NASCAR National Series Scattered Across The Country This Weekend

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– NASCAR Wire Service-

NASCAR’s national series teams scatter to the four winds this week. Well, to the three winds to be exact – Pennsylvania, Iowa and Texas – the only time in 2013 each series assembles at a different site on the same weekend.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Pocono Raceway for the first of two 400-mile events on Sunday. The Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart kicks off TNT’s Summer Season of six races that runs through August’s second Pocono event.

Iowa Speedway hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday night, the DuPont Pioneer 250 sharing the .875-mile short track’s weekend with the annual NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West face-off. Thirteen members of NASCAR NEXT – a baker’s dozen of the organization’s future stars – will be introduced as well.

Texas Motor Speedway welcomes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400. It marks the 31st time the series has competed at the intermediate track extending the record for most races held at a single facility.

Tony Stewart’s Dover victory focuses the spotlight on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Wild Card race. Stewart and Jeff Gordon – who share a combined seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles – are the current Wild Card holders as the regular season moves into its second half.

A 34th-place finish at Dover effectively sent Denny Hamlin’s quest for a top-20 ranking back to square one. Hamlin, a four-time Pocono winner, has the opportunity to make a positive reset this week.

This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup top 10 has mixed results at Pocono. Six of those competitors – including 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth – have yet to win at “The Tricky Triangle.” Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, drivers with differing Pocono successes, also make that list.

NASCAR Nationwide Series standings leader Regan Smith carries a yellow rookie stripe on the bumper of his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this week. Smith never has competed in a series race at Iowa Speedway. His team, however, captured the track’s inaugural NNS race in 2009 with Brad Keselowski. Hawkeye state natives Michael Annett and Joey Gase also hope to contend for the victory.

Johnny Sauter swept both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races a year ago at Texas Speedway. In order to run the streak to three straight Sauter will have to beat his ThorSport Racing teammate and points leader Matt Crafton as well as four-time track winner Brendan Gaughan.

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