It’s called the Tricky Triangle for a reason. With only three turns and one of the most arduous hairpin-style turns for any track outside of road courses, Pocono is an unpredictable beast.
Therefore, narrowing down five drivers to not only stay on the track but contend for a win is equally as tricky.
One solid choice that I keep locking in on in every lineup is Ryan Newman. The Richard Childress Racing driver didn’t perform well at Dover, but he’s always found ways to remain consistent at the uncomfortable track.
In his last eight races at the track, Newman has seven top-10 and three top-five finishes. His lone miss on the top 10 was when he wound up 12th in 2012. That’s also equated to a 97.5 driver rating over that span.
Let’s just stop there and point out that only one driver has those numbers over the last four years—Dale Earnhardt Jr. But at nearly $3,000 less on this week’s salary sheet for Pocono, pairing Newman with Junior seems like a perfect mix.
Don’t expect a win from Newman—he hasn’t had one in 65 races. But with unreal numbers at the Tricky Triangle, a track known for taking down even the best drivers, there’s no reason to leave Newman out of your lineup this week.
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