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In five previous races at the 2.5-mile triangular track, there have been five different winners—Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe—none of whom is entered in Sunday’s Pocono Green 225.
Hence, a new winner is assured in Sunday’s event, which will be contested over 90 laps (225 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 20 and 40 laps.
|Pocono Green 225 Information|
|Race||Pocono Green 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race|
|Time||Sunday, June 27, 12 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBCSN|
Eight days after scoring his 100th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at Nashville, extending his own record, Kyle Busch is handing the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota over to Ty Gibbs, grandson of the team owner.
In a part-time role this season, Ty Gibbs has scored two victories in seven starts, in addition to four other top-five results.
This will be Gibbs’ first Xfinity Series start at Pocono, but he won his only race at the track in last year’s ARCA Menards Series event. The 18-year-old driver is primed for double duty this weekend with Friday’s ARCA event also on his schedule.
That’s one reason we like Gibbs to win the Xfinity race on Sunday. At +340 via PointsBet Sportsbook, he’s a good value. An of course there’s his obvious talent.
On June 19 at Nashville Superspeedway, Austin Cindric dropped out of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race after 160 laps, the victim of a chain reaction wreck that was not of his making.
That was a far cry from Austin Cindric who won three of the first 10 races of the 2021 season and finished second in two others.
Don’t forget, though, that Cindric led 53 laps at Nashville before he was KO’d in the multicar wreck. And don’t forget that the reigning series champion still leads the standings by 90 points over second-place AJ Allmendinger.
At +325 via PointsBet Sportsbook, Cindric is certain to attract considerable interest for Sunday’s race, given that there are no Cup Series superstars moonlighting in the event.
We’re not in the habit of looking near the bottom of the racing form to find a potential winner, but in certain cases, there are exceptions.
Jeremy Clements is posted at +10000, and he’s obviously undervalued at that price. He ran third in last year’s Xfinity race at the Tricky Triangle, and he’s the highest finisher from that event competing on Sunday.
With a creditable 11th-place result at Nashville in his last outing, Clements earned the ninth starting spot for the Pocono Green 225.
While Clements doesn’t have the equipment to compete heads-up with the powerhouses of the sport, strange things can happen at Pocono—like a rain shower at just the right time for an underdog.
At +10000, we’re willing to take a flier on a driver who gets the most out of what he has.
Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]More info on Reid Spencer
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