NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pocono 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:20pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Countdown to Green NASCAR Pre-Race: TNT - 12:00pm/et

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

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

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

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Wally Dallenbach Jr., Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:00am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    none scheduled

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    Fox Sports TV Listings
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR

  • TNT Revs Up for NASCAR Coverage: TNT's presentation of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will feature all-access coverage throughout the six-week NASCAR Summer Series. TNT's coverage will start Sunday, June 8, at Pocono, continuing throughout the summer with behind-the-scenes content featuring a select driver and their team, along with special "off the track" segments and more.
    The Toyota Camry Test Car, a new addition for this year's race coverage, will take viewers inside the car and bring them closer to the action. TNT analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach will use the car for pre-race driving segments on the track, taking viewers into the turns and down the straightaways before the green flag drops each week. Additionally, the car will be a resource for analyst Larry McReynolds during the race as the former crew chief will outline key performance features and mechanical challenges during the race.
    TNT will once again follow a driver and their team over the course of the entire week as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race, with coverage beginning when the driver leaves the previous track and continuing throughout the network's next NASCAR Summer Series telecast. Featured drivers will include #42-Kyle Larson (Pocono), #3-Austin Dillon (Michigan) and #47-AJ Allmendinger (Daytona), among others. The all-access pieces will air during the pre-race Countdown to Green served by Sonic show.
    The network will return its marquee commentator crew with analysts Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds joining play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander for each race. Alexander will also host the network's 60-minute Countdown to Green served by Sonic pre-race show with Petty, Dallenbach and McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during each race.(Turner Sports)(5-29-2014)


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 5
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 6
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 7
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 10:00 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, June 8
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 6, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, June 7, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 7, 11:30am - 12:30pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, June 6 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for 4:30am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,092,151
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: 70,000 [was 100,000]
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 65mph
    Last Re-paved: early 2012
    Opened: 1974

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
    Command to start engines: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
    Invocation: MRO's Monty Self
    National Anthem: USAF Staff Sgt Naomi Scott
    Flyover: T-28 & SNJ-5 Vintage Warbirds

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

  • June 2013: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2013: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 144.202mph, started 1st

  • August 2013 Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 129.009, started 18th

  • 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 Winner: qualifying canceled due to rain, set by rules book, #48-Johnson started 1st

  • August 2013 Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654mph, finished 13th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, August 2013, 180.654mph

  • 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 10 driver ratings at Pocono:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.............109.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin...............109.1
    #41-Kurt Busch.................104.7
    #24-Jeff Gordon................101.1
    #14-Tony Stewart...............98.5
    #99-Carl Edwards...............97.3
    #31-Ryan Newman................96.4
    #5-Kasey Kahne.................92.8
    #29-Kevin Harvick..............89.6
    #20-Matt Kenseth...............89.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 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)(4-1-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    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 72 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since. This marks the 40th anniversary of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Pocono.
    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.
    There have been 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among nine tracks in Pennsylvania.(NASCAR)(6-5-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    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; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers 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.
    Two active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Pocono: Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) and Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012).
    Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.
    15 of the 72 (20.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson (June, 2013).
    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 72 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
    50 of the 72 (69.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 72 (6.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway five times; most recently the spring of 2013.(NASCAR)(6-6-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; followed by Jeff Gordon with six.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; followed by Jeff Gordon with 19.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; followed by Jeff Gordon with 29.
    Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.500.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 8.833.
    Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are the only two active drivers to win at Pocono in their first appearances.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth with 28.
    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 972 laps led in 42 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    141 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.(NASCAR)(6-7-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    315 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 221 in more than one.
    Six of the 72 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 8/5/2012.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993 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 Series 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).
    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 15: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one) - including the last three consecutively.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 28 victories; followed by Ford with 21.(NASCAR) The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono was 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.(NASCAR)(6-8-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers heading to Pocono:
    9: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded by Jimmie Johnson at Dover International Speedway. The six-time champion extended his own track record on Sunday with a dominating performance in the FedEx 400.
    81: The number of laps led by Kyle Busch in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover. Though Busch made an early exit after a crash and finished 42nd, he spent more than enough time out front to exceed 10,000 laps led for his career. The 15th driver to hit that milestone, Busch has now led 10,053 career laps.
    85: The current series-best number of consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in which Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle has been running at the finish. Biffle's streak of no DNFs seemed in jeopardy on Sunday at Dover when he was the victim of a five-car wreck on the backstretch on Lap 134. But Biffle's team repaired the car, and the #16 Ford completed 292 laps.
    262: The number of laps led by Jimmie Johnson in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover, a total that pushed the six-time champion past Bobby Allison as the all-time lap leader at the Monster Mile. In 25 starts at Dover, Johnson has led a total of 2,976 laps.
    3: The number of consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events won by Hendrick Motorsports drivers at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Gordon won the August race in 2012, Jimmie Johnson the June race in 2013 and Kasey Kahne the August race in 2013. In case you're wondering, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has yet to win at the Tricky Triangle.(NASCAR)(6-4-2014)

