It’s no secret, the “Big 3” of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are the favorites to win Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Pocono Raceway. If you take away the restrictor plate tracks in 2018, this trio of drivers have won all but two races. They took three of the top four finishing positions in June race and went 1-2-3 in this very race last year.
So, why pick against them for this weekend’s race?
Well, if anyone were going to beat them, it’s going to be one of these five drivers.
He won the last Pocono race that Busch, Truex or Harvick didn’t win. He did so in the 2017 June race. This past June, he started on the pole and finished sixth. He even finished 10th and 11th respectively there in 2016. He has a good enough opportunity to win on Sunday.
This could be his weekend to end his winless string. He won at Pocono in 2011 and has six straight top five finishes at the 2.5-mile track. He also has had eight top six finishes in his last 10 Pocono starts overall. Keselowski, brought his No. 2 Ford home fifth in June and could be their biggest threat this weekend.
This was never one of his best tracks, but Larson brought his No. 42 Chevrolet home runner-up in June. That was one of his four runner-up finishes this season. Now, he heads back to Pocono, a track where he’s had eight top 12 finishes in nine tries.
Jones heads to Pocono on a roll. He finally won a Cup race via a dramatic win a few weeks ago in Daytona. Furthermore, Jones has four top seven finishes over his last five starts on the season. Plus, Pocono has been kind to him in the past too. Last year, he finished third and eighth respectively.
He hasn’t won yet this year but did win at Pocono in 2016. He also has nine top 10 finishes over his last 14 starts on the Tricky Triangle, seven of which inside of the top five.