Truck Race Preview: Pocono

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The Camping World Truck Series will race at Pocono for the eighth time. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's Overton's 150.

Radio: MRN, 12:30 p.m.
TV: FOX, 1 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 150 miles (60 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 15), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 30), Final Stage (Ends on lap 60)

Races: 7
Pole Winners: 5
Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (8/1/2015 - 19 years, 2 months, 2 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Kevin Harvick (8/7/2011 - 35 years, 7 month, 30 days)
Race Winners: 7
Youngest Race Winner: William Byron (7/30/2016 - 18 years, 8 months, 1 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Kevin Harvick (8/7/2011 - 35 years, 7 months, 30 days)
Races Won from Pole: 3
Race Record: Ryan Blaney - 128.300 mph (8/3/2013)
Qualifying Record: Nelson Piquet Jr. - 169.504 mph (8/4/2012)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 3 Times (8/3/2013) 31 (8/7/2011)

Lead Changes: 5 10 (8/2/2014) 2 (8/7/2011)
Leaders: 3 7 - 2 Times (8/2/2014) 2 (8/7/2011)
Cautions: 9 9 (7/30/2016) 3 (8/4/2012)
Caution Laps: 27 27 (7/30/2016) 10 (8/3/2013)
Lead Lap Finish: 23 26 (7/31/2010) 15 (8/4/2012)
Running at the Finish: 25 28 - 2 Times (8/3/2013) 23 (8/4/2012)
Laps Led (Winner): 44 53 (8/1/2015) 7 (8/4/2012)
Margin of Victory: 1.406 1.975 (8/2/2014) 0.27 (8/3/2013)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Countdown: Five Races
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Pocono Raceway Saturday for the Overton’s 150, it’s a good time to remind you there are five races until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs begin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
Christopher Bell (three wins), John Hunter Nemechek (two wins), Johnny Sauter (one win), Matt Crafton (one win) and Kaz Grala (one win) are all virtually locked in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs thanks to their wins this season.
 
This leaves three potential NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs spots up for grabs over the next five races.
 
Below are six drivers right on the playoff bubble who could use wins to solidify their playoff path.
 
Chase Briscoe:  In the current playoff standings, Chase Briscoe sits sixth and has earned one playoff point this season thanks to his stage win. The Sunoco Rookie has had a blazing season so far with five top fives, six top 10s and 105 laps led. He’s also added two Keystone Light Pole Awards.
 
Grant Enfinger: ThorSport Racing Sunoco Rookie Grant Enfinger sits seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs standings after 11 races. He has five top fives and seven top 10s and has finished outside the top-16 just once.
 
Ben Rhodes: Poor luck has pushed Ben Rhodes to eighth in the current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture. He’s wrecked in back-to-back races, but prior to that had yet to finish outside the top-23. He’s led 121 laps this season and could use a "W" to verify his playoff aspirations.
 
Ryan Truex: Currently sitting right outside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff cutoff at ninth, Ryan Truex is looking for any way to get back into the top eight. He’s finished top-25 or better in 10 of 11 races this season, and has led 47 laps.
 
Noah Gragson: Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson has run extremely well as of late and is looking to carry that right into the playoffs. He’s finished top-10 or better in eight of the last nine races. He’s led 61 laps this season and is currently 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings.
 
Austin Cindric: Brad Keselowski Racing driver Austin Cindric is also making a charge of his own right towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs. He’s finished top-11 or better in five of his last six races this season. If Cindric keeps this up over his next five races, he could be in sooner rather than later.

First Timers At The Tricky Triangle
There are nine Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
 
Other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers making their track debut at Pocono Raceway this weekend include: Bryan Dauzat, Justin Fontaine, Matt Mills, Camden Murphy, Josh Reasume, Regan Smith, Ryan Truex and Cody Ware.
 
In seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Pocono Raceway, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson is the only driver who has won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole at Pocono (08/02/2014).
 
Joey Coulter is the only driver to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway (08/04/2012).
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Kyle Busch Trucking At The Tricky Triangle: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will be running the Overton’s 150 in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra this weekend. Busch has two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Pocono Raceway and has finishes of first (2015) and second (2011).
 
Owner Standings Update: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings have become a tight race as the back end of the 2017 season begins. GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado retains a small seven-point lead over the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford F-150 (-47), and ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-51) and No. 98 Toyota Tundra (-122) make up the top five.
 
Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by a slim four-point margin in the manufacturer championship standings. Toyota has six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins to Toyota’s five. Ford is in third place in the manufacturer championship standings, and has yet to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

 

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