  • 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

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins at Pocono: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014, his 1st win at Pocono and his 21st career win. It is the first season that Earnhardt Jr. has had multiple wins since 2004. The last four races at Pocono have been won by a different Hendrick Motorsports driver [6/2014-EarnhardtJr, 8/2013-Kahne, 6/2013-Johnson, 8/2012-Gordon]
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd [for the 2nd race in a row] followed by #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin (pole sitter), #42-Larson, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman, #24-Gordon, #78-Truex, Jr. and #1-McMurray.
    Pole sitter, #11-Hamlin, led five laps and finished 4th.
    #20-Kenseth, who came into the race as the points leader, finished 25th with a lot of front end damage, lost the points lead to #24-Gordon, who leads by 16 points over Kenseth.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. leads the Chase Seeding with two wins, highest in driver points at 3rd. #48-Johnson is second, also with 2 wins, but 4th in points. #22-Logano has 2 wins and is 9th in points. #4-Harvick has two wins and is 12th in points.
    There were 21 lead changes among 10 drivers and there were 7 cautions for 26 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 139.440mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-8-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 33rd Annual Pocono 400, his 21st victory in 519 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2014. This is Earnhardt's first multiple-win season since 2004, when he won six times.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 29 races at Pocono Raceway. His previous best Pocono finish was second (twice).
    With his second victory of the season, Earnhardt is guaranteed to be among the top 16 winners after race No. 26. He now needs only to finish in the top 30 in driver points after race No. 26 and attempt to qualify for every race to officially clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at Pocono Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
    #41-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 16 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-8-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 498
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 482, -16
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 476, -22
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 475, -23
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 448, -50
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 443, -55
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 441, -57
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 420, -78
    9) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 418, -80
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 417, -81
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 403, -95
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 283, -215 (60 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-8-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2 wins, 4th in points
    3) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 9th
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 7th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 8th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 14th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (6-8-2014)

  • Pocono Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, 5th, 17 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, finished 17th, 10
    #7-Annett, 20th, 9
    #51-Allgaier, 27th, 8
    #26-Whitt, 30th, 7
    #23-Bowman, 31st, 6
    #83-Truex, 32nd, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (6-8-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Ragan, 18th
    Caution 2: #18-Busch, 12th
    Caution 3: #38-Gilliland, 28th
    Caution 4: #20-Kenseth, 25th
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliland(2), 28th
    Caution 6: #4-Harvick, 14th
    Caution 7: #32-Kvapil, 29th
    (6-8-2014)


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  • Race Coverage of the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 2014.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #41-Busch took pit stall 31, the 2nd pit stall in front of it, but is at the start/finish line.
    #2-Keselowski, 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 #24-Gordon, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-6-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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 practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 175.606 (had an oil leak, fixed)
    #41-Busch 175.545
    #48-Johnson 175.452
    #14-Stewart 175.370
    #31-Newman 175.145
    slowest: #77-Blaney 168.155 and #83-Truex 168.618
    no speed reported: #66-Hill
    notes: Late in the session, #43-Almirola limped back to the garage, reporting he lost an engine, but ended up being a tranmission problem, was 29th fastest. Midway thru the session, #4-Harvick coasted to the garage and reports are that it may be an engine problem, which ended up being an oil leak and was repaired. If a team changes a transmission they do not have to start at the rear of the field (per FS1 coverage). Just as practice started, #33-Kennedy spun in turn 3, but didn't hit anything.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average and more on the Pocono Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(6-7-2014)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 177.291
    #2-Keselowski 177.211
    #55-Vickers 177.085
    #99-Edwards 176.661
    #14-Stewart 176.571
    slowest: #77-Blaney 168.859 & #33-Kennedy 170.830
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average and more on the Pocono Practice 2 page (pdf).(6-7-2014)

  • Bliss practices the #34: Mike Bliss practiced the #34 Taco Bell Ford at Pocono during the first practice for regular driver David Ragan. Ragan's wife is expecting their first baby.(FS1 practice coverage). Mike Bliss is backup driver for Ragan this weekend. Got a little seat time on track this morning. As for Happy Hour, David Ragan ran the whole session (Front Row Motorsports Twitter)(6-7-2014)

