Kasey Kahne Has Got This Pocono Triangle Down

Last week NASCAR was at the high banked, high speed, Monster Mile. Kasey Kahne didn’t have a very good day finishing 19th. This week NASCAR and Kasey Kahne return to a much different track. This week they are at the Pocono Raceway, the Tricky Triangle as it is called, for the Pocono 400.

The Pocono Raceway is one of the most unique tracks that NASCAR visits each year. Every track on the circuit (except the road courses, of course) has four corners. Pocono is a triangle, so it only has three corners. In fact, they are so proud of it there is a sign painted on the wall just after the marking for turn 3 that says “What Turn 4?”. It is also special because each of the corners are modeled after other famous speedways. Turn 1 the now closed Trenton Speedway, Turn 2 Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 the Milwaukee Mile. The track is 2.5 miles in length and the race is 400 miles; 160 laps.

Looking at the driver ratings for Pocono one might think there are only two drivers who have any chance. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin have done very well here and their 109.3 and 109.1 ratings reflect that. Jimmie Johnson’s 8.8 average finish also stands alone.

Last year though, Kasey Kahne all but got a season sweep at Pocono. In this race last year he started the race only to have to fix a U-joint; when he returned to the track though he had the fastest car of the entire field. Even though he started the race 43rd, he managed to race his way back to a 36th place finish. In the August race, Kahne and the entire #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet team lead the most laps on their way to winning the race.

When asked about Pocono Kahne said, “It’s always been a good track for me. Need to perform for sure.

Two weeks ago Kasey Kahne looked to have a strong car at Charlotte only to be blocked from his pit stall and getting trapped a lap down. Jimmie Johnson, Kahne’s teammate, dominated the race to win. After the race, Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus uncharacteristically admitted he used Kasey Kahne’s set up.

Like last season Kahne’s luck hasn’t been very good but he has had a fast car of late; he should be able to build on Charlotte and his success last year at Pocono Raceway to win the Pocono 400.

If you cannot get to the Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400 the race will be broadcast on TNT on  Sunday, June 8th starting at 1 PM ET. This is the first race of 2014 on TNT.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 109.3
Denny Hamlin………………………. 109.1
Kurt Busch………………………….. 104.7
Jeff Gordon………………………… 101.1
Tony Stewart…………………………. 98.5
Carl Edwards………………………… 97.3
Ryan Newman……………………….. 96.4
Kasey Kahne………………………… 92.8
Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.6
Matt Kenseth………………………… 89.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

So Where is Greg Biffle Going?

This past week at Dover International Speedway during the NASCAR on FOX prerace show Gas N Go segment Chris Myers asked the Waltrips, Michael and Darrell (DW), are Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle leaving Roush and where do they go? Well just like a few weeks ago when DW seemed to know where Carl Edwards was going, he proceeded to throw Biffle into the Silly Season deep end.

Darrell Waltrip said, “Here’s my prediction, Carl (Edwards) will stay with Ford, I don’t know if it will be with Roush or I might be with Penske but he will stay with Ford.

Then Darrell throws Greg Biffle in the deep end. He put his hand on his brother Michael’s shoulder and continues, “and Greg Biffle will go with some two car team, that maybe one time had a third car.

Michael looks at the camera and quickly adds, “I think Carl goes and Greg Stays, I think Biffle stays at Roush he’s going to the veteran, the anchor to that rookie lineup for the young guys who are going to race at Roush.

Many writers and analysts seam to take this as Greg is leaving for Michael Waltrip Racing, who just last year had three teams.  Just like a few weeks ago where DW all but had Carl Edwards say he was going to Joe Gibbs Racing this too might be a bit premature. It might just be DW stirring the pot in order to make great TV… Or is it something else entirely?

I think that everyone was reading DW’s signs to his brother Michael wrong. It looked to me like a brother telling his brother, “Go ahead you can do this.”

I think it means that Michael Waltrip had told or asked his brother DW recently in confidence if they should make a go at trying to get Greg Biffle. It also might just be DW saying you need a third car and here is a “Cat” that you should be looking at.

Either way Silly Season is in full swing. The more Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle get put into play the more Silly it is going to get.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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