As we have reached the midway mark of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, it’s a preconceived notion that three of the four spots for the Championship 4 at Homestead are already accounted for. Between Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., the championship at this point goes through them. Combined, they’ve won 10 of the first 13 races in 2018. With this weekend’s race being at the Pocono Raceway, I don’t see how someone other than these three drivers land in victory lane in Sunday’s Pocono 400 (2 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Other than his last place finish last weekend in Charlotte, Harvick has to be among the drivers to beat still for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Pocono. Harvick, won at Dover at the beginning of May, then won the very next week in Kansas. He then won again a week later from that in the Monster Energy All-Star race. So, his last place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 doesn’t make him a non factor this weekend on the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle.
Plus, it’s not like Harvick has been bad at Pocono lately either. He has four runner-up finishes in his last seven Pocono starts. All of which have been while he was driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. Prior to joining SHR, Harvick had led zero laps at Pocono while with Richard Childress Racing and zero top three finishes. Now that he’s been with SHR, he’s been among the ones to beat at Pocono.
Look at what Busch has done. He won both Pocono poles last year and led 100 laps before getting a badly timed caution and finishing ninth in this race a year ago. In the summer race, he led 74 more laps and won. He has four wins already in 2018, including a dominating performance last weekend in Charlotte.
You also can’t count out Truex either. The Furniture Row Racing driver dominated and won at Fontana earlier this season, so the speed is there in his No. 78 Toyota. Plus, he has three straight top five finishes on the season, including two straight runner-ups. Overall, he has eight top five finishes in his last 12 starts this year and heading to a track at Pocono where he won this race in 2015 and was sixth and third respectively a year ago. He also has three straight front row starting spots in Pocono too.
Need I say more?