After Harvick’s fuel strategy paid off with a win coming in the first race at Pocono on Saturday. There were a few different cars that seemed strong at different portions of the race, The surprise being how well Almirola was running for more of the race, proving how important field position is at Pocono.
While Harvick was the victor yesterday, his win was a big thanks to his crew chief and no cautions causing trouble. Today, his car is expected to still run in the top 10, but other competitors like Kyle Busch are assumed to make major improvements to their car. These back to back races are always interesting because you can see which teams make changes to their cars. All teams unless the cars were destroyed will be using the same car as the race on Saturday.
The field is going to be inverted from the top 20 on Sunday with Ryan Preece and Austin Dillon leading the field. The chances of either of them dominating a significant portion of the race are slim. Kurt Busch sitting in the second row will more than likely pounce in the early going and take the lead and hold onto it for a large portion of the race.
I’ve held off on doing any type of prediction articles because without practice and qualifying it makes it impossible to truly give an educated guess. With this race since we got a decent sample size yesterday, I feel confident making a prediction.
Favorite: Kyle Busch
Part of Busch’s issues this season has been the lack of prep time. As stated on the live broadcast yesterday, he had an over 300-lap practice session that netted him a top five. With this being one of his best tracks and having the time to get his car set up to his specifications.
Pocono has been one of his best tracks in the past couple of years and with this second chance, there is the opportunity for him to capitalize.
Underdog: Matt DiBenedetto
DiBenedetto was running well all day and while he only finished 13th, his car was in the top 10 all day. If we would’ve gotten another caution at the end I think he would’ve finished with his 4th top ten of the year.
Pocono is the track that the Wood Brothers last won on in 2017 with Ryan Blaney. Wood Brothers Racing has an average finish of 15th at the track since 2016 when they began racing full-time.