2019 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway - Predictions and Odds
Pocono is the most unique track in the Cup Series.
Its unconventional tri-oval shape, with three different straights and turns, makes it a real challenge for drivers and crew chiefs.
With long green flag runs, fuel-saving tends to play a key role in strategy.
And it’s always important to keep an eye on the weather report for the weekend.
Races getting interrupted by sudden rain showers aren’t exactly a rare occurrence.
When that happens, drivers at the back of the field might stay out hoping for the race to be called off, which creates room for unexpected winners.
How to Watch
What: Pocono 400
Where: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA
When: Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Favorites to Win the 2019 Pocono 400
Kyle Busch once again tops the list.
It took the Joe Gibbs driver 26 starts to finally win at Pocono.
He has won two of the last three starts since then.
Busch has three top 3 finishes and one more top 10 in his last four starts at the track.
The 2015 champion leads the standings with three wins, six top 5 and 11 top 10 finishes in 11 races.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is also a two-time winner at the tri-oval.
The Joe Gibbs driver won this race in 2018 and has three top 10 in his last four Pocono starts.
Truex has two wins this season, both coming in his last four starts.
The 2017 champion is currently 5th in points with four top 5 and seven top 10 finishes in 11 starts.
While Kevin Harvick has never won at Pocono, this could change soon.
The Stewart-Haas driver has five consecutive top 5 finishes at the tricky triangle.
Harvick has seven top 5 and eight top 10 in his last 10 starts at the track.
Four of those were runner-up finishes.
The 2014 champion is still winless this season, with five 4th place finishes as his best results.
Harvick is 3rd in the points standings with five top 5 and eight top 10 in 11 starts.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Pocono 400
Denny Hamlin used to dominate at Pocono in the past.
The Joe Gibbs driver’s first win in the Cup Series came at the track, back in 2006.
Hamlin went on to sweep both races that season from the pole.
He added a third win in 2009 and a fourth in 2010 but has not returned to victory lane since.
In fact, his form has been rather poor at the tri-oval.
Hamlin has four top 5 nine top 10 in 17 starts following his 2010 win.
After a disappointing winless 2018, #11 has two wins in 2019 and is 4th in points.
Chase Elliott is in good form this season despite Chevrolet’s and Hendrick’s poor run.
His and Chevy’s first win of the season came at Talladega, with another top 5 following at Dover.
While Elliott has never won at Pocono, his consistency makes him an interesting pick.
The fourth-year driver has five top 10 in six starts at the triangle.
Ryan Blaney is another driver whose his first Cup Series win came at Pocono.
He did it back in 2017 with the legendary Wood Brothers Racing team.
Blaney has three top 10 finishes, with one pole and one win, in three starts at the June race.
The Team Penske driver’s form has dipped following a good sequence of four top 5 in five races.
Pocono could be the place for a comeback.
Recapping the Coca-Cola 600
Keep an eye on red-hot Martin Truex Jr.
While his results in recent races might be lacking in consistency, the 2017 champion is on fire.
Truex scored his third win of the season, taking the checkered flag at Charlotte.
It was his second Coca-Cola 600 win in three years.
More importantly, however, is that #19 has won three of his last five starts in 2019.
Joey Logano continues to run well, scoring a second place after climbing to the front on the final restart.
His second win of the season seems to be a matter of time should this run continue.
His teammate Brad Keselowski, coming off his third victory of the season at Kansas, won the first two stages.
While Keselowski finished down in 19th, it clearly shows that Team Penske is coming strong.
Fellow Ford powerhouse Stewart-Haas, on the other hand, is still winless.
But it’s a fact that the team hasn’t looked as strong as it did in previous years.
Another team worth keeping an eye on is Hendrick Motorsports.
For the first time this season, the Chevrolet powerhouse had all four cars in the top 10.
The team has been running well since Talladega, and it’s fair to say that its bad days are seemingly over.
2019 Pocono 400 Odds – Race Winner
|Driver||888Sport NJ||BetStars NJ|
|Truex Jr., Martin||+600||+550|
|Stenhouse Jr, Ricky||+10000||+10000|
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