NASCAR Sprint Cup at Pocono: 10 Bold Predictions for the Sprint Cup Race

Melissa Bauer-Herzog@mbauerherzogCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

NASCAR Sprint Cup at Pocono: 10 Bold Predictions for the Sprint Cup Race

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    LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01:  The field prepares to leave pit road after a red flag delay during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Im
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    Pocono, where only the strong (viewers) survive. The triangular track is one of the few NASCAR races where you can walk away and come back before the end with very few changes happening during your absence. But what are some bold, off the wall, and probably totally untrue predictions of what will happen on Sunday? Let's take a look.

No. 1: It Will Be Entertaining for the Whole Race

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    LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01:  Reed Sorenson, driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota, leads Scott Speed, driver of the #82 Red Bull Toyota, and Travis Kvapil, driver of the #38 Long John Silver's Ford,  during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsyl
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    Things will happen all the time and there will be no big chunk of time of cars just following each other. Pocono will be an edge of your seat race from start to finish.

No. 2: The Points Will Totally Change

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    ROSSBURG, OH - JUNE 08:  Carl Edwards prepares to drive during practice before the running of Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For True Speed Communications)
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    The points won't be recognizable after the race. Drivers who weren't in the Chase will take over Chase spots, The top spots will do a major switch and will leave people people scratching their heads, wondering what happened.

No. 3: Dale Jr. Will Get His First Win in Three Years

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    KANSAS CITY, KS - JUNE 05:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Amp Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on June 5, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Get
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    Dale Earnhardt Jr has been close in the last two races and this time, he'll be on the right side of the finish. He'll win by a large margin and finally get the checkered flag he's been looking for since Michigan in 2008.

No. 4: There Will Be Less Than Six Cautions

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    LONG PONG, PA - JULY 24:  A NASCAR official holds out the yellow flag for a caution during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Pennsylvania 500 on July 24, 2005 at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    It will be an entertaining race, but not because of cautions. There won't be many debris cautions and all the wrecks will happen in the waning laps of the race.

No. 5: Qualifying Will Be Rained out

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    LONG POND, PA - JUNE 06:  Crew members stand on pit road during a rain caution in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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    Qualifying was rained out during both races in 2009 and the same will happen for the June Pocono race. But it will be nice weather for the race, with no rain in sight on Sunday.

No. 6: The Roush Cars Will Finish Top 10

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    CONCORD, NC - MAY 29: Matt Kenseth (L), driver of the #17 Jeremiah Weed Southern Style  Ford, talks with car owner Jack Roush (R) on the grid prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Concord, North
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    The Roush cars will bring their Nationwide domination to the Cup series (although, they have been successful in Cup this year too) and all the cars will be in the Top 10 with at least one in the top five.

No. 7: Pit Road Gets the Best of the Drivers

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    LONG POND, PA - JUNE 06:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, down pit road for his final pit stop during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway on Jun
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    The drivers cannot conquer pit road and get penalty after penalty. Drivers and crew will dread pitting and try to do anything to avoid it if they can.

No. 8: No Fuel Mileage Race

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    KANSAS CITY, KS - JUNE 05:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, lead a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on June 5, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by
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    After the last few weeks, it may be hard to imagine but there will be no reason to slow down in the closing laps in order to conserve fuel. Instead, drivers will be pushing it to the line with no thoughts of how many laps are left in the tank.

No. 9: This Race Will Be Talked About for Ages but for the Right Reasons

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    LONG POND, PA - JUNE 06: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford, makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Gett
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    Last year's big news at Pocono was Elliott Sadler's crash. This year, Pocono will be talked about but not because of what went wrong, but what went right.

    There will be no talk of how boring the race was, what needs to be improved, or anything else; all the talk will be on how good the race was and other positives that were seen on the track.

No. 10: Richard Childress Racing Will Give Everyone Something to Talk About

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 20:  Richard Childress stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    After Richard Childress' altercation and probation, RCR drivers will step up to the plate and do some surprising things that no one expected. Even the struggling Jeff Burton will find a way to step up to the plate and run a good race.