NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 10, 2012 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: none

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - 12:00pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, June 6

9:30 am NSCS Haulers Enter
11:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:15 am NSCS Rookie / Spotter Meeting
12:00 pm 4:00 pm NSCS Testing
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Thursday, June 7

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 am 12:00 pm NSCS Testing
1:00 pm 3:30 pm NSCS Testing
5:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, June 8

7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30 am NSCS Rookie / Spotter Meetings & Randon Drawing
12:30 pm 1:55 pm NSCS Practice
3:30 pm 5:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, June 9

8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:10 am NSCS Qualifying
2:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, June 10

7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NSCS Pocono 400 Race

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 8, 12:30 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 8, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, June 9 at 11:10 am/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:30pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $5,018,078
2011: $4,906,691
2010: $4,945,083
2009: $5,077,262
2008: $5,037,783
2007: $4,940,543
2006: $4,881,521
2005: $4,785,499
2004: $4,788,921
2003: $4,190,609


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 160 laps, 400 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: Vanilla Ice
    Command to start engines: Dr Rose Mattioli
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Winner of the "tweet your seat" contest
    Invocation: Father Mike Kloton, Archdiocese of Scranton, PA
    National Anthem: Sr. Airman, Naomi Scott
    Military Flyover: 4 T-38's Langley Air Force Base, Virginia

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

  • June 2011: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2011: see my Pocono Race Info page

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

  • August 2011 Pole Sitter: #20-Joey Logano, 172.055mph, finished ?

  • 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: Joey Logano, 21 years, 2 months, 13 days, 8/6/2011

  • Pole Winners: 36

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

  • August 2011 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 137.876mph, started 13th

  • 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 the Pocono 400 at 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)
    20 - drivers with more than one win
    22 - wins from the front row; 13 from the pole
    29 - worst starting position for race winner (Carl Edwards, 6/12/05)
    30 - different race winners
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/10/07)
    38 - 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 - most laps led by race winner (Kurt Busch, 8/5/07)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    4 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega and Darlington)
    10 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    73 - cautions in the first 13 races of 2012; includes 29 for accidents, 24 for debris and eight for spins
    398 of 4,288 - laps under caution in 2012
    504.571 of 5,233.118 - miles under caution in the first 13 races
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(6-7-2012)

  • 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 68 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; 16 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.
    • 30 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 68 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 68 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). Martin is tied with Bobby Allison for most runner-up finishes at a track without winning. Allison also had six at Martinsville.
    • Jimmie Johnson (9.0) and Denny Hamlin (9.7) are the only active drivers to average a top 10.
    • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Jeff Gordon (06/16/1996 - 24 years, 10 months, 12 days).
    • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Harry Gant (06/17/1990 - 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
    (NASCAR)(6-5-2012)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Logano wins at Pocono: #20-Joey Logano won the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the year and his 2nd career win.
    #55-Martin finished 2nd [his 61st 2nd place finish] followed by #14-Stewart, #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #17-Kenseth, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #27-Menard, and #1-McMurray
    There were 7 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps. The race speed average was 131.004mph. There were 21 lead changes among 10 drivers.
    The estimated attendence was 100,000, up from 90,000 in 2011.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Pocono Race Results page (pdf) and the official rundown on the Official Race Report.(6-10-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 523, -1
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 513, -10
    3) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 507, -16
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 504, -19
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 493, -30
    6) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 470, -53
    7) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 465, -58
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 448, -759
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 443, -80
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 winss], 426, -97
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win, 12th in points], 420, -103
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 14th in points], 398, -125
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win, 15th in points], 398, -125
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 16th in points], 380, -143
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(6-10-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #36 remains in 35th but is now 55 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 201, +71
    33) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 189, +59
    34) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 188 +58
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 185, +55 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress, 130, -55 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 116, -69
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 103, -82
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(6-10-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Dover International Speedway:
    #20-Joey Logano won the 31st Annual Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR, his second victory in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Pocono Raceway. He became the youngest race winner at Pocono. He also set a career-high with 48 laps led.
    Mark Martin (second) posted his 34th top-10 finish in 51 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Tony Stewart (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 27 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 10 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-10-2012)

