Pocono Raceway in Philadelphia is one of the more unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit, which is why this race is one that racing fans very often have circled on their calendars. The Pocono 400 will run this weekend, Sunday, June 3 at the famed track, with Kyle Busch looking to continue his brilliant season while extending his lead at the top of the driver standings in NASCAR. There are a lot of good drivers hot on his heels, though, and they will all be looking to close that gap at the top with a big performance at Pocono this weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the drivers favored taking the checkered flag in the Pocono 400 this weekend, as well all auto racing betting odds and picks.
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What: Pocono Raceway, “The Tricky Triangle”
When: Sun, Jun 3, 12:00 PM
Where: Long Pond Road and Andretti Road, Long Pond, Pennsylvania, 18334
Owner: Mattco Inc.
Operator: Igdalsky and Mattioli families
Broke ground: 1969
Former names: Pocono International Raceway (1969-1996)
Busch only has one career win at this track, but it came the last time he raced here last July. He has landed in the top 10 in each of his last 3 races at Pocono, which is in line with what he has done this season. Busch has already racked up 4 wins and 10 top 10 finishes in his 13 races, so to say that he is a driver in form is putting things rather mildly. Playing the chalk is not always the greatest idea, but it’s tough to look past a driver who seems to be head and shoulders above everyone else this year.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr. won this race back in 2015, the only victory he has had at this track, but he is another driver who has been in and around the leaders at Pocono in recent races there. He was 6th at this event last year and finished 3rd in the second race of the year at Pocono in 2017. Truex Jr. has just a single win on the season but has landed in the top 5 in 8 of his 13 races this season. He has run second in each of his last two races and is due for another win, although not this weekend.
Harvick comes into this race with the most wins of any driver on the season, winning 5 of his 13 races. Those performances have him sitting third in the driver standings, 88 points back of Kyle Busch. Harvick has been knocking on the door at this track for years now, finishing second in 4 of his last 7 visits to Pocono. Given how well he has been running this season, you get the feeling that his first win at Pocono is going to come sooner rather than later. I like Harvick to get the win this weekend.
After a pair of top 10 finishes at Pocono, including a 7th at this event in 2017, Larson ran a disappointing 33rd at this track his last time out. Larson has yet to take the checkered flag in 2018 but does have 8 top 10 finishes on the season. There is really nothing here to suggest that he can lead the pack on Sunday, especially when you consider the form of some of the other drivers in NASCAR right now. Realistically, Larson is probably looking at a top 10 finish at best.
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