Go Bowling.com 400 Betting News and Notes

Go Bowling.com 400 Betting News and Notes

Pocono Raceway Data

Season Race #: 21 of 36 (08-04-14)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono

Denny Hamlin 109.0
Jimmie Johnson 108.7
Kurt Busch 105.5
Jeff Gordon 101.8
Tony Stewart 98.9
Carl Edwards 96.0
Kyle Larson 96.0
Ryan Newman 95.8
Brad Keselowski 92.8
Kasey Kahne 91.5

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

Qualifying/Race Data

2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
180.654 mph, 49.819 secs., 08-02-13

2013 race winner:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
129.009 mph, (03:06:02), 08-04-13

Track qualifying record:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
181.415 mph, 49.610 secs., 06-06-14

Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet
145.384 mph, (03:26:21), 06-12-11

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Pocono Driver Tale of the Tape


Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)


· Two wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 14.8
· Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
· Driver Rating of 105.5, third-best
· 312 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.147 mph, third-fastest
· 2,521 Laps in the Top 15 (76.6%), fifth-most
· 722 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet)

· One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 15.8
· Average Running Position of 14.4, 12th-best
· Driver Rating of 90.8, 11th-best
· 79 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.624 mph, ninth-fastest
· 2,147 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), 11th-most
· 664 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

· Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 14.8
· Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
· Driver Rating of 96.0, sixth-best
· 176 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.774 mph, eighth-fastest
· 2,238 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), eighth-most
· 701 Quality Passes, 10th-most


Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)

· Six wins, 19 top fives, 30 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 10.0
· Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
· Driver Rating of 101.8, fourth-best
· 143 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 1,477 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.014 mph, fifth-fastest
· 2,626 Laps in the Top 15 (76.1%), second-most
· 827 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
· Four wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 12.1
· Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best
· Series-best Driver Rating of 109.0
· Series-high 434 Fastest Laps Run
· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.311 mph
· 2,404 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%), sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

· Five top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 14.0
· Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best
· Driver Rating of 90.7, 12th-best
· 1,668 Green Flag Passes, third-most
· 744 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

· Three wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 8.7
· Series-best Average Running Position of 9.8
· Driver Rating of 108.7, second-best
· 272 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.201 mph, second-fastest
· Series-high 2,723 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%)
· 819 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

· Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 18.2
· Driver Rating of 91.5, 10th-best
· 297 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· 1,529 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.869 mph, sixth-fastest
· 2,057 Laps in the Top 15 (59.6%), 12th-most
· 732 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford)
· One win, three top fives, four top 10s
· Average finish of 12.3
· Driver Rating of 92.8, ninth-best
· 96 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

· One top five, one top 10
· Average finish of 5.0
· Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 96.0, seventh-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 162.080 mph, fourth-fastest

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

· One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 11.5
· Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 95.8, eighth-best
· 1,522 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.617 mph, 10th-fastest
· 2,598 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most
· Series-high 851 Quality Passes

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Code 3 / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 11.0
· Average Running Position of 11.8, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best
· 99 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
· 1,620 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.830 mph, seventh-fastest
· 2,549 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), fourth-most
· 840 Quality Passes, second-most

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Go Bowling.com 400 Preview
By Micah Roberts
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NASCAR bettors don't have to do a lot of homework for this week's Pocono race just because all the notes accumulated from last weekend at the Brickyard are still valid for Sunday's race. Both tracks have the longest straightaways on the circuit and "Turn 3" at Pocono is similar to all the flat tight turns at Indy.

Four of the top-10 finishers in Sunday's Brickyard 400 also finished in the top-10 in the first Poocno race on June 6. Because of an irregular pitting strategy on Sunday, the correlation between the two tracks aren't as big as usual, but you can still believe that those who performed well Sunday will be just as good on Sunday.

Right at the top we have to start with Jeff Gordon, who won his track record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday. He finished eighth at Pocono in June and is a six-time winner on the tricky triangle. Even though teammate Kasey Kahne led the most laps at Indy on Sunday, Gordon was by far the most dominant car. He'll likely be using a different car this week, but all the winning set-up notes from Sunday will still be applicable this week which makes him the driver to beat.

