NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News


TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Long Pond, PA

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

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ESPN - 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, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 5 at 1:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 7 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


  • 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)

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 1
6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, August 2
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:30 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Randon Drawing for Qualifying
11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
3:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
5:15 pm ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 125 Race
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, August 3
7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 - 9:50 am NSCS Practice
11:30 am - 12:20 pm NSCS Final Practice
1:00 pm NCWTS Pocono Mountains 125 Race
3:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, August 4
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
12:00 pm Pre-Race Festivities Begin
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NSCS 400 Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 2, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED same day delay at 1:00pm/et
    Saturday, August 3, 9:00 - 9:50 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 3, 11:30 am - 12:20pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 2 at 3:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:00pm/et.


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: $4,935,998
2006: $4,936,658
2005: $4,795,586
2004: $4,808,573
2003: $4,260,957
2002: $3,685,703


  • 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: Actor Dane Cook, star of "Disney's Planes"
    Command to start engines: Dane Cook
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Monte Self, Motor Racing Outreach
    National Anthem: Eric Lee Beddingfield
    Military Flyover: Crop duster reflecting Disney Planes character Dusty

  • 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 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 144.202mph, 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 400 mile Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2013, 144.202mph

  • 1st Race 500 mile 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 2013 Pole Sitter: qualifying canceled due to rain, set by rules book, #48-Johnson started 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: 37

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin........................... 113.8
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 110.0
    #78-Kurt Busch............................... 103.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 100.0
    #14-Tony Stewart.............................. 98.8
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 97.8
    #39-Ryan Newman............................ 95.4
    #55-Mark Martin................................ 93.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 90.7
    #29-Kevin Harvick............................. 90.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 89.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 88.0
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 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 Facts and Stats:
    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 71 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
    314 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 53.
    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 Pocono: 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).
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 27 victories; followed by Ford with 21.
    15 of the 71 (21.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson earlier this season.
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.
    24 of the 71 (33.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
    50 of the 71 (70.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 71 (7.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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 6.333.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with an 8.652.
    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.
    Mark Martin leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 53; followed by Jeff Burton with 39.
    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 have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish 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 71 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 8/5/2012.
    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.
    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 41 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.(NASCAR)(7-30-2013)

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

RACE and links

  • Kahne wins Pocono: #5-Kasey Kahne won the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2013 and 16th career win. He took the lead from #24-Gordon with less 2 laps to go and pulled away to a margin of victory of 1.392 seconds. He also led the most laps on the day, 66 of 160. #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #78-Busch, #39-Newman, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, and #16-Biffle.
    Pole sitter and points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson, cut a tire midway through the race and finished 13th.
    There were 27 lead changes among 14 drivers and 9 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 129.009mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Pocono Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Pocono Penalty Report (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Pocono Race and Points Report.(8-4-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    Kasey Kahne won the 40th Annual 400 , his 16th victory in 345 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. His first win was at Bristol in March.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 29th top-10 finish in 42 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 77 points over Clint Bowyer.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-4-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 772
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 695, -77
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 688, -84
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 675, -97
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 656, -116
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 646, -126
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 638, -134
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 612, -160
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon, 602, -170
    10) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 599, -173
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 11th in points (5 points out fo 10th)
    WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 14th in points (15 points out of 10th)
    #39-Ryan Newman is 15th in points with a win, 9 points behind Truex, Jr., but is not currently in the Chase.
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 12th, 7 points out of 10th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -118 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Pocono Race and Points Report.(8-4-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #42-Montoya, 28th
    Caution 3: #7-Blaney, 23rd
    Caution 4: #20-Kenseth, 22nd
    Caution 5: #34-Ragan, 21st
    Caution 6: #36-Yeley. 25th
    Caution 7: #43-Almirola, 20th
    Caution 8: #34-Ragan (2), 21st
    Caution 9: #93-Kvapil, 26th

  • Competition Caution: Due to rain washing out both Cup practices yesterday, NASCAR will throw a competition caution on lap 20 of the 400 at Pocono today.(8-4-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN 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: ESPN2, Monday, August 5 at 1:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 7 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 31, with an opening front of it.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 12th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-3-2013)

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

info, news, speeds and links

  • Rain washes out Cup practices: Rain at Pocono Raceway Saturday morning forced NASCAR to cancel both Sprint Cup practices. Truck Series qualifying was also rained out. The weather forecast for Sunday's race looks good.(8-3-2013)

  • Johnson wins Pocono pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 180.654mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 31st of his career. #18-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #39-Newman, #78-Busch, #22-Logano, #16-Biffle, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, and #43-Almirola. No drivers missed the race as there were 43 entries for 43 starting spots.
    See pole progression, pdf links, qualifying results and starting lineup on Jayski's Pocono Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(8-2-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 40th Annual 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 49.819 seconds, 180.654 mph.
    This is the 11th track qualifying record that has been broken so far this season by the Gen-6 race car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Johnson also broke the track qualifying record at Martinsville Speedway this season.
    This is his 31st pole in 420 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 12th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 18 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 11th in 21 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-2-2013)

