WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson climbed two spots in the standings, from sixth to fourth (he's now climbed three positions in two weeks), following his win Sunday at Dover, his second straight win this season. Johnson trails new points leader Matt Kenseth by 27 points, is two points behind third-ranked Carl Edwards and leads fifth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by seven points.
POCONO RECORD: 24 career starts, 3 wins, 10 top-5s, 16 top-10s, 3 poles. Best career finish: First in early and mid-summer 2004 and early summer 2013. Finished first in this race last year and was 13th in the mid-summer encore race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Jimmie Johnson won his second consecutive race of the season at Dover, following up on his win a week before at Charlotte. Pocono is one of Johnson's favorite and more successful tracks. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "We have some momentum right now. Pocono is a great track for the No. 48 team. ... It's such a big track it's tough to see it all from a fan perspective. But inside the car and the challenge that the crew chief face there is a lot going on around that racetrack. I know it is Chad's (Knaus) favorite racetrack to go to because all three corners are different, the loading is different, the banking is different, and there are a bunch of tools and options to adjust the race car all the way around the track. That is what Chad really enjoys about that."
LOOKING BACK: Johnson dominated at Charlotte two weeks ago, and dominated again this past Sunday en route to his 68th career Sprint Cup win, leading 272 of the 400 laps at Dover.
ETC.: Johnson has been near-perfect at Pocono, having completed an outstanding 99.8 percent (4,458) of the 4,467 total laps contested in 24 career starts there. His average start there is an outstanding 8.6 and his average finish is an equally outstanding 8.8. He has zero DNFs there.
88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Former points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained in fifth place after Sunday's race at Dover. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 34 points, is seven points behind fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads sixth-ranked Joey Logano by 15 points.
POCONO RECORD: 28 career starts, 0 wins, 7 top-5s, 11 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Second in mid-summer 2001 and mid-summer 2007. Finished third in this race last year and was fifth in the mid-summer encore race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: With the exception of a 32nd-place finish in mid-summer 2012, Earnhardt has two top-five and three other top-10 finishes in the last six races. He's been knocking on the door for his first career win there. Will he finally seal the deal this Sunday?
LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt didn't lead any laps but hovered around the top five for much of Sunday's race at Dover, ultimately finishing ninth. His thoughts on the concrete fiasco at Dover? "Concrete has been losing the battle for preferred surface on a racetrack for 60 years. I don't think they are going to start paving them all with concrete anytime soon. It is okay and I think they got their money out of what they put down here. I would be a little nervous because there are so many joints and joists in this place, it's a lottery on which one is going to come up next. If they repave it, I hope they put asphalt down and we would give the fans a hell of a show around here."
ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 97.1 percent (5,116) of the 5,267 total laps contested in 28 career starts at Pocono. His average start there is 15.0 and average finish is 16.3. He has one DNF there.
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After dropping from sixth to seventh at Charlotte, Joey Logano regained his lost position and climbed back into sixth after Dover. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 49 points, is 15 points behind fifth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and leads seventh-ranked Kyle Busch by three points.
POCONO RECORD: 10 career starts, 1 wins, 1 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in early summer 2012 race. Finished 10th in this race last year and was seventh in the mid-summer encore race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano has had some decent runs of late at Pocono. In his last four starts, he has a win, two other top-10 finishes and a 13th-place showing. With two wins already this season, Logano feels good heading into Pocono: "There is still confidence knowing that you go into a track as a former winner. Every driver out there wants to win these races on every weekend, so to know that you were able to win one of these, and the way we won that race running against Mark (Martin) with just five laps to go, that's something you will remember for the rest of your life."
LOOKING BACK: Logano had a good run at Dover. While he didn't lead any laps, he still wound up with a top 10 showing, finishing eighth.
ETC.: Logano paid a visit to test his abilities Tuesday to the NFL's Detroit Lions training facility. Needless to say afterward, Logano will stick with his day job behind the wheel. He has completed a perfect 100 percent (1,782) of the 1,782 total laps contested in 10 career starts at Pocono. His average start there is 13.3 and average finish is 15. 6. He has zero DNFs there.
18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch dropped the most of any driver in the top 10 after Dover, falling four spots from third to seventh. He trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 52 points, is three points behind sixth-ranked Joey Logano and leads eighth-ranked Brad Keselowski by seven points.
POCONO RECORD: 18 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 7 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: Second in early summer 2010 and mid-summer 2011. Finished sixth in this race last year and was eighth in the mid-summer encore race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch is still looking for his second win of the season, not to mention his first career win at Phoenix, a track that has vexed him throughout his career. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "Pocono used to be a place I didn't look forward to going to but, lately, I've been looking forward to it because of Dave Rogers (crew chief). Dave, along with everyone on the team and JGR, have done a good job of giving me solid racecars and it's given me more confidence. I think the repave set us back a bit ... but we had two top-10s there last year and would like to turn those into top-fives, and maybe have a shot at a win there."
LOOKING BACK: Busch's day came to an early end at Dover when he got into the back of Clint Bowyer's car and subsequently hit the wall, incurring heavy damage to the right side of his car. After just 125 of the scheduled 400 laps, Busch was left relegated to a 42nd-place finish.