All of Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammates will also be strong this week. In addition to Kahne being a solid candidate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and three-time Pocono winner Jimmie Johnson will also be strong. Junior won his first career Pocono race in June and was ninth Sunday at Indy.

There's no doubt that the Chevy's, including Stewart-Haas Racing, will be tough to beat, but on Sunday we saw the Joe Gibbs' Toyota's come strong with the second, third and fourth-place finishers and it's a good indication that Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin might be ready to take the checkers on Sunday.

The top candidate to do well among the JGR cars is four-time Pocono winner Denny Hamlin. During final Brickyard practices on Saturday, Hamlin hated his car. He had no speed and was crying the blues. But on race day, between pit strategy and the crew making his car better as the race went on, Hamlin was able to muscle out a third-place finish. It might have been his best driving performance of the season.

So when you see that type of effort out of Hamlin and then consider that he is the only driver to finish in the top-5 at both Pocono (4th) and Indy (3rd) this season, he has to be considered a live play this week at a track he loves.

How much does Hamlin love Pocono? Well, in 2006 he swept the season as a rookie and stamped his place in the series as a championship contender. No one has ever swept Pocono as a rookie. He would also win there in 2009 and 2010. His skills as a short track driver have helped him immensely on this 2.5-mile layout just because of the tight flat turn 3. He gets in and out of turn 3 the fastest, just like he does at the flat half-mile layout at Martinsville.

Throughout the season, the No. 11 team has been struggling to find speed, but there's a good reason to believe the team is heading in the right direction and because of a so-so season so far, he should be able to had a good double-digit price to win this week.

Top-5 Finish Prediction:

1) #11 Denny Hamlin (12/1)
2) #2 Brad Keselowski (8/1)
3) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10/1)
4) #24 Jeff Gordon (8/1)
5) #48 Jimmie Johnson (6/1)

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Chassis Selections
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#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-912. Last Raced: Charlotte 1 (finished 10th). Backup Chassis: PRS-908. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.
#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.
#4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-846 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-846 started 27th and led 28 laps at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March before bring caught up in a wreck and finishing 39th. Chassis 4-846 also raced in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where the team started eighth, led 24 laps and finished 17th.
#5-Kasey Kahne: chassis not reported on race preview.
#7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview
#9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
#10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-828: This chassis was first used at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2013, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. The last time it was used was in late March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where she started 27th and finished 14th.
#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Pocono. This chassis raced at Kansas in May where Bowyer finished 23rd and Pocono in June where he finished 11th. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the backup at several races but has never raced.
#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-890 Last ran Kentucky - finished 14th. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-882 is the same chassis that the #17 team raced at Michigan where they finished 27th after being involved in a lap six accident which damaged the right rear fender of the #17 Ford. The backup Chassis RK- 888 is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season.
#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-911. Last Raced Charlotte 1 (finished 12th). Backup Chassis: PRS-907. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.
#24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. That chassis has been raced three times previously in 2014 with finishes of first at Kansas Speedway, eighth at Pocono Raceway and sixth at Kentucky Speedway.
#27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 463. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Darlington Raceway and Pocono Raceway where Menard finished 41st and 26th, respectively.
#31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. This chassis was utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (California Speedway - 20th and Kansas Speedway - 11th).
#34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
#38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
#41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 883 in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Chassis No. 883 debuted at Pocono in June, when Busch qualified second and recorded a third-place finish.
#42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
#43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
#47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-879 for this weekend's 400-mile event. This chassis was the Lowe's Chevy Johnson won with at Dover in June. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728 which last saw on-track action earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway.
#51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
#55-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
#78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a win at Pocono Raceway in June.
#99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-921 was last run in 2014 at the first Pocono, starting in the 10th spot and finishing 41st after a crash. Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Charlotte in 2014 as the back-up car.