  • Hamlin wins Pocono pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a track record speed of 181.415mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 19th of his career. Hamlin has won three races from the pole out of 18 previous poles. The top three drivers were faster than the track record, set by #48-Johnson in August 2013 at 180.654mph.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #55-Vickers, #99-Edwards, #3-Dillon and #14-Stewart.
    Points leader #20-Kenseth didn't get out of round 1 and will start 26th. Chase seeding leader, #48-Johnson failed to get out of round 2 and will start 20th.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 drivers entered, so none miss the race.
    See starting lineup, full qualifying results, pole progression, pdf links and more on the Pocono Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-6-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Pocono 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 49.610 seconds, 181.415 mph. The previous record was held by Jimmie Johnson (180.654 mph/49.819 sec.) and set in August of 2013.
    This is the ninth track qualifying record set this season, and the second by Hamlin (Bristol).
    This is Hamlin's 19th pole in 304 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2014. His first pole this season came at Bristol.
    This is his third pole in 17 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Hamlin's previous two Pocono poles came in his rookie season of 2006. Both resulted in victories. He has four victories overall at Pocono.
    #41-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his 17th in 26 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 11th in 14 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-6-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. Two drivers ran faster than the track record, set by #48-Johnson last August 180.654mph
    #41-Busch 181.087
    #2-Keselowski 180.730
    #18-Busch 180.346
    #55-Vickers 180.004
    #4-Harvick 179.996
    the rest of the top 12: 11 14 24 22 99 88 3;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 16 42 31 10 78 1 15 48 47 43 27 51
    (6-6-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 25 minutes.
    #55-Vickers 180.029
    #41-Busch 179.626
    #24-Gordon 179.558
    #48-Johnson 179.433
    #4-Harvick 179.308
    Drivers who failed to advance to round 2: 13 20 5 17 9 7 40 34 32 23 38 36 98 44 66 26 83 33 77.
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, only 43 drivers entered.
    #77-Blaney spun and slid during his first lap. Didn't do any serious damage.(6-6-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et (usually runs with a 5-10 minute delay)
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: June 7, 4:30am/et, FS1

  • Qualifying / Order for the Pocono 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 #22-Logano.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Vickers.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice, cars will be lined up on pit road based on the random drawing results.
    See the full qualifying order on the Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-6-2014)

  • Friday practice for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #55-Vickers 180.854
    #2-Keselowski 180.223
    #4-Harvick 179.813
    #41-Busch 179.226
    #48-Johnson 179.183
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 168.077 and #66-Hill 168.833
    notes: in the case that qualifying, scheduled for 4:40pm/et Friday on FS1, is canceled, this practice would set the starting lineup. Since there are 43 cars entered, all 43 will make the race. The track record is 180.654mph, set last August by #48-Johnson.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Pocono Practice 1 page (pdf).(6-6-2014)

  • Updated Entry List for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Kennedy (in for Stremme), #66-Timmy Hill (in for Nemechek), #77-Blaney (sponsor correction).
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36]
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth, 463
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 461, -2
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 438, -25
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 436, -27
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 429, -34
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 414, -49
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 411, -52
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 404, -59
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 379, -84
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 377, -86
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 373, -90
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 241, -222 (60 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-1-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2 wins, 4th in points
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 2nd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 7th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 8th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 9th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 1st
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 11th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 12th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 14th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (6-1-2014)


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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 Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Pocono is PRS-916, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-840 which was last used as a backup at Charlotte.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 457 in the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same Dow Chevrolet SS Dillon drove to a 19th-place finish at Kansas Speedway in May and an 11th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in March. Although this weekend marks Dillon's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempt at Pocono Raceway, he has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the triangle-shaped track, finishing seventh in 2010 and fifth in 2011.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 843 in Sunday's race at Pocono. Harvick last raced this car at Darlington Raceway in April where he led a race-high 238 laps en route to his first victory at "The Lady in Black." Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at Pocono Raceway. He has five top fives and nine top-10 finishes, and has an average start of 19.0 and an average finish of 14.0 at Pocono.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-870 for Sunday's race at Pocono. Kahne last drove this chassis to a third-place finish at Kansas in May 2014. In 20 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono, Kahne has recorded two wins, five top-five finishes, seven top-10s and has earned two career pole positions at the track. The driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevy has completed 98.8 percent of laps attempted and has led 217 laps at the 2.5-mile track.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-838 which was a backup car in March at Auto Club Speedway and then was used for the first time in April at Texas, where Patrick started 24th and finished 27th. The backup chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in 2013 at Atlanta where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington and Dover.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707 made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte. It was an unassuming debut, as Chassis No. 14-707 started ninth and finished a quiet 17th. The car sat idle until late August where it was used for the Labor Day weekend event at Atlanta. It started strong by qualifying on the pole and took the lead from Greg Biffle on lap two and continued to pace the 43-car field for eight laps. But as the race wore on, Chassis No. 14-707 struggled with its handling, leaving it one lap down in 22nd when the race ended. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-707 was tested March 7 at Las Vegas and April 11 at Texas. The Brickyard 400 marked the car's first start of 2013, and it was a solid one, with Chassis No. 14-707 qualifying fifth and finishing fourth. Its next start came at Chicago, where in its third points-paying start and its fourth overall, interim driver Mark Martin qualified 29th and finished 17th. Martin raced the car again in October at Charlotte, qualifying 22nd and finishing 42nd after a blown engine put it out of the race on lap 80. Under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, Chassis No. 14-707 was overhauled this offseason and spent numerous time in the wind tunnel. The car will make its first start of 2014 and sixth overall Sunday at Pocono

