2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series preview: Pocono

After a weekend of unknowns at Nashville Superspeedway, NASCAR returns to familiar, but tricky grounds as they head to the Pennsylvania mountains for a date at Pocono Raceway. 

Depending on who you ask, Pocono may have five or six turns, but because of its nickname of the “Tricky Triangle”, let’s stick to three turns as a triangle only has three sides. 

With only three turns, Pocono is one of the most unique tracks on the circuit as each corner is different with turn one working as your normal, banked corner that you’d see at any oval, but turn two is where drivers are tested because it a short, high-speed corner and turn three is an elongated, slow corner that is easy to overdrive and cause drivers to lose time to those in front of them and vice versa. 

Last weekend, Ryan Preece was able to pilot the No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Ford to his first win in the Camping World Truck Series. He got around Grant Enfinger as the race wound down and held off a group of young and hungry drivers to earn the victory at Nashville. 

Preece returns to the No. 17 truck and will roll off sixth on Saturday. 

Todd Gilliland has been on a roll since his win at Circuit of the Americas in May. 

The Front Row Motorsports driver is on pace for a career-best average finish that currently sits at 9.3 and he’s finished inside the top 10 over the last four races, which includes three top fives. Gilliland earned the pole for Saturday’s race and has three top 10’s in three truck starts at Pocono. 

Zane Smith will join Gilliland on the front row. 

Smith probably expected more at this point in the season, but the GMS Racing product currently sits fourth in points and is 93 points clear of the playoff cutline. He’s scored four top-10 finishes dating back to COTA and Pocono should be a place where he can score that playoff-clinching win and finally put his name into the championship-contention hat. 

It’s safe to say Chandler Smith hasn’t met expectations at Kyle Busch Motorsports so far this season, but there are better fortunes ahead for the now 19-year old as his birthday falls Saturday. 

Smith currently sits 15 points below Carson Hocevar on the playoff cutline and will start 11th at Pocono. 

Notable drivers in the field Saturday include Kyle Busch (KBM), Josh Berry (Rackley WAR), Jack Wood (GMS Racing) and Grant Enfinger (CR7 Motorsports). 

While NBC Sports takes over the Xfinity and Cup Series, the truck series remains on Fox Sports for the rest of the season and coverage for the CRC Brakleen 150 is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. EST. The Motor Racing Network will provide all your auditory necessities. 

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

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2021/06/22/goodyear-fast-facts-pocono-4/

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