Three Things to Watch
1. There's not a lot of familiarity with the track, with rain washing out qualifying and practice on Friday. Drivers were able to practice Saturday, but that was it for their track time before Sunday's green flag. And there's still a feeling-out process after the track was re-paved last year.
2. Can Tony Stewart go back-to-back after winning last week at Dover? His average finish at Pocono over the past eight years is 9.4, tied with Jimmie Johnson for best on the circuit.
3. Danica Patrick races for a first time at Pocono. She's 20th in the points standings and doesn't have a top 10 since the season-opening Daytona 500.
• Although it had stopped raining and NASCAR's new Air Titan track drier was able to do its thing, there was still the prospect of "weepers" (water leaking up onto the track) affecting Saturday's practice and ARCA race. Stewart complained about them during practice.
• Pocono shortened both its races from 500 to 400 miles in 2012. That move is still welcomed, making what had seemed to be an interminably long day at one of NASCAR's biggest tracks much more manageable.
• Juan Pablo Montoya doesn't make many appearances in the media room, but he was refreshingly candid and funny on Friday when asked to talk about the re-start situation with Jimmie Johnson at Dover. His best line, when told Johnson had said Montoya had found a loophole in the re-start rule: "Wow, I'm that good?"
"The people starting the rumors never came to us and said, 'Hey, we're hearing this. Is this a possibility or anywhere on the radar?' It was pretty disappointing to have to go put somebody else's fire out."
Fantasy racing picks
Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch
Just the facts
Party In The Poconos 400
Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Track type: 2.5-mile, asphalt, banked triangle.
Race distance: 160 laps or 400 miles
Green flag: 1:18 p.m.
Weather: Mostly sunny with high in the upper 70s.
Radio: Motor Racing Network