Complete Preview and Prediction for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series at Pocono 2

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Complete Preview and Prediction for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series at Pocono 2
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What a week!

Jeff Gordon wins his fifth Brickyard 400, on the 20th anniversary of his victory in the inaugural race, giving rise to some serious talk of him winning his fifth title this year. Chase driver Denny Hamlin’s crew chief gets clobbered with one of the most severe punishments in NASCAR history. Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a new crew chief for 2015 (we already knew that, but now we know who).

Time continues to run out for those teams not in the Chase.

Fans are still wondering why team owner Jack Roush did what he did on the morning of the Brickyard 400—revealing that Carl Edwards would not be with his team any longer—and NASCAR head honcho Brian France tried to show the new Race Team Alliance (RTA) who’s boss (it didn’t work).

All that, and the teams of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series get to experience another wonderful summer weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Sunday’s 400 at Pocono Raceway represents only the second time Cup teams will be making a return visit to a track this season (the other was Daytona). It means there will be a notebook of current information from which crew chiefs have to work. The teams that did well in June will do well again, while those that were a bit off the mark should be able to adjust.

The June race was highly competitive and featured a surprising finish, as Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag. Brad Keselowski, who dominated the second half of the race leading 95 of 160 laps, fell victim to a piece of paper on the front of his Ford Fusion and finished second. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five. 

First up, here's some important information about Sunday's race.

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