Pocono Raceway is a very unique track for a lot of reasons most notably the fact that it only has three corners and is shaped like a triangle. But another unique aspect to Pocono Raceway is that the track does not host NASCAR Nationwide Series races which makes the track tough on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies.
With rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon both barely holding down the final two Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying spots based on points both drivers will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 to help prep and get more track time around the 2.5 mile track before Sunday's GoBowling.com 400.
Larson is currently seven points ahead of Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon is only four points ahead of Kahne for the last Chase spot heading into Pocono. Including Pocono, there are only six more races until the 16-driver Chase field is set so getting good finishes at Pocono is very important for both of the rookie drivers. Besides Kahne, Paul Menard, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, and Tony Stewart are within striking distance of Larson and Dillon in the points and all of those drivers have much more experience than the two rookies at Pocono.
Larson has made two career starts at the track. He won the ARCA Racing Series race at Pocono in June after leading 66 of 80 laps and then followed that up by finishing seventh in his first Cup Series start at the track. Austin Dillon has three career starts at the Tricky Triangle. He finished 17th in the June Cup race and also raced in the Truck Series races in 2010 and 2011. He finished seventh and fifth in those races but did not lead any laps.
Both Larson and Dillon drove in last week's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race ay Eldora. Larson will be in the same No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports truck while Dillon will pilot the No. 3 truck for Richard Childress Racing. His brother Ty was in the number 3 at Eldora while Austin drove the number 2.
Friday the ARCA Racing Series will also race at Pocono Raceway but Larson and Dillon are not entered. The Pocono Mountains 150 can be seen at 1 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox Sports 1 and the GoBowling.com 400 can be seen Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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