From dirt, to a triangular shaped race track, the Truck Series has had its variety over the past week and a half. Although Eldora was unique and exciting, it’s time to move on and inch closer to crowning this year’s champion. Pocono has only been on the schedule for a few seasons and the drivers figured out the triangle quickly, making for phenomenal racing. We saw a first time winner in Joey Coulter last August, so the field is wide open for Saturday.
The Pocono Mountains 125 is scheduled for Saturday, August 3, 2013 and the green flag will wave around 1:00 PM ET. At two miles in length, Pocono takes a while to maneuver around, making the race distance only consist of 60 laps and 150 miles. Saturday’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 76 F, and only a 20% chance of rain. The race will be broadcasted on SPEED and you can listen to it on MRN.
Last time the trucks were out in Pennsylvania, it was Joey Coulter picking up his first career win after snatching the lead away from Nelson Piquet Jr. on a late restart. Coulter also faced a challenge from last season’s champion James Buescher in the closing laps. This race also brought troubles to the point’s leader at that time, Timothy Peters, and it started his derail from championship contender to pretender.
Even though this race is on the same weekend as the Cup Pocono race, no Cup drivers decided to come down and race in a truck. That will make it a race featuring only the truck regulars dueling it out for the win. Notable drivers coming in for this race that haven’t been running full-time include Todd Bodine racing for Turner-Scott Motorsports and Chad Hachenbracht in a Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. Both of those guys have raced in a truck this season, but will be looking to upset the championship contenders.
After Eldora, we expected a shakeup in the standings, but one really didn’t come. Matt Crafton finished eighth on the dirt, while Jeb Burton struggled and placed 18th, giving Crafton a 48 point advantage heading into Pocono. James Buescher and Ty Dillon still lurk below Crafton, but being a full race out of the lead makes it more of a long haul to climb to the top. Timothy Peters has been on an uphill climb lately and he’ll look to continue to make up ground to the leaders, he currently sits in fifth.
Pocono has been known to trick up some drivers with the three distinct turns and one mistake could put a damper in their day. It’ll be the driver who is the most aggressive taking home the trophy Saturday, because gaining the lead on a restart could be your ticket to victory lane. This isn’t your normal track and that will create your not so normal race on Saturday afternoon.
By Jason Schultz
9:00-11:20 AM ET (Friday) Truck Series Final Practice, not televised
10:00 AM ET (Saturday) Truck Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED
1:00 PM ET (Saturday) Truck Series’ race, the Pocono Mountains 125, televised on SPEED
Next Race- Michigan National Guard 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI
Entry List via Jayski.com
|1||0||TBA||Driven2Honor.org||11 Ford||Jennifer Jo Cobb|
|2||3||Ty Dillon||Bass Pro Shops-Tracker Boats||13 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|3||4||Jeb Burton #||Arrowhead||13 Chevy||Harry Scott Jr|
|4||5||Tim George Jr.||Applebee’s||13 Chevy||Richard Wauters|
|5||7||John Wes Townley||Zaxby’s||13 Toyota||Tom Deloach|
|6||07||Chris Cockrum||TBA||13 Chevy||Ken Smith|
|7||8||Max Gresham||AmWins||12 Chevy||Eddie Sharp|
|8||9||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff||13 Chevy||Joe Denette|
|9||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||Driven2Honor.org||12 RAM||Jennifer Jo Cobb|
|10||17||Timothy Peters||Parts Plus||13 Toyota||Tom Deloach|
|11||18||Joey Coulter||Darrell Gwynn Foundation||13 Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|12||19||Ross Chastain||Watermelon.org||13 Ford||Brad Keselowski|
|13||24||Brennan Newberry||Qore-24||13 Chevy||Bob Newberry|
|14||27||Jeff Agnew||TBA||13 Chevy||Michael Hillman|
|15||28||Dominick Casola||FDNY Racing||13 Chevy||Jim Rosenblum|
|16||29||Ryan Blaney||Cooper Standard||13 Ford||Brad Keselowski|
|17||30||Todd Bodine||Team Fox / Whelen||13 Chevy||Steve Turner|
|18||31||James Buescher||Rheem||13 Chevy||Steve Turner|
|19||32||Miguel Paludo||AccuDoc||13 Chevy||Steve Turner|
|20||39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||13 Chevy||Pam Sieg|
|21||40||Todd Peck||Arthritis.org||13 Chevy||Michael Peck|
|22||51||Chad Hachenbracht||Tastee Apple / Ingersoll Rand||13 Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|23||54||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Camping World / Good Sam||13 Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|24||57||Norm Benning||TBA||13 Chevy||Norm Benning|
|25||59||Kyle Martel||Hanover Cold Storage||13 Chevy||William Martel|
|26||60||Dakoda Armstrong||Winfield||13 Chevy||Vickie Compton|
|27||62||Brendan Gaughan||South Point||13 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|28||77||German Quiroga #||OtterBox||13 Toyota||Tom Deloach|
|29||81||David Starr||GrimeBoss / GunBroker||13 Toyota||Bobby Dotter|
|30||82||Sean Corr||TBA||13 Ford||John Corr|
|31||84||TBA||TBA||12 Chevy||Chris Fontaine|
|32||88||Matt Crafton||Ideal DoorsMenards||13 Toyota||Rhonda Thorson|
|33||93||Chris Jones||RSS Racing||13 Chevy||Pam Sieg|
|34||98||Johnny Sauter||Carolina Nut Co – Curb Records||13 Toyota||Mike Curb|
|35||99||Bryan Silas||Rockingham Speedway||13 Chevy||Chris Baluch|