  • Pocono Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " The Pocono victory was Joey Logano's second Cup win in his 125th start.
    " His last win was at New Hampshire in June 2009 (104 stats between).
    " Logano grabbed his first Pocono win in his seventh start.
    " He is the 31st driver to win at Pocono in the 69th race at the track.
    " Logano's 104 race winless streak is the longest ever broken at Pocono.
    " He is the 10th different Cup winner in 2012.
    " Logano ended a 30 race winless streak for the pole winner -- the longest streak in Cup history.
    " The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is the youngest winner at Pocono (22 years, seven days).
    " His crew chief Jason Ratcliff notched his first Cup win.
    " Joe Gibbs ties Penske Racing with nine Pocono wins, second behind Hendrick's 12.
    " Gibbs picked up 97th Cup win.
    " It's the fourth win for Toyota in 2012, and third overall at Pocono.
    " Mark Martin (second) got his seventh second place finish at Pocono in his 51st start.
    " Tony Stewart (third) grabbed his fifth top-five finish of 2012.
    " Denny Hamlin (fifth) has his seventh top-five finish of the season.
    " Matt Kenseth (seventh) nabbed his 10th top-10 finish of the season, giving him the points lead by 10.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (eighth) earned his Cup-best 11th top-10 finish of 2012, taking over second in points.
    " Greg Biffle (24th) has worst finish this season, dropping to third in the standings.
    " The 22 speeding penalties in the race are the most in documented infraction history (since 2006).(Racing Recall/nascar.com)(6-10-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #22-Allmendinger, 31st
    Caution 3: #10-Blaney, 25th
    Caution 4: none, #22-Allmendinger caused the caution
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliand, 23rd
    Caution 6: #51-Reutimann, 21st
    Caution 7: #2-Keselowski, 18th
    (6-10-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, 2012.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; 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: on SPEED, Wednesday, June 13 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pocono 400 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 #99-Edwards took pit stall 31, the first pitstall behind the start finish line.
    #27-Menard, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Martin, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-9-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds Practice 1 Speeds page Test 3 Speeds, Thurs PM page Test 2 Speeds, Thurs AM page Test 1 Speeds, Wed page

  • 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.

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

  • See Jayski's - 2012 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 pole at Pocono: #20-Joey Logano won the pole for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 179.598mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2012 and 4th career pole. #99-Edwards was 2nd fastest followed by #27-Menard, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #55-Martin, #78-Smith, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Ambrose and #5-Kahne. The top 36 drivers broke the old track record.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #19-Bliss, #98-McDowell, #49-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #26-Wise, #23-Riggs, #74-Compton, #33-Leicht.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #30-Stremme.
    #74-Stacy Compton will run his first Sprint Cup race since he ran the July 2003 race at Daytona in the #4 Kodak Pontiac for Morgan-McClure, finishing 33rd.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup on the Pocono Qualifying / Starting Lineup page (pdf)(6-9-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR with a lap of 50.112 seconds, 179.598 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in seven races at Pocono Raceway. The first came in the last event at the track, Aug. 7, 2011.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2012 and his fifth in 15 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Paul Menard (third) posted his third top-10 start - and best career start - at Pocono Raceway. It is his second in 14 races this season.
    Josh Wise (35th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-9-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:10am/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 11:00am/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 8:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #32-Sorenson, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Martin, 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.(6-8-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: 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.

  • Happy Hour practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 80 minutes, the top-5:
    #20-Logano 179.501
    #99-Edwards 179.361
    #24-Gordon 179.108
    #27-Menard 178.798
    #18-Busch 178.540
    slowest: #32-Sorenson 171.246 & #36-Raines 169.856.
    notes: The session started about 10 minutes late after light rain showers fell at the track.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Pocono Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(6-8-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers rank in final practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. These drivers are not in the top-35 of team owners points and must qualify by speed for the race, eight will make the race and one will miss the race.
    If things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #98-Michael McDowell, 15th
    #30-David Stremme, 18th
    #19-Mike Bliss, 26th
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 27th
    #26-Josh Wise#, 29th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 30th
    #23-Scott Riggs, 35th
    #74-Stacy Compton, 39th
    If things stay the same, this driver would miss the race:
    #33-Stephen Leicht#, 40th
    (6-8-2012)

