Next Race 400
Pocono Raceway
Sun, Aug 3, 2014
1:20pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Race #: 21 of 36
Event: 400
Location: Long Pond Pa.
Track Size: 2.5 Mile
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Miles: 500
Total Laps: 200
2014 Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr
Pit Speed: 55 mph
Pit Window: ? laps

Previous Winners

6- Jeff Gordon 96/97/98/07/11/12
3- Bobby Labonte 99/99/01
3- Denny Hamlin 06/06/10
3- Jimmie Johnson 04/04/13
3- Kasey Kahne 08/12/13
2- Tony Stewart 03/09
2- Denny Hamlin 09/10
1- Ryan Newman 03
1- Kurt Busch 07
1- Carl Edwards 08
1- Greg Biffle 10
1- Brad Keselowski 11
1- Joey Logano 12
1- Dale Earnhardt Jr 14


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No. 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized For Rules Infraction At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, Fla. (July 29, 2014) - The No. 11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:

Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan).

This infraction violates Sections:

12-1 - Actions detrimental to stock car racing;
20-2.1 - Car body must be acceptable to NASCAR officials and meet the following requirements:
*** K - Any device or ductwork that permits air to pass from one area of the interior of the car to another, or to the outside of the car, will not be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, the inside of the car to the trunk area, or the floors, firewalls, crush panels and wheel wells passing air into or out of the car;
*** L - All seams of the interior sheet metal and all interior sheet metal to exterior sheet metal contact point must be sealed and caulked. This includes, but is not limited to, floors, firewalls, wheel wells, package trays, crush panels and any removable covers;
20-3.4 - All references to the inspection surface in sub-section 20-3.4 have been determined with the front lower edge of both main frame rails set at six inches and the rear lower edge of both main frame rails set at eight inches. For driver protection, all firewalls, floors, tunnels, and access panels must be installed and completely secured in place when the car is in competition;
20-3.4.5 - A rear firewall, including any removable panels or access doors, constructed using magnetic sheet steel a minimum of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick), must be located between the trunk area and the driver's compartment and must be welded in place. Block-off plates/covers used in rear firewalls in place of blowers, oil coolers, etc., must be constructed of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick) magnetic sheet steel. Block-off plates/covers must be installed with positive fasteners and sealed to prevent air leakage. Carbon fiber or aluminum block-off plates/covers will not be permitted.

Per Section 12-4.5 B, the minimum P5 penalty includes:
* Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a championship race or not;
* $75,000 to $125,000 fine;
* Suspension for the next six series championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR;
* Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons.
Since this infraction is a P5 level penalty and was discovered in post-race inspection, Section 12-4.5 C (1,2) also applies:
* If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added:
*** Loss of an additional 25 championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a championship race or not;
*** Loss of an additional $50,000.

As a result of these violations, crew chief Darian Grubb has been fined $75,000 plus an additional $50,000 post-race fine for a total of $125,000. Grubb has also been suspended from NASCAR for the next six series championship events, plus any non-championship races or special events that might occur during that time period. Grubb will also be on NASCAR probation for the next six months.

Car chief Wesley Sherrill has been suspended from NASCAR for the next six series championship events, plus any non-championship races or special events that might occur during that time period and will be on NASCAR probation for the next six months.

This infraction has also cost the No. 11 team the loss of 50 championship driver and owner (Denny Hamlin and J.D. Gibbs) points plus an additional 25 post-race points for a total loss of 75 championship driver and 75 championship owner points.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes - 2014 Pocono-2

