After a busy weekend in Florida, the NASCAR teams head to Long Pond, Pennsylvania. With five NASCAR races in two days, the Pocono Raceway will be a happening place this weekend.
With NASCAR having to alter it’s schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some rare scheduling situations this season. One such situation will be taking place this weekend, as NASCAR will be having a “doubleheader”. Saturday the drivers will be running the Pocono Organics 325, and they will have a very short turnaround, as on Sunday they will then run the Pocono 350.
The drivers will have to adapt to the rare setup of Pocono. They’ll be going from the Talladega superspeedway format, to a 2.5 mile course that is shaped like a triangle. Pocono’s sharp turns combined with the long, fast straightaways will make for some exciting racing.
Starting position will play a large factor in the outcome of the Pocono 350. Prior to Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325, four of the last five winners at Pocono have started in one of the first 10 starting spots. The racers who finish well on Saturday could have a big advantage for Sunday’s affair.
Let’s take a look at some of the racers who could contend for the title on Sunday.
Joe Gibbs Racing Team
Kyle Busch, Denny 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. Busch has won three of his last five starts at Pocono, and has finished inside the top-10 six times. Denny Hamlin has five career victories here, and has finished in the top 10 in three of his last four starts 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.
Blaney won in exciting fashion at Talladega. With a photo-finish victory, Blaney continued to ride his wave of momentum and is hoping that it extends into Pocono. Blaney has won once at Pocono, and has never finished outside of the top 15 in any of his career starts here. Blaney has a great opportunity to take a victory at Pocono this weekend.
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