Truex Jr. wins pole at Pocono

Kenseth had difficulty with the Pocono track until he joined the Joe Gibbs team and last year's win was his first at the Tricky Triangle.

Truex, who helped Toyota place three cars in the top four, said lack of practice time led to a poor qualifying effort in the June Pocono race. This marks the first time the same track has had two rainouts in the same season.

Five races remain until Richmond - the final race in the regular season.

Busch led the most laps last week at the Brickyard en route to his second consecutive Indy win. He's third in the point standings, just 50 behind Suarez, the leader.

All of the above drivers have already clinched a top 30 spot, but need to clear the multiple wins hurdle.

But at the back of the list, drivers are looking over their shoulders. Gordon knows how to win here with the experience that he got.

Jeff Gordon weaved his way through a mob of fans outside the media center, all screaming for an autograph from a driver they thought would never again wear a firesuit.

"The No. 9 is really so fast", Hayley said.

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Joey Logano has one win at Pocono (2012) and one win this season (at Michigan), and I'm sure he would like to add to that total.

Outside, the Shetland ponies from Texas Motor Speedway are stabled nearby to the Bandolero vehicle from Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Consensus, though, is that Kyle Busch is the best at restarts. Now the two veterans return to a track where they have had success. "I feel a little more confident in understanding the auto and the limits and the competition and working with (crew chief) Greg (Ives) and the 88 team".

So Kyle Busch dominated at Indianapolis, but his recent history says he's not the driver to take at Pocono. Expect him to bounce back with a strong run this week.

It was the third career pole of the season for Truex, 10th of his career and his first at Pocono. He starts 24th - his old vehicle number that has since been yielded to Chase Elliott - in Sunday's race. As a result, he has accumulated four top five's in the process.

This was NASCAR's 10th postponed race since 2011.

While NASCAR tracks don't release attendance numbers, Igdalsky said Pocono was on pace for its biggest crowd in years. He also has very solid numbers at Pocono.

Busch is tied with Brad Keselowski for the most wins on the season. Larson is ten points ahead of seventeenth place driver on the grid, Kasey Kahne. The forecast called for continuous rain starting around 4:30 p.m.

  • Lawrence Cooper