June 6, 2007
Furniture Row Racing gears up to take on Pocono Raceway this weekend.
The track has the characteristics of both a road course and a superspeedway because of its unique shape and challenging turns.
General Manager Joe Garone describes the game plan for tacking the 2.5 mile triangle track.
“We are anxious for Pocono and are bringing Kenny's favorite car. Kenny hasn't raced at Pocono in recent years, but feels like he should be able to pick it up right away. We may change our practice strategy allowing Kenny and Crew Chief Jay Guy to get more laps in to figure out what the car wants before qualifying.”
The team hopes to rebound from a disappointing qualifying effort last weekend at Dover.
“After making 6 races in a row, Dover's qualifying outcome was a disappointment,” states Garone.
“Despite not putting up a big time during the practice session, we knew we had a good running car.
We ran our best times the last two runs of the session on old tires posting a time of 24.229, and felt we should run a 23.90 qualifying time. Unfortunately, due to a fuel delivery problem the engine did not run near its maximum power and we were not able to run any faster than a 24.204. The final transfer position was a 24.05. “
In other news….
Furniture Row Racing was
saddened to learn of the passing of William C. France last Monday, and would like to express their condolences to the France family.
NASCAR Vice Chairman William C. France, whose leadership helped turn a family-owned company into a national phenomenon, died at his home in Daytona Beach, Fla. at the age of 74.
France served as NASCAR’s president from 1972-2000, taking over from his father, NASCAR founder William H.G. “Big Bill” France.
In 2000, France – known as “Bill Jr.” – became NASCAR’s CEO and the chairman of the newly created NASCAR Board of Directors.
In October 2003, the torch was again passed, with France’s son Brian France taking over as Chairman and CEO. France became Vice Chairman at that time, whereupon his influence and input remained considerable – and valuable.
“He had a remarkable career and an even-more remarkable life,” said Brian France. “Words cannot express how much he’ll be missed by myself and the rest of our family and by the NASCAR industry overall.”