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Kasey Hoping To Be A Dandy Kahne At Pocono
Kasey Kahne's aggravation spilled with every word uttered in his post-race interview on ESPN following Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In regards to needing a win to enter the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kahne said: "Yeah, no kidding. I know that. We have five more good tracks for us and six more races, so hopefully we can get one."
The look on Kahne's face was one of missed opportunity, after leading the most laps (70) at the Brickyard. But he immediately looked on the bright side - "five more good tracks." And one of those, unquestionably, is Pocono Raceway, site of Sunday's 400 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Kahne is the defending winner of this one, and with two wins overall and a runner-up finish in the August race two years ago, the driver of the No. 5 has headline writers frothing at the mouth to use the old "Kahne Is Able" headline sometime around 5 p.m. on Sunday.
A victory would catapult Kahne squarely onto the 16-driver Chase Grid. He'd be the 12th different winner this season, with only five regular season races remaining. "Comfortable" would be a good word to describe the position a win would give Kahne.
His solid runs have put him in position to "back" into the Chase Grid, though he's currently on the outside looking in. With 555 points this season, Kahne is only four points behind Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon, who currently resides in the 16th spot on the Chase Grid Outlook.
Statistically speaking, Kahne is among the hottest drivers in the series. In the last six races, since race No. 15 at Michigan, Kahne has scored four top-10 finishes. His average finish of 10.5 over the stretch ranks fourth in the series. And his driver rating of 101.4 ranks second only to teammate Jeff Gordon (105.0).
How Sweep It Could Be For Dale Jr.
With six regular season races left until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has but one essential task and that's to ensure his spot in the Chase. The third generation driver has already locked in two of the three criteria (multiple wins and a clinch of a top-30 position in points) to make the Chase. All he has to do now is attempt to qualify for the remaining regular season races and he's in NASCAR's playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
But Earnhardt wants more, and this weekend at Pocono Raceway he has the opportunity to pull off the season sweep at the 'Tricky Triangle' and pad his Chase bonus points total. 
Earnhardt is looking to become the seventh driver in series history to sweep both races in a single season at Pocono Raceway, joining Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004) and Denny Hamlin (2006). Not since 2002 at Talladega has Dale Jr. swept both races at a track in a single season (that also happens to be the lone instance he's accomplished the feat). In 29 starts at Pocono he has posted one win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s and a pole.  
Earnhardt is currently seeded fourth in the Chase standings, but if he were to win at Pocono he could possibly jump to the top of the Chase seeding chart.
In Earnhardt's last eight starts this season, he has finished inside the top 10 in all but one (Daytona, a 14th-place run). In 2014, Earnhardt is on pace to post a career-best average finish. He's currently averaging a finish of 10.2; his season long best is 10.9 in 2012.
Six Chase Spots Clinched, 10 To Go
Four more drivers cleared the two toughest hurdles for entry into the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, joining Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski, both of whom locked up a spot on the Chase Grid at New Hampshire.
At Indianapolis, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Joey Logano all either scored a second win (Gordon) or clinched a top 30 points spot (Johnson, Edwards and Logano). Now, those six drivers need only to attempt to qualify for the remaining six races to "officially" earn a spot in the Chase.
As a reminder, any driver with multiple wins guarantees himself a spot in the top 15 winners (or top 16, if the points leader after race No. 26 has a win). Any driver who left Indy with a 289 point lead on 31st place clinched a top 30 points spot.
Now, the series heads to Pocono Raceway, where four more drivers have a chance to clinch a spot in the Chase.
This weekend, the magic number is 241 - any driver 241 points ahead of 31st place clinches a top 30 spot. If a driver does that, and has multiple wins, he clinches a spot.
Those who can do it this weekend: Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola. Harvick's two wins mean he needs only to clinch a top 30 spot - a near certainty, as he needs to score only eight points at Pocono to do so (and that's if 31st place David Gilliland wins and leads the most laps). Busch has clinched a top 30 spot, but needs another win to clinch. Hamlin has yet to clinch a top 30 spot. He would clinch with a win and some help.
Almirola would need to win this weekend to clinch, and get a good bit of help to also lock up a top 30 spot.
Bonus Baby: Gordon Now Aims For Extra Chase Points
Jeff Gordon's record-setting fifth victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway clinched him a spot in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (see above), assuming he starts the remaining six races in the regular season.
Now what? Now, he goes full bore, with one goal in mind: More "Winner" decals, and the three bonus points that go with each once the Chase starts. Each Chase participant will have their points reset to 2,000, with three bonus points tacked on for each win during the 26-race regular season.
Arguably, those bonus points are more important than ever, especially in the first round - the Challenger Round. The bonus points are applied only to that round, rather than across the entire Chase, as in past years. So, each point is three times as important over those first three races. And entering NASCAR's playoffs with a bevy of bonus points would greatly enhance a driver's ability to advance to the Contenders Round.
As the series heads to flat Pocono, coming off flat Indianapolis, there's a notion that those who excel at one will likewise excel at the other. That's true, sort of.
Pocono has followed Indianapolis on the series schedule in every season since 2007. Since then, the average finish of the Brickyard winner at the following race at Pocono is 10.3. The best finish at Pocono by the Brickyard winners was third by Jimmie Johnson in 2008. Ryan Newman followed last year's Brickyard victory with a fourth-place run at Pocono. (Jamie McMurray's Pocono finish of 22nd was the lowest of the reigning Brickyard winners.)