  • First Friday practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-5, slowest and any notes:
    #55-Martin 179.379
    #1-McMurray 178.937
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 178.809
    #48-Johnson 178.678
    #22-Allmendinger 178.204
    slowest: #36-Raines 170.648 & #32-Sorenson 170.467.
    notes: 40 drivers broke the old track record of 172.533.
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Pocono Practice 1 Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(6-8-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers rank in practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. These drivers are not in the top-35 of team owners points and must qualify by speed for the race, eight will make the race and one will miss the race.
    If things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #98-Michael McDowell, 25th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 28th
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 29th
    #19-Mike Bliss, 30th
    #26-Josh Wise#, 31st
    #74-Stacy Compton, 36th
    #33-Stephen Leicht#, 37tht
    #30-David Stremme, 38th
    If things stay the same, this driver would miss the race:
    #23-Scott Riggs, 42nd
    (6-8-2012)

  • Thursday afternoon Pocono test: 41 teams tested during Thursday afternoon's session at Pocono Raceway. The top 5:
    #5-Kahne 179.490
    #1-McMurray 179.401
    #55-Martin 179.390
    #24-Gordon 179.272
    #27-Menard 179.005 See complete results and 10 lap averages on the Pocono Test 3 Speeds (pdf).(6-7-2012)

  • Thursday morning Pocono test: 42 cup teams took to the track during Thursday morning's test session on the repaved Pocono Raceway. The top 5:
    #22-Allmendinger 177.190
    #42-Montoya 176.602
    #55-Martin 176.595
    #15-Bowyer 176.550
    #11-Hamlin 176.218
    The test will conclude this afternoon with a 1:00-3:30pm/et session.
    See complete results and 10 lap averages on the Pocono Test 2 Speeds (pdf).(6-7-2012)

  • Wednesday afternoon Pocono test: 36 cup teams took to the track during Wednesday afternoon's test session on the repaved Pocono Raceway. The top 5:
    #55-Martin, 175.380
    #22-Allmendinger, 175.029
    #48-Johnson, 174.808
    #29-Harvick 174.686
    #5-Kahne, 174.578
    #16-Biffle, 174,162
    The current pole record speed at Pocono is 172.533
    The test will continue Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:30pm/et.
    See complete results and 10 lap averages on the Pocono Test 1 Speeds (pdf).(6-6-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    David Reutimann will now drive the #51 in place of Kurt Busch. Dave Blaney moves from the #36 to the #10 and Tony Raines will be in the #36.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Mike Bliss (46/8)
    #23-Scott Riggs (43/13)
    #26-Josh Wise (41/13)
    #30-David Stremme (38/13)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/13)
    #49-J.J. Yeley (39/13)
    #74-Stacy Compton (47/9)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/13)
    #98-Michael McDowell (40/13)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 33,30,49,98,26,87,23,74
    missing the race would be [1]: #19
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(6-4/5-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 486
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 485, -1
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [0 wins], 476, -10
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 464, -22
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 453, -33
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 441, -45
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 440, -46
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 407, -79
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 406, -80
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer [0 wins], 405, -81
    Chase wild card drivers:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins, 11th in points], 400, -86
    12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points], 366, -120
    #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win, 14th in points], 365, -121
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(6-3-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    #36 remains in 35th but is now 54 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    33) #32-Sorenson/FAS Lane Racing, 186, +67
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 182, +63
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 173, +54 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress, 119, -54 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 116, -57
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 103, -70
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(6-3-2012)


Local Newspapers

Citizens Voice
Express Times
Morning Call
News Eagle
Philadelphia Daily News / Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pocono Record
Reading Eagle
Scranton Times-Tribune
Times-Leader
Times News


