Pocono Raceway Data
Race #: 21 of 36
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch: 3,740 feet
Backstretch: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch: 1,780 feet
2011 pole winner: Joey Logano, Toyota (172.055 mph, 52.309 sec., 08-06-11)
2011 race winner: Brad Keselowski, Dodge (137.878 mph, 3:37:35, 08-07-11)
Track qualifying record: Joey Logano, Toyota (179.598 mph, 50.112 sec., 06-10-12)
Track race record (500 miles): Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet (145.384 mph, 3:26:21, 06-12-11)
Top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania going into the Pennsylvania 400 on August 5:
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Enersys Chevrolet)
· Seven top fives, 17 top 10s
· Average finish of 16.0
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)
· Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 15.5
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
· Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 13.6
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
· Five wins, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 10.4
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
· Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 9.3
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet)
· Five top fives, eight top 10s
· Average finish of 14.0
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
· Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 8.8
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
· One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 17.7
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
· Three top fives, 10 top 10s
· Average finish of 13.9
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
· 20 top fives, 34 top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 11.1
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
· One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 12.7
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot Back To School Chevrolet)
· Two wins, 10 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 11.5
|1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.||731||1||0||2||102.0|
|2. Matt Kenseth||717||1||1||1||104.1|
|3. Greg Biffle||709||1||2||3||104.8|
|4. Jimmie Johnson||704||3||1||4||109.8|
|5. Denny Hamlin||667||2||2||5||100.5|
|6. Kevin Harvick||653||0||0||6||92.0|
|7. Martin Truex Jr.||653||0||1||8||96.1|
|8. Tony Stewart||652||3||0||7||90.5|
|9. Brad Keselowski||649||3||0||10||93.6|
|10. Clint Bowyer||643||1||0||9||90.2|
|Pos.||Driver||Wins||Pts. Pos.||Points||Pts. From 10th|
· 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.
· The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
· There have been 69 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
· There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
· This season will mark the first time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono will be scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
· Buddy Baker won the first pole.
· There have been 38 different pole winners, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race; 17 drivers have more than one pole there.
· The pole has been swept just three times: Bill Elliott (1985), Ken Schrader (1993) and Denny Hamlin (2006).
· Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
· 31 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon, each with five victories; 20 drivers have won more than once there.
· There have been six season sweeps at Pocono, the last by Denny Hamlin in 2006.
· Bobby Allison (1982, ’83) and Tim Richmond (1986, ’87) each won three consecutive races at Pocono.
· 48 of 69 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start.
· The June 2005 race was won by Carl Edwards from the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
· 14 of 69 races have been won from the pole, Bill Elliott (1985, 2002) and Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) are the only drivers to have done it twice. Joey Logano is the most recent driver to win from the pole earlier this season.
· Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 12 Pocono victories.
· Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (20) and top 10s (34), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, seven times (most recently last June). In June, Martin set the record for most runner-up finishes at a track without winning.
· Jimmie Johnson & Denny Hamlin are the only active drivers to average a top 10.
· Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Joey Logano (06/10/2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
· Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Harry Gant (06/17/1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
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