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Pocono 400: Power Rankings

Kurt Busch is the favorite at Pocono.

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Race Information

Race: Pocono 400
Laps: 160
Date: June 2nd
Venue: Pocono Speedway
2018 Winner: Martin Truex Jr (2:52:00)
Broadcast: FS1

Course

Pocono Raceway - built in 1969 and opened in 1971, this 2.5 mile asphalt triangle is best known for it’s distinctive non-oval or circular shape. Turn one (14 degrees) is modeled after Trenton Speedway, turn two (eight degrees) after Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turn three (six degrees) is after the Milwaukee Mile. Due to the different angles and styles, drivers have to make constant adjustments for each turn, mental fortitude is a must here.

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Power Rankings

The Favorites

Kurt Busch (third selection this year) — Last year was the first time in the last five years that he finished above 10th place at Pocono. He finished 27th last week and will hope to rebound this week.

Brad Keslowski (third selection this year) — I’m doubling down after a lackluster 19th place finish from Brad last week. He has been a top five finisher two of the last three years at Pocono.

High Risk / High Reward

Ryan Blaney (fourth selection this year) — Ryan comes into Pocono with a rough five race history, including no results in the top-10, a 32nd place, and 25th place. He comes into this race with back-to-back top-10 finishes, which gives me promise he can deliver here.

Chase Elliot (fourth selection this year) — I am doubling down on Chase after a great 4th place finish last week at Charlotte. He has been a top-10 finisher the last two years at Pocono.

The Dark Horse

Will Bryon (2nd selection this year) — As a rookie he finished 12th at Pocono last year. He also has top-10 finishes in two of his last three races.


2019 Results

Favorite: Avg Finish 13th (33rd Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 12th (33rd Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 21st (56th Percent)