NXS: Pocono Green 250 Preview

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway for their first and only trip of the 2017 for the second annual Pocono Green 250. The race will feature two 25-lap stages and a 50 lap stage.

41 drivers will head to Pocono to compete for 40 spots on the Saturday afternoon spectacle. Notable names on the list include Paul Menard, Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson.

The Pocono Green 250 will be an exclusive “Drivers Only” event in the NASCAR on Fox Booth. Kevin Harvick will be the play-by-play announcer with Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer in the booth. On pit road will be Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones. Danica Patric and Denny Hamlin will host race coverage from the Hollywood Hotel.

This will be the final race for Darrell Wallace, Jr. in the Xfinity Series as Roush Fenway Racing will suspend operations of their No. 6 entry. Wallace will make the move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to fill-in for Aric Almirola. Almirola was scheduled to race in the Biagi DenBeste entry this weekend, but Casey Mears will be the substitute driver this weekend.

Drives are excited for the second annual event at Pocono. and talk about how unique the tracks three corners are.

“I like Pocono. I had some good success there in a truck and I just think that it is a cool racetrack. It’s hard to pass at times on the track, but I think with the Xfinity cars there, with less downforce, it’s a little easier to pass. It’s for sure easier to pass than the trucks were at times. The track is fast and those three corners are so different, which makes it fun,” said William Byron.

“It’s tough to figure out those three turns. A lot of times you’ll be better on one end than the other. It’s a kind of a tough track because you’re carrying so much speed going into a couple of the corners and they’re pretty much dead flat. You have to figure out how to use your brakes and max your speed going through those corners without sliding up the track. It’s just tough to figure out the flat corners,” said Cole Custer.

Xfinity Series teams will have two practice sessions on Friday at 1:00 p.m. EDT and 3:00 p.m. EDT.  Teams will qualify at 9:30 a.m. EDT and race at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Practice and qualifying will be on Fox Sports 1, while the race will be on FOX and Motor Racing Network.

Caleb Whisler

I am 19 years old from Atlanta, GA. I have been following motorsports since I was born. Motorsports has been "passed down" in my family. I am named after NASCAR Hall of Famer, William Caleb Yarborough, also known as Cale. Growing up in the southeast, racing was something that was a Sunday tradition after church. What an honor it is to share that passion with others.