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GoBowling.com 400 Betting Preview
By: Micah Roberts 
Sportingnews.com

The William Hill chain of sports books in Nevada have opened Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski as 11-to-2 (+550) co-favorites to win Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway, the second and final event of the season on the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle’. The winner of the first event, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has been set as the fifth choice to win at 8-to-1 odds.

The great thing about handicapping this race is that there are two really good pieces of data to use that will help determine who has the best chances of winning. You can begin by referring back to the June 6 race at Pocono, then layer those results with Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Both tracks are very similar because they feature the longest straigtaways in the series.

Four drivers had top-10 finishes at both 2.5-mile tracks -- which is a lower than usual number between the two tracks heading into the second Pocono race --, but it’s still a good starting point. Surprisingly, Johnson, who is tied with Keselowski with a series-leading three wins on the season, isn’t one of the four. The three-time Pocono winner was sixth in June and 14th last week at Indy. He has an 8.7 average finish over his career at Pocono and is using the same chassis from June.

Keselowski has a 12.3 average finish in nine career starts at Pocono, winning in 2011 and finishing runner-up to Earnhardt Jr. in June when he led a race-high 95 laps. He’ll be using his 10th-place Charlotte chassis from May.

Jeff Gordon is fresh off his Brickyard win and comes in at 7-to-1 odds along with Kevin Harvick, who is looking for his first career Pocono win. Gordon is a six-time winner at Pocono with the last coming in 2012. He was second in this race last season and eighth in June. He’ll be using his same chassis from June, which also won at Kansas and was sixth at Kentucky. On the basis of his win last week and having a car the team feels very confident with, Gordon is one of the better choices to win on Sunday.

The only driver to finish in the top-five at both Pocono and Indy races this season is Denny Hamlin, and after his crew chief and car chief each got handed a six-race suspension and the team was fined 75 points for their creative engineering following their failed Indy post-race inspection, you have to wonder how valid the first Pocono run was. The team had been struggling all season to find speed on the big horsepower tracks. You have to do what you can to push the envelope to find speed, and they pushed a little too far. Of course, it’s only cheating if you get caught.

Even with the suspensions, Hamlin should still get around the track well like he’s done over his entire career there. He’s a four-time winner at Pocono, including sweeping the first two races of his rookie 2006 season. His natural driving ability helps him get in and out of the flat turn 3 better than most. It’s the trickiest of all the turns, and Hamlin has handled it well. Hamlin is 10-to-1 to win this week, along with two-time Pocono winner Kasey Kahne and 2012 winner Joey Logano.

Kurt Busch is 15-to-1 to win on Sunday, lower odds than usual for the driver of the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. He won at Pocono is 2005 and has finished third or better in four of his past six starts there. Since NASCAR began compiling loop data in 2005 (19 races), Busch is the third highest rated (105.5) at Pocono behind Hamlin (109.0) and Johnson (108.7). He’ll be using his same chassis from June that started second and finished third.

The driver with the longest odds that presents to best opportunity to cash is rookie Kyle Larson, who was fifth at Pocono in June and seventh Sunday at the Brickyard. William Hill has posted him at 20-to-1 odds.

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Drivers to Bet - Pocono
By Sportsbook.ag

For the second time in less than two months, the NASCAR drivers will try to maneuver around the “The Tricky Triangle” for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. This superspeedway resides in the Pocono Mountains and its tri-oval shape measures 2.5 miles. Although the straightaways are all a nearly-flat 2° of banking, they all are measured at different lengths. The frontstretch is the longest at 3,740 feet, the backstretch is 3,055 feet, and the shortstretch is a mere 1,780 feet. Each turn has a different degree of difficulty. Turn 1 has 14° of banking, Turn 2 is just 8° and Turn 3 is the flattest at 6°.

There have been 10 different winners in the past 12 races at Pocono, with Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon as the only two-time champions in the span. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the checkered flag in June at this track, while the winner of last year's GoBowling.com 400 was Kasey Kahne.

