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>>Pocono 400 Set For Sunday

(Blakeslee, PA)  --  NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series heads to "The Tricky Triangle" this weekend for Sunday's Pocono 400.  The track has received a new coat of asphalt since the series last competed there 10 months ago.  It's the first time Pocono has been repaved since 1995.  The race distance at Pocono will also be shorter than it normally has been in the past.  Each event at Pocono had been scheduled for 500 miles since the series began competing at this track in 1974.  Jimmie Johnson won last week at Dover to climb into fifth place in the Cup standings.  Greg Biffle still holds a slight one-point lead over Matt Kenseth.

>>IndyCar Series In Fort Worth This Weekend

(Fort Worth, TX)  --  The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, with drivers quite concerned about their safety on this fast 1.5 mile racetrack.  Texas is the first IndyCar race on a mile-and-a-half track since eight months ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former series champion Dan Wheldon lost his life during a horrifying 15-car crash.  Texas and Las Vegas are very similar with its high banking in the turns.  Speeds at these tracks can reach as high as 225 miles-per-hour.

>>Hall Of Famer Cotton Owens Dies

(Charlotte, NC)  --  NASCAR Hall of Famer Cotton Owens has died.  He was 88 years old.  According to the NASCAR website, Owens died Thursday morning.  Owens was elected to the 2013 Class of the Hall of Fame late last month.  He is set to be inducted with Rusty Wallace, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas and Leonard Wood in the five-member class.  As a driver, Owens won nine times on NASCAR's premier circuit, including the 1957 Daytona Beach road course.  He nearly won the 1959 championship, finishing second to Hall of Famer Lee Petty.  Owens also won 38 races as an owner and captured the 1966 title with Hall of Famer David Pearson as his driver.

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