ETC.: Busch has completed just 91.9 percent (3,025) of the 3,292 total laps contested in 18 career starts at Pocono. His average start there is 13.8 and average finish is 17.8. He has four DNFs there.


Team: Penske Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing from 11th to ninth after Charlotte, Brad Keselowski climbed one more position to eighth after Dover. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 59 points, is seven seventh-ranked Kyle Busch and leads ninth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 25 points.

POCONO RECORD: 8 career starts, 1 wins, 2 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in mid-summer 2011. Finished 16th in this race last year and was sixth in the mid-summer encore race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Keselowski is still seeking his second win of the season, which would lock him into the Chase. He has a good overall record at Pocono, including a win, and hopes that elusive second win can come at the Pennsylvania track this Sunday. His thoughts: "(Pocono) is a very unique track - it is almost like a mix of an oval and a road course. I tend to find things that I like about all the tracks that we race on, as that is the optimal way to approach the weekend. The variation in corner speed, the length of the long straight and the configuration of the corners are unlike any other circuit. ... Having won there in 2011 makes it stand out in my mind as well as that was a big win for us without a doubt."

LOOKING BACK: Keselowski led just one lap but had an excellent run at Dover, finishing second to race winner Jimmie Johnson.

ETC.: Keselowski has completed a perfect 100 percent (1,382) of the 1,382 total laps contested in eight career starts at Pocono. His average start is 17.2 and average finish is 13.6. He has zero DNFs there.


Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Denny Hamlin made a huge jump up in the standings, going from 14th to ninth after Dover. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 84 points, is 25 points behind eighth-ranked Brad Keselowski and leads 10th-ranked Kyle Larson by two points.

POCONO RECORD: 16 career starts, 4 win, 8 top-5s, 10 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in early and mid-summer 2006, mid-summer 2009 and early summer 2010. He finished eighth in this race last season and was last (due to a crash) in the mid-summer encore race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Hamlin used to be great at Pocono, including winning the first two times he raced there in his career. Here's his thoughts on his last several starts there: "We have certainly struggled a bit since Pocono was repaved a couple years ago, but as the surface ages and wears, I think we'll be able to get it back. I love the flatter racetracks that wear out the tires, and I'm ready to get to Pocono to build on the momentum we established at Dover last weekend. We are making some gains as a race team and figuring some things out that will help us during these summer months. We have some good tracks coming up for our team, and hopefully we'll be able to capitalize with some wins."

LOOKING BACK: Hamlin had a contending car at Dover and the end result proved that: he finished fifth there.

ETC.: Even with his four wins there, Hamlin has completed just 93.9 percent (2,712) of the 2,888 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Pocono. His average start there is an outstanding 6.5 and his average finish is 12.6. He has two DNFs there.

42 KYLE LARSON, Chevrolet

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Larson climbed three places and into 10th in the Sprint Cup standings after Dover. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 84 points, is two points behind ninth-ranked Denny Hamlin and leads 11th-ranked Ryan Newman by three points.

POCONO RECORD: 0 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. This will be Larson's first career start in the Sprint Cup Series at Pocono. In fact, it will be his first pro race ever at Pocono, having never ran there before in either the Nationwide or Truck series, as well.

LOOKING AHEAD: Larson is looking forward to his Pocono debut. He likes road course tracks and while Pocono isn't a road course, it has attributes similar to racing at places like Sonoma and Watkins Glen. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "This will be my first time racing at Pocono, but I'm ready for this weekend's race. Jamie (teammate Jamie McMurray) has given me some good advice about where the braking zones and shift points are, and I'll get some feel for the racetrack under competition conditions on Saturday when I drive in the ARCA Pocono 200. The track is definitely pretty tricky, with the tight turns and different distances in the straights, and needing to downshift in every corner. I think those challenges will make the racing fun though. The track is just so different from anywhere else we race. Pennsylvania definitely has some of the weirdest racetracks. Our Target Chevy has consistently been good so I expect we should have another good car for this weekend."

LOOKING BACK: Larson had a good run and was the highest-finishing rookie this past Sunday at Dover, ultimately finishing 11th.

ETC.: Larson will be making his first career start at Pocono this Sunday

31 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet

Team: Richard Childress Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only three points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week to fall out of the top 10.