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Kyle Larson starts the GoBowling.com 400 at the pole position, setting the track’s speed record at 183.438 miles per hour. Joey Logano starts next to him in the number two position. Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch start behind them in the third and fourth positions, with points leader Jeff Gordon, fresh off a win at Indy, and Kevin Harvick filling out the third row. Other notables include Dale Earnhardt Jr. in ninth position, Danica Patrick — who is still looking for that elusive first NASCAR checkered flag — in tenth position, and Jimmie Johnson in 17th.
Larson also won the pole position for the Camping Truck Series race at Pocono. He finished that race in 18th. Larson is 12th in the point standings and is still looking for his first win of the season to help secure a spot in the Chase for the Cup. You can find the full current NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings here.
Here are some of the drivers to keep a close eye on in today’s NASCAR GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono:
Jeff Gordon. He’s coming off a win, he leads in points and he’s looking to go into the Chase for the Cup strong. He also has six wins at Pocono.
Danica Patrick. Danica has made lots of strides this year. She’s picked up all kinds of sponsors and leads all NASCAR drivers in Twitter followers. She’s had some strong finishes, though not strong enough to silence her critics. Look for Danica to try to make a move in today’s race.
Tony Stewart. Tony’s had a long year without finding the checkered flag. He’s finished in the top five twice, but is 18th in the point standings and will likely be on the outside looking in when the Chase for the Cup starts if he doesn’t find Victory Lane.
Denny Hamlin. Last race at Pocono, Hamlin finished fourth. He has one win, but he’s way back at 21st in the point standings. A second win would secure his place in the Chase.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s already won at Pocono once this year. He has two wins this year and, at second in the points standings, his spot in the Chase for the Cup couldn’t be any more secure. Still, he’s like to gain some ground on Jeff Gordon, whom he trails by 24 points.
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