It’s that odd point in the season, entering the summer slog with Pocono Raceway on the horizon – albeit an all-new Pocono.
It’s still the ‘tricky triangle’ and probably the track which offers the least amount of overtaking opportunities on the schedule, but a new surface means that nobody is going in as a hot favourite. In a season with so many winners there simply isn’t a favourite yet anyway – pipe down #48 fans, we’ve all been watching! – but I’ve got a hunch.
Pocono’s three turns are remarkably tight and remarkably flat, with many people making comparisons to what we all know as a regular race track, rather than an oval. And that in turn leads me to say that, with decent levels of grip and some argy-bargy to be expected, my money would be on Marcos Ambrose this weekend.
A lot of people would favour Juan Pablo Montoya under the circumstances, but poor old Monty’s in a slump at present. By contrast Ambrose is one of the best road course racers in the field, a dogged competitor in Formula Ford days and subsequently double V8 Supercars champion.
What’s more the man NASCAR likes to call the ‘Tasmanian Devil’ has a burning ambition to take a win from only turning left.So there you are, I’ve made my pick. That. Just. Happened.