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon (7/1) -
Among all active drivers, only Jimmie Johnson (8.7) has a better career average finish at "The Tricky Trangle" than Gordon (10.0). Gordon has won six times at this track as part of 19 top-5's in 43 starts (44%). He also has 30 top-10 showings (70%) at this venue. This success is not all ancient history either, as Gordon won in 2011 and 2012, while finishing as the runner-up in last year's GoBowling.com 400. He's also been strong this season, remaining in the top-six in the points standings in each of the past eight weeks thanks to a win at Martinsville. Of all the chalk out there on Sunday, put your largest wager on Gordon.

Carl Edwards (60/1) - I'm stunned that Edwards has such favorable odds, especially since he went off at 20-to-1 at this track in June. In his career at "The Tricky Triangle," Edwards has posted two wins (2005, 2008), five top-5's and an average finish of 14.8 over 19 starts. His four top-5's and eight top-10's this season have kept him among the top-8 drivers in the Points Standings. At this price, Edwards is certainly worthy of a sizable bet.

Matt Kenseth (20/1) - Kenseth is a great value play on Sunday, especially considering he got 10-to-1 odds both last fall and two months ago at this venue. He has not been very successful at this track with only three top-5's in 29 starts, but Kenseth has knocked out 4th-place finishes in three of his past four starts this year to move up to fourth in the current Points Standings. I see no reason Kenseth can't post his ninth top-5 finish of the season and compete for the title on Sunday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8/1) - Earnhardt Jr. has a great chance to sweep the Poconos, which is why his price tag is so unfavorable to bettors. Over his past eight races, the No. 88 car has an average finish of 7.3, thanks to top-9 showings in six of these starts. Earnhardt has also fared extremely well on the Tricky Triangle recently. In his past seven starts at this venue, he has posted six top-9 showings, including three straight top-5 finishes. Go ahead and drop a unit on Earnhardt Jr. for Sunday.

Ryan Newman (25/1) - Another darkhorse for Sunday's race is Newman, who was tabbed with much less-favorable odds of 15-to-1 last summer at this venue. He has the fourth-best average finish (11.5) among active drivers at Pocono, helping this average out in June when he placed 7th at "The Tricky Triangle," to mark his sixth top-10 showing in his past seven starts at this venue. That race also started a nice run for Newman this year, as he has inched his way up to seventh in the Points Standings with a 10.9 average finish over the past seven starts.


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Driver Handicaps: Pocono
By: Jeff Wackerlin
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Who's HOT at Pocono

• Three-time winner Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with more than one start with an 8.7 average finish.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in wins (6) and laps led (974).
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off his third straight top five after scoring the win in June.
• Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart lead all drivers with more than one start with a 6.8 average finish in the five races since the track was resurfaced.
• Brad Keselowski, winner of the 2011 August race, led 95 laps and finished second in June.
• Joey Logano has posted three top 10s, including a win, in the last five races.
• Four-time winner Denny Hamlin, who will be without his crew chief, has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races.
• Kasey Kahne has one win and a runner-up finish in the last two August races, respectively.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Pocono

• Rookie Kyle Larson finished fifth in his first Pocono start in June. Both Larson and Austin Dillon will compete in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono.
• Kurt Busch (10.8), Clint Bowyer (10.8), Jamie McMurray (13.2), Greg Biffle (13.4) , Kevin Harvick (14.0) and Martin Truex Jr. (14.0) each rank in the top 10 in average finish among drivers that have raced in all five races since Pocono was resurfaced.
• Kyle Busch has posted an 8.7 average finish in his last three Pocono starts.

Qualifying Facts - Note: This will be the second time "Knockout" Qualifying will be held

MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kasey Kahne
Pete Pistone: Jeff Gordon
Dustin Long: Kasey Kahne
John Singler: Joey Logano

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings

(All stats/notes are in regards to Pocono unless noted)

Jeff Gordon: Scored his series-leading sixth Pocono win in the 2012 August race.  He's coming off his second consecutive top 10 to lower his average finish to 8.4 in the five races with the current tire combination, which ranks fifth among all drivers.  This weekend, Gordon will return in the same car (chassis No. 869) that he won in at Kansas Speedway and finished eighth with at Pocono in June.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Coming off first Pocono win after leading 11 laps.  The victory marked his third straight top-five finish.  Earnhardt's 9.8 average finish in the last four races with the current tire combination ranks seventh among all drivers.  This weekend, Earnhardt will return in the same car (chassis No. 810) that he drove into Victory Lane at Pocono in June.

