30 May JEFFREY EARNHARDT AND IK9 HEAD TO POCONO
Fresh off his career-best finish, Jeffrey Earnhardt looks to ride the momentum from a 3rd place finish in Charlotte last week as he gets ready for the Pocono Green 250 with iK9 and Xtreme Concepts Racing.
It will be Earnhardt’s fourth trip to the Tricky Triangle. However, it will be his first time competing there in the Xfinity Series. The previous three times came in the Monster Energy Cup Series, with the most recent being last season.
Ahead of last season’s race, Earnhardt qualified 19th, marking his career best in the Cup Series. Looking overall at his career, excluding this season, it rank’s fourth overall in his time in NASCAR’s top two series.
When you bring this season’s performance to the forefront, the results bode well for Jeffrey Earnhardt to have a strong qualifying run and race overall. In his five Xfinity races in 2019, he has qualified in the top 10 a total of four times and in the top 15 in all five.
Looking at the races as a whole, this has been a career-best year for Earnhardt. Finishes for him have come three times in the top 10 and four times in the top 15, with his best being third last week in Charlotte, after rallying from being a lap down.
The improvement this season has been hard not to notice and as you can see, the stats back it up. To throw a little more fire to the fire, Jeffrey Earnhardt’s previous tenure in Xfnitiy back in 2015 saw his average just 9.93% of passes per race on cars in the top 15 during green flag racing. This season, 81.24% of his passes on the track have come on cars in the top 15.
Riding his 3rd place finish last week, he will look to continue to ascend in the sport. He was able to spend time on the TRD simulator getting ready for Pocono and is extremely confident ahead of this weekends race.
He will have his first chance to put what he learned to the test on Friday afternoon when the Xfinity driver takes to first practice at 1:05 pm ET. That will be the first of two practice sessions for the Pocono Green 250, with the second and final practice session coming at 3:05 pm ET.
Then on Saturday morning, it will be time to put the rubber to the road and see where he stands with the rest of the field with qualifying starting at 10:05 am ET. After that, its go time as Jeffrey Earnhardt rev’s up the engine on his No. 18 iK9 Xtreme Concepts Racing Toyota Supra for the start of the Pocono Green 250.
The green flag is scheduled to drop at 1 pm ET on Saturday, June 1st. You can catch all the action live on FS1 or by tuning into MRN for the radio call.
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