NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 7, 2015 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: Axalta

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, June 4
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 5
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, June 6
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, June 7
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

Pocono Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
-- 11pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Meeting (ARCA Garage)
-- 12:30pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
-- 1pm: Intro Colors and Invocation: USAF 314th Recruiting Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base Color Guard
-- 1:00:20pm: Invocation by: Monty Self, MRO
-- 1:01pm: National Anthem by: West Point Army Band, joined by Aaliyah Sanders Signer from Scranton School of the Deaf
-- 1:02:30pm: Flyby TOT: 1 C-17 from 514th Air Mobility Command
-- 1:07:30pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO Axalta Coating Systems
-- 1:18:30pm: Green Flag - Axalta We Paint Winners 400 (160 laps, 400 miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 5, 12:00 - 1:25pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, June 6, 9:00 - 9:55am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 6, 11:30 am - 12:25pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, June 5 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,084,726
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems
    Command to start engines: Caroline & Charlie Shaver
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Joe McDougall, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Manager, Axalta
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: USAF 314th Recruiting Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base Color Guard
    Invocation: Monty Self, MRO
    National Anthem: West Point Army Band
    Flyover: 1 C-17 from 514th Air Mobility Command

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Pococo Raceway website
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • June 2014: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2014: see the Pocono Race Info page

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

  • August 2014 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 127.411mph, started 9th

  • 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: Jeff Gordon, 6/12/2011, 145.384mph

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #42-Kyle Larson, 183.438mph, finished 11th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, August 1, 2014, 183.438mph

  • 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

  • Sprint Cup Series hits midpoint of regular season: The comforting term "It's still early" doesn't really apply anymore - not when discussing opportunities to lock into the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Thirteen down, 13 to go. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season officially reached its midpoint as the checkered flag dropped at Dover to give #48-Jimmie Johnson his series-leading fourth victory of the season. It was a storyline-rich first half...
    " Nine different drivers have won a race, all but locking up a spot in the Chase.
    " #4-Kevin Harvick opened the season with five consecutive finishes of second or better. Dating to the end of the 2014 season, Harvick cobbled together a string of eight consecutive top-two finishes, the longest streak since 1975.
    " Johnson is closing in on a hallowed NASCAR number - 76. That's Dale Earnhardt's career win total, which currently is good for seventh on the all-time list. Johnson's four wins thus far puts his career total at 74.
    " After a rough 2014, #78-Martin Truex Jr. is in the midst of a career-year. Though still searching for his first victory, Truex is second in the points and is on pace to obliterate his career-high of 19 top-10 finishes. He currently has 12.
    " Through 13 races, there have been a total of 55,701 green flag passes, the second-highest total through 13 races since the inception of loop data in 2005.
    Each manufacturer - Chevy, Toyota and Ford - has at least two victories.(NASCAR)(6-5-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway - Notes & Facts - Thursday - 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.
    (NASCAR)(6-4-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway - Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Pocono in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
    40 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).
    15 of the 74 (20.2%) 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 74 (32.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
    52 of the 74 (70.2%) 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.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
    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)(6-5-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway - Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    322 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 229 in more than one.
    Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts.
    32 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
    Seven 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).
    Three of the seven drivers to win consecutive races at Pocono are active: Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep); Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep and 2009 fall and 2010 spring races); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014 sweep).
    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 31.
    Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.556.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.864.
    Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are the only two active drivers to win at Pocono in their first appearances.
    Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 30; followed by Kevin Harvick with 28.
    Kyle Larson (8/03/2014) and Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.
    One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Pocono Raceway: Denny Hamlin (06/11/06).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 1,037 laps led in 44 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick. Patrick's average finish in four starts at Pocono is 32.750.
    (NASCAR)(6-6-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway - Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 74 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.
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), 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 30 victories; followed by Ford with 21 and Toyota has three.
    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 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 74 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. (NASCAR)(6-7-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin 108.3
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 106.9
    #41-Kurt Busch 105.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon 103.5
    #14-Tony Stewart 97.6
    #42-Kyle Larson 95.7
    #31-Ryan Newman 95.4
    #99-Carl Edwards 94.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 92.6
    #5-Kasey Kahne 92.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Pocno 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)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Truex, Jr. wins at Pocono: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Pocono and 3rd career win. It is his first win since Sonoma in 2013.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd, his 10th top 2 finish of the season. #48-Johnson was 3rd followed by #22-Logano, pole sitter #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, and #11-Hamlin.
    Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 559, 39 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
    There were 12 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 134.266mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-7-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    Martin Truex Jr. won the 34th Annual Axalta We Paint Winners 400, his third victory in 347 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2015. With the victory, Truex ends a 69-race winless drought.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 19 races at Pocono Raceway. His previous best Pocono finish was third (twice).
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 29 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 27 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 39 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-7-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 481, -78 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 559 (1st)
    3) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 5202, -39 (2nd)
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 480, -79 (4th)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 465, -94 (5th)
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 441, -118 (6th)
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 415, -144 (9th)
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 379, -180 (12th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 379, -180 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 368, -191 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 427, -132 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 417, -142 (8th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 411, -148 (10th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 385, -174 (11th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 379, -180 (14th)
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 374, -185 (15th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-7-2015)

