The “big three” among the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers should be the ones to beat this weekend in Pocono. After all, when Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have combined to win 10 of the first 13 races of the season, you can’t go against them. But, this may be the time when Team Penske lands in victory lane again. So far, Joey Logano is the only one of the three drivers to win in 2018. Can he or his two other Team Penske teammates of Brad Keselowski or Ryan Blaney get to victory lane in Sunday’s Pocono 400 (2 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The odds say, yes.
While Logano hasn’t had the finishes lately in Pocono (37th, 23rd and 27th respectively) he has led a ton of laps. He led 97 laps but finished 20th in 2014. He led 117 more laps in 2016 but came home fifth. He led 44 laps in 2011 but that resulted in a 26th place effort instead. He is a previous Pocono winner, taking the checkered flag first in 2012. So, he does know his way around this track.
Where his finishes are lacking, Keselowski’s is thriving. The Michigan native won in 2011 and has five straight top five finishes on the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle. He also has seven top six finishes in his last nine Pocono starts.
Then there’s Blaney. He won this race last year and finished 10th and 11th respectively for the Wood Brothers in 2016. Now, he’s with Penske. Imagine what he could do this weekend.
That’s why I say that the Penske trio may be the ones to beat on Sunday.