NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: GoBowling.com 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 3, 2014 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: GoBowling.com

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, July 31
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 1
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, August 2
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, August 3
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, August 1, 11:00am - 12:20pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, August 2, 9:00 - 9:50am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 2, 11:30am - 12:20pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, August 1 at 3:40pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 8:30pm/et on FS1; 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: $4,935,998
2006: $4,936,658
2005: $4,795,586
2004: $4,808,573
2003: $4,260,957
2002: $3,685,703


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track 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: Richard Petty
    Command to start engines: Richard Petty
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Nick Terry, MRO
    National Anthem: Eric Lee Beddingfield
    Flyover: none shown

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

  • June 2014: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2013: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 139.440mph, started 8th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 181.415mph, finished 4th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, June 6, 2014, 181.415mph

  • 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

  • Four drivers can clinch chase spot at Pocono: Four more drivers cleared the two toughest hurdles for entry into the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, joining #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #2-Brad Keselowski, both of whom locked up a spot on the Chase Grid at New Hampshire. At Indianapolis, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #99-Carl Edwards and #22-Joey Logano all either scored a second win (Gordon) or clinched a top 30 points spot (Johnson, Edwards and Logano). Now, those six drivers need only to attempt to qualify for the remaining six races to "officially" earn a spot in the Chase. As a reminder, any driver with multiple wins guarantees himself a spot in the top 15 winners (or top 16, if the points leader after race No. 26 has a win). Any driver who left Indy with a 289 point lead on 31st place clinched a top 30 points spot. Now, the series heads to Pocono Raceway, where four more drivers have a chance to clinch a spot in the Chase. This weekend, the magic number is 241 - any driver 241 points ahead of 31st place clinches a top 30 spot. If a driver does that, and has multiple wins, he clinches a spot. Those who can do it this weekend: #4-Kevin Harvick, #11-Denny Hamlin, #18-Kyle Busch and #43-Aric Almirola. Harvick's two wins mean he needs only to clinch a top 30 spot - a near certainty, as he needs to score only eight points at Pocono to do so (and that's if 31st place David Gilliland wins and leads the most laps). Busch has clinched a top 30 spot, but needs another win to clinch. Hamlin has yet to clinch a top 30 spot. He would clinch with a win and some help. Almirola would need to win this weekend to clinch, and get a good bit of help to also lock up a top 30 spot.(NASCAR)(7-31-2014)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin 109.0
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 108.7
    #41-Kurt Busch 105.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 101.8
    #14-Tony Stewart 98.9
    #99-Carl Edwards 96.0
    #42-Kyle Larson 96.0
    #31-Ryan Newman 95.8
    #2-Brad Keselowski 92.8
    #5-Kasey Kahne 91.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    There have been 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.
    The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974 - won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, 08/04/1974.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(7-31-2014)

  • 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 posted Coors Light poles at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader with five each; Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin lead all active drivers with three each.
    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).
    Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.176.
    15 of the 73 (20.5%) 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 73 (32.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
    51 of the 73 (69.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 73 (6.8%) 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.
    Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(8-1-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
    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).
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of the June Pocono race, will attempt to capture the second season sweep of his career, and first since Talladega in 2002.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 30.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with an 8.720.
    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 Matt Kenseth with 29 and Kevin Harvick with 27.
    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 974 laps led in 43 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.
    Three of the 141 have won in NASCAR's premiere series: Dick Linder, Jimmy Spencer and Mark Donohue.
    (NASCAR)(8-2-2014)

  • Pocono Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    322 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 222 in more than one.
    32 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
    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).
    Six of the 73 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 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.
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 16: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one) - including the last four consecutively.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 29 victories; followed by Ford with 21.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
    (NASCAR)(8-3-2014)