  • Pocono Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 30th, 11 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 32nd, 10 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 33rd, 9 rookie point
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(6-7-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #55-Ragan, 23rd
    Caution 2: #43-Almirola, 43rd
    Caution 3: #51-Allgaier, 20th
    Caution 4: #15-Bowyer, 22nd
    Caution 5: #14-Stewart, 21st
    Caution 6: #40-Cassill, 25th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, 27th
    Caution 8: #35-Whitt, 28th
    (6-7-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 at 1:00 pm/et; NASCAR Raceday at 11:30am/et; green flag approx. 1:20pm/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 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #41-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #19-Edwards took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    #78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd took the 2nd pit stall.
    #4-Harvick, who was penalized after Charlotte, qualified 5th but had to pick last. He took the 13th pit stall, between #10-Patrick & #16-Biffle.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-5-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #4-Harvick 175.764
    #42-Larson 175.292
    #5-Kahne 174.914
    #19-Edwawrds 174.897
    #41-Busch 174.829
    slowest: 23-Yeley 169.074 & #32-Kvapil 168.770.
    most laps run: #41-Busch, 29 laps.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(6-6-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #4-Harvick 175.658
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 175.596
    #19-Edwards 175.593
    #78-Truex, Jr. 175.493
    #11-Hamlin 175.418
    slowest: #32-Kvapil 168.884 & #62-Gaughan 167.560.
    most laps run: #6-Byane, 31 laps.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(6-6-2015)

  • Kurt Busch wins Pocono pole: #41-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 177.599mph for his 3rd pole of 2015, 2nd at Pocono and 19th of his career.
    #19-Edwards is on the outside pole followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #3-Dillon, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, and #18-Busch.
    #11-Hamlin spun with less than a minute remaining in the final qualifying session and only 7 drivers completed a full lap.
    With only 43 cars entered, everyone made the race.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Pocono Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-5-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Axalta We Paint Winners 400 with a lap of 50.676 seconds, 177.599 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 518 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and seventh top-10 start in 2015. This matches the second-highest pole total of his career. He also had three poles in 2011. His highest total was six in 2006.
    This is his second pole in 28 races at Pocono Raceway. His last Pocono pole came in June of 2011, when he finished second.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2015 and his ninth in 21 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his eighth in 14 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-5-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 177.708
    #11-Hamlin 177.676
    #48-Johnson 177.385
    #18-Busch 177.193
    #3-ADillon 176.803
    the rest of the top 12: 22 78 19 24 41 5 2;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 31 1 42 27 17 13 20 88 55 10 15 9.
    (6-5-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 177.539
    #18-Busch 177.452
    #24-Gordon 177.427
    #19-Edwards 176.988
    #11-Hamlin 176.946
    the rest of the top 24: 3 78 31 48 13 22 5 88 1 27 41 2 42 10 55 20 17 9 15;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 43 47 16 14 33 51 46 40 6 7 38 34 23 98 35 26 83 32 62.
    Drivers who will miss the race: None.
    (6-5-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 85 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #4-Harvick 176.932
    #18-Busch 176.772
    #19-Edwards 176.717
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 176.564
    #3-ADillon 176.561
    slowest: #23-Yeley 168.565 and #62-Gaughan 164.357.
    most laps run: #6-Bayne, 21 laps.
    notes: #14-Stewart spun off turn 2 and hit the inside wall. He will go to a backup car. #9-Hornish, Jr. spun but did not hit anything.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-5-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 at 4:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 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 #83-DiBenedetto.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-5-2015)

