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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Pocono Raceway this weekend for the Party in the Poconos 400, and here's important information to know as the race gets closer.
Jimmie Johnson will sit on the pole after rain washed out Friday's qualifying, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). The starting positions were set based on points.
If recent history matters, Johnson lucked out by getting the top spot after Joey Logano won the race last year when he started in the lead.
The 43-car field will cover 400 miles over 160 laps, which was changed prior to last year's race.
NASCAR on TNT has an inside look at some of the preparations being done for the race.
Now let's check out the important information for this weekend's race.
Race: Party in the Poconos 400
Track: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. EDT (coverage starts at 12 p.m. EDT)
Pole winner: Johnson
Here is the lineup for the drivers (courtesy of PoconoRaceway.com):
|6||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|15||56||Martin Truex Jr.|
|16||17||Rickey Stenhouse Jr.|
|25||42||Juan Pablo Montoya|
Defending champion Logano won the pole last year, but he will be at No. 21 for the start of this race. No driver has won this race in back-to-back years since 1997 and 1998 (Jeff Gordon).
Speaking of Gordon, he will start 11th. He has fared well at Pocono and his most recent victory came in 2011. He started third in that race, and runner-up Kurt Busch won the pole.
Greg Biffle is optimistic about the race, so keep an eye on him as the drivers get out on the track.
Pretty happy with the car in practice top 5 tomorrow with a chance to win I'm Hoping— Greg Biffle (@gbiffle) June 8, 2013
As the last two years have shown, starting near the top is key for this race. With the starting positions being determined by the points standings, there's a good chance that someone near the top will come away with the win.
Weather is not expected to be an issue, so they should be able to get this race in without having to worry about rain.
*All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com