For the third week in a row, NASCAR continues its flat track tour — back to Pocono Raceway.
The track I call the “Cow Bell” is calling one more time this season to see if the previous winner can prevail at the “Tricky Triangle.” Dale Earnhardt Jr sling shot past Brad Keselowski during the stretch run of the first Pocono race to capture his second win of the season after Keselowski dominated the race.
I look for both of those drivers to do the same thing come this weekend, weather permitting.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so click on my name above and all my posts will pop up and you can get all the info you need by clicking on the first Pocono Power Rankings. I know; I know; I’m slacking off, but I will provide you with some info. you need to know.
First Pocono race on June 8, 2014 top 10:
#88 Dale Jr
#2 Brad Keselowski
#41 Kurt Busch
#11 Denny Hamlin
#42 Kyle Larson
#48 Jimmie Johnson
#31 Ryan Newman
#24 Jeff Gordon
#78 Martin Truex Jr
#10 Jamie McMurray
Two active drivers have posted consecutive poles at Pocono: Denny Hamlin with a 2006 sweep and Joey Logano in fall 2011 and spring 2012.
Johnson leads all active drivers in driver ratings with one win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 9.2 for his career at Pocono.
Kyle Larson finished fifth a month ago and has the best rating at 5.0, but it’s only one race under his belt, so I won’t include him in my top ten.
The top driver ratings for Pocono:
Here are the latest power rankings for Pocono:
10 Kyle Busch- three top fives and five top 10s, average finish 13.2.
9 Clint Bowyer- three top 10s, average finish 12.4.
8 Brad Keselowski- one win, three top fives and four top 10s, average finish 12.3.
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr- one win, three top fives and six top 10s, average finish 12.2.
6 Kurt Busch- four top fives and six top 10s, average finish 10.9.
5 Kevin Harvick- three top fives and four top 10s, average finish 10.8.
4 Jeff Gordon- two wins, three top fives and six top 10s, average finish 9.7.
3 Ryan Newman- three top fives and six top 10s, average finish 8.2.
2 Tony Stewart- five top fives and six top 10s, average finish 7.9.
1 Jimmie Johnson- one win, five top fives and seven top 10s, average finish 6.8.