Gordon owns the stats to suggest a strong follow up to his Brickyard victory. His six Pocono wins are most all-time, and he's finished in the top 10 in three of the last four races (including a win in 2012).
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.
Jeff Gordon's win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was also his 445th career top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, which is fourth all time. Conceivably, Gordon could reach 454 top 10s by season's end, putting him second on the all-time top 10 list. The current top 3: Richard Petty (712), Mark Martin (453) and Bobby Allison (447). . Testing, Testing: Next Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 5-6), Richard Childress Racing and Germain Racing will both test at Atlanta Motor Speedway. . At Indy last weekend, there were 3,327 total green flag passes, the second-highest figure at the Brickyard since the inception of loop data in 2005. Only the 2011 edition had more passing (3,450).
Dillon Closing In On Sought-After Points Lead                                                                                         
Edging out one of the most competitive fields of the year, Ty Dillon posted his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win at the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In doing so, he claimed Nationwide Insurance's $100,000 Dash 4 Cash check and also closed the gap (-15) between he and the points leader, Chase Elliott. Dillon became the 12th different winner through 19 races this season, the most at this point since 2007.
Dillon has quietly formulated a solid season thus far. He is fourth in the standings, 15-points back from the lead after posting one win and 13 top 10s. Though under the radar earlier this season, this past weekend's victory at Indianapolis thrusts Dillon into the spotlight of championship contention. Dillon has an average finish of 9.5 and a season-to-date Driver Rating of 96.2 (seventh-best in the series) in 2014.
Returning to Iowa, Dillon looks to capitalize on his recent success and make it two wins in a row. Dillon made his series track debut at Iowa earlier this season where he started 13th and finished eighth. 
"Iowa has always been one of my favorite race tracks," Dillon said. "I really think it fits my driving style because it's fast, but a shorter track. It's important that we qualify well and stay smart. We've got all the momentum in the world right now," said Dillon.  
The 22-year-old has fixed his sights on standings leader Elliott, who has set the bar high this season. Elliott has three wins, eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 19 starts.  Elliott finished fourth in his series debut at Iowa earlier this season.
Dillon will have to leap frog two formidable opponents in the series standings to get to Elliott, however. Currently third in the standings just four points ahead of Dillon is Elliott Sadler. Sadler has made seven starts at Iowa, winning once and posting six top-five finishes. His average finish of 3.9 at Iowa is his career best among series tracks on the schedule. 
Ahead of Sadler is Regan Smith, second in the series standings, 11 points ahead of Dillon. Smith is having a career season. In 19 starts he has a career-best average finish of 9.0, has led the standings multiple times and won the season-opening race at Daytona. In three starts at Iowa, Smith has posted an average finish of 7.0, including finishing third earlier this season.
Own It: Gibbs, Penske Titans Of The Owner's Title
Rivalries bring out the best in competitors each time the match-up is staged, and Iowa sets the stage for the powerhouse teams of Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske to have it out - as they have the past couple of seasons.
The JGR No. 54 Toyota team is currently eight points ahead of Team Penske's No. 22 Ford team in second. Sam Hornish Jr. returns to the No. 54 Toyota to defend his Iowa win from earlier this season. Despite a DNF due to an engine failure at Chicago, Hornish has been lights out. In his five starts he has one win and three top fives. In six starts at Iowa, Hornish has posted one win, and four top fives.
Brad Keselowski, the 2010 series champion, returns to the series this weekend after taking the last two events off. Keselowski has made six starts this season posting two wins and six top fives. He has made four starts at Iowa posting two wins - including the inaugural series event - four top fives and an average finish of 2.3. Keselowski won this event last season.
Joe Gibbs leads the series in owner titles with four, but Roger Penske grabbed his first last season. Each owner has fielded teams with a rotation of drivers in an attempt to add to their title totals. With both drivers participating in limited schedules this season, this will be the first time Hornish and Keselowski will compete against each other in 2014.
Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash Final Round Rolls Into Iowa
"Show me the money!" famously exclaimed by Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Maguire, is exactly the sentiment taken by drivers and fans alike heading into this weekend's final round of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program. The famous cash wielding program from Nationwide Insurance reaches its fourth and final round of competition this weekend in the U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by New Holland at Iowa Speedway. While the first three rounds have packed excitement into the series for the drivers to win the money, this time around the fans also get a chance at the cash. 
Four NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders are eligible to compete for the chance to win the $100,000 bonus this weekend at Iowa. Ty Dillon banked the third round of Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. By winning the award Dillon automatically qualifies for the next payout this Saturday at Iowa. He will compete against Trevor Bayne, Brian Scott and Regan Smith.
This weekend, Nationwide includes a fan element into the program. The following four sweepstakes winners are entered to win the bonus: Kathy Coffman (winner), Gonzales, LA (Hometown: New Orleans, LA); Patricia Martens (winner) Danville, CA (Hometown: Norwalk, CT); James Dennis (winner), Henry, IL; Patricia Cochran (winner), Houston, TX.
Each sweepstakes winner will be paired with a driver randomly on Saturday morning; they will also be an honorary team member during the race. If their driver wins the Dash 4 Cash they win the $100,000 dollars bonus as well.
