3 AUSTIN DILLON, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 15th, 19 points out of the top 10.
POCONO RECORD: Will be making his Sprint Cup debut. Finished in the top seven in his two Truck Series starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dillon tested at Pocono last week. "We went there to learn as much as we could," said the rookie driver. "I ran there in the trucks. I'm sure it's going to be a learning experience shifting and doing different things, and the three turns does make it a little harder to comprehend. It's a frustrating place because you have three different corners to set up for. One's flat, one's banked and one's just a weird corner, so you get after it as hard as you can and try to give it the best you can."
LOOKING BACK: Dillon ran out of gas as he came down pit road for his final scheduled pit stop of the race. To compound the problem, Dillon was penalized for speeding on pit road. As a result, he fell from 14th to 24th, two laps down. Dillon rallied to finish 20th. "This is a hard one to take," said Dillon. "We had our best car all year today and I really think we were on our way to a top-10 finish in the American Ethanol Chevrolet."
ETC.: Dillon, who tested at Virginia International Raceway this week, will be one of the many baseball fans watching the Little League World Series later this summer. The Little League is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. Dillon made it to Williamsport, Pa. in 2002 when he played for the Southwest Forsyth (NC) team. "Playing in the Little League World Series is something special," said Dillon.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 16th, 20 points out of the top 10. Lost five spots last week.
POCONO RECORD: Finished second in the June race a year ago. Overall has one win and six top-10 finishes in 22 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle said he is "looking forward to Pocono. It's been an up and down track for us, but with the new repave I've liked it better and we've done a lot better. We're struggling with our cars right now and we are struggling to get them to turn. We are looking for speed and hopefully a high-speed place like Pocono will play into our hands a bit. We'll try and knock off a top-five finish and get ourselves back towards the front."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was clipped by A J Allmendinger and sent spinning into the wall shortly after the restart following the second caution flag of the day. "After watching the replay, I see what happened," said Biffle. "They were racing pretty hard and he (Allmendinger) stuck it into a hole that maybe there wasn't room for. There definitely wasn't room come three-quarters of the way around the corner. He slid off the bottom and got his right-rear caught by the 17 (teammate Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.) and slid up into us." After spending over a 100 laps in the garage area while repairs were made to his car, Biffle returned to the race and finished 38th to continue his record streak of 85 straight races running at the finish.
ETC.: The rumor mill regarding Biffle's future really got stirred up Sunday when Darrell Waltrip said on national TV "Greg Biffle will go to some two-car team that maybe one time had a third car," hinting Biffle would be signing with brother Michael in the very near future. Michael tried to quiet the rumor when he said, "I think the Biff stays at Roush, he's going to be the veteran, the anchor to that rookie lineup for the young guys that going to race at Roush."
15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 17th, 27 points out of the top 10. Gained three spots last week.
POCONO RECORD: Seven top-10 finishes in 16 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer is another driver who recently tested at Pocono. "We felt like we could try and be better there so we decided to test," said Bowyer. "We had a good game plan going in and ended up picking up a little speed and learned a few things. Anytime you can test you learn something, whether it's what you should or shouldn't do. Hopefully it shows this weekend on the track and we have another good run like we did last weekend in Dover."
LOOKING BACK: It was a good day and a frustrating day for Bowyer as he finished fourth at Dover. A two-tire pit stop vaulted Bowyer into the lead with 38 laps to go, but he was unable to hold off Jimmie Johnson on the restart. On the final restart of the race with only four laps remaining, Bowyer got into the back of Matt Kenseth. "I was just trying to help him," said Bowyer. "Man, we were all spinning (their tires) like crazy and I had a pretty good run at him and he was still spinning when I hit him and I knocked him into the wall and I was like, 'Not another Gibbs (Joe Gibbs Racing) car.' I hated that with Kyle (Busch, earlier in the day). Obviously I thought I was clear and I thought he was going to give it (the pass) to me and he didn't. Ruined his day and certainly didn't help ours." After the race, Bowyer stuck his head in the window of Kenseth's car and explained what happened.
ETC.: Bowyer said if he "had the NASCAR reins for a day, that's one thing I would do periodically through the year is make a rule change because it seems to be for at least two months or three months after a rule change you have people that really hit on it, some teams that struggle with it - it just shakes things up - the parody through the field and I think that's the biggest part of what you're seeing right now."
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 18th, 28 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
POCONO RECORD: Won the August race last year for his second win at the 2.5-mile facility.