2019 Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway - Predictions and Odds
Pocono Raceway hosts the fourth edition of the Pocono Green 250 this weekend.
The Tricky Triangle joined the Xfinity Series schedule in 2016.
Cup Series drivers have won each of the previous editions.
This time around, however, they won’t be taking part.
With an Xfinity-only field, here is what you can expect from the 2019 Pocono Green 250.
How to Watch
What: Pocono Green 250
Where: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA
When: Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Favorites to Win the 2019 Pocono Green 250
Cole Custer has a great career record at Pocono.
The Stewart-Haas driver scored a win at the track back in 2015 with the ARCA Series.
He then scored a solid 5th place in his only Truck Series start at the track.
Moving onto the Xfinity Series, Custer has one of the best records among the active drivers.
The driver of the #00 car finished 7th in 2017 and finished 5th from the pole last year.
Custer is third in points, having scored two wins, six top 5 and seven top 10 finishes this season.
Christopher Bell is also a previous winner at Pocono.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored a Truck Series victory during his championship-winning season in 2017.
Bell also has one top 10 finish in one ARCA start at the long oval.
He retired from the race last year after getting crashed out in his only Xfinity start at the track.
Bell leads all drivers with three wins this season and is second in points.
Tyler Reddick’s top 5 streak also has him among the early favorites.
His best result at Pocono was a third place in the Truck Series.
The tri-oval hasn’t been particularly good to him however, with two retirements in three starts with the trucks.
The reigning Xfinity Series champion finished 9th last year in his only series start at the track.
Reddick leads the points standings and has an impressive seven consecutive top 5 finishes.
He has two wins, both in the last three races, nine top 5 and ten top 10 in 11 starts.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Pocono Green 250
Chase Briscoe is another previous winner at Pocono taking the green flag.
He won at the tri-oval on the way to the 2016 ARCA Series championship.
Briscoe scored a 9th place finish in his only Truck Series start at the track.
The sophomore driver retired from the race last year in his only Xfinity start at Pocono following a hard crash.
The Stewart-Haas driver had eight consecutive top 10 finishes this season, with five top 5 in the last seven starts.
Austin Cindric’s road racing background will likely help him at Pocono.
The tri-oval’s style is a good fit for the Team Penske driver.
Cindric finished second from the pole in his only ARCA start at the track.
He scored a 7th place in one Truck Series start.
Cindric’s first career top 5 in the Xfinity Series came at the track last season.
He currently sits 4th in points with four top 5 and nine top 10 finishes.
Justin Allgaier won at Pocono more than a decade ago on his way to the ARCA title in 2008.
The JR Motorsports driver finished runner-up at the track in 2017 with the Xfinity Series.
On the other hand, he crashed out in the other two starts with the series.
Like Cindric, Allgaier has a good record at road courses, which often helps at Pocono.
The series veteran is coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes, with five top 5 this season.
Good Betting Tendencies for Pocono
Pocono is a fairly new track to the Xfinity Series, having joined the schedule in 2016.
Naturally, this means that there are some unusual things about this round.
First of all, no previous winners are set to take the green flag.
In fact, an Xfinity Series regular has never won at Pocono in the race’s three editions.
Kyle Larson won the first ever Pocono Green 250 in 2016.
The next year, 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski made the trip to victory lane.
Last season, Kyle Busch scored the victory.
Another interesting fact is that Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota have one win each in three races.
There isn’t a lot of stats to go on for this year’s field.
A good idea would be looking into the driver’s history at Pocono in other series, namely Truck and ARCA, which both host races at the tri-oval.
Due to Pocono’s unique nature, drivers with a good road course record usually do well there.
With three different straights and three different turns, as well as gear shifts, the tricky triangle resembles a road course.
Due to the track’s length, cars tend to be separated, which leads to long green flag stretches.
This could lead to fuel-saving finishes, which always creates the potential for an upset.
Last but definitely not least, keep an eye out for potential rain showers.
It’s quite common for races at Pocono to get interrupted by nature.
If that happens, drivers at the end of the field could roll the dice for a win should race control decide to shorten the distance.
2019 Pocono Green 250 Odds
If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the Pocono Green 250 NASCAR event with 888Sport. Here are the latest odds:
|Any Other Driver||+2500|
|Nemechek, John H.||+4000|
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