The Dragon Energy NASCAR Cup Series is coming from the longest race of this schedule with Martin Truex Jr. outlasting the rest of the field to grab his third checkered flag of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he now looks for back-to-back wins this week at Pocono Raceway. Kyle Busch tamed the Tricky Triangle last July and he’s a +300 favorite to repeat this weekend.
Intertops has Busch favored at +300 followed by Kevin Harvick at +450, Martin Truex Jr. in +500, Brad Keselowski at +650, Joey Logano in +900, Chase Elliott in +1000, Denny Hamlin in +1200, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney at +2000, and Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer at +2200 to round out the leading drivers on the oddsboard.
Toyota has won each of the last three races at Pocono Raceway, Ford won 2 in a row before that and Chevrolet won seven of eight prior to that.
The winner has qualified outside of the top five in seven of the last 11 runnings at the Tricky Triangle.
There has not been a back-to-back winner at Pocono because Dale Earnhardt Jr. did so in 2014.
Kyle Busch has finished on the podium in each of the last three races at this track, including two victories. He’s also led a minumum of one lap in each of the previous seven races there. Prior to the previous 3 races, however, Busch finished outside of the top 10 in four of seven runnings.
Daniel Suarez finished outside of the top 15 in both spring runnings at Pocono but finished second and seventh in both summer races there. He finished one spot behind Busch at the last race in the Tricky Triangle.
Alex Bowman ended third in the previous race in Pocono but finished 25th or worse in his other five starts at this track.
Martin Truex Jr. won the spring running in the Tricky Triangle last year, and it has led at least one lap in six of the past eight races there. He has also finished outside of the top five in five of the previous seven races at Pocono.
Brad Keselowski has led a minumum of one lap in 11 of the last 15 races at Pocono Raceway and has finished inside the top five in six of the previous seven runnings in the Tricky Triangle.
My Very Best Option for your Pocono 400:
Brad Keselowski +650
He has been absolutely consistent at Pocono Raceway, constantly finding himself at the front of the package at some point in the race and usually in the hunt to win it . Keselowski has already secured three wins this season and five top-five finishes as well. Lastly, Ford has found a lot of speed at the 1.5-mile and two-mile tracks this year and that I expect them to be aggressive on Sunday.
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