Also every fan attending the NASCAR Nationwide Series race may join the "Dash 4 Cash Bash," a NASCAR-style celebration immediately after the checkered flag waves, culminating the popular "Dash 4 Cash" driver and fan sweepstakes and Iowa Speedway's 2014 race season.
"The Dash 4 Cash was created to reward the full-time drivers and their avid fans in the NASCAR Nationwide Series," said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. "It's fitting that our loyal fans will get to party on the track to celebrate the end of our racing season and the conclusion of the wildly successful program."
The "Dash 4 Cash Bash" will take place on the recently raced frontstretch of Iowa Speedway and feature NASCAR Nationwide Series driver appearances, music from DJ Michaelis and K&N gift certificates for the first 100 fans "over the wall." Party goers will also have an opportunity to win prizes and giveaways, play tailgate games, grab a drink and show off their best "Robot" or "Shopping Cart" moves on the frontstretch "under the lights."
Extra! Extra! Pocono Adds Mileage
Fans will be treated to an extended show this year at Pocono Raceway as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is scheduled for 150 miles instead of its previous 125. The extra mileage won't be too much of an added burden to the drivers' stamina; three of the last four races have ended with a green/white checkered finish (2010, 2011, 2013).
The longest race at Pocono was in 2010 when Elliott Sadler won a 55 lap, 137.5 mile race. Sadler is one of four different winners in four races at the "Tricky Triangle."
Five drivers in Saturday's lineup have logged laps in all four races, but remain winless at Pocono - Norm Benning, Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters.
Among drivers winless at Pocono, favorites include.
Matt Crafton: The only driver to start all four races and finish inside the top 10 in each race. He has an average finish of 5.8, the fifth highest among active drivers.
Ron Hornaday: Coming off a season-best second-place finish at Eldora Speedway, Hornaday looks to capitalize on a highest finish of sixth at Pocono last season.
Kyle Larson: Makes his first career-series start and second national series start at Pocono. He has raced the track once in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finishing fifth.
The possibility of a repeat winner still stands with Joey Coulter and Ryan Blaney entered.
Joey Coulter: Pocono is Coulter's best track on the circuit. In three starts, he has an average finish of 3.7. He earned his first - and only - series win at Pocono in 2012 and has yet to finish outside the top 10 at the track.
Blaney Hits His Stride
Ryan Blaney has made it to the top . of the points standings that is.
In his second full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Blaney leads the championship battle for the first time in his career after taking the points lead from defending champion Matt Crafton. With a string of six consecutive top ten finishes, Blaney has catapulted from ninth to first in points, beginning with a runner up finish at Dover in May. Now, it's four points that separate him from second place driver Crafton.
Momentum on his side, Blaney looks to extend his lead Saturday, arriving at Pocono as the defending race winner. Although the Brad Keselowski Racing driver has yet to find Victory Lane this season, a win would further solidify him as a championship contender. What better track to prove a point than the site of his second career series win? Not only would Blaney be undefeated at Pocono in his two starts there, but he would also become the first repeat winner. Statement made.
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Teammates Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr. packed another 1-2 punch at Eldora Speedway. A Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Jones earned his first career pole while Wallace proved the driver to beat, taking home the lauded dirt track trophy in his second win this season.
Just one race before at Iowa Speedway, it was a role reversal with Wallace on the pole and Jones in Victory Lane. The two drivers have helped Kyle Busch Motorsports to eight victories in 10 races, also sharing wins with team owner Kyle Busch.
The duo of Jones and Wallace is back in action again at Pocono where Jones will make his first appearance while Wallace has one career start (he finished seventh in 2013). In its four-year history at Pocono, Kyle Busch Motorsports has earned four top-five and five top-10 finishes, including two runner-up finishes with Kasey Kahne (2010) and Kyle Busch (2011).
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Thirteen drivers in the Pocono Mountains 150 field have not made a series start at Pocono. History bodes well for the first-timers as three of the four race winners won in their first start at the track.
East And West Battle It Out In Iowa
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series heads to Newton, Iowa, for the second East/West combination event at Iowa Speedway.  Ben Rhodes won the first combination race in May, beating out fellow rookie Nick Drake for his second win of the season. Four races and three additional victories later, Rhodes heads to the Autolite Iridium XP 150 with a chance to become the first driver to sweep both races at Iowa. With five wins, the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver is also one victory away from tying Dylan Kwasniewski's mark for most K&N Pro Series East wins in a season since NASCAR lowered the age limit from 18 in 2007.
Shortly after competing in the K&N Pro Series event for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity in Iowa, Daniel Suárez will travel to Querétaro, Mexico, for the Queretana 200, the ninth event on the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series 2014 calendar. With only two events remaining in the regular season, many of the series drivers will try to secure their spot in the Desafío, a five-race playoff to decide the championship. NASCAR Next driver Rubén García Jr. is currently on the outside looking in, six points away from the final Desafío spot. He finished 27th in the series' first visit to the track earlier this year.
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is back in action this weekend with the 199 from historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Championship points leader Andy Seuss has three wins in five events this season, but has yet to reach Victory Lane at Bowman Gray. Through six career starts, Seuss has three top fives and five top 10s at the .25-mile flat oval. Former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ron Silk and rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. have entered the event as well.

