NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Race Information Page

Pocono Green 250

Pocono Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #12 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: None

Race Time: 1:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 1:18pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 2
10:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-6:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM NXS MANDATORY DRIVERS MEETING
2:00 PM-2:55 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:55 PM NXS 2ND PRACTICE

Friday, June 3
8:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM NXS RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:25 PM NXS 3RD PRACTICE
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, June 4
7:00 AM 1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:05 AM NXS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
11:10 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR XFINITY GARAGE AREA)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NXS RACE (100 LAPS, 250 MILES) (FOX / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Pocono race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Larson wins rain-shortened XFINITY race at Pocono: #42-Kyle Larson won the inaugural Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. It is his 4th career XFINITY Series win and 1st of the year. Polesitter #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Paul Menard, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, and #88-Alex Bowman.
    The race was called more than 90 minutes after going under a red flag with 53 of 100 laps completed.
    There were 5 cautions for 14 laps and 6 lead changes among 5 leaders.
    The average speed was 118.421mph.
    Complete results are on the Pocono race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-4-2016)

  • Pocono XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Larson won the Inaugural Pocono Green 250, his fourth victory in 82 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016. His last win came at Homestead in the 2015 season finale.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Pocono Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    Ty Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Pocono Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 11 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-4-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Pocono:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 408
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [1 win], 397, -11
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 390, -18
    4) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 363, -45
    5) #20-Erik Jones [2 wins], 359, -49
    6) #33-Brandon Jones, 357, -51
    7) #7-Justin Allgaier, 355, -53
    8) #48-Brennan Poole, 343, -65
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 308, -100
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 274, -134
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(6-4-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Long, 38th
    Caution 2: #52-Gase, 23rd
    Caution 3: #25-Ellis, 25th
    Caution 4: #97-Guenette, 24th
    Caution 5: #25-Ellis (2), 25th
    (6-4-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole at Pocono: #20-Erik Jones won the pole for the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 175.926mph. #18-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Logano, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Paul Menard, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #88-Alex Bowman.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Pocono starting lineup page (pdf).(6-4-2016)

  • Pocono Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Inaugural Pocono Green 250 with a lap of 51.158 seconds, 175.926 mph.
    This is his eighth pole in 38 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 12th top-10 start in 2016.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2016 and his first in one races at Pocono Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his first top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 12th in 12 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-4-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Friday practice canceled: Both Friday NASCAR XFINITY Series practices at Pocono Raceway have been canceled because of rain at the track.(6-3-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in second XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was quickest during Thursday's second practice for the Pocono Green 250 with a speed of 172.914mph. He was followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #2-Paul Menard, #22-Joey Logano, #42-Kyle Larson, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #88-Alex Bowman. 36 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Pocono practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-2-2016)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first XFINITY practice: #18-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 170.171mph. #20-Erik Jones was second, followed by: #2-Paul Menard, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Alex Bowman, #48-Brennan Poole, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #42-Kyle Larson. 31 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Pocono practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-2-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. A few notes:
    Paul Menard is in the #2;
    John Jackson is in the #13;
    Kyle Busch in the #18;
    Brandon Gdovic is in the #46;
    Alex Bowman in the #88;
    Aric Almirola in the #98;
    #25 and #97 are TBA.(5-30-2015)
    UPDATE: Mike Harmon is entered in his #74.(5-31-2016)
    UPDATE: TJ Bell will be in the #13. A second Obiaka Racing car, #77, has been added with the driver TBA.(5-31-2016)
    UPDATE: Alex Guenette will drive the #97 for Obiaka. Ryan Ellis will be in the #25. The #77 has withdrawn, as well as Petty's #43.(6-2-2016)
    See the complete list on the Pocono entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4520

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

  • Notes: NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series teams will be on completely different tire set-ups at Pocono this weekend . . . although this is the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Pocono, these teams will be on Goodyear tire codes that have some history . . . Xfinity teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4650) at Indianapolis last season and Fontana earlier this season . . . Xfinity teams are also scheduled to run this left-side at Indianapolis again this July . . . this right-side tire code (D-4520) is the same one that Sprint Cup teams have run at Pocono since 2012 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Makes Track Debut At Pocono Raceway
    For the first time in its storied history, the NASCAR XFINITY Series will compete for 100 laps (250 miles) at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 4 (on FOX at 1 p.m. ET) in the inaugural Pocono Green 250.

    Since its inception in 1982, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, has only raced in the state of Pennsylvania 17 times prior to this weekend’s festivities at one track - Nazareth Speedway (1988 - 2004).

    Pocono Raceway will become the 52nd track to host a race in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The NASCAR XFINITY Series has competed all across the country and internationally (Mexico City, Mexico and Montreal, Canada).

    Pocono Raceway is one of the most distinct tracks in existence. It has three turns that are all different and were inspired by other tracks - Turn 1 has a banking of 14 degrees and was modeled after Trenton Speedway, Turn 2 is banked eight degrees and comes from Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 is six degrees and was taken from the Milwaukee Mile. 

    Pocono’s uniqueness doesn’t end there. The competitors will be tasked with not only adapting to the three different turns but also the three different lengths of the straightaways (Frontstretch 3,470 ft., Backstretch 3,055 ft. and the Shortstretch 1,780 ft.).

    Two extra practices will be held Thursday, June 2 - the first practice will start at 2 p.m. ET and the second practice will begin at 4 p.m. ET. Both practices will run for 55 minutes each.

