Coming into the GoBowling.com 400 race weekend held at Pocono International Raceway, many people were talking about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s chances to sweep. Others pondered whether Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, or Carl Edwards would capture a win away from Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson, and still others wondered if Kasey Kahne could post a “W” to be entered soundly into the Chase like his stable-mates at Hendrick Motor Speedway.
But, what many did not count on was the depth of racing that was performed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookies.
Kyle Larson had a strong showing at the Tricky Triangle when he handily took the pole to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as well as the Cup race.
Larson was such a novice to Pocono’s three entirely different turns that he was entered into last June’s ARCA race to gain seat time. He won that contest.
With the pole position in Sunday’s race, Larson’s first, he is a strong contender to win.
Austin Dillon climbed into a Richard Childress Racing NCWTS truck for Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150. It had been a while since he’d driven a truck but had time and opportunity.
With his Rookie of the Year in Cup competition Larson in the field, Clint Bowyer sitting in for an injured Jon Wes Townley, and other NCWTS series regulars, Dillon commanded the win, his first of the season.
Both drivers are doing amazingly well in their rookie season in Cup.
Larson currently sits 12th in points in Cup and Dillon is only three points behind in 13th place coming into Sunday’s event.
The depth of talent in these drivers is astounding.
Watching Dillon and Larson vie for points, wins, and ROTY is as exciting as anticipating the Cup championship.
Today’s GoBowling.com 400 is sure to add fuel to the competition fire within both drivers.