2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Pocono

After taking last weekend off and being hit with a postponement, due to rain, on Saturday, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns at the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 150 to benefit farm aid Sunday morning.

Pocono is called the “Tricky Triangle” because of its triangular shape and it only has three turns. However, those three turns are vastly different and create a puzzle drivers have to solve on each lap. Turn one is banked the steepest at 14 degrees. It is the most normal of the three turns as turn two, otherwise known as the “Tunnel Turn” runs flat and is a quick transition to the next straightaway. Turn three is a long, drawn out turn, which tests how well drivers can stay off the throttle without losing time to the truck in front of them and avoiding slides up the track.

Sunday will mark the sixth race of the truck series in 2020.

Grant Enfinger is the only points-eligible truck driver to win this season. He has two wins, which came in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. The other truck winners were Cup Series regulars Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott. Enfinger will start fifth on Sunday.

No points-eligible driver entered for Sunday’s race has a win at Pocono, but Matt Crafton possesses the best average finish of any driver with more than five races at the track with a 9.8 AvFn. The defending truck champion has struggled so far this season as he only has two top-10 finishes in five races and sits 12th in points. He will have to work his way through the field on Sunday as he will roll off 18th.

Johnny Sauter possesses the second-best average finish of drivers with more than five races at Pocono with a 10.1 AvFn. He will be on the pole for Sunday.

Rookie Zane Smith has turned heads this season with GMS Racing. He has three top 10s in five races and will start seventh.

Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones will be taking over the No. 51 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is scheduled to run for truck races this season and is looking for his first career win in the series. Jones will start 10th.

Chase Purdy will make his GMS debut on Sunday in the No. 24 truck. He is slated to run five races for the team in 2020. Purdy will start 12th.

Friday morning, Natalie Decker revealed on her Instagram that she will miss Sunday’s race as she is having bile duct problems. Bayley Currey will, instead, pilot the No. 44 truck for Niece Motorsports.

Stages for the race end on lap 15, lap 30 and the finish on lap 60.

Coverage for the race is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EST on FS1 and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup: https://therichreport.com/2020/06/25/nascar-truck-series-lineup-pocono/

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/06/24/goodyear-fast-facts-pocono-3/

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