TRACK: Pocono Raceway (2.5-oval) DISTANCE For Race 1: 130 Laps — STAGE 1: 25 Laps, STAGE 2: 52 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 53 Laps, MILES (325 Miles)
DISTANCE For Race 2: 140 Laps — STAGE 1: 30 Laps, STAGE 2: 55 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 55 Laps, MILES (350 Miles)
A track shaped as a triangle. The best opportunities for passing are at the end of the straightaways. Pretty straight forward race though with this being a very hard track to actually pass on. Short pitting sometimes gains you track position later, but depending on cautions, could bite you too. Some drivers will elect to pit before the end of stages and give up stage points to restart up front at the next stage. Definitely a track position circuit for sure.
- Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, William Byron, Aric Almirola
- Trending Down: Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman.
- Six of the last eight race winners have come from the top 10. In fact, since 2014, 11 of the 14 Cup Series races have been won from a top 10 starting spot with one of those two not being Chris Buescher’s fluke rain shortened win in 2016. Pocono has rewarded first time winners recently with Chris Buescher and Ryan Blaney earned earning their first career Cup victories on this track since 2016.
The closest comparison would be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since both tracks have long straights with long sweeping corners.