Brad Keselowski: Coming off fourth top 10 in eight starts after leading 95 laps until debris got on the grille late in the race.  Keselowski, who won the 2011 August race, has the sixth-best average finish (9.2) in the five races with the current tire combination.  This weekend, Keselowski will return in the same car (chassis No. 912) that he finished 10th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth: Pocono hasn't been the best of tracks for Kenseth since joining Joe Gibbs Racing, posting finishes of 25th, 22nd and 25th in his three track starts with the team.  His 10 top-10 finishes all came with Roush Fenway Racing, with the last coming in June 2012.

Jimmie Johnson: Dominated the 2013 June race for his third win at Pocono.  Johnson's 220 laps led in the five races with the current tire combination far surpass all drivers.  His 7.6 average finish in that span ranks fourth among all drivers and his 8.7 overall average finish is a series best among drivers with multiple starts.  This weekend, Johnson will return in the same car (chassis No. 879) that he won with at Dover International Speedway in June.

Kyle Busch: Rebounded from a disappointing 2012 season at Pocono to finish in the top 10 in both races last year.  Since winning the pole for the 2010 June race, Busch has done fairly well - finishing in the top 10 five times, including two runner-up showings.  In June of this year, Busch started sixth and finished 12th.

Ryan Newman: Has finished sixth or better in his last four starts at Pocono to help give him a 6.8 average finish in the five races with the current tire combination.  Earlier this season, Newman tested at Pocono in preparation for his first track start with Richard Childress Racing in June, when he finished seventh.  This weekend, Newman will be returning in the same car (chassis No. 462) that he last finished 11th with at Kansas Speedway.

Carl Edwards: Last of two Pocono wins came in this event in 2008.  Edwards failed to finish in the top 10 last season and his average finish took a big hit this June after an accident relegated him to 41st.  This weekend, Edwards will return in the same car he raced in June.

Joey Logano: Finished in the top 10 in his first two Pocono starts with Team Penske last season. Logano started seventh in June of this year but finished 40th due to an engine failure.  Logano, who won the 2012 June race with Joe Gibbs Racing, did have the third-best average finish in the four races with the current tire combination leading up to the DNF in June.  This weekend, Logano will return in the same car (chassis No. 911) that he finished 12th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Clint Bowyer: Has posted a 10.8 average finish in five Pocono starts with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer tested prior to the June race at Pocono and finished 11th in that event.  This weekend, Bowyer will return in the same car (chassis No. 809) he raced at Pocono in June.

Kevin Harvick: Started fourth and finished 14th in his first Pocono start with Stewart-Haas Racing in June.  His last of nine top 10s came in the 2013 June race.  This weekend, Harvick will return in the same car (chassis No. 846) that he last finished 17th with at Dover International Speedway.

Kyle Larson: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished fifth in his first Sprint Cup start at the track.  Larson won the ARCA race at Pocono in June and this weekend, he will run the Camping World Truck Series race as well.

Austin Dillon: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished 17th in his first Sprint Cup start at the track.  Dillon will also race in the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday afternoon.  His Cup car will be the same one (chassis No. 475) that he finished 30th with at Michigan International Speedway after making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps.

Kasey Kahne: Scored second Pocono win in this event last year after leading 66 laps.  The victory was his second straight top-two finish in the August race.  In June of this year, he finished 42nd after an accident.  This weekend, Kahne returns in the same car (chassis No. 588) that he led 70 laps with last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Paul Menard: Has struggled as of late at Pocono with his best finish in the last three races coming in June, 26th place.  Menard's last of two top 10s came in the 2012 June race, ninth place.  This weekend, Menard will return in the same car (chassis No. 463) that he raced at Pocono in June.

