As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prepares for the first of two visits to Pocono Raceway this season, here are the five drivers, from least to most likely, with the best chance of getting to Victory Lane this weekend at the 'Tricky Triangle.'
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5. Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski has just one win in 10 starts at Pocono, but the Team Penske driver dominated here a year ago, leading 95 laps before a late mistake allowed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to slip by for the lead and the win. In his last five starts at Pocono, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion has come home sixth or better three times.
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4. Martin Truex Jr.
Although he has yet to get to Victory Lane this season, Martin Truex Jr. continues to impress in a big way with the single-car Furniture Row Racing organization. Truex has been in contention for the win in each of the last two races, and it seems like only a matter of time before he experiences a breakthrough. The New Jersey native has recorded an amazing 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season, tying him with points leader and reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick for most top-10s among all drivers.
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3. Jeff Gordon
Still searching for win No. 1 in this his last full NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon boasts six victories in 44 starts at Pocono, including two in his last eight starts at the tricky, 2.5-mile layout. The four-time champion is one of several big-name drivers who needs a win to ensure his spot in this year's 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had shown flashes of promise at Pocono, finishing as high as second, but had never been a consistent frontrunner at the 3-turn Pennsylvania track prior to 2014. That's when everything changed. Enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, NASCAR's most popular driver became the first driver since Denny Hamlin in 2006 to complete the Pocono sweep. Can he make it three in a row? This will be one of the major storylines all weekend.
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1. Jimmie Johnson
With his history-making 10th win at Dover International Speedway last Sunday, Jimmie Johnson solidified his position as the sport's hottest driver despite struggling in the two races on back-to-back weekends at Charlotte. Johnson, who owns a series-leading four triumphs in 13 outings this year, has finished worse than third just once in the last seven points races. Over the same stretch, the six-time champion has gone to Victory Lane three times. And, oh yeah, he's pretty darn stout at Pocono, a venue he's conquered three times in 26 starts and swept in 2004.