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Pocono Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Who’s HOT at Pocono

  • Kyle Busch has won three of the last four races and has combined to lead 318 laps in the last five races.
  • Brad Keselowski has finished in the top five in seven of the last eight races.
  • Kevin Harvick, who had power steering issues in June, has finished ninth or better in eight of the last 10 races, including four runner-up finishes.
  • Martin Truex Jr. had an engine issue in June after posting a 6.2 average finish in his previous three starts, including a win in the 2018 June race.
  • Chase Elliott, who finished fourth in June, has finished in the top 10 in six of his seven starts.
  • Erik Jones has finished in the top 10 in four of his five starts, including three top fives.
  • Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin each have finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races.

Keep an Eye On at Pocono

  • Joey Logano leads all drivers in average finish (6.1) in the nine races (not including Talladega and Daytona) with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. Kurt Busch (9.0), Alex Bowman (11.3), Aric Almirola (11.4) also each rank in the top 10.
  • Kyle Larson won both stages in June and led 35 laps before he got into the wall and after blamed himself for getting overly aggressive.
  • Clint Bowyer, who has 41 stage points earned at Pocono, finished fifth in June.
  • William Byron won the pole in June and scored his second consecutive top 10 at Pocono after leading 25 laps to a ninth-place finish.
  • Jimmie Johnson has four top 10s in the last seven races at 1.5/2-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower rules package.
  • Ryan Blaney, who won the June Pocono race in 2017, has posted a 9.3 average finish in the last three races with the 550 horsepower rules package, excluding Daytona.

Notes: Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Pocono will mark the 10th race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts…Atlanta featured the 550 package, but with no aero ducts…The PJ1 traction compound will be applied on the corners for the first time at Pocono…Teams will run the same tire combination they ran in June at Pocono…The pole position has produced the most race winners (16) at Pocono with Kyle Busch the last to win from the No. 1 spot (2017)…Busch won the June race from the second position and Fifty-nine percent of the race winners have come from a top-five starting spot…Brad Keselowski (9.9) and Kevin Harvick (10.9) have the best average finishes among drivers that have competed in all 15 races since Pocono was repaved.

Best Average Finish at Pocono

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Kyle Busch 1.0
Four Races Kyle Busch 1.5
Six Races Kyle Busch 4.0
Eight Races Brad Keselowski 7.8
Ten Races Kevin Harvick 9.3

Laps Led Leaders at Pocono

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Kyle Busch 131
Four Races Kyle Busch 218
Six Races Kyle Busch 319
Eight Races Kyle Busch 341
Ten Races Kyle Busch 341

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Pocono Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Kyle Busch – 3.9  1. Kyle Busch – 774
 2. Kevin Harvick – 7.1  2. Chase Elliott – 726
 3. Chase Elliott – 8.5  3. Kevin Harvick – 704
 4. Denny Hamlin – 9.2  4. Erik Jones – 682
 5. Erik Jones – 9.3  5. Denny Hamlin – 666
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
 1. Kyle Busch – 167  1. Kyle Busch – 133.9
 2. Kevin Harvick – 98  2. Kevin Harvick – 116.1
 3. Martin Truex Jr. – 78  3. Chase Elliott – 103.2
 4. Brad Keselowski – 42  4. Erik Jones – 102.1
 5. Kyle Larson – 36  5. Brad Keselowski – 101.1

Top 10 Stage Points Earned at Pocono
Five Races 

Driver Points Earned
Kevin Harvick 69
Brad Keselowski 56
Kyle Busch 53
Kyle Larson 53
Chase Elliott 42
Clint Bowyer 41
Martin Truex Jr. 36
Kurt Busch 22
Ryan Blaney 21
Denny Hamlin 18
William Byron 18

2019 June Pocono Race Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Kyle Larson 1. Kyle Larson
2. William Byron 2. Joey Logano
3. Brad Keselowski 3. William Byron
4. Kevin Harvick 4. Brad Keselowski
5. Aric Almirola 5. Ryan Newman
6. Ryan Blaney 6. Kurt Busch
7. Daniel Suarez 7. Bubba Wallace
8. Joey Logano 8. Chris Buescher
9. Martin Truex Jr. 9. Daniel Hemric
10. Paul Menard 10.Daniel Suarez

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (20 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 209 7
Kevin Harvick 179 4
Kyle Busch 166 7
Brad Keselowski 152 4
Chase Elliott 143 2

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MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Larson
Pete Pistone: Denny Hamlin
Tyler Burnett: Kyle Busch
Kenneth Lee: Denny Hamlin

Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Pocono

Kyle Busch led 79 laps in June en route to his third win in the last four races at Pocono. Busch has combined to lead 318 laps in the last five races. He ranks third in stage points with a pair of stage wins in the first stage in both races in 2017. Excluding Daytona earlier this month, Busch has finished in the top five in four of the last five races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package that includes the Pocono win.

