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#1 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:44

Hey all, Trucks in Texas Friday night, the Cup stars take on the triangular Pocono race track.

Known for producing boring races, the track itself is unique--with an irregular triangle shape, there are three distinct corners and the setup is always a compromise. There are also different surfaces at different temperatures (the "tunnel turn" is so named because the tunnel to access the infield runs under it) so it's quite tricky.

It used to be said that it's the track that races most like a road course, but that was before the gear rule. Before the gear rule, drivers actually changed gears during green flag conditions. IMO it's a shame they don't do that any more.

Broadcast schedule: http://www.nascar.com/races/tune_in/

Jayski: http://jayski.com/ne...tory?id=6457455

By the way, congratulations to Clint Bowyer for winning Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream charity event in Rossburg, Ohio last night.

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#2 PNSD

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:52

A chance for JPM to help turn his season back the right way I hope!!

Will miss the race this weekend, aswell as the F1, and Le mans :(.

#3 Myrvold

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 15:10

Gear Rule?

#4 red stick

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 16:16

I like this track, although it does seem that if someone figures out the setup he can walk away from the field. But I appreciate the fact that the corners are different and it's not just another 1.5 mile oval.

#5 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 16:48

Gear Rule?

http://en.wikipedia....tions#Gear_Rule

#6 Dilla

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 19:32

No Cup guys in the Truck race with Brian Ickler in the 18 and David Mayhew in the 2 at Texas.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 19:44

The Cup race starts at the same time as the F1 race :well: But looking at the bright side of life, that gives a very good excuse to keep on watching racing cars when the F1 race finishes :)

#8 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 19:45

The Cup race starts at the same time as the F1 race :well: But looking at the bright side of life, that gives a very good excuse to keep on watching racing cars when the F1 race finishes :)

I'm going to have to watch the Cup race, cos that gives me an excuse to download and watch the BBC feed of the F1 race!

NO TALKING ABOUT THE F1 RACE RESULTS IN THIS THREAD

#9 Dilla

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 20:27

Cole Whitt fastest in final practice for the Trucks:

1. Cole Whitt
2. James Buescher
3. Brian Ickler
4. Johnny Sauter
5. Justin Marks

9. Ricky Carmichael
13. Miguel Paludo
17. Nelson Piquet Jr.
18. Max Papis

#10 loki

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 21:10

It used to be said that it's the track that races most like a road course, but that was before the gear rule. Before the gear rule, drivers actually changed gears during green flag conditions. IMO it's a shame they don't do that any more.


They recently changed the rules so they can use setups that do allow them to shift. Buddy Baker was talking about it on the Late Shift on Sirius/XM NASCAR channel earlier this week. IIRC they were talking to Mike Ford (Hamlin crew chief) about it. The gearing is pretty tight so they don't go nuts with the spending but it seems that NASCAR listened to the teams and the fans on this one.


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 00:33

I really wish they'd cut the Pocono races by 200 miles. 500 miles is excruciating to watch. At least I can switch over to F1 for awhile.

#12 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 13:11

They recently changed the rules so they can use setups that do allow them to shift. Buddy Baker was talking about it on the Late Shift on Sirius/XM NASCAR channel earlier this week. IIRC they were talking to Mike Ford (Hamlin crew chief) about it. The gearing is pretty tight so they don't go nuts with the spending but it seems that NASCAR listened to the teams and the fans on this one.

So we might see the drivers shifting this weekend?

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 13:13

I really wish they'd cut the Pocono races by 200 miles. 500 miles is excruciating to watch. At least I can switch over to F1 for awhile.

Worst race of the year in my opinion. My friends call it "the 24 hours of Pocono" :D

#14 red stick

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 16:48

Worst race of the year in my opinion. My friends call it "the 24 hours of Pocono" :D


I have no love for the Charlotte 600 miler. Too long, generally too many cautions--I can't recall the last time I watched the whole race, even on tape delay. Although I, perversely it seems, enjoy Pocono, more 400 mile races, at this and several other tracks, wouldn't hurt my feelings.


#15 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 17:22

I have no love for the Charlotte 600 miler. Too long, generally too many cautions--I can't recall the last time I watched the whole race, even on tape delay. Although I, perversely it seems, enjoy Pocono, more 400 mile races, at this and several other tracks, wouldn't hurt my feelings.

Not to mention the Charlotte 600 miler goes too late into the night.

I too perversely like Pocono and look forward to your presence in this thread on Sunday.

#16 loki

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 19:24

So we might see the drivers shifting this weekend?


The consensus seemed to be if you weren't going to set your car up to shift, you probably weren't going to be competitive. We'll see.


