By Jim Utter
Three things to watch
1. Joey Logano earned his second Sprint Cup win of his career with his victory at Pocono in June. Could he pull off the sweep?
2. Jimmie Johnson is fresh off his third win of the season. It has long been the theory teams good at Indy are also good at Pocono. If so, watch out of the No. 48.
3. Numerous teams were caught speeding on pit road in the June race following changes made to pit road during the track's repaving. Hopefully, those teams have adjusted since then as the timing lines remain the same as June.
Jim Utter gives you three picks for your fantasy racing league:
Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya
Montoya finds a bright spot: See, things are getting better at Chip Ganassi Racing.
Juan Pablo Montoya grabbed the top spot in qualifying early Saturday and held on to win the pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. It's Montoya's first pole of the season and eighth of his Sprint Cup Series career.
This is a big boost for our team. Everyone is happy, Montoya said. I've seen a lot of long faces lately. We really needed this.
Denny Hamlin will start second, Paul Menard third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Marcos Ambrose was fifth. Series points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. will line up eighth.
Despite a second consecutive sub-par season, Montoya believes the Chip Ganassi Racing organization is making progress.
"We all get frustrated. We always have our moments. I will tell you the truth if you dont get frustrated it is because you dont care. I care a lot about this program, said Montoya, who is 21st in the series standings.
"We have had our good moments, our bad moments, but I know how hard people are working to make this better. I have worked harder this year than any other year. We really want to come out ahead on this.
Austin will try 2013 Indy 500: Chase Austin, a former development driver for Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR, could become only the third African-American driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 after being selected by A.J. Foyt to drive his entry in the 2013 event.
Austin, now 22, has been racing since he was 8 years old. He most recently has been competing in the Indy Lights series.
Austin could follow in the footsteps of Willy T. Ribbs, the first African-American driver at Indy in 1991, and George Mack (2002).
Where: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.
Track type: 2.5-mile, flat, paved triangular-shaped track
Race distance: 160 laps or 400 miles
Weather: High in the mid-80s with 50 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
TV: Coverage begins at noon on ESPN. Green flag is 1:20 p.m.
Radio: Motor Racing Network