley raced this chassis to a career-best 14th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway when the series last competed two weeks ago.
  • Townley at Pocono ... While Townley has not yet raced at Pocono Raceway in Camping World Truck Series competition, he has raced there before. In two ARCA Racing Series Series start at the "Tricky Triangle", Townley has garnered one top-10 and two top-20 finishes, posting his track-best finish of ninth in 2008's Pennsylvania ARCA 200. 
  • RAB Racing at Pocono... While RAB Racing has not yet competed at Pocono Raceway in Camping World Truck Series competition, they have competed in two ARCA Racing Series events at the 2.5-mile triangle dating back to 2008.The team's best showing at the Pennsylvania track is a ninth-place finish, which was posted by Townley in 2008.
  • After Ten Races... Over the first 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2012 season, Townley has accumulated six top-20 finishes, an average starting position of 21.1 and an average finish of 20.4. Townley has completed 88.4 percent of the laps he's contested (1,383 of 1,565) thus far.
  • Get to the Points ... Townley's sixth top-20 finish of the 2012 season in Chicagoland Speedway's American Ethanol 225 allowed him to advance one position, to 19th, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.
  • Your Point Is... As we head into the 11th race of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, RAB Racing currently occupies the 18th position in the owner's points standings.
  • RAB Racing in 2012... With ten races completed in the 2012 season, RAB Racing's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have recorded one top-five and seven top-20 finishes with drivers Travis Kvapil and Townley.
  • Double Duty ... Townley will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Pocono Raceway this weekend, driving the No. 32 Zaxby's-sponsored entry in Sunday's Pennsylvania 400. Live coverage of the event begins Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will be televised live on ESPN and broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
  • Catch the Action ... The Pocono Mountains 125 from Pocono Raceway will be televised live Saturday, August 4 beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network. Qualifying will be Saturday, August 4 beginning at 9:35 a.m. EDT.

 

John Wes Townley Quotes

"I'm really looking forward to getting to Pocono Raceway this weekend. I enjoyed racing there in the ARCA Series. Pocono is unique, there's no perfect setup to get around there. You give up a little in one corner to be good in the others. It's going to be interesting to see how our ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra reacts and make adjustments from there. With the fresh pavement, it's going to be a very fast race. I'm looking forward to it"

 

Chris Rice Quotes

"Pocono has brand new pavement that is really smooth and really fast. I think the trucks are going to be close to wide-open all the way around this track and we'll have to utilize the draft a lot. The Pocono Mountains 125 will be a really interesting race for us. We will be returning to this track with heavy hearts as it is the first visit for the Camping World Truck Series since Dr. Mattioli's passing. But Pocono has been a good race for the Sprint Cup cars since the repaving and I can't wait to see how our No. 09 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra will do."

 

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