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THE RACE: Good Sam RV Insurance 500

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 7, 2011 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor:Good Sam RV Insurance

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:19pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN's NASCAR Countdown - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Dr. Jerry Punch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace
    ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage: Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Revised Pocono Schedule for Sunday: Due to the postponement of the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) & Pennsylvania 125 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards) races, Pocono Raceway will exchange a Saturday General Admission grandstand ticket for a $25.00 credit towards the purchase of any Sunday Grandstand ticket OR a similar Saturday Grandstand ticket in 2012. Pocono Raceway will also exchange a Saturday Terrace Club ticket for a $75.00 credit towards the purchase of any Sunday ticket valued at $75.00 or more. Fans can exchange their tickets by visiting the Gate # 8 ticket booth behind the Grandstands, beginning at 8:00 am. If the Pre-Race Pits are not open due to competition on the track, Pre-Race Pit /Paddock Pass will be honored for Pre-Race Pit/Paddock admission for either NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in 2012.
    Here is Sunday's revised schedule of events is as follows:
    5:00 am  Parking Lots Open
    8:00 am  Grandstand Gates Open
    9:00 am  Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 (Truck Series) race
    TBD  Pennsylvania 125 (ARCA) race to immediately follow conclusion of Truck Series event
    12:00 pm  Salute to the Armed Forces Pre-Race Festivities Begin
    12:30 pm  Sprint Cup Series Driver Introductions
    1:00 pm  Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (Cup Series) race.(Pocono Raceway)
    TV Note: SPEED will offer live coverage of Sunday's rain-postponed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Pocono Raceway Sunday at 9:00 am/et. NASCAR RaceDay follows the Truck Series race live at 10:00 am/et. SPEED also will provide same-day delayed coverage of the ARCA Racing Series race from Pocono Sunday at 10:00pm/et following Wind Tunnel.(8-7-2011)

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 8 at 12:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team


Event Schedule

Friday, August 5

12:00 - 1:30pm NSCS Practice
4:00 - 5:30 pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, August 6

10:40 am NSCS NSCS Qualifying
1:00 pm NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
3:00 pm ARCA Racing Series race

Sunday, August 7

12:00 pm Salute to the Armed Services Pre-Race Festivities Begin
12:30 pm Sprint Cup Series Driver Introductions
1:00 pm Good Sam RV Insurance 500 NSCS race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $4,906,691
2010: $4,945,083
2009: $5,077,262
2008: $5,037,783
2007: $4,935,998
2006: $4,936,658
2005: $4,795,586
2004: $4,808,573
2003: $4,260,957
2002: $3,685,703


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, [tunnel] turn 2: 8 degree, turn 3: 6 degrees;
    Straights: Front - 3740 feet;
      Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet;
      North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 100,000
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 65mph
    Opened: 1974

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Good Sam Club CEO Larry Pentis
    Command to start engines: Good Sam Club CEO Larry Pentis
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Scott Eckman
    Invocation: Rev. Mike Salnicky
    U.S.A. National Anthem: Clark Luis
    Military Flyover: C-17 Dover AFB, DE

  • Track Websites:
    Pococo Raceway
    Pocono Raceway - Facebook
    Pocono Raceway - Twitter
    Pocono's Best

  • June 2011: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2010: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2011 Pole Sitter: #22-Kurt Busch, 171.579mph, finished 2nd

  • August 2010 Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 171.393mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kasey Kahne, 24 years, 2 months, 3 days, 6/13/2004

  • Pole Winners: 35

  • June 2011 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 145.384mph, started 3rd

  • August 2010 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 132.246mph, started 12th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 10 months, 12 days, 6/16/1996

  • 1st Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph

  • 2nd Race Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892

  • Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2004, 112.129mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th

