Following one of the most highly anticipated races on the Camping World Truck Series calendar, the circuit heads to yet another difficult track in Pocono. It's not called the Tricky Triangle for nothing.
One of the biggest stories coming out of Eldora is, of course, Darrell Wallace Jr. The blossoming driver is now tied with Matt Crafton for wins by a full-time driver and propelled himself to sixth in the standings.
While there were multiple Sprint Cup drivers in the running at Eldora, nearly the entire top five was filled with truck series racers. By virtue of his third-place result at the dirt track, Ryan Blaney now takes over the points lead heading to Pocono.
Before the truck series takes to the track at Pocono, here's a look at the schedule, standings and preview ahead of the Pocono Mountains 150.
Pocono Mountains 150 Information
Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
When: Saturday, August 2, 1 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|4||Ron Hornaday Jr.||350||0||3||7|
|5||German Quiroga Jr.||343||0||2||7|
|6||Darrell Wallace Jr.||341||2||4||5|
|10||John Wes Townley||304||0||2||3|
Two young stars are slowly beginning to shine in the CWTS, with both Blaney and Wallace proving themselves this season.
Both drivers are just 20 years old, with Wallace edging out Blaney by just over two months. Though Blaney has yet to win a race this season, he has remained consistent with eight top 10s.
Following his top-five finish at Eldora, truck owner Brad Keselowski congratulated Blaney on his result:
As for Wallace, the emerging star blistered the field at the Mudsummer Classic by leading 97 laps to capture the checkered flag. Wallace spoke about his victory following the race, per Nate Ryan of USA Today:
Eldora winner Darrell Wallace Jr.: "I'm still trying to figure out how this happened. All day I'm like, 'What am I doing?" #nascar— Nate Ryan (@nateryan) July 24, 2014
Who will win at Pocono?
The driver known around NASCAR as "Bubba" hasn't put together the season Blaney has but is charging up the standings. Capturing two wins and another second-place finish in the last four races, Wallace has been the driver to watch since the start of June.
Pocono might be the site of the upcoming Sprint Cup race, but Kyle Busch will not be on the track on Saturday afternoon. Instead, the field will have to once again hold off Erik Jones in his place.
Though Busch won't be in the field, Sprint Cup regulars will still be on the track. Kyle Larson, who won an ARCA race at Pocono earlier this season, will join Austin Dillon in the field.
The top contender at the Tricky Triangle will be the man at the top of the points standings. Blaney has collected just two checkered flags in the truck series, with the most recent coming in Pocono last year.
In fact, the young driver was already looking forward to Pocono after last Wednesday's race:
Fairly happy with our night. Wish we were a little quicker but can't complain with a 3rd and the points lead. Can't wait for Pocono.— Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22) July 24, 2014
With several young faces and a field scattered with veterans, taming the Tricky Triangle will be tough for the truck series drivers. Similar to the Sprint Cup race, this will be an intriguing race to watch on Saturday afternoon.
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