Pocono paves the way for an exciting race
I can't tell you the last time I have been to Pocono when the race had as much anticipation as Sunday did. Resurfacing the track and shortening the race gave us blistering speeds and gave the drivers more of a sense of urgency. I have said for years that the races at Pocono are too long. I've always felt we'd have a better, more tense and more enjoyable race if it were shortened.
The repaving of the track was long overdue, and I was excited when I heard they were finally going to do it. When you combine that with the other improvements made to the track over the years, with the SAFER Barriers all the way around the track inside and out, paved-over areas that were previously grass, pit road has been redone with concrete pit stalls. When you walked into the place it was beautiful. It was beautiful and bad fast.
Something like 30-plus cars broke the track record in qualifying. Joey Logano came within a few hundredths of running a 180-mph ave...