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Pocono Weekend Preview


A doubleheader for the NASCAR Cup Series highlights a busy weekend of racing at Pocono Raceway.

The running of Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 (MRN, 2:30 p.m. ET) in partnership with Rodale Institute and Sunday’s Pocono 350 (MRN, 3 p.m. ET) will mark the first time the Cup Series has contested points-paying races on consecutive days at the same track in the modern era.

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Cup teams will use the same car for each race and will be allowed to work on the car before the inspection on Sunday morning. The lineup for Saturday’s race be set by a random draw and them Sunday’s lineup will be determined by a inverting the finishing order of the top 20 in the first race with positions 21-40 starting in their finishing order.

"It’s very intriguing, I think, as you look at the weekend and you look at the shorter races, which means shorter stages, and you have the inversion," said Kevin Harvick, who has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races at Pocono. "The car itself having to be raced twice and the things that you’ll need to try to do to the car. And there are a lot of things to digest in order to keep yourself competitive from one day to the next."

Pocono Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Four Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
1. Kyle Busch – 5.2 1. Kyle Busch – 595
2. Kevin Harvick – 6.3 2. Denny Hamlin – 588
3. Denny Hamlin – 7.4 3. Kevin Harvick – 575
4. Erik Jones – 9.2 4. Clint Bowyer – 548
5. Clint Bowyer – 9.6 5. Erik Jones – 540

Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch – 126 1. Kyle Busch – 128.3
2. Kevin Harvick – 113 2. Kevin Harvick – 120.3
3. Denny Hamlin – 38 3. Denny Hamlin – 105.8
4. Martin Truex Jr. – 38 4. Erik Jones – 102.2
5. Brad Keselowski – 32 5. Martin Truex Jr. – 98.4

Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of not only the pair of Cup Series races, but also the Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series.

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MRN will kick off the weekend with Friday’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 broadcast starting at 6 p.m. ET. The race will mark the fourth of the season for the series. There have been three different winners so far with Venturini Motorsports drivers Michael Self (Daytona), Chandler Smith (Phoenix) and Drew Dollar (Talladega).

"Pocono Raceway has been a little bit tough for me to really grasp in the past," Self said. "I really like the track, but it’s definitely difficult. Last year we were able to snag a third-place finish, but I left feeling like I just wasn’t where I wanted to be with my level of comfort there. I’ve spent a lot of time watching video and asking questions to people that have had success there and I have a few things in mind that I’m anxious to try this weekend."

Saturday will start with the Pocono Organics 150 To Benefit Farm Aid for the Gander Trucks (MRN, 12 p.m. ET). Forty drivers are entered in the race and Ross Chastain is the only previous winner in the field.

Austin Hill leads Christian Eckes by 44 points in the standings heading into the sixth race of the season. Hill is the only drover to finish in the top 10 in every event in 2020.

"We all want to break through with a win and lock ourselves into the playoffs," Hill said. "We were really fast at Pocono last year and hopefully we can put the full afternoon together this week and put Toyota Tsusho in Victory Lane."

The Xfinity Series will take to the track on Sunday with MRN’s coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET. The Pocono Green 225 Recycled By J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be the 12th race of the season and the fourth and final in the Dash 4 Cash series.

Talladega winner Justin Haley along with Ross Chastain, Austin Cindric and Alex Labbe will compete for the $100,000.

"We’ve got two cars – both of our Kaulig cars are in the Dash 4 Cash at Pocono," Haley said. "Pocono is a tricky triangle, as they say. It’s a really tough race track. Having no practice is going to be difficult at a track that is so different from the others. I can’t wait to get there though. We’re coming off some momentum at Talladega, and hopefully we will have some speed and get that 100 grand at the end of the weekend."

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