Quick note, I am combining the rollout with the setup for the time being. I need more fishing time haha.
Charlotte was an interesting race, starting 28th the team had a long way to go forward. With very few cautions the team did not have many chances to make the car better. Austin dealt with a car that was tight on exit all day. The crew had good stops and managed to keep a 0 position loss evening. Several times Austin was the fastest car on track and drove from 28th up to 12th at the end. I know the team wanted more, we all did, but let me caution this… Do not expect too much. We want a win, it is coming but do not mourn success. Celebrate it. Be thankful for what you did get. Then, go improve! I hate to hear driver or spotter or crew chief sounding down at the end of a race, when you improve position 16 places all on track with brute force, be happy for it.
Now, onto Pocono! Welcome to Long Pond, Pennsylvania and the tricky triangle! 3 corners that do not work together connected by long straights!
To be successful you have to have great momentum and amazing horsepower. Get down the straights, through the turn and pick up the throttle early. It runs like a road course, many of the same principles. Also, this is a place where you can really benefit from pit strategy, pit early. Short pittin is normally a real gamble, here you have plenty of time to pit and get out before the leaders get around.
So where do we land for the week? Austin has an average finish just below 5th in the truck series and a win! In Cup series he averages 16. With a career 11th place average he looks to have a great week. Austin also maintains an average 6.78 positions above his Cup series average. Round that down to 6…. 11-6=5.
My projection for Austin this week is 5th. With Frank & I tied at 4 races a piece it looks to be a close year.
Some quick honorable mentions for this week, Austin averages a start of 8th. He has completed every lap at Pocono, led 5 laps last year. Austin is 16th among all active drivers at Pocono. This could be a breakthrough race for Austin and Slugger.
Thats it for this week, good luck and I’ll see you in the box!