  • The Numbers for Pocono Raceway:
    1 - fewest cautions (7/30/78)
    2 - fewest on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 6/6/82)
    3 - fewest caution laps (7/30/78)
    4 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    4 - fewest leaders (twice, most recent 6/9/85)
    4 - fewest laps led by race winner (Bobby Labonte, 7/29/01)
    5 - most wins (Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott)
    5 - most poles (Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader)
    10 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at Pocono Raceway
    10 - fewest lead changes (7/26/98)
    12 - wins by car owner (Rick Hendrick)
    13 - most cautions (twice, most recent 7/24/05)
    16 - drivers with more than one pole at "The Tricky Triangle"
    16 - most leaders (three times, most recent 6/13/04)
    18 - fewest cars running at finish (7/25/82)
    22 - wins from the front row; 13 from the pole
    29 - worst starting position for race winner (Carl Edwards, 6/12/05)
    29 - different race winners
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/10/07)
    37 - different pole winners
    42 - most cars running at finish (6/10/07)
    56 - most lead changes (7/30/79)
    57 - most caution laps (6/13/04)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track
    175 - laps led by race winner (Kurt Busch, 8/5/07)
    2011 Caution Update
    4 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana, Pocono)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    152 - number of cautions in the first 20 races of 2011 (includes 70 for accidents, 37 for debris and 22 for spins)
    718 of 5,756 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    1,014.811 of 8,034.858 - miles under caution in the first 20 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(8-3-2011)

  • 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.
    There have been 67 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
    There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    All NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles.
    Buddy Baker won the first pole.
    There have been 37 different pole winners, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race; 16 drivers have more than one pole there.
    The pole has been swept just three times: Bill Elliott (1985), Ken Schrader (1993), Denny Hamlin (2006).
    Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
    29 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.
    47 of 67 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.
    13 of 67 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. Tony Stewart is the most recent driver to win from the pole in 2009.
    Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 12 Pocono victories.
    Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (19) and top 10s (33), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, six times (most recently in August 2004).
    Denny Hamlin (9.1) and Jimmie Johnson (9.2) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.(NASCAR)(8-4-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Indianapolis Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


Practice & Qualifying Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 5, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    (Qualifying Order set by this practice)

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, August 5, 4:00 - 5:30am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 am/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air scheduled at 5:00pm/et./P>


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Keselowski wins at Pocono: an injured #2-Brad Keselowski won the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 3rd career win and 2nd win of 2011. On Wednesday, Keselowski broke his left ankle in a practice wreck at Road Atlanta. On lap 124 there was a heavy rain shower at 3:35pm/et that brought a 1 hour, 40 minute delay of the race. The track was dried and the race restarted and finished.
    #18-Busch [who spun early in the race] finished 2nd followed by #22-Busch, #48-Johnson, #39-Newman, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and last weeks race winner #27-Menard. The pole sitter, #20-Logano, who would had won the race if the rain delay ended the race, had a tire go down late and had to pit, finishing 26th.
    Points leader going in to the race, #99-Edwards, finished 7th and his lead drops to 9 points over #48-Johnson.
    There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps and a 1:40 red flag for rain. The attendance is listed as 85,000, down from 100,000 last year.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 8 at 12:00 am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.(8-7-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the 38th Annual Good Sam RV Insurance 500 , his third victory in 74 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2011. His first victory this season came at Kansas.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in four races at Pocono Raceway. His previous best finish was 20th in August of last season.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2011.
    #22-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Pocono Raceway.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-7-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 720
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 711, -9
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 709, -11
    4) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 706, -15
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 700, -20
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 694, -27
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 668, -52
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 658, -62
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 642, -78
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 641, -79
    current wild cards
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 558, -162 [18th in points, 2 wins]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 618, -102 [11th in points, 1 win]
    others in contension for the wild card
    14) #27-Paul Menard [1 win], 587, -133 [14th in points, 1 win]
    19) #6-David Ragan [1 win], 556, -164 [19th in points, 1 win]
    One race winner is not inside the top-20: #78-Smith is 26th, 74 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-7-2011)