  • 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 GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 3rd win of the season, 2nd win at Pocono [both coming this year], and 22nd career win.
    Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead with 14 laps to go when he passed Biffle and withstood a late race caution to take the win. It's the second time in his career that he has swept 2 races at a track in 1 year. He did it in Talladega in 2002.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #11-Hamlin, and #5-Kahne.
    Pole winner #42-Larson finished 11th.
    There was a large wreck on lap 117. #11-Hamlin got loose off of turn 1, #55-Vickers checked up behind him, but ran into #20-Kesenth and a total of 13 cars were involved.
    #24-Gordon (2 wins) keeps the points, but it falls to 17 points over #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. now leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and 2nd in points followed by #2-Keselowski with 3 wins, 3rd in points.
    There were 15 lead changes among 10 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 127.411mph.
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-3-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 41st Annual GoBowling.com 400 , his 22nd victory in 526 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2014. He also won the Pocono race in June.
    This is Earnhardt's second career season track sweep, and first since 2002 (Talladega Superspeedway).
    Earnhardt is the first driver to sweep at Pocono since Denny Hamlin in 2006.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 30 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Hendrick Motorsports has now won five consecutive races at Pocono.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 28 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 12 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon, who led a race-high 63 laps, reached two laps led milestones during today's race: 24,000 career laps led in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and 1,000 laps led at Pocono Raceway.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-3-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 6th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 1st
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 7th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 11th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 21st
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 23rd
    (no wins, in by points)
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 5th
    14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 9th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 12th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-3-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 757
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 740, -17
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 687, -70
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 668, -89
    5) #31-Ryan Newman, 642, -115
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 633, -124
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 633, -124
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 618, -139
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 617, -140
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 611, -146
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 608, -149
    21) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 532, -225
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 506, -251
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 488, -269 (176 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 Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-3-2014)

  • Pocono Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 11th, 11 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 15th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 16th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 21st, 7
    #7-Annett, 22nd, 6
    #23-Bowman, 31st, 5
    #83-Truex, 20th, 8
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (8-3-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #48-Johnson, 39th
    Caution 3: #10-Patrick, 30th
    Caution 4: #23-Bowman, 31st
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 12th
    Caution 6: none, #7-Annett was involved in the wreck
    Caution 7: #9-Ambrose, 14th
    Caution 8: #38-Gilliland, 17th
    (8-3-2014)

  • Chance of rain at Pocono: Per NASCAR, Pre-race festivities & green flag for the GoBowling400 have been moved up 13 minutes. Green flag will be at 1:05pm/et. The Weather Channel calls for an increasing chance of rain throughout the afternoon. Getting the race to halfway does not appear to be a problem at this point.(8-3-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:19pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday. August 4 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall #2.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit 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.(8-1-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Grid Outlook
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Preliminary Entry List 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

  • Final practice for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 178.547
    #24-Gordon 178.536
    #18-Busch 178.246
    #4-Harvick 178.154
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 177.830
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 171.871, #66-Nemechek 171.432
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-2-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 178.859
    #31-Newman, 178.430
    #2-Keselowski 178.398
    #22-Logano 178.232
    #4-Harvick 178.211
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 171.821, #66-Nemechek 170.849
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(8-2-2014)

  • Larson wins Pocono pole: #42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light pole for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 183.438mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Pocono and 1st of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #10-Patrick, #3-Dillon, #5-Kahne.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, round results on the Pocono Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(8-1-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 41st Annual GoBowling.com 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 49.063 seconds, 183.438 mph. Denny Hamlin held the previous record of 181.415 mph/49.610 seconds, set in June of 2014.
    This is his first pole in 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole.
    Larson is the second Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the Coors Light Pole this season (Austin Dillon, Daytona 500).
    This is the 15th track qualifying record set in 2014.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in 12 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 16th in 21 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-1-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 182.319
    #42-Larson 182.079
    #18-Busch 181.969
    #41-Busch 181.928
    #24-Gordon 181.569
    the rest of the top 12: 5 4 1 2 3 88 10;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 11 15 55 14 48 20 78 47 31 51 17 13
    (8-1-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #22-Logano 181.800
    #41-Busch 181.679
    #5-Kahne 181.507
    #4-Harvick 181.313
    #42-Larson 181.200
    the rest of the top 24: 2 24 10 88 14 18 1 11 51 15 20 55 78 31 47 13 3 17 48;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 99 9 43 27 38 98 40 26 32 36 23 83 7 34 37 66 33 93
    Driver who will miss the race: none...only 43 cars entered.
    (8-1-2014)

