NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Party in the Poconos 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, June 9, 2013 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: Pocono

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/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, Kenny Wallace

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

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network  providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, June 7
12:00 - 1:30pm NSCS Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, June 8
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 - 11:00 am NSCS Practice
11:40 am - 12:30 pm NCSC Final Practice
1:00 pm ARCA Race
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, June 9
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:00 pm Pre-Race Festivities Begin
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NSCS Race - Party in the Poconos 400

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 7, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED same day delay at 1:30pm/et
    Saturday, June 8, 10:00 - 11:00 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 8, 11:40am - 12:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 7 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 11:30pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,069,140
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: $3,644,659
2003: $4,190,609
1974: $83,900


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: Walmart's Brian Hendricks
    Command to start engines: Brian Hendricks
    Invocation: Father Mike Kloton, Archdiocese of Scranton, PA
    National Anthem: USAF Staff Sgt, Naomi Scott, Dover AFB
    Flyover: Pennsylvania State Police

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

  • June 2013: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2012: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2012 Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 131.004mph, started 1st

  • August 2012 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 139.249 [rain shortened 98 laps], started 27th

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

  • Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 0 months, 7 days, 6/10/2012

  • 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

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #20-Joey Logano, 179.598mph, finished 1st

  • August 2012 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 176.043mph, finished 20th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, June 2012, 179.598mph

  • 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

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................ 115.1 (4 wins)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 107.6 (2)
    #78-Kurt Busch................................ 103.7 (2)
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 100.9 (6)
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 98.6 (2)
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 97.4 (2)
    #39-Ryan Newman............................. 95.4 (1)
    #55-Mark Martin................................. 94.4
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 91.4 (1)
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 90.7
    #29-Kevin Harvick.............................. 89.6
    #31-Jeff Burton................................. 87.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Pocono Raceway News & Notes:
    • Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974  won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, 08/04/1974.
    • The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
    • There have been 70 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    • 2012 marked the first season that NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
    • 311 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway; 218 in more than one.
    • Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 54 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 52.
    • Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Pocono in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
    • 39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader with five each; followed by Mark Martin with three.
    • Five drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Pocono. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Pocono with three; fall 1984 and both races in 1985.
    • Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Mark Martin (fall 1990 and spring 1991), Ken Schrader (1993 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) and Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012).
    • 31 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
    • Six drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway, including three consecutive by Bobby Allison (1982 sweep and spring 1983) and Tim Richmond (1986 sweep and spring 1987).
    • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 13: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (two), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
    • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 26 victories; followed by Ford with 21.
    • 14 of the 70 (20.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2012.
    • The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (14) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.
    • 23 of the 70 (32.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and nine from second-place.
    • 49 of the 70 (70.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    • Five of the 70 (7.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono was 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; followed by Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Richard Petty with five each.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; followed by Jeff Gordon with 18.
    • Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; followed by Jeff Gordon with 28.
    • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 5.571.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.0.
    • 11 of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Pocono Raceway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards won at Pocono in their first appearances.
    • Terry Labonte competed at Pocono Raceway 17 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    • Among the 13 active NSCS Pocono winners Terry Labonte (17), Greg Biffle (15) and Bobby Labonte (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    • Mark Martin leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 52; followed by Jeff Burton with 38.
    • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway was the July 23, 2000 race won by Rusty Wallace over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.126 second.
    • There has been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting in green-white-checkered finishes at Pocono Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): spring of 2005 (200/201); fall of 2005 (200/203); spring of 2010 (200/204).
    • Six of the 70 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/6/2010.
    • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway four times; most recently the fall of 2009 race.
    • Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.
    • One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Pocono Raceway: Denny Hamlin (06/11/06).
    • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 965 laps led in 40 starts.
    • One female driver has competed at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie.(NASCAR)(6-4-2013)

