Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/6/12
The new surface at Pocono Raceway can be described in one word: fast. Two drivers topped the 175 mile-per-hour range -- Mark Martin with a lap of 175.380 mph, just slightly faster than AJ Allmendinger's speed of 175.029 mph. In the first test session at the track Wednesday, 22 drivers broke the qualifying record of 172.533 set by Kasey Kahne in 2004 -- and that was in race trim. Jeff Gordon, who was 11th fastest in testing (173.87 mph) and leads all active drivers with five wins on the 2.5-mile track, says, "I'm not sure I want to know how fast we were going into Turn 1." However, estimates are down the front straightaway drivers hit the 210-mph range. That will make for an interesting qualifying session Saturday. "This place is a hold-your-breath anyway," Gordon said. "When you go to qualify here, with the old pavement, you picked up a second-and-a-half after making a qualifying run in practice. That is a hold-your-breath situation. You're shifting, you got to nail your marks -...
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