Charlotte and Dover weren't kind to Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson. He started the season strong with eight top-10 finishes, but the wheels have come off in recent weeks -- as he gained just 50 points in the last two races. Johnson has been the points leader since the start of the season, but a surging Carl Edwards looks to spoil his fun on what could be a damp track Sunday.
Edwards' season has been marred with inconsistency. Experiencing supreme highs, like his win in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 -- but also stuck in the middle with a series of finishes in the teens. However, this up-and-down performance on the track has led to a steady stream of points for Edwards, as he now finds himself in second place, just 30 points behind. He's the only member of Roush Fenway Racing in the top ten, and now seeks to unseat the Rick Hendrick juggernaut that has held the top spot for much of the season.
The East Coast will be blanketed with rain this weekend as a result of Tropical Storm Andrea, but early forecasts indicate the worst should blow out of Pennsylvania by Sunday. It remains to be seen how the storms will affect tomorrow's qualifying, as the track is guaranteed to be soaked by heavy rains.
You can find the full weekend's schedule on Pocono's official site, but here are the main events this weekend:
Friday, June 7, 2013
2:05 p.m. Qualifying - ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards
3:40 p.m. Qualifying - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (order determined by practice speeds)
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10 a.m. Practice - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
11:40 a.m. Final Practice - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
1 p.m. Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (80 laps. 200 miles)
Sunday, June 9, 2013
12:30 p.m. Driver Introductions - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
1 p.m. Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (160 laps, 400 miles)