Local TV Network Stations

ABC 16 WNEP
CBS 22 WYOU
FOX 56 WOLF
NBC 28 WBRE


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

800poconos.com
This Week in the Poconos
Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Pocono 400: 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, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Manion and the No. 1 Banana Boat team will bring Chassis #1106 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. This chassis has made two race appearances this season, the first at Bristol with a seventh-place finish and the second appearance at the Sprint Showdown, resulting in a third-place finish. This chassis was also brought to the Pocono test. This chassis was used in 2011 at Texas in November, Dover in October, Michigan (June and August), and Charlotte (Coke 600, and All-Star).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-818 during Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski last drove this chassis to a ninth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in April.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-729 for Sunday's race at Pocono. This is a new car that has not been raced.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 805 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Pocono Raceway. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at Richmond and Phoenix.
    #10-Dave Blaney: TBR bought Chassis No. 356 in the off-season from Richard Childress Racing. This will mark Blaney first start in the chassis. Teammate David Reutimann drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Dover International Speedway this season. He had his best showing in the chassis at Texas Motor Speedway when he drove from the 31st starting spot to finish in 26th place. His best qualifying effort was at Kansas Speedway where he qualified in the 16th spot.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-722: This is a brand-new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack, but it has been wind-tunnel tested numerous times.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 733 is a new chassis racing for the first time at Pocono Raceway. Chassis No. 721 is the backup and previously served backup duty at Las Vegas, California, Texas, Kansas, Darlington, All-Star and Charlotte but never raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-777: Last ran Kansas - finished fifth. Backup: RK-786 Last ran Homestead - finished 35th.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-810 (last run at Texas).
    #22-A.J. Allmendinger: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be racing their "PRS-819" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's Pocono 400. This chassis has been raced only once; in the April 1 Goody's 500 at Martinsville, where Dinger started 27th and finished second. The team will use their "PRS-814" Dodge Charger in the Wednesday and Thursday test days. That car will also serve as the backup Dodge Charger.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 384 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This No. 27 Chevrolet was built new for 2012 competition and was last seen on track at Auto Club Speedway in March where Menard finished 19th after starting from the 27th position in the rain-shortened Auto Club 400.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 374 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for competition during the 2012 season, Harvick utilized this chassis at Auto Club Speedway in March and Darlington Raceway in May finishing fourth and 16th, respectively.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 385 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built new for the 2012 season, was utilized twice this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March (started-22nd, finished-14th) and Texas Motor Speedway in April (started-24th, finished-29th).
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-686: In five previous starts, Chassis No. 39-686 has one-top five and three top-10 finishes. The chassis already has three starts to its credit this season, including most recently in the non-points-paying All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. In the All-Star Race, Newman finished 10th after battling with a loose-handling car throughout the 90-lap event. Prior to the non-points race, Newman used Chassis No. 39-686 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At Kansas, Newman ran in the top-15 for most of the race but, with less than 70 laps to go, he was forced to the pits for an unscheduled stop with what he thought was a deflating tire. He exited the pits one lap down to the leaders, ending his shot at a top-10 finish and relegating him to 20th place. At Las Vegas, Newman qualified a disappointing 18th but made a strong drive into the top-10, where he ran for most of the race. He drove from eighth to a solid fourth-place finish in the final four laps at the 1.5-mile oval. Last season, chassis 39-686 made two starts at intermediate racetracks during the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, which resulted in one top-10 finish. The chassis made its debut in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte in October, where Newman started sixth, led six laps and finished a solid 10th. In the second start for the chassis, at the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Newman recovered from a loose wheel and came back from two laps down to finish a respectable 16th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1108 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. This is the first time this chassis will be on-track in the 2012 season. This chassis raced at both Michigan International Speedway events in 2011, finishing 28th and 30th.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The team has prepared chassis No. 742 for the Pocono race. Almirola drove this car to a 19th-place finish earlier this season at Darlington Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:: Chassis No. 681 serves as the primary for Johnson at Pocono. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary - Chassis 720 - This chassis raced at Kansas and Las Vegas. Backup - Chassis 726 has raced at Fontana and Darlington.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. This is a new chassis that has not been raced.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-815 - Ran at Darlington, finished 7th.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-8-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    8 sets for Wednesday/Thursday test days,
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

  • Number of Tires:
    Left-side  1,975; Right-side  1,975

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4548; Right-side -- D-4520

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,243 mm)

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

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 17 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

  • Notes: Due to the track re-surfacing, Goodyear has brought a new tire combination to Pocono this week . . . these teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4520) at Phoenix earlier this season . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Pocono on April 24-25 . . . drivers and teams participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Joey Logano in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and Jamie McMurray in the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet . . . . compared to what was run at Pocono last year, there are both compound and construction changes on both the left- and right-side tires . . . 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.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

See all Paint Scheme news, links and chart for this race on the:
Paint Schemes Gallery & Race Chart page

The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


Race / Cup Odds

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Pocono 400
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Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

Countdown to Race Time: 4/26/2014 ~7:14pm/et

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