NASCAR at Pocono 2016 Postponed Due to Weather, Updated Schedule Announced

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 5, 2016

Crew members push the car of Ryan Blaney to the garage before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, was postponed to Monday at noon ET because of inclement weather. 

Jeff Gluck of USA Today reported the news on the rain-induced delay to the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, which NASCAR confirmed on its official Twitter feed.

The race boasts an impressive list of victors, including four-time winner and recently retired legend Jeff Gordon. Martin Truex Jr. won last year's event, and perennial Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has won the race twice at Pocono.

Kevin Harvick entered this week as the overall points leader with 457, but reigning Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch leads the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings on the strength of three victories and 405 points, per

Johnson leads the way among drivers with two wins with 409 points, edging out Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski, who have 404 points apiece.

Keselowski qualified on the pole for Team Penske and spoke about his outlook after a stellar pre-race effort.

"I don't think of us as a team that is a qualifying-focused team," said Keselowski, per's Reid Spencer. "In general, we work on things that pay off in the race and not qualifying. So when we have speed in qualifying, that's usually a sign of how strong we are in race trim."

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As Spencer pointed out, the past nine times Keselowski has sat on the pole in a Sprint Cup race, he's finished inside the top 10, with seven of those results being fourth place or better. Keselowski's teammate, Joey Logano, will start second Monday in search of his first win of the 2016 season.

Although Busch hasn't won at the Tricky Triangle previously and qualified 12th, he did register the fastest lap time during Saturday's final practice of 176.901 mph, which should bode well for Rowdy's chances.