  • Entry List for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Ty Dillon, #34-Moffitt, #62-Gaughan, #83-Dibenedetto.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Pocono Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Dover, race 13 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 440, -76 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 516 (1st)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 440, -76 (4th)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 432, -84 (5th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 414, -102 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 377, -139 (11th)
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 345, -171 (14th)
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 340, -176 (15th)
    9) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 338, -178 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 472, -44 (2nd in drivers pts)
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 390, -126 (7th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 385, -131 (8th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 380, -136 (9th)
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 378, -138 (10th)
    15) #27-Paul Menard, 372, -144 (12th)
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 369, -147 (13th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-31-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 481 in Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Dillon recently finished sixth in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this Chevrolet. In March, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 16th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway and a 39th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced in 2014 to a 25th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a 13th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan International Speedway in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-841: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-841 in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-841 served as an unused backup for 19 races last season and never saw racing action of any kind. Chassis No. 4-841 finally made its Sprint Cup debut this past March at Phoenix International Raceway, where it scored a dominant win from the pole and led 224 laps to score Harvick's second win of the 2015 season. In its most recent appearance, Chassis No. 4-841 started fifth, led two laps and finished second at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Sunday's race at Pocono. Most notably in 2014, Kahne led 70 laps and finished sixth driving the chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and raced it at Pocono in August, where he started 12th and finished 10th. In 2015, Kahne drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where he ran inside the top three for the majority of the race. However, he was involved in a late-race incident when a competitor sent him toward the wall on a restart. He ultimately finished 17th. Most recently, Kahne drove the chassis at Kansas Speedway, where he qualified second.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-754: This car debuted in March 2013 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where it qualified ninth and finished a solid 11th. Prior to Las Vegas, it had never turned a wheel on a racetrack, but it did spend considerable time in the wind tunnel. Its second start came in April 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where it qualified 13th and struggled with its handling before finishing 21st. Its last start of 2013 came in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where it started 13th and finished 14th in the non-points event. Chassis No. 14-754 sat idle until 2014, where under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston, it was completely rebuilt. It came out of the box strong in its fourth career start in April at Texas, winning the pole and leading three times for 74 laps before finishing 10th. Chassis No. 14-754 made a second All-Star Race appearance at Charlotte in 2014. It had a quiet night, starting 15th and finishing 12th. The car didn't turn a wheel until March 2015 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where it put in a workman-like performance by qualifying 20th and finishing 14th. Sunday at Pocono will mark Chassis No. 14-754's seventh career start and second this season.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced three times - twice in 2015 at Kansas and Atlanta and once in 2014 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. At Kansas, Gordon finished fourth while he finished 41st at Atlanta after being involved in an incident on Lap 264 while running in the top 10. In the 2014 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gordon led 161 laps from the pole position en route to a 10th-place finish.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 454. This Chevrolet SS was raced earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway where Menard started ninth and finished 11th, capturing the team's fifth top-15 finish of the year.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 491 in the Pocono 400. This Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Start: 9/Finish: 5).
    #32-Travis Kvapil: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-784 to serve as the primary car. Mike Bliss last drove this car at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May for the Sprint Showdown. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car for this weekend.
    #33-Ty Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 512 for this weekend's Pocono 400. This brand-new Chevrolet SS was prepared by Richard Childress Racing and will see track action for the first time during Friday's practice session.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 894: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 894 in Sunday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 894 debuted at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in October 2014, when Patrick qualified 14th and appeared to be on her way to a top-10 finish before her solid run was derailed when she was involved in an on-track incident at lap 247. Chassis No. 894 was outfitted with a new body over the offseason and saw its first laps of the season in February at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Regan Smith started 38th and finished 17th. Busch raced Chassis 894 in April at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where he started from the pole and led twice for 45 laps en route to scoring a 14th-place finish.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: Chassis 429: "We are taking the car that we ran in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and we also ran it at Las Vegas Motor Speedway," crew chief Burns said.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-891, which last raced in March at Fontana for a ninth-place finish. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono in June 2014.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-924. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to a sixth-place finish at California in March.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 8 sets for the race

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 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 . . . 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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