Greg Biffle: Finished 16th in June, snapping a streak of two consecutive top 10s including a runner-up showing (to Jimmie Johnson) in the 2013 June race.  Biffle's win in the 2010 August race is one of four top 10s in the last seven races.  This weekend, Biffle will return in the same car (chassis No. 890) that he finished 14th with at Kentucky Speedway.

Brian Vickers: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished 19th in his first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing in June.  Vickers' last of five top 10s came in the 2009 August race with Red Bull Racing.

Tony Stewart: Last of his two Pocono wins came in the 2009 June race.  Stewart appeared to be on his way to his fifth straight top 10 in June of this yera but was hit with a pit road speeding penalty after leading 24 laps.  This weekend, Stewart will return in the same car (chassis No. 707) that he wound up finishing 13th with at Pocono in June.

Marcos Ambrose: Last of his two top 10s in 11 starts came in the 2012 June race, 10th place.  Ambrose started 29th and finished 24th in this year's first Pocono race.

Jamie McMurray: Coming off fifth top 10 in 23 starts, a 10th-place finish.

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GoBowling.com 400 Post-Practice Betting Notes
By: Micah Roberts   
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LAS VEGAS -- Brad Keselowski was fastest in Saturday's final practice session at Pocono Raceway and it's just a small reason why he comes into Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 as the driver to beat. Between weekend practices and qualifying, Keselowski finished with no worse than the third fastest time between all four sessions.

If looking at just weekend practices alone, especially those on Saturday done exclusively in race trim, it's enough to make Keselowski the easy favorite. But when throwing in his past resume at Pocono for good measure, it elevates him even further to the top. He won there in 2011 and led a race-high 95 laps in the June 6 Pocono race before settling for second.

Keselowski is a notch above everyone else, but with his odds figuring to be dropped to almost unbettable numbers, it's not a bad idea to make a case for a few others to win. Let's take a look at a few that present the best value:

Kyle Larson (20-1): We've seen rookies in the past win at Pocono like Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards and Larson looks like the most qualified since those two to do the same. Larson will start from the pole and was sixth fastest in the final practice session. Beyond showing that his Chevy has some horsepower to get around the massive 2.5-mile triangular layout, what stands out most as being a top candidate was solid runs in the June Pocono race where he finished fifth and then last week at Indy where he was seventh. He's one of four drivers to finish in the top-10 at each of those tracks this season and it's a good sign he'll be knocking on the door for his first career win Sunday. Starting up front is always a good thing at Pocono where 15 of the 73 (20.5 percent) winners have started, the last being in June, 2013 by Jimmie Johnson.

Kurt Busch (15-1): He was fastest in Friday's practice with qualifying trim and then was fastest in the early session Saturday with race trim. He's a two-time winner on the track and has finished third or better in four of his last six starts. Look for him to match or better his third-place run from June.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8-1): He took the Pocono checkers for the first time in June and is using the same chassis this week, which is a big deal. He was fifth fastest in the final practice and if he wins Sunday, it will be his first season sweep at a track since taking both Talladega races in 2002.

Kasey Kahne (12-1): He didn't have blazing speeds during practices, but that was also the case last week at Indy when he led the most laps. Because of such a short turnaround where the notes are still fresh from Indy, chances are he'll be great on the longer runs again Sunday. He's a two-time Pocono winner, including this race last season.

You can expect Gordon and Johnson to be battling for the win as well on Sunday. They were both strong in Saturday's practices and each come with cars that have won in the past. Gordon is using his winning Kansas chassis and Johnson is using the one that won at Dover.

Kevin Harvick had the best 10-consecutive lap average during the final practice session, which is always a good sign of things to come, but only eight drivers ran that many in a row. Harvick has never won at Pocono, but he's part of that strong Hendrick Chevy group that should find its way to the front giving Keselowski's Penske Ford all it can handle.

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