M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Race Preview and Pick

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Brad Keselowski, driver of the #6 Kohler Generators Ford, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP.

Last week, the Ambetter 301 took place in New Hampshire. In some key respects, last week showed more of the same. Chase Elliott, for example, produced another strong performance. His consistency has injected a measure of continuity into the current playoff standings, which he still leads. Perhaps there will be more of a shake-up after this week.

Top Sportsbooks have released their betting odds for this week’s upcoming NASCAR Cup Series action. The M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 will take place at Pocono Raceway.

Read ahead for all of the details that you’ll want to know in order to be informed about this event. You may also expect a betting pick underpinned by analysis to help you profit from this race.

NASCAR Cup Series: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400

Sunday, July 24, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Pocono Raceway

Ambetter 301 Recap

For the second race in a row, Chase Elliott finished at or near the front. After winning two weeks ago in Atlanta, he did just about as well as anyone could have expected him last week by finishing second at the Ambetter 301 in New Hampshire.

It is really hard to blame him for failing to win back-to-back races. His consistency over the past four races must already be considered remarkable.

On June 26, he won at Nashville. Then, he finished second at Road America. This consistency has injected continuity atop the current NASCAR playoff standings: Elliott still leads. Currently, he has 734 points while second place, Ross Chastain, has 667.

Other Names to Recognize

Focusing on last week’s race, Christopher Bell deserves some love. Bell won at New Hampshire and did so in a convincing fashion.

As great as Elliott has been, Bell beat him by over five seconds. Moreover, Bell was the leader for each of the final 42 laps of last week’s race.

Because it is difficult and rare to win back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series races, we may exclude Bell from our list of candidates to win this week’s upcoming race.

M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400: General Info

On Sunday, the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 will take place at Pocono Raceway, newly the only race this year that will take place at well-known Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

For this race, drivers must complete a total of 160 laps. As has almost always been the case, there will be three stages for this race.

  • Stage 1: 30 laps
  • Stage 2: 65 laps
  • Stage 3: 65 laps

Entry List for the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400

As is usually the case, the entry list for this week’s upcoming race has already been published.

36 teams/drivers out of 40 possible spots are posted on this list.

So, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we already know which drivers will participate in this event. We may expect all of the usual suspects.

Starting Lineup 

  • As for the starting lineup, that gets determined via qualifying.
  • Qualifying will take place on Saturday, the day before the race.
  • It will start at 03:20 PM EDT and end 70 minutes later.
  • In terms of format, qualifying will be two-group, single-vehicle, one lap, and two rounds.
  • A practice session will directly precede qualifying.
  • To be exact, practice will take place on Saturday from 02:35 PM EDT to 03:20 PM EDT, and it will be in two groups.

Pocono Raceway: Track Info 

The Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, Pennsylvania is already well-known to NASCAR drivers. In recent history, this track has grown notorious for the difficulty drivers have with passing each other. This lack of passing, and the accompanying lack of gear-shifting, may explain why NASCAR is less interested in hosting races at the Pocono Raceway.

If this asphalt-surface track seems unusually unexciting to you, then you are mistaken. This is actually a really cool track, cool because its layout is unique. It is not your usual oval. Instead, Pocono has a triangle layout.

This raceway’s three turns all differ from each other, creating a unique level of variety that makes up for the monotony that a lack of passing and gear-shifting may engender.

  • Turn 1 is banked at 14 degrees.
  • Turn 2 is banked at 8 degrees.
  • Turn 3 has 6 degrees of banking.

Each lap consists of 2.5 miles. So, in completing 160 laps, drivers will have amassed 400 miles.

M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400: Betting Pick and Prediction

Bovada (visit our Bovada Review) offers enticing matchup betting opportunities for this race. My best bet for this race is Brad Keselowski to finish ahead of Austin Dillon.

Dillon is utterly worth fading at Pocono. In 16 tries at Pocono, he has finished better than 13th one time. He finished 12th in that one exception. Keselowski, however, has finished 11th or better in each of his last six races here.

His current season form is also better than Dillon’s. Whereas Dillon has failed to finish Top 10 in each of his last seven NASCAR Cup Series races, Keselowski is coming off a 7th-place finish. For the above reasons, bet on Keselowski to finish ahead of Dillon.

NASCAR Pick: Keselowski Ahead of Dillon (-130) at Bovada

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