Pocono 400 Odds

Pocono

The tricky triangle is one of Nascar’s biggest challenges for drivers. Three distinct turns with three distinct degrees of banking offer opportunities for passing and sustained speed. While familiar faces lead the pack, surprising names might make a run Sunday.

The Favorites:

As long as Jimmie Johnson shows up, he will be the favorite. Johnson is 5/1 and has the best average finish among active drivers at Pocono. That said, Johnson only has three wins at the track.  So while Johnson finishes 10th or better 67 percent of the time, it doesn’t mean he wins. This opens the door for some familiar faces.

The Contenders:

Jeff Gordon has six wins at Pocano. He also has 29 finishes of 10th or better. That’s nearly 70 percent of the time.  At 7/1, Gordon is on the radar map but still behind Johnson and Kevin Harvick.

Pocono might be one of Joey Logano’s best tracks. Logano won here and contended before. At 12/1, he is an intriguing candidate.

So too is Tony Stewart. Has Stewart’s 2014 been tough? That might be the understatement of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. But Stewart’s leg is getting better, he has 22 top 10’s at Pocono (with two wins) and always makes a summer run. At 15/1 oddsmakers think Stewart has a better chance here than other summer spots on the 2014 Sprint Cup tour.

Slump Enders:

Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne have struggled this 2014 Sprint Cup season, Busch won a race but is outside the top 20 in points. Kahne hasn’t won and is on the outside of the Chase.

Both have two wins at Pocono and do well at bigger faster tracks. Kahne is 12/1. Busch is 30/1. Both look like they have a chance to end a season-long funk.

Here’s how your favorite driver stacks up. Enjoy the trick triangle, and insert a random catchphrase here.