Kevin Harvick took home the checkers at New Hampshire, the second straight thrilling finish for the boys on NBC and the NBCSN. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch each led a bucket of laps last week and have a history of performing well in Pocono as well. What is in store for us this week?
Here’s what to look for:
–Kevin Harvick has already used his victory as a vault to greatness in this week’s race: a Pole! He’ll start out front on a track that is exceedingly important for it. I suppose all of the tracks are great to start out front at, but there’s something about that Long Pond Straightaway that screams “make sure you’re first to that corner!” Oh, and he’s also our best driver over the last ten races, a 9.3 average while finishing 2nd or 4th seven times! Still seeking that first Win though; does he capture the flag at long last?
–Joey Logano will start alongside making it an all-Ford front row. Logano’s best finish here came back in 2014, a 3rd place for him. He returned with a 4th in the 2015 Spring race, but has only had one Top 5 since then.
–Erik Jones is our 2nd best driver here in terms of average over the last ten races (9.6), and he’ll start 3rd, right behind Harvick. His last two races yielded a 5th and a 3rd, ripe for another great run in 2019’s Summer race. In five attempts, he’s got four Top 10s.
–Kyle Busch has won three of our last four Pocono races, including just a few weeks ago. He is the defending champion of this race, and if Week 14 is any indication..he is well equipped! He carries a 12.7 average into this race over the last ten races, a could very well be looking a season sweep and three straight trophies. He’ll roll of 7th.
–William Byron is another driver still seeking his first victory, not just at Pocono..but anywhere. He’s got a solid average here though (11.0), and a pair of Top 10s in just three attempts. Hendrick Motorsports certainly knows how to put together a car for Pocono, and young Byron will start 8th. With Alex Bowman hitting Victory Lane earlier this year, the wait for his teammate could end Sunday as well.
Coverage of the race starts on NBCSN at 3:00pm, green flag scheduled for 3:18pm.