Pocono Mountains 125 Preview

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

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

Event Schedule

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

Entry

Trk#

Driver

Sponsor

Manu

Owner

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
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