Qualifying necessities

: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 8, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 8, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. –During two days of testing Wednesday and Thursday at Pocono, the quickest drivers posted lap speeds of nearly 180 mph. Mark Martin’s best lap (50.142 seconds) was more than two seconds faster  than the track qualifying record set by Kasey Kahne in 2004 (52.164 seconds).

So, given the increase in speed, what will it take to win the pole for Sunday’s Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR? Clint Bowyer didn’t have a specific number, but he had a definite idea.

“I don’t know — something the size of grapefruits, I’d say,” Bowyer said.

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