The Monster Energy Cup series and Gander Outdoors Trucks series makes it’s stop at the “Tricky Triangle” at Pocono raceway this weekend while the Xfinity Series is at Iowa Speedway.
Pocono track information
Pocono Raceway is a 2.5 mile 3 turn (yes you read that right 3 turns) located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania and has always been considered one or the more unique tracks on the schedule because all 3 turns are unique and designed after landmark race tracks. Turn 1 has 14 degrees of banking and is modeled after Trenton Speedway. Turn 2 (also know as the tunnel turn) has 6 degrees of banking and is modeled after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Turn 3 has 6 degrees of banking and is designed after the Milwaukee Mile. Crew Chiefs have a very hard time setting up the car because of the 3 unique turns.
Cup series preview.
This will be the 2nd time this season that the Cup series has visited Pocono and will also be the last July race as NASCAR announced earlier in the year that Pocono will host a doubleheader race weekend next year. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner and Joe Gibbs Racing has won 3 of the last 4 July races.
Who to watch for.
Obviously when we come to Pocono, it’s hard not to pick one of the JGR drivers to win, as I mentioned, they’ve won 3 of the last 4 races here and I’m certain they will be battling for the win yet again. Kevin Harvick is another driver to watch out for. After last weekend’s thrilling finish at New Hampshire, momentum should be on their side. Pocono is one of 2 tracks that he has not won on (Kentucky Speedway being the other) but he has numerous runner up finishes here so I expect another “Freaky Fast” car this weekend.
Playoff spots still up for grabs.
With just 6 races remaining until the regular season ends, 7 spots are still left and you can bet that the teams that are on the bubble or outside looking in will be Working extra hard to win this weekend, especially Jimmie Johnson who is still in the longest winless drought of his career sits 17th in points and is in serious trouble of not making the playoffs for the 1st time in his career.
The Gander Outdoors Trucks Series makes it’s only visit to Pocono tomorrow’s for the Gander Outdoor 150. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner and Kyle Busch Motorsports has won 4 of the last 5 races. Kyle isn’t running this weekend but I expect his KMB trucks to be fast this weekend.
US Cellular 250 preview
The Xfinity Series makes it’s 2nd stop to the 0.875 mile Iowa Speedway for the US Cellular 250 and once again all eyes will be on the #20 of Christopher Bell and #00 of Cole Custer as they have been trading wins back and forth for a majority of the season. Bell, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing is the defending race winner and winner of last weekend race at New Hampshire. Custer drives for Stewart-Haas Racing is in the midst of his best career ever with 5 wins this year will also be a factor in Tomorrow night’s race.
Cup series race information
Race length 160 laps/400 miles
Stage lengths. Stage 1)50 laps
Stage 2/50 laps Stage 3/60 laps
3pm EDT(NBCSN, NBCSports App, MRN radio, SiriusXM Nascar Radio channel 90)
Truck race information
60 laps (150 miles)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1/15 laps Stage 2/15 laps Stage 3/30 laps
1pm EDT (FS1, Fox Sports Go app, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Nascar Radio Channel 90)
Xfinity Race Information
250 Laps/218 miles
Stage 1/60 laps
Stage 2/60 laps
Stage 3/130 laps
5pm EDT (NBCSN, NBCSports App, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Nascar Radio Channel 90)