  • Pocono Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Brad Keselowski picked up his third Sprint Cup Series victory in his 74th start, his second win of 2011.
    " Brad Keselowski climbed from 21st to 18th in the points; last year at this point, he was 25th with no top-10s.
    " Brad Keselowski became the 30th different winner in 68 Pocono Raceway races.
    " Brad Keselowski's previous best finish at Pocono was 20th last August.
    " The past nine Pocono races have been won from top-15 starting positions.
    " Brad Keselowski led twice for 19 laps, including the final 16.
    " This was the ninth Pocono victory for Penske Racing with five different drivers -- Rusty Wallace (4), Jeremy Mayfield (2), Kurt Busch (1), Ryan Newman (1) and Brad Keselowski (1).
    " Kyle Busch (second) tied his best Pocono finish, which he also achieved last June. He has finished in the top five in three of the past four Pocono races.
    " Kurt Busch (third) has finished in the top 10 in six of the past seven Pocono races.
    " Jimmie Johnson (fourth) extended a nine-race streak of top-15 finishes at Pocono.
    " Ryan Newman (fifth) has finished 12th or better in his past four races since finishing 23rd at Daytona.
    " Jeff Gordon (sixth) has finished in the top 10 in six of the past seven Pocono races.
    " Carl Edwards (seventh) made his 250th Cup start. He has finished 15th or better in the past four races.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (ninth) earned his first top-10 in his past seven races.
    " Denny Hamlin (15th) extended a five-race streak with at least one lap led at Pocono, the longest current streak.
    (Racing Recall/nascar.com)(8-7-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
    #71 increases it's lead to 16 over 36th in owners pts, the #7 team.
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 296, +48
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 291, +43
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 264, 16 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-Gordon/Wimmer/RGM, 248, 16 points out of top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 239, -25
    38) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 218,-46
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-7-2011)

  • Penalty Report / Infraction Sheet - Pocono:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #18 13 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end
    #13 16 Speed-Entering pits G pass thru 17
    #6 19 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end garage
    #47 20 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 22
    #16 22 Jumping the restart G pass thru 23
    #36 41 Speed-Exiting pits G pass thru 43
    #36 43 Speed-Exiting pits G stop and go 46
    #38 71 Speed-Exiting pits G pass thru 73
    #1 85 Removing equipment from assigned pit area G stop and go 87
    #51 125 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 131
    #38 131 Refueling car/truck before the affected car/truck receives the green flag
        on the race track or does not complete the designated race distance
        (competition yellow) G 1 lap 131
    #51 160 Lug nut(s) not installed G pit 162
    #4 179 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 184
    #42 180 Pitting before pit road is open Y tail end 184
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-7-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none as no driver on track was down a lap.
    Caution 2: none as no driver on track was down a lap.
    Caution 3: #42-Montoya, 32nd
    Caution 4: #14-Stewart, 11th
    Caution 5: #34-Gilliland, 23rd
    (8-7-2011)

  • Race Coverage of the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 7, 2011.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; NSCS Countdown pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 8 at 12:00am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #20-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Kahne took pit stall 25, the first pit stall with open in back of it.
    #56-Truex Jr. who starts 3rd took the 30th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 18th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-6-2011)

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)

  • See Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Logano wins Pocono pole: #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 172.055mph. It is his 2nd pole of the season and the 3rd of his career. #4-Kahne starts 2nd followed by #56-Truex Jr., #99-Edwards, #22-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #27-Menard, #31-Burton, #16-Biffle and #29-Harvick.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #66-TBodine, #55-Yeley, #46-Darnell, #30-Stremme, #7-Gordon, #38-Kvapli, #37-Speed and #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #35-GBodine, #60-Skinner, #50-Bell.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 5:00pm/et on ESPN2
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(8-6-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 38th Annual Good Sam RV Insurance 500 with a lap of 52.309 seconds, 172.055 mph. This is his third pole in 96 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. At age 21 years, two months, 13 days, Logano becomes the youngest pole winner at Pocono.
    This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2011. His first pole this season was at Infineon Raceway.
    This is his first pole in six races at Pocono Raceway. His previous best start was 12th in June of last season.
    #4-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2011 and his 10th in 16 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #56-Martin Truex, Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth in 21 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-6-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 10:40 am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 10:30 am/et
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 5:00pm/et on ESPN2

  • Qualifying Order for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #35-Geoff Bodiner, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #39-Newman, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Pocono Qualifying Page.(8-5-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is being over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #9-Kahne 167.520
    #5-Martin 166.834
    #29-Harvick 166.756
    #33-Bowyer 166.667
    #42-Montoya 166.599
    slowest: #32-Jason White 160.436 & #13-Mears 166.305
    notes: #71-Lally spun off turn three midway thru practice.
    Late in practice #2-Keselowski went high in turn 1 as he felt a tire going down and spun and slid, stopping on the track.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice Speeds Page,(8-5-2011)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #39-Newman 170.026
    #22-Busch 168.621
    #43-Allmendinger 168.517
    #99-Edwards 168.360
    #5-Martin 168.300
    slowest: #35-GBodine 158.837 & #32-Jason White 159.821
    Todd Bodine is in the #66 Toyota as Michael McDowell is in Iowa running the Natiuonwide race this weekend.
    #11-Hamlin was only 39th fastest, with qualifying set by this practice session, with slowest going out first and qualifying scheduled for Saturday at 10:40am/et, so going out early is ideal.....unless qualifying gets rained out.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice Speeds Page,(8-5-2011)

