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Pit PerspectiveEverybody is feeling the pressure now, especially the teams trying to get into the top 12 in points with only five races left until the Chase for the Nextel Cup. The crews are trying to make lightning-fast pit stops, but sometimes they are in such a hurry that the gasman doesn't have time or just doesn't get all the gas in the fuel cell. It could come back to haunt you. After pit stops, crews weigh the fuel cans to know exactly how much gas is in the car by determining how much is left in the can. A gallon of gas weighs close to seven pounds. That's why teams can be so precise about fuel mileage. It sounds like a little thing, but you can't have any spills. You've got to make sure you pack that cell full of fuel.
Finish LineYou've heard drivers compare Pocono to a road course, and Darrell Waltrip calls it a roval. It has so many characteristics of different racetracks, but no other racetrack even compares to Pocono. It requires complete concentration without any lapses. You've got to hit your marks lap after lap because it's very line-sensitive.
NASCAR on FOX and SPEED host and reporter Steve Byrnes has covered racing for more than 20 years.