NASCAR Cup Series racers will remain in the Northeast, having driven around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s track on Sunday and now making their way to Pennsylvania.
If you are looking to watch all of the action at the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 from the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA, make sure to tune into USA Network on Sunday. The race will start at 3 pm EDT. Those interested in checking out practice and qualifying as well may do so by watching USA at 2:30 pm on Saturday.
A Look Back: Ambetter 301
Christopher Bell broke through at the Ambetter 301 on Sunday in Loudon, NH, claiming his first victory of the Cup Series season. In doing so, he became this season’s 14th different driver to cross the finish line first.
In addition, points leader Chase Elliott continued his strong season, coming in second. In fact, he has been performing exceptionally well as of late with that being his fourth straight top-two finish.
But this was Bell’s day as he claimed the second Cup Series win of his career, the first coming the second weekend of the 2021 campaign, at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 in Daytona Beach, FL. Sunday’s victory also went a long way towards getting him into the playoffs.
Bell had taken winning experience at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway into Sunday’s race as he won Xfinity Series competitions there in 2018, 2019, and 2021.
A Look Ahead: M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400
The M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400, the 21st competition of the 26-race regular season, lasts 160 laps for a total of 400 miles.
Its location, Pocono Raceway, has played host to NASCAR and other types of car races since 1974, three years after it opened. Interestingly, it will only welcome this one Cup Series race this season after having played host to two every year since 1982.
The Tricky Triangle is known for its memorable corners and long straightaways, causing drivers to need to display various skills in order to be successful here.
Current racer Denny Hamlin and retired driver Jeff Gordon share the record for most wins at this track with six apiece.
Elliott now has 734 points and remains atop the NASCAR Cup Series standings. There has been a bit of mixing in the order of the top point leaders. But the top 8 drivers are the same although Christopher Bell is much closer to overtaking Joey Logano.
- Chase Elliott — 734 (3/7/14/20)
- Ross Chastain — 667 (2/10/14/20)
- Ryan Blaney — 656 (0/7/10/20)
- Martin Truex Jr — 619 (0/3/8/20)
- Kyle Larson — 616 (1/8/10/20)
- Kyle Busch — 594 (1/6/11/20)
- Joey Logano — 582 (2/5/8/20)
- Christopher Bell — 570 (1/5/11/20)
- Kevin Harvick — 551 (0/5/11/20)
- William Byron — 536 (2/4/5/20)
Other NASCAR Races This Weekend
There’s much more than the Cup Series races, of course. This weekend features the following:
- Sat Jul 23 12.00 pm: CRC Brakeleen 150 (FS1)
- Sat Jul 23 5.00 pm: Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 at Pocono Raceway (USA)
- Sat Jul 23: Bayer 300 at Edmonton International Raceway (FloRacing)
How to Watch M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400
You can get complete details on the whole season in our NASCAR Viewer’s Guide. But this week, USA Network will air M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 live on Sunday, July 24th at 3:00 pm (EDT). It’s an easy matter to watch without cable since most of the top live TV streaming services offer USA.
Any of these will have you covered for this race as well as the rest of the Cup Series season including the playoffs, which start on September 4th with the Southern 500:
- FuboTV: The best service for international sports is also great for NASCAR. Get 100+ channels and much more for $69.99/mo.
- DIRECTV STREAM: Get everything you expect from cable for less money. Plans start at $69.99/mo.
- Sling TV: For just $35/mo, you can watch all of the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck Series races.
- Hulu + Live TV: Watch all of NASCAR and get ESPN+ for $69.99/mo.
- YouTube TV: Get the main NASCAR races and more for $64.99/mo.