LONG POND — Like father, like son.
Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, became the young driver to ever win an ARCA Series race as he won the Pocono 200 on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.
The 17-year-old led the final 21 laps after working his way up from the 32nd starting spot. His father, one of Sprint Cup’s most popular drivers, won five times at Pocono.
Erik Jones, another 17-year-old, finished in second.
NOT A BETTER IDEA?
The manufacturers’ breakdown of the top-20 drivers is nine Chevrolets, six Toyotas and five Fords. Chevy drivers have won six of 13 races, while Toyota has won five and Ford just two.
That left Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ford, wondering if Ford is a bit behind the other two. Defending race winner Joey Logano is thinking the same.
“Well, I guess if you look at it the results don’t lie,” said Logano, who will start 22nd in his No. 22 Ford, “and I think that’s obvious for all you guys to see. But I do feel like we are working really hard and trying to make improvements and trying to work together as one Ford and as one team and trying to figure out what we’ve got to do to go a little faster.”
Fords have made up 33 percent of the fields through 13 races. Toyota is third at 27 percent.
SHORTER IS BETTER
Last year’s races were the first time Pocono events were 400 miles instead of 500 miles. That suited Jeff Burton just fine.
“It was nothing but a positive to take it to 400,” Burton said last week at a test session at Pocono. “We’ll be pushing for 300 pretty soon. I don’t think you sacrifice the racing. We race just as hard for 400 miles as we do for 500 miles. The human attention span is probably a little more acclimated to 400 miles.”
On a side note, Burton was joking about going to 300 miles.
Goodyear will use the same tire combination today as in the two Pocono races in 2012. The left-side tires will have a circumference of 87.4 inches while the right-side tires will be 88.3 inches. Teams are limited to nine sets of tires.
THE BLACK HOLE
Lining up based on owners points certainly wasn’t a good thing for Paul Menard. He’ll start ninth, which is good in one sense and bad in another.
While 49 of 70 Pocono winners have started in the top 10, none has ever won from the ninth starting position. Marcos Ambrose finished 13th in last year’s race after starting ninth.
According to jayski.com, drivers Dave Blaney and J.J. Yeley will be at the Chevy display at 9:30 a.m. Kasey Kahne is scheduled to appear at 10:30 a.m. The schedule is subject to change.