  • 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

  • Jimmie Johnson wins Pocono: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 3rd win of 2013, 3rd Pocono win and 63rd career win. Johnson led the most laps, 128 of 160 laps and increased his points lead to 51 points over #99-Edwards
    #16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr, #14-Stewart, #39-Newman, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #29-Harvick & #22-Logano.
    There were 14 lead changes among 4 drivers and 6 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 144.202mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Pocono Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Pocono Penalty Report (pdf).
    See the Official Pocono Race and Points Report.(6-10-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 32nd Annual Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart, his 63rd victory in 413 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. Johnson has now won three or more races in 11 of his 12 full-time seasons.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 23 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #48-Johnson led 128 laps, the highest single-race total of his Pocono career (23 starts).
    #16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 21 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 27 races at Pocono Raceway.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-9-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 521
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 470, -51
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 452, -69
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 439, -82
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 434, -87
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 418, -103
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 412, -109
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 400, -121
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 398, -123
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 395, -126
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 17th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #10-Patrick, 29th
    Caution 2: #51-Allmendinger, 33rd
    Caution 3: #93-Kvapil, 20th
    Caution 4: #38-Gilliland, 24th
    Caution 5: #30-Stremme, 28th
    Caution 6: #83-Reutimann, 32nd
    (6-9-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2013.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 1st [rain out] chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    #99-Edwards, who start 2nd, took pit stall 31, the 2nd pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-8-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Happy Hour [Final] practice for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five slowest and notes:
    #78-Busch 175.331
    #48-Johnson 175.339
    #99-Edwards 175.206
    #14-Stewart 175.159
    #39-Newman 174.988
    slowest: #44-Riggs 165.761 & #32-Hill 166.948
    no speed: #19-Leffler, #36-Yeley
    notes: #87-Nemechek is not at the track, is at Iowa for the NNS race. David Stremme has ran a lap in the #87.
    See fastest speeds, laps tun on the Pocono Happy Hour Practice speeds page.(6-8-2013)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 175.586
    #99-Edwards 175.128
    #78-Busch 174.893
    #9-Ambrose 174.186
    #29-Harvick 174.085
    slowest: #44-Riggs 164.297 & #32-Hill 166.236
    no speed: #87-Nemechek/Stremme
    notes: #27-Menard had transmission problems early in the session and was smoking, SPEED reports the team changed the transmission. At Pocono and the road courses, NASCAR allows teams to change a transmission if there are problems.
    #87-Nemechek is not at the track, David Stremme will take a few laps in the #87 during one of the practices.
    See fastest speeds, laps tun on the Pocono Practice 1 speeds page.(6-8-2013)

  • Qualifying rained out at Pocono: rain all day at Pocono Raceway caused qualifying to be canceled for the Party at the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Friday. The starting lineup was set by the rules book. The top 36 set by OWNERS [not drivers] points, then by race attempts, ties broken by owners points rank. #48-Johnson will start first followed by #99-Edwards, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #29-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #27-Menard & #2-Keselowski. 43 drivers were entered, so all made the race. All tickets from Friday are good for $10 off tomorrow's ticket or can be redeemed for Fri Aug ticket
    See the Party on the Poconos 400 starting lineup on the Pocono Starting Lineup page.(6-7-2013)

  • Weather rained out track activities at Pocono on Friday UPDATES: The weather forecast for Long Pond, PA and the Pocono Raceway this weekend does NOT look good at all for Friday [Practice & Qualifying] or Saturday [Practices]:
    The forecast for Friday: Showers. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 62. Southeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
    Friday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 7 to 13 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
    Saturday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
    See weather links on the Pocono Race Info page - weather section.(6-7-2013)
    UPDATE: As of 9:30 am/et Friday, it was raining at the track. The 2.5-mile triangular track typically takes more than two hours to dry, although it does have NASCAR's new drying system on-site (Sporting News)
    UPDATE2: as of 12:00pm/et, Sprint Cup Series practice is under a rain delay at Pocono.
    UPDATE3: All track activities at Pocono scheduled for Friday have been canceled. Sprint Cup Series race lineup has been set by the rules book, the top 36 by owners points, then by race attempts, ties broken by owners points rank.
    LINEUP see the Party on the Poconos 400 starting lineup on the Pocono Starting Lineup page.(6-7-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN, 3:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 11:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #51-Allmendinger.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #47-Labonte.
    Fastest in Friday practice, practice was rained out.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-7-2013)

  • Entry List for the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #55-Martin, #51-Allmendinger, #19-Leffler.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings: (revised after #2 penalty)
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 473
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 443, -30
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 423, -50
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 399, -74
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 399, -74
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 398, -75
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 392, -81
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 374, -99
    9) #27-Paul Menard, 371, -102
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 369, -104
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 16th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 12th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 14th in points
    #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


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


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 and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Party in the Pocono's 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on the Pocono Race Info page - Chassis selection area.

