Biff ready to roll
Pocono Raceway is one of the few independently owned tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and hosts two events per season. Known as the Tricky Triangle, Pocono's three distinct turns are all banked differently and inspired by other race tracks: the defunct Trenton Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and The Milwaukee Mile. Finding a setup that will play well in all three turns can be a quite a challenge.
Practice sessions: Friday, June 6 at 12 p.m. EDT. Saturday, June 7 at 9 a.m. EDT, 11:30 a.m. EDT
Qualifying: Friday, June 6 at 4:40 p.m. EDT
Race: Sunday, June 8 at 1 p.m. EDT
Location: Long Pond, Pa.
Length: 2.5 miles
Turn 1: 14 degrees
Turn 2: 8 degrees
Turn 3: 6 degrees
Front stretch: 2 degrees
Back stretch: 2 degrees
Short stretch: 2 degrees
Greg Biffle | No. 16 3M Ford | Roush Fenway Racing
After underperforming in each of the Pocono races held in 2012, Biffle delivered last year. He held an average running position of 11th both times with a runner-up performance in June and a 10th-place finish in August. The Biff is looking to bounce back after finishing 38th last week at Dover International Speedway when contact put him into the wall.
Clint Bowyer | No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing
Bowyer recorded a pair of top-10s at Pocono in 2012 but took a slight step back last year with two top-15 finishes. Going back to 2009, he's held an average running position of at least 17th in all 10 outings while never finishing outside of the top 20. While Bowyer has only recorded two top-fives this season, both have come in the last four races.
Tony Stewart | No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet | Stewart-Haas Racing
Stewart heads to Pocono with a series-best four consecutive top-10 finishes at the site; three coming in the top five. Perhaps most impressive is the fact Smoke qualified no better than 19th for those races. Stewart remains just outside of the top 20 in points so far this season but has seen his finish improve over the last three starts while seeking that first win of 2014.
Kurt Busch | No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet | Stewart-Haas Racing
Over his last eight starts at Pocono, the elder Busch brother has recorded three top-fives and six finishes inside the top 10. His only results outside that window were crashes in the August races of 2010 and 2012. With five DNFs this season -- four in his last seven races -- Busch is an extreme risk but comes with a big Pocono payoff potential.
Matt Kenseth | No. 20 Dollar General Toyota | Joe Gibbs Racing
Kenseth is among the best drivers in the series and left Dover first in points. He still wants that first win of 2014, but Pocono probably isn't a place where that happens. Kenseth has finished outside of the top 20 in three straight on the Triangle with only two top-10s in his last 11 tries.
Kevin Harvick | No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet | Stewart-Haas Racing
Since recording three straight top-fives at Pocono for the first time in his career back in 2010 through June of 2011, Harvick has scored only one top-10 in his last five starts. Harvick has already won twice this season with two more runner-up performances in recent weeks. As great as he's been, however, this could be a week off for allocation owners.
About Eric McClung
Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.
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