By Michael Donovan
Pocono Raceway, the 2 1/2-mile asphalt track in Long Pond, has three turns with differing degrees of banking and long straightaways.
Not only do Rick Hendrick’s drivers lead the Cup Series with career wins at Pocono, but Chevrolet leads all manufactures with 32 victories and could add another in today’s Pocono 400.
Jimmie Johnson will attempt to move up to fifth on the all-time wins list. In 30 career starts at Pocono, Johnson owns three wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s (active leader) and an average finish of 10.6.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chase Elliott should also be near the front in the 160-lap race, but our pick to win today (3 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1) is a driver who has excelled at large tracks of late, Brad Keselowski.
Who are the sleepers to win the NASCAR race at Pocono?
Hard to imagine Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a sleeper but NASCAR’s most popular driver has underwhelmed so far this season. It may all change on Sunday, however. In his past 11 starts at the Tricky Triangle, Earnhardt has logged nine top-10 finishes, including two wins (season sweep in 2014) and a runner-up last June.
Kurt Busch isn’t getting a lot of love although he will attempt to defend his victory at the track where he’s won three times, logged 13 top fives (active leader) and recorded 18 top 10s in 31 career starts.