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The Backstretch Blog's Race Day: The Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 01: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet, talk in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 1, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

After spending back to back weeks at home, NASCAR heads north to Pocono to take on the track known as the 'tricky triangle.' This is one of the most unique tracks on the circuit, but different doesn't always mean better racing. But in this case it does at least mean the way you approach the track in interesting.

“Pocono is unique in a lot of ways," said Matt Kenseth. "Three different turns make it challenging. You get the question a lot, ‘which turn is the most important?’ But, honestly, they all are. Restarts can get pretty exciting there because of how wide the track is and how far away Turn 1 is from the start-finish line. It’s pretty easy to get three or four wide and still have time to get sorted out going into Turn 1, which is, thankfully, the most forgiving of the three turns. "

'The biggest story line heading into the weekend though is, will anyone other than Kevin Harvick or Kyle Busch win a race anythime soon. The pair have combined to win nine of the first 13 races and six of the last seven.

“I don’t know. I mean, I can’t answer that," said Martin Truex, Jr "There’s so many races left to go. You never know what it can happen."

The winner of last year's June Pocono race, Ryan Blaney, starts on the pole and looks like a strong contender to break up the Harvick/Busch party.

“It is always nice to come back to a place you have had success at and won at," said Blaney. "It gives you confidence as a driver and as a whole team everyone’s confidence is up. Obviously you want to repeat that. "

Harvick starts second,with Jamie McMurrary, Truex and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five starters.

The green flag is set to drop at 2:12pm. You can watch the race on FOX Sports 1.


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