NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350

Posted by Derrick Harper on June 26, 2020 in

After a fun weekend at Talladega with a photo finish, the NASCAR drivers and their teams head to the The Pocono Raceway for a weekend full of racing action. With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying part of the season, NASCAR is trying to get in as much of it’s schedule as possible, so there will be some unique situations for the drivers and their teams this season. One such situation will be taking place this weekend, as NASCAR is having a “doubleheader” of racing action. On Saturday, the drivers will run the Pocono Organics 325, and then turn around on Sunday and run the Pocono 350. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites to take the checkered flag so you can bet against their NASCAR odds.

NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350

Coming from Talladega to Pocono will be quite the change for the drivers and their crews. They’ll be going from a superspeedway to a 2.5 mile course that is shaped like a triangle. With the three tough turns, along with some long, fast, straightaways, this will make for some exciting action.

Another factor to consider for Sunday’s race is the fatigue factor. This will also be the 11th race in 43 days for everyone, so that could play a part. Will drivers go all out on Saturday, or will they save something for Sunday? What if a driver wrecks on Saturday and has to go with a backup car on Sunday? With this unique format, we could see a lot of things factor into how everyone races this weekend.

Starting position could play a big part in who wins as well. Four of the last five winners at Pocono have started in one of the first 10  starting positions, so odds are in your favor that someone in one of those positions will take the checkered flag.

Saturday’s action could play a factor into how things go on Sunday. We’re now going to preview some of the drivers who have a chance to have a great weekend at Pocono, and have a shot at taking home the checkered flag in the Pocono 350 on Sunday.

Kyle Busch

Busch loves racing at the  Pocono Speedway. With three wins in his last five starts, along with six top-10 finishes here, this is a place where Busch can succeed. He has yet to win this season, so look for big things from him here this weekend.

Denny Hamlin

The “triangle” hasn’t seemed to bother Hamlin, as he has won at Pocono five times throughout his career. The last time NASCAR visited Pocono, Hamlin left with the checkered flag.  With three top-10s in his last four starts, Pocono is a place where Hamlin knows he can win.

Joe Gibbs Racing Team

Busch, Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., and Erik Jones make up the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. Gibbs and his Toyotas have had a lot of success at Pocono. They have collectively won the last five races at Pocono. Truex has two wins at Pocono, and Jones leads all active drivers with an eight place average finish here. In his six career starts at the Pocono Raceway, Jones has four top-five finishes. This could be a stellar weekend for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.