With this just being the third race that this universal aerokit has raced on in terms of superspeedways, Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (1:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is still widely an unknown wildcard in how it will play out. But, after how May’s Indianapolis 500 went and how this race has kind of gone the last few years, it appears that Chevrolet may be the favorites to beat for this weekend’s race at the Pocono Raceway.
See, Chevy drivers dominated at Indy. They had the top two finishers and three of the top six. Overall, Chevy drivers led 150 of the 200 laps. In qualifying, they swept the entire front row and had seven of the top eight starters. While Texas went a bit differently for them in the race, Sunday’s race at Pocono has more parallels to Indy than that of Texas.
For starters, Texas was run at night and saw a track get more grip as the race went on. Pocono, will run in the heat of the day like Indy did. Indy and Pocono are flat 2.5-mile ovals with similar turns and banking where Texas is vastly different.
Over the last two years at Pocono, Chevrolet won each race with Will Power reaching victory lane in both. They’ve actually won three of the last four years at the Tricky Triangle.
So, if you combine what we already know from this universal aerokit and apply what happened at Indy as well as how Pocono has gone lately, the bowties are the ones to beat for Sunday’s race.