The Frontstretch: Becca's Big Six: Pocono Edition by Becca Gladden -- Wednesday June 14, 2006

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Becca's Big Six: Pocono Edition

Becca Gladden · Wednesday June 14, 2006


Each week, Frontstretch Staff Writer Becca Gladden looks at the prior weekend’s NEXTEL Cup race, covering the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the race, the drivers, the TV coverage and even the commercials! Check back here every Wednesday for Becca’s fun and thought-provoking commentary.

Who ... was listening closely to Elliott Sadler’s pre-race advice to this year’s rookies about how to get around the tricky track at Pocono? Sadler, who never takes himself too seriously, had some simple advice for the freshmen: “The trick to running 200 laps here and being out of trouble is to get out of my way when I get up to you. So if you see the 38 car coming, wave your hand and move to the right. Any questions?”

What ... is the best stategy for qualifying at a given track? When asked that question before this weekend’s Busch race, Kevin Harvick just shrugged and said, “Stand on it, man. That’s what we get paid to do.” Sounds like a plan to me.

When ... is it appropriate for a NASCAR sponsor to let the fans in on exactly who or what they are? After seeing J.J. Yeley’s paint scheme on Sunday, I spent all day wondering who or what a “Husqvarna” (Yeley’s sponsor) is. According to their website, they are a Swedish company that is “global leader in outdoor power products and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries.” Well, I can sleep better knowing that.

Where ... have we seen more pit road struggles and successes in one race than we saw at Pocono? They say that races are won and lost in the pits, and Sunday’s race was sure proof of that. Carl Edwards was an example of a team that had trouble (dropped the jack) and couldn’t recover, while Greg Biffle’s crew delivered a 6th-place finish after fixing brake problems early in the race.

Why ... is Brian Vickers really leaving the 25 car? Because of the voodoo curse on it, of course. Kenny Wallace asked Vickers about the rumored voodoo that has been affecting the 25 car for years, and Vickers replied, “That’s the only conclusion that I can come to,” referring to his team’s struggles over the past 2 1/2
seasons. Vickers was making the point that his problems weren’t do to a lack of effort, but it goes to show that a lot of NASCAR drivers are quite superstitious.

How ... cool is the new segment on NASCAR Raceday entitled “Tech-splanation?” Bootie Barker is one of the most knowledgeable crew chiefs in the garage and has a real knack for explaining the technical and mechanical aspects of the sport in a way that everyone can relate to. If you are at all interested in learning more about current equipment, setups, and adjustments for particular tracks, be sure to tune in to him on Speed TV’s Raceday as well as on NASCAR Performance.

Rebecca (Becca) Gladden is a freelance writer covering NASCAR’s Nextel Cup series for two of the internet’s most popular racing websites. You can visit Becca’s website at for a complete listing of her articles, polls, unique NASCAR news, and more!

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