It seems that Chevrolet is finally on form after a bad start to the 2019 season.
The Bowtie needed ten races to score its first victory in a points-paying event, winning at Talladega.
As it turned out, however, it was largely due to the Camaro’s raw speed at superspeedways more than anything.
While the results did see some slight improvement, it still wasn’t enough.
Once the schedule went back to the regular tracks, Chevrolet struggles returned.
Despite missing out on the top 10 at New Hampshire, Chevy is coming off a streak of three consecutive wins.
While the Daytona victory came in a rain-shortened race, the results at Chicago and Kentucky were very important.
Both races showed that Chevy could do well at 1.5-mile tracks, which had been its weak point.
The series moves to another heavily aero-dependant track this weekend at Pocono.
What: Gander RV 400
Where: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA
When: Sunday, July 28th at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBC Sports (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Pocono used to be one of Chevrolet’s best tracks, especially in recent years.
The Bowtie had a streak of six consecutive wins at the track from 2012 until 2015.
The following year, Chevy made it six out of seven by winning the June race.
Since then, Ford won twice at the Tricky Triangle, with Toyota riding a four-race winning streak.
It’s no secret that Chevrolet has struggled at aero-dependant tracks.
The problem became even more apparent following the Camaro’s introduction last season.
At Pocono, results have been mixed following the last win in 2016.
Chevrolet has scored 17 top 10 spots out of a possible 60.
The July 2017 race, for example, only saw one Bowtie car inside the top 10.
On the other hand, the second race in 2016 had four Chevrolet cars in the top 6.
Since the Camaro’s introduction last year, Chevy has placed at least one car inside the top 4 at Pocono.
Pocono is one of the most unique tracks in the Cup Series due to its unusual layout.
Chevrolet cars are likely to struggle around the three corners.
However, the long straights could play into their advantage.
The main straight in particular will likely be the Camaro’s strongest section at Pocono.
Chevy’s drivers know their way around the Tricky Triangle.
Busch was the most recent winner for the Bowtie as well, and will likely lead the charge again in 2019.
Chase Elliott holds the second-best average finish among active drivers and has only missed out on the top 10 once at Pocono.
That being said, Toyota remains the heavy favorite heading into the weekend.
But, unlike in the June race, Chevrolet has a much better shot at returning to victory lane.
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