Denny Hamlin- Pocono has been considered "his house" since he since he was a rookie with an average finish of 9.5 in 11 races, including three wins.
Kurt Busch- It's been all or nothing this year with Kurt Busch. He has six finishes of 18th or worse this year and seven finishes of eighth or better including two wins. The same goes for his career at Pocono. Although out of the 18 races there he has seven finishes of 22nd or worse, he has 9 top-10s along with seven top-5s including two wins. With his win last week at the 600 I look for him to have a strong run this week as well.
Sleeper- Mark Martin. Although he is 0-46 at this track he has an average finish of 10.8 and holds the record for having 32 top-10s at Pocono.
Ryan Newman- Out of 16 races there Ryan has posted seven top-10s, including a win. If you don't want to start him at least put him on your bench because he is a great qualifier and is always a threat to get you the ten bonus points for winning the pole just about any where. He has two poles at Pocono.
Kasey Kahne- Although he is a lame duck, he had a decent showing at Charlotte last week (12th). Out of twelve races at Pocono he has six top-10s including a win. Out of the last four races there he has an average finish of seventh.
Clint Bowyer- Bowyer has four top-10s in his eight races at Pocono. His average finish at Pocono in the last three races is seventh. Last year he led 23 laps and finished 3rd in the Pennsylvania 500.
David Reutimann- He had a strong run last year at Pocono finishing third in the first Pocono race and he had a solid top-5 finish last week at the 600. Looks like this team is on the verge of being a solid threat in the top-10 week in and out.
Sleeper- Martin Truex, like his teammate Reutimann has been running, Truex has shown some signs of running near the front at some points in races this year.
Sleeper- Brad Keselowski, Eventhough he has never drove a mile at Pocono, I have a gut feeling he may have a nice run at Pocono.
Sam Hornish- Last year Hornish had a very nice resume' at Pocono. He recorded two top-10s (4th, 10th) there. The race he got fourth in he was the fastest car on the track at the end of the race.
Casey Mears- Mears has raced fourteen times at Pocono and has three top-10 finishes there and has one pole. The car he is racing finished 6th and 21st there last year. For his career he has an average finish of 20.7 there. Kyle Busch has an average finish of 21.4. I would be very happy with a 21st place finish from Mears this weekend.
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As mentioned above, Kyle Busch has been right at below average at Pocono. He has an average finish of 21.4 at Pocono. He also has an average finish of 29.25 in his last four races there all coming with Joe Gibbs Racing. He has not scored a top-10 there since finishing 8th in the rain shortened event in 2007. He has only led 2 laps out of the 1910 he has raced there.
Kevin Harvick has never led a lap at Pocono in his career. Even though he is running better this year at tracks that he normally doesn't, he would have to prove to me he could be a threat at Pocono. His average finish is 15.7 with just five top-10 finishes in 18 races in the mountains.
Although Jamie McMurray has had a memorable season this year and I wouldn't be surprised if he ran will where his teammate ran well there last year his racing at Pocono hasn't been good at all. He has three top-10s in 14 races there with an average finish of 20.6.
Elliott Sadler has two top-10s in 22 starts there with an average finish of 21st.
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