David Ragan and the No. 34 Taco Bell team are hoping for a brighter forecast in their return to Pocono Raceway this weekend. With practice and qualifying rained out in the Sprint Cup Series' first visit to the Long Pond, Pa., track, teams are looking forward to logging more laps on the return visit.
Drivers and crew chiefs are still learning the best approaches to attack the "Tricky Triangle" in the Gen-6 car and also adjusting to the track surface as it settles in a year after being repaved. Ragan and his Taco Bell team gained valuable knowledge in the June 9 race at the 2.5-mile oval, despite an early trip to the garage with a brake issue. They'll look to apply what they learned in that 400-mile event to come back stronger in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400.
Ragan has 13 career starts at Pocono, with one top-five and two top-15 finishes. His best result was fifth in 2008.
Comments from Taco Bell team driver David Ragan heading to Pocono: