Notes For Pocono Raceway
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Is this the week Jeff Gordon can pull into victory lane?
By Xander Clements
Heading into Pocono, we look to see who can beat the king of the track, who is argubly Denny Hamlin. Under Hamlin’s coaching throughout the years, Joey Logano mastered the newly-paved track to use an old school racing tactic to take the win just a couple of months ago.
However, he was by far not the only headline of the day. Juan Pablo Montoya scored the pole, clocking in his first P1 start since Richmond 2011. Jeff Gordon comes into today’s race in dire need of a win. Watch out for the 24 to make a run on any means possible for the victory. BUT, time is not just running out on Jeff, but also Carl Edwards. His team has struggled all year long, and although he has not had as bad of luck as Gordon, he still could use a win to boost himself up in the point standings.
Mentioned by a reporter earlier in the week, John Wes Townley was slated be running the event this week with the help of sponsorship from his father’s company, Zaxby’s. However, after hitting the wall on his warm up lap in practice, he chose not to run the race, Townley has been replaced by Jason White for the No. 32 car this week. It has been controversial ever since it hit the press that Townley was even thinking to run the race, and people have been tearing the release to shreds. Unfortunately, the arguing is pointless with the exception of yelling at each other, because no matter what he was going to race this week. I found it amusing though on what the media thought of it, and I completely take their side; you shouldn’t be able to buy your way into NASCAR’s top division. In fact, plenty of other drivers could have been offered the opportunity if money wasn’t nearly as big of an issue. An example would be Parker Kligerman, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver, who has been running off of nearly no money and scored a competitive full-time ride on Brad Keselowski’s team in the series.
As for the race on Sunday, Mark Martin was leading before Logano gave him the bump-n-run last race, and who knows what the old man can pull out of his cap this week? In fact, even with the Toyota equipment from Michael Waltrip Racing, he still could compete with the Chevrolets of Stewart-Haas and Hendrick. As mentioned before, Jeff Gordon needs a win, so look for him to pull some extreme strategy late in the going if he isn't the dominate car.
That's it for this week; hopefully I can make some more of these race predictions.