NASCAR Racing Into Pocono

Xfinity Series And Monster Energy Cup Series Races This Weekend

Scott Stiller
June 01, 2018 - 9:46 am
Monster Energy Cup Series Cars Race At Pocono Raceway

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NASCAR rolls into the Keystone State this weekend as the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup Series make a stop at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

The Xfinity Series Pocono Green “250” Recycled by JP Mascaro & Sons takes place on Saturday at the 2.5 mile, 3-turn triangle shaped track.

The Xfinity Series cars will utilize an aero package that features an enlarged splitter, spoiler and specifically designed air ducts as well as restrictor plates on the engines. This is the same aero package that was used last season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it set track records in green flag passes for the lead (29) and lead changes (16).

John Hunter Nemechek will be behind the wheel of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet Accessories Camaro SS. This will be Nemechek’s first career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the “Tricky Triangle”.  Nemechek has made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the track and scored a career-best finish of fourth last season.  Nemechek has completed 100% of the laps run and boasts an average start of 5.7 and an average finish of 8.7.  Nemechek’s teammate Kyle Larson won the race in 2016 and his teammate Jamie McMurray will be the guest analyst in the Fox booth for the television broadcast.

There have been 10-different winners in 11-Xfinity Series races this year.  Fifteen of the 41-drivers entered will be making their track debut on Saturday.

The Pocono Green “250” Recycled by JP Mascaro & Sons starts at 1 p.m.

The two hottest drivers on the Monster Energy Cup circuit this year head into Sunday’s race on high and low notes.

Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch heads into Pocono hot off the heels of his first Charlotte Motor Speedway Cup Series victory last weekend.  Busch has now won at every track where NASCAR races.  Busch picked up his first career Pocono Cup win last July and has four top-10 finishes in the last six races at the track.  Busch also has four top-10 finishes in the last six races.

Stewart Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick is looking to recapture momentum after his two-race winning streak was snapped with a last-place finish at Charlotte.  Harvick has never won at Pocono in 34-starts and has only led laps in 5 of the last 15-races.  He was runner-up in both races last season and has posted four second-place finishes and 6 top-10’s in his last seven races at Pocono.

Ganassi's Larson will be making his ninth career Cup Series start at the track where he has 4 top-10’s and one top-5.  Larson’s teammate McMurray will be making his 31st start at the track where he has 7 top-10’s and completed 96.7% of the laps run.

The Monster Energy Cup Series Pocono 400 takes place on Sunday at 2 p-m.

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