Now we are heading to a six-week stretch that will bring us to the final off weekend before the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season ends.
In these six races we'll go coast to coast and border to border. We'll also have six very different-style racetracks.
It all starts this weekend at the triangle we know as Pocono Raceway. Then it's up to Michigan for its 2-mile track. Road-course racing at Sonoma follows that. Then for only the second time, we will be at Kentucky Speedway under the lights at the end of June. From there we head to restrictor-plate racing at Daytona International Speedway for more Saturday night racing over the July 4 weekend and then wrap things up at the 1-mile track in Loudon, N.H.
From there, following a much needed off weekend, there will be only seven races to go until the field for the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is set. Quite honestly, after these next six races, the picture will be pretty clear concerning who our players will be in this year's Chase.