Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at Pocono

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Biggest NASCAR Storylines to Watch Ahead of Sprint Cup Series at Pocono
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Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover

It may have taken Jimmie Johnson and Co. a little bit of time to get their ducks in a row, but now, fans and competitors alike should get accustomed to seeing this (see photo) more often.

The No. 48 team has picked a good time to get on a roll, as Johnson is a three-time winner at the next stop on the Sprint Cup schedule—Pocono’s 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle.

Silly season rumors usually start to get a lot more intense around this time of year, and there are some major players whose names are being associated with teams they are not currently working for.

Tony Stewart is still not at his full strength, and it’s hard to tell what bothers him more—that or the media that keeps asking him how he feels.

Pain has become an unwelcome part of Jeff Gordon’s race weekends, as the four-time champion is dealing with a serious health issue of his own.

Thanks to Johnson, the list of non-winners remains static this week, with some big names still in search of their first victory of 2014 in the Cup Series. And the Brickyard is just around the corner (it’s really at the end of July, but it will be here before you know it). Many teams will use Pocono to test their setups for one of NASCAR’s crown jewel events.

This and more as we take a look at the key storylines for the week ahead of Pocono.

*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official NASCAR, team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.

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