Nascar Odds, Picks, Predictions: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Preview

Kyle Busch celebrates his win at Pocono in 2021

Nascar is headed to “The Tricky Trangle” Pocono Raceway for this Sunday’s M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400. Check out our quick race preview and a few drivers I’m keeping an eye on as we approach the practice and qualifying.

M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Preview

Upcoming Race

  • M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
  • The green flag drops Sunday, July 24th at 3 pm et
  • 160 laps at “The Tricky Triangle” Pocono Raceway which is literally a giant triangle with long straightaways and very low banking corners. The closest tracks in comparison are Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which we last ran in 2020, Michigan, and Auto Club.

Track Trends & History

  • Pocono hosted its first race back in 1974 and Nascar has come here twice a season since 1982
  • Toyota has dominated Pocono in the last 10 races winning 7 of them
  • Over the last 10 races, there’s been an avg of 6 cautions/race 
  • Avg of 8 drivers have led at least one lap
  • The last 5 winners here started their race 9th or lower with only two drivers winning from the front row over the last 17 races and both times that was Kyle Busch in 2017 & 2019

Drivers to Watch

Kyle Busch +700

  • Dominated here last year finishing 2nd and 1st  in the two races
  • He has 4 total wins over the last 10 races here
  • Top 5 finish in 7 of the last 10 at Pocono & 2nd best avg finish here of 7th
  • Has the top avg finish of 5.5 at Auto Club/Michigan since the beginning of 2019 (8 races)

William Byron +1200

  • Avg finish of 9th during his 8 Pocono races with 5 Top 10’s
  • 3rd and 12th place results last season here
  • Runner-up in Michigan last year
  • Finished stages 1 & 2 inside the top 10, and led 16 laps at Auto Club this year 

Erik Jones +5000

  • Finished 6 of the last 8 Auto Club/Michigan races 19th or better with the 13th best driver rating
  • Started 2nd, led 18 laps, had the top speed ranking, and  finished 3rd at Auto Club this year
  • Has top 10 finishes in 6 of the last 10 trips to Pocono
  • Always a sleeper at higher speed tracks
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Brian Twining

Sports, of all kind, have been a huge part of my life and daily routine for as long as I can remember. My favorite sports to watch are College Basketball, College Football, the NFL, MLB, Nascar, & the FIFA World Cup. My favorite sports to bet on are the NFL, Nascar, College Hoops, and College Football.

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