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Pocono is PRS-856, which is a new chassis. PRS-847, which was a backup at several races but has not raced.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For this weekend at Pocono, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779, a car Kahne has driven twice before. In March, Kahne led 114 laps in this chassis and finished second at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Most recently, he raced this car at Texas Motor Speedway in April and finished 11th. In 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway, Kahne has recorded one win, four top-five finishes and six top-10s. He has two career pole positions at the track and won from the top spot in June 2008 after leading 69 laps. He has completed 99.2 percent of laps attempted and has led 151 laps at the 2.5-mile track. Most recently at Pocono, Kahne finished second there in August 2012. Kahne ranks as Pocono's second-best qualifier among active drivers with an average start of 8.7. Most recently, he started from fourth in August 2012.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team has prepared chassis No. 842 for Pocono. The last time the team competed with this chassis was at Darlington Raceway this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-723 was tested in the wind tunnel before seeing its first on-track activity in April at Texas, where Patrick started 42nd and finished 28th. The car was then tested by Patrick May 7-8 at Nashville Superspeedway and May 29-30 at Pocono Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-706 debuted in spectacular fashion in March 2012 at Auto Club Speedway, as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-706 from its ninthplace starting spot to lead twice for 42 laps en route to the win in the rain-shortened race. Prior to Fontana, the car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel. It is a clone to Chassis No. 14-640, which won round three of the 2012 season at Las Vegas. Chassis No. 14-706's second start, in April at Kansas, was a bit quieter than its debut race. It started 23rd and gained 10 spots to finish 13th. Its third start came in the Sprint Cup Series' longest race  the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. There, Stewart qualified 21st and finished 25th as Chassis No. 14-706 proved to be a handful throughout the 400-lap contest. The car redeemed itself in its fourth start in June 2012 at Michigan, where Stewart qualified eighth, led 18 laps and finished second. Chassis No. 14-706 sat idle until returning to Michigan in August 2012 for its fifth career start, but a broken valve spring within the engine relegated it to a 32nd-place finish. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-706 returned to work April 30-May 1 during a Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis. It tested again May 29-30 at Pocono Raceway in preparation for its sixth career start Sunday in the Party in the Poconos 400.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Fastenal Ford team will bring primary chassis Chassis RK-844 which last hit the track in Richmond where a broken shock led to a 36th-place finish for Biffle. The backup chassis is RK-822 which last ran Martinsville and finished 9th. Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup career starts at Pocono. In 2010 he earned his only victory at the "tricky triangle," while his other stats include two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Starting this week, Facebook fans and Twitter followers can send their good luck messages to Greg Biffle and the PitBulls using the hashtag #StickWithBiff
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Valvoline Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-832 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Richmond finishing 16th. The backup Chassis RK-801was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Pocono is PRS-848 which last raced at Texas and finsihed 5th. PRS-844, which was a backup at several races but has not raced.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 403 at Pocono Raceway. This #27 Quaker State/Menards Chevy was previously run this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. It was also tested last week at Pocono. Menard has 12 starts at Pocono Raceway. His best start of second came in 2011 and best finish of ninth came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,105 of 2,168 laps attempted (97.1%) at the Pennsylvania track.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable for the Party in the Poconos 400. The California native last piloted this Rheem Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, where he settled for a 14th-place finish. Harvick has made 24 starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval dating back to the 2001 season. During that time, the RCR veteran has collected five-top five and eight top-10 finishes. He holds a 19.8 average starting position coupled with a 14.1 average finishing position, has completed 96.1 % (4,386 of 4,547) of the laps contested and is credited with five laps led.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet has been utilized three times this season at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway. This weekend's 400-mile event marks Burton's 39th start at the 2.5-mile facility and 669th-career Sprint Cup Series race. Burton has garnered seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 104 laps.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan NewmanChassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman recorded a seventh-place finish. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicago. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Kansas in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 season at Kansas in April, where Newman finished 14th. Most recently, Newman raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington last month.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Smithfield team has prepared chassis No. 837 at Pocono. The team last raced the chassis at Richmond International Raceway, where Almirola finished eighth in this third of four consecutive top-10 finishes earlier this season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728 at Pocono, this chassis last ran at Texas in April, finishing 6th and won two races in 2012, at Indy and Dover. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup and won two races in 2012. Johnson has two wins (2004 sweep) and has nine top-five and 15 top-10s in 22 starts at Pocono. He also has finished every one of the 22 races he has run, and has the second-best driver rating.
    #55-Mark Martin: is running Chassis 759 with raced at Darlington and Auto Club Speedway.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-798. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. In 26 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and nine top-10s. He has completed 96.9 percent of all the laps he's attempted (4,796 laps of 4,947 total). The 38-year-old driver led laps in both Pocono races in 2012 and has led a total of 151 laps at the 2.5-mile track.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes team will be bringing chassis will unload RK  808 which last ran at Kansas Speedway in April. The backup chassis is RK  826 last ran in Texas. In 16 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Edwards has two wins, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has an average start of 19.0 and an average finish of 13.2.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-6-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race

    Number of Tires: Left-side  1,250; Right-side  1,250

    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: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ran twice at Pocono last season . . . these teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4520) twice on Phoenix's recently repaved surface in 2012 . . . for 2013, Pocono is the only track on which these tire codes are scheduled to be run . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds

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Pocono Preview by Micah Roberts
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Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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Next Race: Federated Auto Parts 400

Countdown to Race Time: 9/6/2014 ~7:46pm/et

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA

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