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NASCAR Truck Series at Pocono 2015: Full Schedule, Standings and Preview

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2015

NASCAR drivers Erik Jones (4) and Matt Crafton (88) race side-by-side during a Truck Series auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, May 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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The 12th race of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series promises to have plenty of implications with regard to the standings, but fans will also have an opportunity to watch some of the biggest names in the sport.

Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are just a few of the Sprint Cup stars who will participate in Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway. None of them will have an impact on the chase for the Truck Series championship, but they all have a legitimate chance to win.

Here is all the information you need to watch the best truck drivers in the world navigate the Tricky Triangle along with further analysis regarding the top contenders.

Where: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

When: Saturday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox Sports 1

Truck Series at Pocono Schedule

Schedule for Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono
DateTime (ET)EventWatch
Friday, July 312 p.m.Final PracticeFox Sports 1
Saturday, Aug. 110 a.m.QualifyingFox Sports 1
Saturday, Aug. 11 p.m.Pocono Mountains 150Fox Sports 1
NASCAR.com

Truck Series Standings

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Standings
PositionDriverTruck No.Behind LeaderWins
1Matt Crafton88Leader4
2Tyler Reddick19-142
3Erik Jones4-241
4Johnny Sauter98-710
5John Wes Townley05-920
6Cameron Hayley13-1010
7Daniel Hemric14-1050
8Timothy Peters17-1090
9Spencer Gallagher23-1170
10Ben Kennedy11-1230
NASCAR.com

Drivers to Watch

Kyle Busch

AJ Mast/Associated Press

While Busch is no stranger to the Truck Series, Saturday will mark his first start of the season. A broken leg kept him out of action for three months, but he is back and in better form than ever before.

Rowdy has won three Sprint Cup Series races in a row to put himself in position to qualify for the Chase, which represents the best run of success in NASCAR's top series in eight years, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Kyle Busch wins #Brickyard400, his 3rd straight NSCS win; first driver to win 3 in a row since Jimmie Johnson in 2007

While he is certainly best known for his Sprint Cup endeavors, Busch is also one of the all-time greats in the Truck Series. He is second on the career wins list with 42, and he has a great chance to add to his total at Pocono.

Per Brian Eberly of MotorRacingDigest.com, Busch is excited to make his Truck Series return and has every intention of entering Victory Lane, just as he has in each of his past three Sprint Cup races:

I'm looking forward to it. ... Pocono is a relatively easy place to get around in a truck. There's a lot of throttle-on time so not a lot of brake that needs to be used. Just looking forward to getting back to the series and seeing if I can't score a victory and have another year where I've won across all three series.

Busch's recent Sprint Cup excellence isn't guaranteed to translate to the Truck Series since they feature different styles of racing, but based on how good he has been in the trucks over the years, getting back inside one will probably feel like riding a bike.

No driver in the world is on a hotter streak than Busch is right now, and his sky-high confidence makes him the driver to beat in the Pocono Mountains 150.

Kevin Harvick

Terry Renna/Associated Press

While Busch is on a more impressive roll than anyone in NASCAR currently, it can be argued that nobody has been more consistent than Harvick, who finds himself atop the Sprint Cup standings through 20 races.

The reigning Sprint Cup champ has seemingly been immune to poor finishes, as he has ended up with a top-10 finish in all but two of his starts, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

With a top-10 finish, Kevin Harvick will have 18 in 20 races (90%). Only 4 drivers have had a mark that good in a season (min. 20 races)

Harvick hopes to carry his excellent form over to the Truck Series on Saturday at a track he is quite familiar with. He has surprisingly never won a Sprint Cup race at Pocono in 29 career starts, but the same can't be said for him in the Truck Series.

The 39-year-old veteran took his truck to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway in 2011, and he is looking for a repeat performance this weekend in what will be his first Truck Series start of the year.

Like most of the Sprint Cup drivers who take part in Truck Series races, Harvick doesn't have much to lose, which means he will almost certainly lay everything on the line in search of a victory.

Getting it won't be easy considering the quality of the field he'll be up against, but Harvick knows what it takes to get the job done at Pocono.

Austin Dillon

Jim Cole/Associated Press

Although Austin Dillon is still trying to find his footing in the Sprint Cup Series, it is safe to say the 25-year-old grandson of Richard Childress has mastered NASCAR's other levels of competition.

Dillon has won 11 career races between the Truck Series and Xfinity Series. He took the Truck Series points title in 2011 before doing the same in the Xfinity Series in 2013. He is always a threat to win when he competes in either of those series, and that will be the case once again Saturday.

The Pocono Mountains 150 represents Dillon's second truck start of the season, and it is easy to understand why he decided to throw his hat in the ring. He won this race last year in dominant fashion by leading 23 of the 60 laps, and he'll have a chance to do something similar this weekend.

While Dillon's success in the Truck Series hasn't helped him become a Sprint Cup Series contender quite yet, one can only assume that winning the Pocono Mountains 150 would be huge for his psyche entering Sunday's Sprint Cup event.

The truck race will feel like a Sprint Cup race in many ways since so many top drivers will be competing, and if Dillon is able to overcome them, he could be on the road toward Sprint Cup success in the very near future.

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