When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits the asphalt at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday, it will be the third time the series has competed at the 2.5-mile track, but the first time on the newly repaved surface.
The new surface has potential to throw a wrench in the competition and shake up the championship hunt. However, statistics show the hunt for the win could come down to the front runners in the points battle.
Three drivers inside the top-five in the championship standings – Timothy Peters, Justin Lofton and James Buescher – all have top-10 finishes at the famed Tricky Triangle. Peters increased his championship standings lead following Chicagoland to 23 points over Ty Dillon, Lofton, Buescher and Parker Kligerman.
Dillon and Lofton are both former winners at the track in the ARCA series.
ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter also are likely to figure in the equation. Crafton, who’s moved from 21st to sixth in points on strength of four straight top-five finishes, finished third at Pocono in 2010. Sauter, winner in Texas in June, took fourth in last year’s Pocono Mountains 125.