|Matt Kenseth is 8/1 to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway.|
Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway
No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes:
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT POCONO: In 33 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Pocono, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 15.0, has completed 5,972 of 6,067 (98.4 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 91 laps. Kenseth earned his first win at Pocono in August of 2015, and has four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes at “The Tricky Triangle.”
JOE GIBBS RACING AT POCONO: Joe Gibbs Racing has 110 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono and has earned 10 wins, 25 top-five, and 50 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 1,149 laps, has an average start of 12.3, an average finish of 16.1, and has completed 19,072 of 20,306 (93.9 percent) laps.
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RACE INFO: The Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 31st. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Matt Kenseth: “Pocono has three corners, so that alone makes it different than any other race track we go to. All three of the corners are also very different from each other, so it’s just a unique track on the circuit. The straightways are so long at Pocono that everybody always talks about how you need to be good in Turn 3 since the frontstretch is so long, but I think you have to be good everywhere honestly. Certainly getting off of Turn 3 is very important in order to be able to try to make a move for a pass or to not get passed on that long straightaway. Turn 1 is important as well though because there’s a little extra banking there plus it typically widens out a bit, so it’s a place where you need to look ahead to make your move in order to set up for the tunnel turn. Since the start/finish line is so far away from Turn 1, you’ll see the field fan out on restarts, but thankfully Turn 1 is the widest corner as well as the most forgiving, so we still have a decent corner to race through after restarts.”
From the Pit Box:
Jason Ratcliff: “I thought that our trip to Pocono earlier this year went well. I felt that we had a car capable of winning the race there in June, but we’ll just continue to work on fuel mileage and see if we can defend last year’s race win. I think that our run earlier this year was one of our better runs up to that point in the season, so I’m looking forward to going back this weekend. To have a great race at Pocono, you really need to have the best of everything with fuel mileage, brake package, and a strong motor, and I feel like we definitely have all the pieces necessary to have another strong run there this weekend.”
- Joe Gibbs Racing