#17 Giannazzo

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 21:56

The consensus seemed to be if you weren't going to set your car up to shift, you probably weren't going to be competitive. We'll see.


Good news, thanks! :up:

#18 loki

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 23:18

Report from Happy Hour on shifting. I had the practice on TV in the shop but the compressor was so loud I couldn't hear much.

http://www.nascar.co...py-hour-pocono/

#19 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 23:22

Well, this is great news. Will make it much more interesting.

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#20 pingu666

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:30

the trucks seem tobe interupting adverts :\

#21 Lukin

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:36

I've never seen such fuss made about shifting gears!

#22 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:41

AD, what an idiot

#23 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:47

Piquet jr passing cars left and right

#24 SimMaker

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:49

Piquet jr passing cars left and right


Yeah, it's great to watch. Really has a burr up his ass.

#25 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:51

Heh, lol...young sensation blew up engine, Cole Whitt retires, Piquet jr. 5th, last restarted 17th.



#26 ktsayshi

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:52

O HAI etc. Been watching, just joining. PK in 5th! That kid is coming good.

#27 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:54

Lost a bunch on the pits, but I think maybe some short fueled, the 18th? The leader may be tight on fuel and spent a long time refueling, maybe so did Piquet? Or maybe they just messed up.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:58

Lost a bunch on the pits, but I think maybe some short fueled, the 18th? The leader may be tight on fuel and spent a long time refueling, maybe so did Piquet? Or maybe they just messed up.

i bet they loved how PK passes, so they gave him a chance to show more of his skils

#29 ktsayshi

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:58

Yeeeow! Justin Marks totally goes rallying.

#30 ktsayshi

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:59

i bet they loved how PK passes, so they gave him a chance to show more of his skils


I LOL'ed, but PK has been hell on restarts this season. Another caution period generally is good news for PK.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:04

I LOL'ed, but PK has been hell on restarts this season. Another caution period generally is good news for PK.

maybe they should install his car KERS, his starts and restarts have been terrible

#32 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:08

Amazing save....the way those trucks go where they are pointed is amazing...lol

#33 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:12

AD....
Lol

#34 SimMaker

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:13

I think thats the second time tonight they have been onboard with, and talking up a driver, just as he crashes. The Murray Curse.

#35 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:26

It lookedtp to me that Piquet jr really prepared to get past the 39, he built the momentum right, with the 18 too close for confort. The 18 has a great car now, got past.

#36 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:29

Cmon

#37 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:30

Oh man... piquet jr got the momentum, warm tires...now it's all over...he was in fighting for the top 3.

Edited by 4L3X, 11 June 2011 - 03:31.


#38 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:34

JS: are we good on fuel?

Yeah, totally fine.

JS: fuel pressure gauge reads zero...

...silence.

I lol'd

#39 4L3X

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:39

Oh man, he lost it. The leader gets black flagged.

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#40 Dilla

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:41

Sauter pulled a David Ragan, apparently.

Too bad for Piquet, a top 5 would have been nice.

Edited by Dilla, 11 June 2011 - 03:42.


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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:45

Hope he learns to restart better than that.

Crazy, fun race. See you guys later.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 03:53

wonder how many trucks wherent tore up xD, happy for parker as hes a iracer and also a friend of radiolemans :D, did pk bounce off his teammate on the restart? :/

he bounced off the wall on the final turn and also too a trip through the grass in that last lap :o


#43 Giannazzo

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 21:34

Kurth Busch took the pole position for the race in Pocono, ahead of Paul Menard, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 15:16

Just cought some "jolly fat dude" on Speed TV, doing a piece on Kyle Busch. It was a piss take obviously, but was pretty funny. The big guy was sat in front of a chalk board, dressed in a mechanics outfit???.....does the scene ring a bell? Would like to look up a few more of his pieces but did'nt catch his name.

#45 Giannazzo

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:03

Race to start in about 15 minutes in Pocono :wave:

#46 f1seb

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:04

Go Monty!!!

#47 red stick

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:24

Missed the preshow; why a competition yellow at 20 laps?

#48 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:29

Missed the preshow; why a competition yellow at 20 laps?

probably cos it rained over night, green race track

caution on lap 8 for debris.

Montoya says it's great on exit but chatters the fronts real bad getting in,e sp. into turn 1.

staying out on this caution, P12.

#49 red stick

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:31

Thx

#50 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 17:32

yeah there are definitely some puddles on pit road.

The ARCA race last night was called due to FOG.

Reminder: don't talk about the F1 race, I'm sure many of us are planning on watching it later.