4th Win Straight for Toyota at Pocono Raceway 2019 - Predictions and Odds
Pocono has had some interesting streaks through its history.
It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to start dominant runs at the tri-oval.
The “tricky triangle” is one of the most unique tracks of the Cup Series calendar.
So whenever a team happens to find the sweet spot for the setup, these runs become more likely.
How to Watch
What: Pocono 400
Where: Pocono Raceway in Pocono, PA
When: Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Pocono’s History Since 2012
When looking at Pocono’s recent history, it’s better to limit the scope to 2012 until 2018.
After running for 500 miles from the race’s early days until 2011, NASCAR shortened the distance.
The old 500 miles race had drawn criticism in its final years.
Due to the track’s nature, the field would usually stretch out.
This led to a few cautions and restarts, but plenty of fuel mileage finishes.
At the same time, it was also terrible for the TV broadcast.
Pocono’s lap times are close to a minute, which meant that the race would drag on for nearly four hours.
The shortened distance did have an immediate effect.
Chevrolet benefited from the 400-mile distance and Gen 6’s introduction, which happened the following year.
Chevy won six straight under the new format, and seven of the first ten.
The last five races, however, have been split between Ford and Toyota.
The blue oval took two straight in August 2016 and June 2017.
Since then, however, it’s been all Toyota.
Three Straight for Toyota
Toyota’s recent streak at Pocono began in August 2017 with an unexpected winner.
Kyle Busch scored his first win at Pocono in 29 starts, a track where he had always struggled at.
Busch started from the pole and led the most laps on the way to his victory.
The following year, Toyota repeated the result in June.
Then reigning champion Martin Truex Jr. scored his second win at the tri-oval.
Kyle Busch completed the sweep for the Japanese manufacturer in August, his second win in three starts.
Despite its three-win streak, Toyota’s performance hasn’t been as dominant as the results would suggest.
The manufacturer had three drivers inside the top 10 in June and only two in August last year.
That being said, three of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers have multiple wins at Pocono.
This still makes Toyota a solid pick for this weekend’s battle between the manufacturers.
Toyota Leads the Manufacturers’ Championship Standings
It’s been a good year for Toyota 13 races into the 2019 season.
The Japanese manufacturer opened the year with its second-ever Daytona 500 win, again at the hands of Denny Hamlin.
It was a sign of things to come, as the good results kept piling up the following rounds.
Kyle Busch won three races, while Hamlin added a second one and Martin Truex Jr. also picked up three victories.
Truex’s form in recent races has been particularly impressive.
It took the 2017 champion some time to get going in 2019.
But now he is coming off three wins in the last five starts.
Toyota sits first in the standings, 17 points ahead of Ford and 49 ahead of Chevrolet.
Thanks to this recent run, the Japanese manufacturers have won six of the last nine races.
Its eight wins in 2019 are more than Ford, with four, and Chevrolet, with one, combined.
In other words, Toyota is in a very good spot to repeat as a winner at Pocono.
Manufacturers Odds for the Pocono 400 – Top Toyota Car
|Top Toyota Car Winner||Odds||Link|
|Truex Jr, Martin||+200|
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