  • Pocono Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers in practice 1:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #55-J.J. Yeley, 29th fastest overall
    #7-Robby Gordon, 32nd
    #66-Todd Bodine, 34th
    #30-David Stremme, 36th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 37th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 41st
    #50-T.J. Bell, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #37-Scott Speed, 43rd
    #46-Erik Darnell, 44th
    #35-Geoff Bodine, 46th/slowest

  • Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • The Entry List for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (36/20)
    #30-David Stremme (44/9)
    #35-Geoff Bodine (50/2)
    #37-Scott Speed (39/20)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (37/20)
    #46-Erik Darnell (40/20)
    #55-J.J. Yeley (54/2)
    #50-T.J. Bell (51/6)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/20)
    #66-Todd Bodine (42/20)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/20)
    withdrew from the race:
    #77-Scott Wimmer (55/4)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 7,38,37,46,87,66,60,30
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 50,35,55
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List and
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-1/4-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    #71 moves into the top-35, and #7 team drops out after finishing last at Indy.
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 289, +50
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 285, +46
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 282, +43
    35) #71-Lally/TRG, 249, 10 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-Gordon/Wimmer/RGM, 239, 10 points out of top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 226, -23
    38) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 218,-31
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(7-31-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 682
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 671, -11
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 670, -12
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 666, -16
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 666, -16
    6) #22-Kurt Busch [1 win], 664, -18
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 630, -52
    8) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 618, -64
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 609, -73
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 606, -76
    wild cards
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 587, -95 [11th in points, 1 win]

    12) #27-Paul Menard [1 win], 553, -129 [14th in points, 1 win]
    others
    16) #6-David Ragan [1 win], 546, -136 [16th in points, 1 win]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 21st, 16 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 26th, 76 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-31-2011)