    Daniel Suárez Leaps Elliott Sadler For The Series Championship Points Lead
    It took all of three races for Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suárez to leap JR Motorsport’s Elliott Sadler and retake the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings. For the seventh time this season the Monterrey, Mexico native is tops in the title hunt. 

    Suárez finished 12th at Charlotte last weekend after rebounding from an accident early in the race involving Elliott Sadler and his JGR teammate Erik Jones. Sadler and Jones weren’t as fortunate, and both finished outside the top 20. Suárez’s turnaround yielded him a solid finish that has opened up the biggest points lead (14 points) of the season over second-place in the standings. 

    In 11 starts this season, Suárez has one pole, four top fives and nine top 10s. His average finish in 2016 is a stout 7.1.

    NASCAR’s season-to-date loop data further details Suárez’s early success this season. He is ranked second in average running position (7.632), third in driver rating (104.5) and third in percentage of laps run on the lead lap (91.5%).  

    This weekend will be Suárez’s NASCAR national series track debut at Pocono Raceway. 

    Sadler Is Down But Not Out, Veteran Status Plays To His Favor At Pocono
    After being caught in an accident with fellow championship contenders Daniel Suárez and Erik Jones on Lap 25 of last weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sadler posted his worst finish of the season (28th) and was ultimately bounced from the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead.

    Prior to Charlotte, Sadler’s season had been one of solid-run after solid-run; posting one win (Talladega), four top fives and nine top 10s. The 28th-place finish at Charlotte last weekend was his first finish outside the top 20 this season. As a result, Sadler is now second in the standings, staring at 14 points between himself and the standings leader Daniel Suárez.

    With the series track debut at Pocono this weekend, Sadler’s veteran status might play in his favor with
    his prior experience at the Tricky Triangle. Sadler has made 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono, posting an average finish of 22.0. But his most recent start at Pocono came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2010 where he led 31 laps and won from the pole.

    Allgaier, Dillon Are Scaling Mountain Of Points Between Themselves And Suárez
    Two drivers hoping points leader Daniel Suárez’s good luck comes to an end are title contenders Justin Allgaier (third-place, -23 points from the leader) and Ty Dillon (fourth-place, -24 points). With a 20-plus mountain of points to scale to even catch Suárez, any help closing the points gap would be welcomed.
    Things are looking up for Allgaier as he jumped to third in the points after posting his fifth top five and ninth top 10 of the season last weekend. The JR Motorsports veteran is poised to capitalize this weekend at Pocono as well.  He has made four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono, posting an average finish of 21.8.

    Ty Dillon dropped to fourth in the standings, but is only one point behind Allgaier. Dillon has logged three top fives and seven top 10s this season.

    Dillon also has some experience competing at Pocono. He made two NCWTS starts at “The Tricky Triangle,” recording an average finish of 13.0. He also made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono last June, starting 29th and finishing 18th.

    Consistency Could Be Erik Jones’ Achilles Heel
    He can win poles and races, but Joe Gibbs Racing Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones hasn’t been consistent this season.

    In 11 starts in 2016, the 20-year-old from Byron, Michigan has been one of the most dynamic drivers in the series, posting two wins (Bristol and Dover), two poles, six top fives and an average finish of 13.1. But that average finish would most likely be inside the top 10 and he wouldn’t be sitting seventh in the series standings if it weren’t for his two DNFs (Did Not Finish) at Richmond and then Charlotte last weekend. 

    Last season, Chris Buescher won the championship with zero DNFs. Since 1982, the driver to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series title with the most DNFs is Greg Biffle in 2002 - he had five DNFs that season.

    Luckily for Jones, the new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase promotes winning. Jones is not only virtually locked into the series playoffs provided he stays in the top 30 in points and qualifies for the remaining regular season races, but he also will be reseeded to the NXS Chase standings lead due to his bonus points for his two wins.

    Jones has made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Pocono Raceway where he’s notched a pole and two top 10s.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
    Custer’s Solid Finish Keeps JR Motorsports Out Front In Owner Points: Following another solid showing by up-and-coming star Cole Custer, who finished fourth at Charlotte last weekend, the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team continues to hold on to the NASCAR XFINITY Series owner standings lead by six points over second-place Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota. This weekend it will be Alex Bowman’s turn to wheel the No. 88 and build on the points lead. ...

    Sprint Cup Stars: Each week some of the best in the sport on Sunday dabble in the NASCAR XFINITY Series the day before. This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers entered in the NXS race at Pocono include: Kyle Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Josh Wise and Aric Almirola. ...

    NASCAR In Pennsylvania: NASCAR has hosted 139 national series races among 10 different tracks in the state of Pennsylvania (NSCS 110, NXS 17, and NCWTS 12). The very first NASCAR national series event held in Pennsylvania was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on September 11, 1949 at Langhorne Speedway - won by Curtis Turner (Oldsmobile). The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 17 races in the state of Pennsylvania and all were at Nazareth Speedway. The very first NXS race at Nazareth Speedway was on May 7, 1988 - won by Rick Mast (Buick). Pocono Raceway held its first NASCAR national series race in 1974 - the NSCS event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge). The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race held at Pocono Raceway was in 2010 and won by Elliott Sadler (Chevrolet). ...

    Pennsylvania Drivers In NASCAR: A total of 141 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania. Only three Pennsylvania drivers have won a NASCAR national series race: Dick Linder (three NSCS wins), Jimmy Spencer (two NSCS wins) and Mark Donohue (one NSCS win). Of the 141, only 20 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 20, only one has won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series - Jimmy Spencer (12 NXS wins).

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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