Statistical Advance:
Analyzing the 2014 400

Courtesy of NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 28, 2014) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania going into the 400 on August 3. ESPN's coverage begins at noon (ET).


Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 14.8
·         Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 105.5, third-best
·         312 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.147 mph, third-fastest
·         2,521 Laps in the Top 15 (76.6%), fifth-most
·         722 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet)
·         One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.8, 11th-best
·         79 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.624 mph, ninth-fastest
·         2,147 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), 11th-most
·         664 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·         Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.0, sixth-best
·         176 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.774 mph, eighth-fastest
·         2,238 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), eighth-most
·         701 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 19 top fives, 30 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.0
·         Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.8, fourth-best
·         143 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         1,477 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.014 mph, fifth-fastest
·         2,626 Laps in the Top 15 (76.1%), second-most
·         827 Quality Passes, third-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         Four wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 12.1
·         Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 109.0
·         Series-high 434 Fastest Laps Run
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.311 mph
·         2,404 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%), sixth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Five top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.0
·         Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.7, 12th-best
·         1,668 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         744 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 8.7
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.8
·         Driver Rating of 108.7, second-best
·         272 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.201 mph, second-fastest
·         Series-high 2,723 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%)
·         819 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 18.2
·         Driver Rating of 91.5, 10th-best
·         297 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,529 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.869 mph, sixth-fastest
·         2,057 Laps in the Top 15 (59.6%), 12th-most
·         732 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford)
·         One win, three top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Driver Rating of 92.8, ninth-best
·         96 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
·         One top five, one top 10
·         Average finish of 5.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.0, seventh-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 162.080 mph, fourth-fastest
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)
·         One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 11.5
·         Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.8, eighth-best
·         1,522 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.617 mph, 10th-fastest
·         2,598 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most
·         Series-high 851 Quality Passes
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Code 3 / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 11.0
·         Average Running Position of 11.8, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best
·         99 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         1,620 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 161.830 mph, seventh-fastest
·         2,549 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), fourth-most
·         840 Quality Passes, second-most

