How do you not go with Jimmie Johnson at Pocono Raceway?

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Last week NASCAR was at the Historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson dominated the race only to fall via a very uncharacteristically slow pit stop giving the win to Ryan Newman. This week NASCAR is at a very different track, well mostly different. This week NASCAR and Jimmie Johnson is at the Pocono Raceway for the GoBowling.com 400.

The Pocono Raceway is one of the neatest tracks in NASCAR because it is one big triangle. Yes a triangle. It only has three turns. It drives a lot like Indianapolis; in fact turn 2 was modeled after one of the turns at Indianapolis. It is also one of the biggest in NASCAR at 2.5 miles in length. At times the race at Pocono, like Indianapolis are more like road course races where strategy dictates when the final pit stop is. The race is 400 miles or 160 laps.

Jimmie Johnson has a great driver rating of 110 which is only eclipsed by Denny Hamlin who used to be the Pocono ringer. Jimmie Johnson won this race this past spring in a dominating run where he led 128 of 160 laps. That was a mere 8 weeks ago. Figuring that with his performance at Indy the odds that he will repeat far exceed the odds of any other driver wining this race.

If you don’t agree with this assessment consider going with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. They finished this race in the spring 4th and 5th and last fall 5th and 6th. They are the only drivers to have any measure of consistency the past two races.

One last thing to watch for is the drivers 8th in points down to 13th in points are very close. A bad run in this race could easily move them in and out of the top ten. Of those drivers Jeff Gordon currently tenth and Brad Keselowski 13th don’t have a win to fall back on for the wild card. The other drivers have wins so as they fall in and out of the top ten they don’t necessarily miss the chase. Those drivers are Greg Biffle 8th, Kasey Kahne 9th, Tony Stewart 11th, and Martin Truex Jr. 12th.

If you cannot get to the Pocono Raceway for the GoBowling.com 400 it will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 12 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Pocono
Denny Hamlin……………………… 113.8
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 110.0
Kurt Busch…………………………. 103.8
Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.0
Tony Stewart………………………… 98.8
Carl Edwards………………………… 97.8
Ryan Newman………………………. 95.4
Mark Martin………………………….. 93.1
Matt Kenseth………………………… 90.7
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 90.2
Kasey Kahne………………………… 89.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 88.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.


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