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NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Weekend Preview

Before the COVID-19 global pandemic rocked the sports world, NASCAR’s decision to do a double feature weekend for the Cup Series at Pocono Raceway represented a truly out of the box change of the norm for the series. Now it just seems like another part of the new normal when it comes to NASCAR cramming races in as quickly as possible to reassemble the 2020 schedule. NASCAR will run the Pocono weekend this weekend including the Organics 325 on Saturday followed up by the Pocono 350 on Sunday.

NADCAR Pocono Weekend Preview & Odds

Denny Hamlin has won three of 13 Cup Series events this season and could very well be a favorite to get the first weekend sweep in NASCAR history at Pocono.

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Pocono has long been a place where Hamlin (9-1) has shined. In 28 starts at the track dating back to 2006 he has five career wins, which tops the list for active drivers. He won last year’s second series event at Pocono and finished sixth in his first start at the track in 2019. Hamlin swept both events at the track in 2006, in his first two series starts there. He also had single wins at the track in 2009 and 2010. He has 11 top-five’s and 18 top-10’s in Cup Series action.

Brad Keselowski (9-1) has been hot of late and heads to a track that has been kind to him in the past.

In his last nine events at Pocono Keselowski has three seconds, one third place finish and three fifth place finishes. Take away a 38th place finish in 2018 because of a wreck and his worst finish in the other eight events run during that span is an eighth place. Keselowski’s average finish of 11.0 leads all active drivers with more than six starts.

Erik Jones (21-1) has only made six career starts at Pocono, but he’s put up a stout average finish of 8.3 in those events, which tops all active drivers overall. In his last three starts at Pocono Jones had a fifth place in the second event of 2018, a third place in the first 2019 event a second place in the second event of 2019. A 29th place finish in 2018 is Jones only finish at the track worse than eighth, so should feature this weekend.

Ryan Blaney (12-1) carries the momentum of a photo-finish win Sunday at Talladega to the Pocono weekend, the track where he got his first Cup Series victory in 2017. In eight starts at Pocono Blaney had four top-10 finishes with an average finish of 11.5.

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It’s fair to say Kevin Harvick (6-1) is due for a win at Pocono. In 38 career Cup Series starts there he is winless. In his last 11 starts he has four second place finishes, seven top-four finishes and nine finishes of ninth or better. A 22nd place finish in the first event of 2019 is his only finish worse than sixth in the last seven events at the track. Harvick has an average finish of 12.6 at Pocono.

Kyle Busch’s three career victories at Pocono have come over the last five events at the track. In the last seven events at the track Busch (6-1) hasn’t finished worse than ninth. In 30 starts at Pocono dating back to 2005 Busch has 15 top-10 finishes at the Tricky Triangle.

Martin Truex Jr. (8-1) has a pair of wins at Pocono (2015 & 2018), but has had a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs at the facility over his 28 starts there.

Chase Elliott (8.5-1) has six top-10’s in eight career starts at Pocono weekends’ but has only led a total of 16 laps in his last seven events there.

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So, that concludes our preview for Pocono, so very interesting online betting options to get stuck into.

Shawn Courchesne is an award-winning journalist who has been a sports reporter for 27 years and has covered motorsports professionally since 1995. The New England native spent 19 years as a reporter at the Hartford (CT) Courant, where he primarily covered UConn football & basketball, the NFL, NASCAR and boxing. In 2012 he launched the website RaceDayCT.com, which today is the leading source for New England short track racing news.

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