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PAINT SCHEME NEWS

Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
#9-Marcos Ambrose DeWalt #9 Team Schemes Page
#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle 3M / 811.com none...yet
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Certain Teed / Menards #27 Team Schemes Page
#33-Clint Bowyer Good Sam Club #33 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Tornado's #39 Team Schemes Page
#43-A.J. Allmendinger Best Buy #43 Team Schemes Page
#47-Bobby Labonte Reese Towpower #47 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
#99-Carl Edwards Ortho #99 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Pocono: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Pocono Raceway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11 or #16? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin Manion and the Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevy team will bring Chassis #1102, which will be making its fifth start of the season this weekend at Pocono. McMurray drove this car earlier this year at Las Vegas, Texas, Dover and in the first race at Pocono, where the #1 qualified 13th and finished 33rd after losing third gear early in the race.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-759 during Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet. The featured tag line on the bumper of the "Blue Deuce" this weekend at Pocono will be "Triple Hopping the Triangle." Triple hop brewing is the process that gives Miller Lite its award-winning, great taste. Pocono Raceway has long been known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its unusual triangle shape.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Lance McGrew has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-672 for Sunday's race at Pocono. This car was most recently raced at Michigan International Speedway in June and Kentucky Speedway in July.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary Chassis RK-759 last ran at Pocono and finished 17th, the backup chassis RK-711 last ran at Darlington and finished 21st.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 754 for the 500-mile event at Pocono Raceway. This Dewalt Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Martinsville, Dover and the first Pocono race in June. Australian Word of the Week: Good Oil = Useful Information or A Good Idea.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640 debuted in May at Darlington where it qualifying ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It spent time in the wind tunnel afterward and made its second career start at Pocono in June. There, it qualified 15th and rallied its way into the top-five by lap 124, only to be felled two laps later when Stewart reported that he had lost third gear. The balky transmission prevented Stewart from getting up to speed quickly on restarts, which conspired to leave Chassis No. 14-640 in 21st place when the checkered flag dropped. Idle since, the car returns to Pocono for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-763 which last ran at Kansas, this weekend Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Ford.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 318 is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway.
    #20-Joey Logano: and the #20 Home Depot Team are bringing chassis #319 this weekend to Pocono Raceway. This is another new chassis for the #20 Team. The back-up chassis is #303 that Logano tested on the Thursday of Kentucky and most recently ran at Michigan International Speedway in June. Welcome aboard The Home Depot associates from store #563 in Irving, Texas. The store number will ride along with Logano this weekend in Pocono.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led "Double-Deuce" crew will be racing their "PRS-758" Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Pocono Raceway. "We're rolling out another brand new Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for this weekend at Pocono," said crew chief Addington. "We raced two of last year's cars there back in June. We crashed the primary car (PRS- 744) in practice and had to go to the backup (PRS-738). Kurt still won the pole, ran strong all day and finished second. We're coming back with this new piece thinking we can be even stronger this time around. Yeah, that means we're coming back to Pocono looking to win there on Sunday." The "PRS-749" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge (revamped car raced at Richmond) will serve as the backup car this weekend at Pocono.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 347 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at the uniquely-configured raceway, where Menard earned his season-best starting position of second and drove it to a 14th-place finish. This race also saw track time this year at Dover where he brought home a 24th-place result after starting from the 20th position and at Auto Club Speedway where he started 15th and finished 16th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 318 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The #29 team utilized this car to score an 11th-place finish at Kansas Speedway earlier this season. Harvick also raced this car to three top-10 finishes in 2010: third at Kansas, eighth at Charlotte (Oct) and sixth at Texas (Nov).
    #31-Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 359 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for the 2011 season, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala to a 21st-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 333 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Good Sam Club Chevrolet Impala, built new for 2011, has now seen action three times this season. This includes a top-10 finish of seventh at Auto Club Speedway in March and two 16th-place finishes in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in May and Pocono 500 in June.
    #36-Dave Blaney: and Tommy Baldwin Racing will bring chassis No. 910 back to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Blaney piloted the chassis from the 40th starting spot to 26th in the last race at Pocono. TBR also ran the chassis at Darlington Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The team finished 24th and 30th, respectively.
    #39-Ryan Newman In six previous starts, chassis No. 39-609 has three top-five and four top-10 finishes. The car made its debut in July 2010 at Indianapolis and finished a respectable 17th. The car's second start came at Auto Club Speedway, last fall finishing 5th. Its final appearance of the 2010 season came at Texas and finished 20th. During the offseason, the car's front clip was updated for 2011. The car's first appearance this year came in March at Auto Club and scored his third top-five of the season. Newman followed up that impressive run with a top-10 finish at Pocono, a ninth-place finish. At the series' inaugural race at Kentucky last month, Newman fought an ill-handling racecar and rallied from one lap down to score a hard-earned fourth-place finish. This weekend will mark the car's fourth start in 2011.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: will bring chassis #1103 to the racetrack for the fourth time this season when they come back to Pocono Raceway. Montoya last drove this chassis at Pocono in June, when he qualified 16th and finished seventh. Earlier in the season the chassis was used at Auto Club Speedway and at the All Star Race at Charlotte.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at Pocono. This Best Buy Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Phoenix, Martinsville, Darlington and was utilized in the June race at Pocono Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 659 in Sunday's event. He last drove that car at Michigan in June. Johnson finished 16th in backup chassis No. 623 at Las Vegas in March.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis 88-668. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 21st-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Scotts Ortho team will unloading chassis RK-732 this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards won with at Vegas and finished second at Darlington. They also ran it at Pocono in June where he finished 37th after a broken valve.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-4-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,375, Right-side -- 1,525;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for race;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the weekend

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4178; Right-side -- D-4160

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear  14 psi;
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 31 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Pocono this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . teams in these two series should be very familiar with this tire set-up . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams have run at Pocono since the beginning of 2009, making this their sixth consecutive race on this tire at this track . . . this is also the same tire set-up Camping World Truck teams ran in their inaugural race at Pocono last season . . . as on all NASCAR tracks that are greater than one mile in length and are not road courses, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Race / Cup Odds

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Countdown to Race Time: 8/3/2014 ~1:19pm/et

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