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Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford will start on the pole position this Saturday for the Pocono Organics 325. Almirola will be looking for his first victory of 2020.
Kyle Busch gets two chances on what has been his favorite track of late. Busch has won three of the last five races ran at the Pennsylvania track. Busch will be looking to return to last year’s Cup Championship form. He’s winless so far in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The other two drivers who’ve won in that time span are Martin Truex Jr. (2020 winner at Martinsville) and Denny Hamlin. Hamlin is pacing the circuit’s drivers with three victories this season, but is just three points behind Kevin Harvick for the playoff standings lead.
The last time a manufacturer other than Toyota won at Pocono was in 2017, when Ryan Blaney’s Ford found Victory Lane for his first career race win after leading only four laps. Blaney was with Wood Brothers Racing at the time; he’s since made the transition to Team Penske. Blaney is coming off a wild victory at Talladega this past Monday.
Saturday’s race will be shown on FOX at 3:30 p.m. ET. But Saturday isn’t the only Cup race happening at Pocono this weekend. Drivers will make a short turnaround and run the Pocono 350 on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Drivers to watch in this weekend’s doubleheader
Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Toyota, is looking to continue his Pocono dominance. Blaney, in the No. 12 Penske Ford, is trying to make it two wins in a row.
Chase Elliott, in the No. 9 Hendrick Chevrolet, is trying to bring a Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2016 when Kurt Busch came away with the checkered flag. The dark horse for this weekend’s races is William Byron. Byron is looking for his first 2020 win in his No. 24 Hendrick Chevrolet.
Prediction Submissions from Twitter
@RussellKimball9’s drivers to watch this weekend are: Matt Kenseth (starting P22), Kurt Busch (starting P7) and Kevin Harvick (starting P9).
@JarodAntonovich’s drivers to watch are: Brad Keselowski (P8), Tyler Reddick (P15) and Kyle Busch (P4).
@LeftTurnJon’s drivers to watch are: Denny Hamlin (P3), Kyle Busch (P4) and William Byron (P16).