Pocono Raceway Data

Season Race #: 21 of 36 (08-04-14)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono
Denny Hamlin............................ 109.0
Jimmie Johnson........................ 108.7
Kurt Busch................................ 105.5
Jeff Gordon.............................. 101.8
Tony Stewart............................... 98.9
Carl Edwards.............................. 96.0
Kyle Larson................................ 96.0
Ryan Newman............................. 95.8
Brad Keselowski......................... 92.8
Kasey Kahne.............................. 91.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light Pole winner:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
180.654 mph, 49.819 secs., 08-02-13
2013 race winner:
Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
129.009 mph, (03:06:02), 08-04-13
Track qualifying record:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota
181.415 mph, 49.610 secs., 06-06-14
Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet
145.384 mph, (03:26:21), 06-12-11
At Pocono Raceway:


·         Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974 - won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, 08/04/1974.
·         The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
·         There have been 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
·         2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
·         322 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 222 in more than one.
·         Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
·         Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Pocono in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph. 
·         39 drivers have posted Coors Light poles at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader with five each; Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin lead all active drivers with three each.
·         Five drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Pocono. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Pocono with three; fall 1984 and both races in 1985.
·         Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Pocono: Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) and Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012).
·         Youngest Pocono pole winner: Joey Logano (08/07/2011 - 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
·         Oldest Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (06/10/1984 - 49 years, 5 months, 19 days).
·         32 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins. 
·         Six drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway, including three consecutive by Bobby Allison (1982 sweep and spring 1983) and Tim Richmond (1986 sweep and spring 1987).
·         Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of the June Pocono race, will attempt to capture the second season sweep of his career, and first since Talladega in 2002.
·         Youngest Pocono winner: Joey Logano (06/10/2012 - 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
·         Oldest Pocono winner: Harry Gant (06/17/1990 - 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
·         Hendrick Motorsportshas the most wins at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one) - including the last four consecutively.
·         Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 29 victories; followed by Ford with 21.
·         15 of the 73 (20.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson (June, 2013).
·         The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.   
·         24 of the 73 (32.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
·         51 of the 73 (69.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Five of the 73 (6.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.  
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 30.
·         Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.176.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with an 8.720.
·         Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are the only two active drivers towin at Pocono in their first appearances.     
·         Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Matt Kenseth with 29 and Kevin Harvick with 27.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway was the July 23, 2000 race won by Rusty Wallace over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.126 second.
·         There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Pocono Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): spring of 2005 (200/201); fall of 2005 (200/203); spring of 2010 (200/204).
·         Six of the 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 8/5/2012.   
·         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway five times; most recently the spring of 2013.  
·         Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.     
·         One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Pocono Raceway: Denny Hamlin (06/11/06).
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 974 laps led in 43 starts. 
·         Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Janet Guthrie
Janet Guthrie
Janet Guthrie
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
NASCAR in Pennsylvania
·         There have been 107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among nine tracks in Pennsylvania.
Track Name
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond
Langhorne Speedway
Lincoln Speedway
New Oxford
Heidelberg Raceway
Reading Fairgrounds
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
New Bradford Speedway
Pine Grove Speedway
Williams Grove Speedway
·         141 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
·         Three of the 141 have won in NASCAR's premiere series.