After making history at the dirt track in Eldora Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series prepares to take on the Tricky Triangle.
More than a year since the last time the trucks were at Pocono Raceway, and a lot has changed. There are many new faces within the Truck Series field and many new comers onto the 2.5-mile triangle shaped track. Upon returning back to asphalt after a return to the dirt track, the trucks are ready to put on the show at Pocono.
Before the green flag waives for the Truck Series at Pocono, there will be plenty to keep an eye on throughout the race.
Heading into Pocono, many of the rookie of the year candidates will be getting their first start at the Tricky Triangle. Even though the trucks only had one practice session, it proved to be enough time for the rookies to get adjusted. Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Ryan Blaney took four of the top-10 spots on the speed charts in the only practice on Friday, from third onto sixth on the charts.
Not only were the rookies on the top of the charts, but Turner Scott Motorsports had most of the top speeds. Miguel Paludo dominated Friday’s practice with the fastest speed at 167.673mph. Joining Paludo and Burton on the top spots were defending Truck Series champion James Buescher and Todd Bodine, who is racing on a one-race deal with TSM.
Saturday will only tell if a rookie will be able to come out on top based on Friday’s practice or if TSM has a shot to win.
Pocono should be an interesting race for the trucks following all the action at Eldora. In the past, the trucks have raced each other hard at the Tricky Triangle.
There have only been three races at the Tricky Triangle since the trucks started racing there in 2010. Defending race winner Joey Coulter has been the only Truck Series regular to win at Pocono, as Elliott Sadler won the inaugural race and Kevin Harvick won in 2011.
This year at Pocono, the Trucks Series drivers will have the opportunity to battle each other for the win as no cup driver is entered in the race. Going in on Saturday, Coulter will have the opportunity to repeat a win at Pocono or another driver will have the chance to become the fourth different winner at the Tricky Triangle.