  • Friday practice for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 180.353
    #2-Keselowski 180.155
    #22-Logano 179.791
    #42-Larson 179.508
    #15-Bowyer 179.372
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 170.029 & #93-Sauter 165.896.
    notes: If qualifying, scheduled for this afternoon at 3:40pm/et on FS1, is cancelled (there is a chance of rain), this practice would set the starting lineup.
    The track qualifying record is 181.415mph, set in June by Denny Hamlin.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Friday Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-1-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: at 8:30pm/et on FS1; 4:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the GoBowling.com 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 #20-Kenseth.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #41-Busch.
    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.(8-1-2014)

  • Entry List for the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Kennedy, #37-Dave Blaney, #66-Nemechek, #93-Sauter.
    Johnny Sauter has replaced Mike Bliss as driver of the #93.
    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

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd in points
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 5th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 1st
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 2 wins, 2nd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    6) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 9th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 21st
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
    (no wins, in by points)
    12) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 7th
    14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (7-27-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 717
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 693, -24
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 666, -51
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 661, -56
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 628, -89
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 609, -108
    7) #31-Ryan Newman, 606, -111
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 603, -114
    9) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 591, -126
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 577, -140
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 565, -152
    21) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 497, -220 Updated after penalty
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 496, -221
    25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 456, -261 (172 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Indianapolis Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-27-2014)


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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 GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-912. Last Raced: Charlotte 1 (finished 10th). Backup Chassis: PRS-908. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same Chevrolet SS Dillon raced at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-846 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-846 started 27th and led 28 laps at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March before bring caught up in a wreck and finishing 39th. Chassis 4-846 also raced in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where the team started eighth, led 24 laps and finished 17th.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-828: This chassis was first used at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2013, when Patrick started 24th and finished 20th. It was then put to use in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where she started 22nd and finished 21st. The last time it was used was in late March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where she started 27th and finished 14th.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-707: This car made its first start in May 2012 in the non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. 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 Motor Speedway. 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 Motor Speedway and April 11 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 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 Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., 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 made its first start of 2014 and sixth overall in June at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it was the car to beat, leading early and often for 24 laps. But a pit road speeding penalty proved too costly to overcome, although Stewart was able to rally and finish 13th. Chassis No. 14-707 returns to Pocono for this weekend's GoBowling.com 400.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 809 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Pocono. This chassis raced at Kansas in May where Bowyer finished 23rd and Pocono in June where he finished 11th. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the backup at several races but has never raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-890 Last ran Kentucky - finished 14th. Backup Chassis: RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-882 is the same chassis that the #17 team raced at Michigan where they finished 27th after being involved in a lap six accident which damaged the right rear fender of the #17 Ford. The backup Chassis RK- 888 is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-911. Last Raced Charlotte 1 (finished 12th). Backup Chassis: PRS-907. Last Raced: Indianapolis backup.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-869 for this Sunday's race. That chassis has been raced three times previously in 2014 with finishes of first at Kansas Speedway, eighth at Pocono Raceway and sixth at Kentucky Speedway.
    #27-Paul Menard: will race chassis No. 463. This Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Darlington Raceway and Pocono Raceway where Menard finished 41st and 26th, respectively.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway. This chassis was utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (California Speedway - 20th and Kansas Speedway - 11th).
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 883 in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Chassis No. 883 debuted at Pocono in June, when Busch qualified second and recorded a third-place finish.
    #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 Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-879 for this weekend's 400-mile event. This chassis was the Lowe's Chevy Johnson won with at Dover in June. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728 which last saw on-track action earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a win at Pocono Raceway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-921 was last run in 2014 at the first Pocono, starting in the 10th spot and finishing 41st after a crash. Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Charlotte in 2014 as the back-up car.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(7-31-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

  • 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 -- 19 psi (Cup), 18 psi (Truck);
    Left Rear -- 19 psi (Cup), 18 psi (Truck);
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

  • Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams have run at Pocono since 2012 . . . the only change is that the recommended air pressure for the left-side tires has been raised by a pound for each series since their last races at the track . . . 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.


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