NASCAR Cup Series in Pocono: How to Watch, Stream, Preview and Choose M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400

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When summer is at its peak and the weather is fine in the Northeast, there is no better place than the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Blessed with natural beauty, from lush greenery to numerous bodies of water, the area is also the site of one of the most unique and challenging tracks in all of American motor racing.

This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series is making its annual trip to the Pocono Raceway for the M&M 400 fan appreciation. Dubbed the “difficult triangle”, the Pocono is known for its triangular configuration which features three completely different angles at the end of very long lanes. . The 2.5-mile track configuration draws from other great highways—the now discontinued Trenton Speedway at Turn 1, the Indianapolis at Turn 2, and the Milwaukee Mile at Turn 3—to create a track that offers a test of driver skill, crew creativity and equipment durability.

How to watch the NASCAR Cup Series in Pocono

  • Date: Sunday 24 July
  • Site: Pocono Racecourse – Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
  • time: 3 p.m. Eastern time
  • Television: USA Network
  • Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

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  • After Christopher Bell’s win last week in New Hampshire, the collective eyes of NASCAR are now firmly on both Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. Both drivers have had great seasons so far, finishing third and fourth in points respectively with a fairly realistic chance. To compete for the regular season championship. But without a win, neither drivers are guaranteed a place in the playoffs yet, and both will crash if there are new winners from under the cut-off line between now and the end of the regular season at Daytona.

    The pressure is now squarely on both Blaney and Truex to find and soon find Victory Lane. Truex came close to last weekend leading over half of the race before tire strategy cost him a chance to win, winning the Pocono twice in 2015 and 2018. Meanwhile, it was Blaney’s first-ever Pocono win in 2017.

  • In 2020 and 2021, NASCAR experimented with dual weekends by splitting what were two annual Pocono races between one weekend, with the 325-mile race on Saturday and the 350-mile event the next. Last year, neither race disappointed – Kyle Larson blew a tire and crashed while leading in the last corner of Saturday’s race, allowing Alex Bowman to steal the victory. Then the next day, Kyle Busch had an impressive victory that had him driving forward despite a transmission problem that left him stuck in fourth gear.

    This year, Pocono returns to host a single 400-mile event, which marks the return of traditional strategies for a race that has offered nothing but one.

    Pocono’s history is replete with many, many races where strategy has come into play, whether with races defined by fuel mileage or races where teams have used alternative strategies to gain time and track location. In recent years, the introduction of stage races has created an additional element of strategy, with teams often having to choose between bringing their driver to the pit road to prepare them for the rest of the race, or leaving them on the track to earn stage points before coming into the pits and losing the track location under caution.

  • The aforementioned second race for 2021 highlights something even more important this year: the transmission’s ability to withstand 400 miles of up-and-down shifting.

    Even with a conventional four-speed transmission, drivers have long tried to take advantage of shifting in the Pocono in order to get the best possible rpm range and acceleration on the long tracks of the track. Now, the car’s next-generation five-speed transmission is expected to make the change in the Pocono even more significant, and likely also increase the risk of something going wrong.

    Halfway through the second race, Kyle Busch’s transmission failed, leaving him stuck in fourth gear and unable to accelerate to top speed quickly. If the race had included a series of restarts from that point on, it would have been a death sentence for Bush and his team. Instead, the race was marked by a long green flag to the finish, and Busch’s extra stop under the last alert to try to fix the transmission meant he had more fuel than the rest of the field, allowing him to drive ahead and score a victory that would surely amplify the racing legend for years to come.

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(Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

Martin Truex Jr. (+1000): It’s a bit hard to believe, but with Christopher Bell winning last week in New Hampshire, Martin Truex Jr is the only Joe Gibbs Racing driver to not have a win this season. But over the past month, it seemed like Truex’s time had come to visit Victory Lane.

Since dispelling retirement rumors by announcing his return to the Cup series in 2023, Truex has driven 281 laps – more than any other driver – in the past four races. Truex was a serious threat to win two consecutive weeks, first in Atlanta and then in a dominant performance during the first two stages in New Hampshire. The career-winning pair in the Pocono and Gibbs’ strength in the Pocono – the team has won seven of the last nine races on the track – and Truex are a solid bet to confirm their place in the playoff on Sunday.