  • Eleven New Track Records set in 2013:
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012

  • Friday practice for the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes.
    #78-Busch 177.866
    #18-Busch 177.860
    #16-Biffle 177.228
    #31-Burton 176.769
    #22-Logano 176.717
    slowest: #19-Kennedy 168.388 & #33-Raines 163.503.
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. slapped the wall early in practice. The team will repair the car.
    Qualifying is scheduled for today at 3:10pm/et on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-2-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2013 at 3:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN, 3:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et, SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the 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 #24-Gordon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #9-Ambrose.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #78-Busch, is scheduled to qualify 20th.
    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.(8-2-2013)

  • Entry List for the 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Alex Kennedy, #55-Martin, #40-Cassill, #52-Brian Keselowski, #51-Allmendinger, #32-Hill and #33-Tony Raines. #40-Cassill needs to get in by speed, be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    UPDATE: #52-Brian Keselowski has withdrawn. There are 43 teams at the track so everyone will make the race.(8-2-2013)
    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:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 740
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 665, -75
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 655, -85
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 648, -92
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 616, -124
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 615, -125
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 610, -130
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 565, -175
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 564, -176
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 559, -181
    Wild Cards:
    WC1) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 11th in points (1 points out fo 10th)
    WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 12th in points (5 points out of 10th)
    #39-Ryan Newman is 16th in points with a win, but is not currently in the Chase.
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 13th, 6 points out of 10th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -111 out of 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

Local Newspapers

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Morning Call
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pocono Record
Reading Eagle
Scranton Times-Tribune
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Weather Links

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Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
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Camping, Eating and
Travel Info
This Week in the Poconos
Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
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Some Chassis Selections and Notes 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? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-856 - Last Raced Pocono (finished 16th). Backup Chassis: PRS-838 - Last Raced: Darlington (finished 32nd)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For this weekend at Pocono, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779. Kahne has driven this car three times this season and averaged a 16.3 finish. He notably led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway. Most recently, he drove it at Pocono Raceway in June.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team prepared chassis 842 for Sunday's race, which the team raced at Pocono earlier this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-723: Chassis No. 10-723 was tested in the wind tunnel before seeing its first on-track activity in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, 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 (Pa.) Raceway. Patrick then used chassis No. 10-723 in the Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono, where she started 30th and finished 29th.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-706: This car debuted in spectacular fashion in March 2012 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., 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 Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-706's second start, in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, 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 (N.C.) Motor Speedway. 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 International Speedway in Brooklyn, 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 Motor Speedway. It tested again May 29-30 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in preparation for its sixth career start in June at Pocono. After starting 19th when qualifying was rained out and the 43-car field was set by owner points, Stewart rallied to a strong fourth-place finish. Following the adage of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Chassis No. 14-706 returns to Pocono for this weekend's 400.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 733 finished sixth at Phoenix and 15th at Pocono is 2013. Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup at Phoenix, Bristol, Richmond, Pocono and New Hampshire, but not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle:
    Primary Chassis: RK-862 Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-822 Last ran Martinsville - finished 9th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 832 - last raced at Pocono- finished 26th. Backup Chassis: RK-811 - raced numerous times by No. 99 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: PRS-848 - Last Raced Indianapolis (finished 8th). Backup Chassis: PRS-839 - Last Raced: Backup as several tracks
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 427 at Pocono Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Michigan International Speedway finishing 14th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the 400 at Pocono Raceway. This Chevrolet was most recently utilized by the No. 29 team at Pocono Raceway in June starting the race fifth and finishing ninth.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized four times this season at Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-733: A workhorse of the No. 39 fleet, Chassis 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 (Pa.) Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The chassis made its last start of 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City 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 over the offseason, and saw its first laps of 2013 at Kansas in April, when Newman finished 14th. He then raced this Chevrolet SS to a 10th-place finish at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in May. Newman again raced Chassis 39-733 at Pocono in June, where he recorded a fifth-place finish. Newman was in contention to score another top-10 finish with Chassis 39-733 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in June, but a late-race restart saw him shuffled to 14th when the checkered flag waved. Most recently, Newman qualified the car on the pole and led 45 laps en-route to earning his first win of the 2013 season in last weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team will bring back chassis No. 837. The team raced the chassis in the Pocono race in June.
    #47-Bobby Labonte: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799 at Pocono. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: Primary- 759 Martin drove this car at Pocono, Fontana and Darlington in 2013
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-798. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a third-place finish at Pocono in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK- 808 last ran at Pocono. Backup: RK - 826 backup for Indianapolis
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-1-2013)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

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

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
    Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,300, Right-side - 1,300;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side - 325, Right-side - 325

    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 at Pocono earlier this season and teams in both of these series ran at the track 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.

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