Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR | Pocono Raceway

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09: Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, poses with Miss Coors Light and the pole award sticker after qualifying on the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Hmm ... did you notice who the race is presented by? #NASCAR. Makes me wonder if they couldn't find a sponsor big enough for this event. Is the economy really that bad? I know its not as strong as last year, but it certainly isn't at 2009 levels either.

Much of the conversation this week has been centered around the new pavement at the raceway. Of course it is fast, but is also offering up a wider groove for the drivers to move their cars around. I mean when was the last time you saw two cars go into the Tunnel Turn side-by-side and come out the other side without wrecking?

The new pavement should make for an interesting race.

My pick to win? Man. Um ... Edwards, Busch, Jr., Gordon, Johnson - in that order. However, if JGR gives Hamlin a better set-up look out for that cat as he will run the field.

One final note to mention, Race Buddy will be up and running for this race o don't forget to get to nascar.com to log in.

Starting line up is after the jump, see you on the other side.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 179.598 50.112 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg's / Cheez-it 178.866 50.317 -0.205
3 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 178.582 50.397 -0.285
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 178.575 50.399 -0.287
5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 178.543 50.408 -0.296
6 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 178.228 50.497 -0.385
7 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 178.158 50.517 -0.405
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 177.939 50.579 -0.467
9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 177.862 50.601 -0.489
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 177.823 50.612 -0.500
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Banana Boat 177.658 50.659 -0.547
12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 177.536 50.694 -0.582
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Rite Aid / NextCare 177.518 50.699 -0.587
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 177.501 50.704 -0.592
15 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 177.204 50.789 -0.677
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 177.026 50.840 -0.728
17 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 176.988 50.851 -0.739
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 176.852 50.890 -0.778
19 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 176.803 50.904 -0.792
20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet The Armed Forces Foundation 176.658 50.946 -0.834
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 176.543 50.979 -0.867
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 176.419 51.015 -0.903
23 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 176.160 51.090 -0.978
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 176.149 51.093 -0.981
25 51 David Reutimann Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 176.074 51.115 -1.003
26 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 175.596 51.254 -1.142
27 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bubba Burgers 175.576 51.260 -1.148
28 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 175.387 51.315 -1.203
29 43 Aric Almirola Ford Transportatio-
n Impact
175.159 51.382 -1.270
30 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 175.073 51.407 -1.295
31 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 174.880 51.464 -1.352
32 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 173.943 51.741 -1.629
33 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 173.869 51.763 -1.651
34 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 173.853 51.768 -1.656
35 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 173.497 51.874 -1.762
36 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace / TRG Motorsports 173.240 51.951 -1.839
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 171.854 52.370 -2.258
38 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 171.520 52.472 -2.360
39 74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Turn One Racing / Country Suites 171.155 52.584 -2.472
40 36 Tony Raines Chevrolet SealWrap.com 167.411 53.760 -3.648
41 32 Reed Sorenson+ Ford Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot - - -
42 10 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing - - -
43 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com
170.345 52.834 -2.722
Did Not Qualify
44 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 170.004 52.940 -2.828
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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