NASCAR is back in the Poconos this weekend. In the past it's meant big business, but Monroe Co. merchants say not as many customers are making pit stops this year.
It's no secret who Lisa Bedette came to Pocono Raceway to see: Carl Edwards. It's painted all over her fingernails.
"He thought they were cool!", she said.
Lisa and her friend Chris Voit also came to enjoy the scenic Poconos.
"The area is beautiful, it's not that far of a drive, and the racetrack is a good value," said Voit.
"We're just going to do a little sightseeing, shopping around here," said Bedette. "[We'll] go to dinner tonight."
With tens of thousands of tourists in town for Sunday's Pocono 400, souvenir stands "stand" to make a lot of money.
"You can make anywhere from three thousand all the way up to 20 or 30 depending on how the crowd is," said George Cipra, who operates a memorabilia stand.
But at Ray's Tuscan Villa, about a mile from the track, they're not seeing the crowds they used to. Owner Raymond Dulisse said many visitors are no longer making Pocono a vacation.
"So instead of coming up for the week, they're coming up just for the race," he said.
"They may not come in Thursday; they'll come in Friday or Saturday instead," added Cipra.
Pocono's newly-repaved track led to a new speed record this weekend. That, combined with a shorter race, could start bringing out more fans. Business owners will find out in two months when NASCAR returns for the Pennsylvania 400.