Kevin Harvick finished 22nd at Pocono in June after a penalty for an uncontrolled tire and losing the power steering in his car. The finish snapped a run of five straight top fives at the track, which included a pair of runner-up finishes. Harvick leads all drivers with 69 stage points at Pocono and scored stage 2 wins in both races last season. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Harvick has posted the ninth-best average finish (11.6) in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Chase Elliott has finished in the top 10 in his last five starts at Pocono, including a fourth-place finish in June. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Elliott has the fifth-best average finish (10.1) in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Erik Jones has finished in the top 10 in four of his five starts at Pocono, including his second third-place finish in June. Excluding Daytona, Jones has posted three top 10s in the last four races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

William Byron won the pole and led 25 laps en route to a ninth-place finish at Pocono in June. He finished sixth last year in this event in his second start at the 2.5-mile track. Excluding Daytona, Byron has recorded three top 10s in the last five races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Brad Keselowski has finished in the top five in seven of the last eight races at Pocono, including a runner-up finish in June. Keselowski is the only driver that has recorded stage points in each Stage 1 and 2 of the last five races at Pocono. Last July, Keselowski finished 38th after an accident when he blew a right-rear tire in the final stage while contending for 12th. Excluding Daytona, Keselowski has finished sixth or better in four of the last six races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, including a win at Kansas Speedway.

Kurt Busch finished 11th in June in his first Pocono start with Chip Ganassi Racing. He’s made a total of 36 starts at the 2.5-mile track with three wins. His last win came in the 2016 June race with Stewart-Haas Racing. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Busch has the third-best average finish in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, including a win at Kentucky earlier this month.

Daniel Suarez is coming off his second consecutive top 10, and third in five starts, at Pocono. He won the pole and finished second last year in this event driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. In June, Suarez recorded stage points in both stages and finished eighth in his first track start with Stewart-Haas Racing. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Suarez has posted the 10th-best average finish (12.1) in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Clint Bowyer finished fifth in June for his second top 10 in the last for races at Pocono. Bowyer finished sixth at Kentucky two weeks ago for his fourth top 10 in the nine races (excluding Talladega and Daytona) with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. The June race was the first time Bowyer has not scored any stage points since that event in 2017.

Martin Truex Jr. finished 35th in June for his second DNF in 27 starts at Pocono. The 35th-place finish raised his average finish to 12.0 in the last five races, which includes a win in the 2018 June race. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Truex has posted a 12.7 average finish in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. His only win with the 550 package came in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

Ryan Blaney has posted a one pole and a 10.0 average finish in three starts at Pocono as a member of Team Penske. He won the 2017 June race with the Wood Brothers. Blaney, who has finished 12th or better in six of his seven Pocono starts, has finished 13th or better in the last five races with the 550 horsepower rules package, excluding Daytona.

Daniel Hemric finished 13th in his first Cup Series start at Pocono in June. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Hemric has posted an average finish of 21.8 in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts package.

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in June for his 17th top 10 in 27 starts at Pocono. His last of four wins at the track came prior to the 2012 repave in the June 2010 race. Excluding Talladega and Daytona, Hamlin has posted the fourth-best average finish (9.8) in the nine races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, including a win at Texas.

Alex Bowman finished third last July for his only top 10 in his third start at Pocono with Hendrick Motorsports and seventh overall. Excluding Daytona, Bowman has finished in the top 10 in four of the last six races with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, including a win at Chicagoland.

Ryan Newman has finished 16th or better in six of the last seven races at Pocono. His lone win came back in 2003 with Team Penske. Newman’s only top 10s at 1.5/2-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower package have come in two of the last three races (Michigan and Kentucky). He also has the best average finish (7.0) among all drivers that have competed in each of the last three races this season.