Pocono Raceway – Pennsylvania 400 Preview

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Posted by: Candice Corrigan, follow @candicecorrigan

August 4, 2012

Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012

Location: Pocono Raceway—Long Pond, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Distance:  160 laps/400 miles

Broadcast: TV- ESPN with coverage beginning at noon ET

Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) or Sirius XM Channel 90

The picture explains it all – this weekend, NASCAR heads to a track that has virtually no fourth turn. The 2.5 mile tri-oval is never far removed from driver’s minds because of its unique layout but also because the Sprint Cup Series’ last race at the “tricky triangle” was just two months ago. Six races have passed since Joey Logano’s win here and just six remain until the field is set at Richmond for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Logano’s one win will not likely secure him a place in the Chase. He and Ryan Newman both have one this season, but need another to contend for one of the “Wild Card” spots in the 12-spot Chase lineup. Earlier this week, Logano acknowledged that he needs another win and talked about the current points situation.

“You look at how close the points are from 17 to 12, 11, it’s very close back there with all of those guys with one win,” Logano said. “Yes, points are super close and it’s going to come down to probably the last lap at Richmond.”

With his win in June from the pole, Logano became the youngest Sprint Cup Series driver to win at the track. He is the only driver to have won from the pole so far this season.

Logano’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch is currently in charge of one of the two “Wild Card” spots but does not bring the same enthusiasm to Pocono as Logano. Busch’s 30th place finish here in June did not help him improve his average finish of 18.3 at Pocono, making it his fifth-worst track.  Continue reading “Pocono Raceway – Pennsylvania 400 Preview”