NASCAR Pocono Organics 325 preview: Who will tame the Tricky Triangle?
The NASCAR drivers head to Pocono Raceway this Saturday to kick off a doubleheader that begins with the Pocono Organics 325 (3:30 p.m., FOX).
Kyle Busch, who was having a solid day at Talladega last Monday before late trouble doomed him to a 32nd-place finish, was installed as the tepid +475 favorite for this race. Though he is the reigning Cup Series Champion, he has yet to win a race in 2020 (13 starts), so others are more appealing at better odds.
Here are our top three selections for the Pocono Organics 325.
Nascar Cup Series - Pocono Organics 325 2020 - Winner
Sat, June 27 2020, 7:50 PM
Martin Truex Jr.
Brad Keselowski (+650)
Brad Keselowski had a string of seven straight Top 10 finishes (including two victories) snapped at Talladega when he checked in 19th on Monday afternoon. However, there’s a good chance he’ll bounce back at a Pocono track he’s done well over in the past.
Keselowski’s lone win here came back in 2011, but he’s placed in the Top 5 in seven of his last nine races at the Pennsylvania raceway. Look for him to be up close in the Pocono Organics 325 all day long.
Denny Hamlin (+700)
When Denny Hamlin won at Pocono last July, he continued a positive trend for Toyota & Joe Gibbs Racing, who have swept the last five races at "The Tricky Triangle." He also continued a positive trend for himself, collecting his fifth career victory at Pocono, the most among active drivers. Only Jeff Gordon has won more races (6) at the 2.5-mile oval. Hamlin is second only to Jimmie Johnson in laps led at Pocono among active drivers (726).
The Tampa native was a solid fourth at Talladega on Monday, and the week before he posted his series-leading third victory of the season at Homestead-Miami. The value is definitely there on the No. 11 driver this Saturday.
Erik Jones (+2000)
Staring at a five-point deficit for the last available playoff spot, the pressure is starting to build on Erik Jones to put together some strong finishes. Fortunately for him, Pocono has proven to be among his favorite NASCAR circuits.
Jones has the best average finishing position of any active driver (8.33) at "The Tricky Triangle” and is riding a streak of three Top 5s at the venue. With Toyota doing so well at Pocono lately, perhaps it's Jones’ turn to find the winner’s circle in his No. 20 machine on Saturday.