CORNELIUS, N.C. —   After a fourth-place finish at Dover last week, the No. 15 RK Motors Toyota team travels to a track known for its somewhat tricky characteristics– Pocono Raceway.

The 2.5-mile track located in the Pocono Mountains is unique in many ways to other tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. With some of the longest straightaways and a wide pit road, the track is proud of its triangular shape, leading to its popular moniker, the Tricky Triangle.

Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer has never won at the track but has seven top-10 finishes in 16 races and has never finished outside the top 15 since joining the organization in 2012.

The No. 15 Toyota team tested at the track last week trying to find the right formula to conquer the tricky configuration. After Sunday’s 400-mile event, Bowyer and his team hope they found the formula that leads to victory lane.

 

How unique are the three corners at Pocono?

“Since the repave it’s a lot less drastic than it used to be.  When that track was worn out, you had three distinctly different corners and now it’s a little more the same, but still shifting gears -- pretty unique race track. There is no easy way of getting around it.”

 

You tested at Pocono a few weeks ago. How did the test go?

“We felt like we could try and be better there so we decided to test. We had a good game plan going in and ended up picking up a little speed and learned a few things. Anytime you can test you learn something, whether it’s what you should or shouldn't do. Hopefully it shows this weekend on the track and we have another good run like we did last weekend in Dover.”

 

CHASSIS

Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis.  Bowyer drove this to a 23rd -place finish at Kansas. Chassis No. 795 serves as the backup. This chassis has never seen action on a race weekend but has served as a back-up, most recently at Richmond and participated in last week’s test at Pocono.

 

     NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

Brian Pattie

Crew Chief

Brandon Hopkins

Front Tire Changer

Richard Coleman

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

PJ Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

Billy Curwood

Car Chief

Chris Sherwood

Interior Mechanic

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Tim O'Brien

2nd Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

J.D. Frey

Front Mechanic

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

Andrew Beason

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Chris Valverde

Engine Engineer

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

2nd Truck Driver

 

POCONO STATS

· One top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 16 starts

· Completed 2,837 of 2,888 laps (98.2%) and has led 91 laps

· Average start 18.4 and average finish 15.1

· No DNFs (did not finish)

Race

Site

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2006-14

Pocono

42

21

200/200

running

8

2006-20

Pocono

14

41

194/200

running

0

2007-14

Pocono

5

10

106/106

running

0

2007-21

Pocono

15

8

200/200

running

1

2008-14

Pocono

35

39

155/200

running

0

2008-21

Pocono

30

6

200/200

running

0

2009-14

Pocono

16

12

200/200

running

0

2009-21

Pocono

16

3

200/200

running

23

2010-14

Pocono

2

9

204/204

running

59

2010-21

Pocono

40

15

200/200

running

0

2011-14

Pocono

12

16

200/200

running

0

2011-21

Pocono

14

18

200/200

running

0

2012-14

Pocono

16

6

160/160

running

0

2012-21

Pocono

19

8

98/98

running

0

2013-14

Pocono

3

15

160/160

running

0

2013-21

Pocono

16

14

160/160

running

0

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES

·      RK Motors is one of the most innovative collector car retailers in the U.S. Their state-of-the-art, 60,000 sq. ft. showroom has become a destination for serious collectors from all over the world. They have restored some of the most legendary cars to ever prowl the pavement and those cars have gone on to collect trophies at some of the largest car shows in the country. Leading the industry with their consignment and sales program and the RKM Performance Center, their core mission is to make buying, selling, maintaining, or building your dream car as simple as possible.

 

·      Throughout race weekends in 2014 Michael Waltrip Racing will collect questions hashtagged #AskMWR on its @MWRteam Twitter handle. MWR crew man Wes Evans will host a 3-minute video each Wednesday on michaelwaltripracing.com  featuring MWR experts  answering the best fan questions from the weekend.                                              


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