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis. Bowyer drove this to a 23rd -place finish at Kansas. Chassis No. 795 serves as the backup. This chassis has never seen action on a race weekend but has served as a back-up, most recently at Richmond and participated in last week's test at Pocono.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M team will run chassis RK-896 which was a brand new chassis earlier this season at Texas, earning a sixth-place finish. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran Phoenix and finished 17th. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Pocono. In 2010 he earned his only victory at the "tricky triangle," while his other stats include three top-five and six top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Zest Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK-902 at Pocno, which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Darlington Raceway where they finished 20th after being awarded the lucky dog beneficiary twice during the race. The backup Chassis RK- 888, which is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season. Stenhouse has two Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway with an average starting position of 16.5 and average finishing position of 30.0.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-915 for Pocono, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Charlotte.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: (CORRECTED) crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race at Pocono. The chassis was previously raced at Kansas where it went to Victory Lane. Gordon holds the record for most wins at "The Tricky Triangle" with six victories. The 42-year-old driver also has two pole positions, 19 top-five finishes (one shy of Mark Martin's record of 20) and 29 top-10s in 42 starts at Pocono. The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has led 972 laps at Pocono Raceway during his 22-year career. That ranks Gordon first on the all-time list at the 2.5-mile track, 162 laps led more than the runner-up.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 463 in the 400-mile event at Pocono Raceway. This #27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Darlington Raceway where Menard finished in the 41st position after a late-race incident. Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 2,392 of 2,488 laps attempted (96.1 percent) at the "Tricky Triangle."
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 456 on Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Chassis No. 456 has been utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway - seventh and Texas Motor Speedway - 16th). In 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono, Newman drove to victory lane in the second summer event of 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns two pole awards. In total, he's recorded nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. He has led 184 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 10th and average finish of 12th. In the last six races at Pocono, the RCR driver ranks third in most points earned. Plus, Newman's first ever ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start came at Pocono Raceway in 2000 where he started on the outside pole to win the race.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch No. 883 in Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Built new for 2014, No. 883 will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend. The #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet will carry a decal on the lower-rear quarter panel for Haas Factory Outlet, a division of Allendale Machinery that serves Haas Automation customers in New Jersey and Eastern New York with a fully staffed service department and factory-trained personnel. The division stocks an extensive inventory of Haas service and maintenance parts for quick-response service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Chassis No. 48-824 for this weekend's 400-mile race at Pocono. Johnson last cruised this chassis to a third-place finish at Darlington. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol. During Johnson's 13-year Sprint Cup career, he has recorded three consecutive wins on two occasions - once in 2004 and once in 2007 during a span of four consecutive victories. He is the most recent driver to win three consecutive races. In 24 starts at Pocono, Johnson has three wins, ten top-five finishes, 16 top-10s and has led 733 laps around the 2.5-mile track. He has completed all but nine of all possible laps run at the Tricky Triangle for a career completion rate of 99.8 percent (4,458 out of 4,467).
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary Chassis 799 finished 25th at Richmond and 12th at Phoenix. The backup chassis is 779, which has not raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 12th-place finish at Fontana, California. In 28 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has completed 97.1 percent of all the laps he's attempted (5,116 laps of 5,267 total) and has led a total of 153 laps at the 2.5-mile track. In 2013, the 39-year-old driver had a fourth-place average finish at "The Tricky Triangle".
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Ford Kellogg's team will unload primary chassis RK-921 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis RK-874 was last run this season at Phoenix, finishing eighth. Edwards has two Sprint Cup wins at the Tricky Triangle, the first came during his debut at the track in June of 2005 and the second in August of 2008. Edwards has 18 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono with an average start of 17.2 and an average finish of 13.3. Edwards has finished in the top-five five times and in the top-ten eight times.
    (reported from team PR's / websites)(6-5-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

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

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.31 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 -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 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 have run at Pocono since June 2012 . . . the only change for this year is that the recommended air pressure for the left-side tires has been raised by a pound . . . for 2014, Pocono is the only track on which either of 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


Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Pocono Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: IRWIN Tools Night Race

Countdown to Race Time: 8/23/2014 ~7:43pm/et

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN

ESPN, 7:30pm/et
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Qualifying:
Friday, August 22, 2014, 5:40pm/et
ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
Live Radio online at goprn.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:30pm/et
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