NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Windows 10 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:46pm/et

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RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, July 30
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 31
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, August 1
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:35 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, August 2
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:30 PM NSCS RACE

  • Pocono Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    11:30am: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    1pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
    1:22pm: Skydivers land on front stretch S/F line
    1:30pm: Presentation of Colors: West Point Garrison, MP Company Honor Guard
    1:30:20: Invocation by: Billy Mauldin, President and CEO of Motor Racing Outreach
    1:31pm: National Anthem by: Alyssa Golden
    1:32:45pm: Flyby: 2 CV-22's, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, FL
    1:37:45pm: "Driver's, Start Your Engines"
    1:46pm: Green Flag - Start of the Windows 10 400
    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, July 31, 11:00am - 12:25am/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, August 1, 9:00 - 9:50am/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 1, 11:35am - 12:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, July 31 at 4:45pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled Sunday, August 2 at 10:30am/et on NBCSN.

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

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
    Fuel Window: 33-36 laps
    Last Re-paved: early 2012
    Opened: 1974

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Jeremy Korst, General Manager of Windows Brand and Product Marketing
    Command to start engines: Jeremy Korst
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Jason Campbell, Windows Group Product Marketing Manager
    Color Guard: West Point Garrison, MP Company Honor Guard
    Invocation: Invocation by: Billy Mauldin, President and CEO of MRO
    National Anthem: Alyssa Golden
    Flyover: 2 CV-22's, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, FL

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

  • June 2015: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • August 2014: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2015 Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 134.266mph, started 3rd

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 177.599mph, finished 5th

  • 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

  • Different Pole Winners: 37

  • 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 95.3
    #19-Carl Edwards 94.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr 92.6
    #5-Kasey Kahne 92.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races 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)(7-28-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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.
    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)(7-30-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
    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.
    Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Pocono in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
    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).
    Kyle Larson (8/03/2014) and Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Pocono Raceway.
    13 of the 75 (17.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano (June, 2012).
    15 of the 74 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the first starting position; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson (June, 2013).
    The first starting 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 75 (32%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the first starting position and nine from second-place.
    53 of the 75 (70.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 75 (6.7%) 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)(7-31-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway Driver Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    327 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 229 in more than one.
    Ricky Rudd leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in starts at Pocono with 55.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 45 starts (eighth most all-time) at Pocono; followed by Tony Stewart with 33 starts.
    Denny Hamlin (19 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.632.
    33 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
    Seven active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Jeff Gordon (6), Denny Hamlin (4), Jimmie Johnson (3), Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart (each have 2).
    Seven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway all-time, 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) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014 sweep).
    One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Pocono Raceway: Denny Hamlin (06/11/06).
    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 31; followed by Kevin Harvick with 29.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six; followed by Kurt Busch with five.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19; followed by Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart with 12 each.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 31; followed by Tony Stewart with 22.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.630.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 1,038 laps led in 45 starts.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps completed at Pocono with 8,237 laps completed in 45 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(8-1-2015)

  • Pocono Raceway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 75 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    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).
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 31 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 seconds.
    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 75 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)(8-2-2015)

  • 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

  • Matt Kenseth wins at Pocono: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Pocono and 33rd career win.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #47-Allmendinger, #15-Bowyer, #14-Stewart and #19-Edwards.
    #22-Logano led 97 laps and looked like he would cruise to the win but ran out of fuel with two laps to go. Logano was able to get to pit road and refueled, finishing 20th on the lead lap.
    #18-Busch led 19 laps and was leading on the white flag lap when his car ran out of fuel, stopping just past the entrance of pit road, finishing 21st, down a lap.
    Busch is 32nd in drivers points, only 13 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase).
    On lap 4 #5-Kahne spun off turn 3 and hit the inside pit road wall hard. The race was red flagged for 14:33 so track workers could make repairs to the wall.
    #4-Harvick, the points leader, had an engine blow on lap 20 and finished 42nd. Harvick's points lead is now 46 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 18 lead changes among 13 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 132.159mph.
    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).(8-2-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the 42nd Annual Windows 10 400 , his 33rd victory in 565 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 32 races at Pocono Raceway. Kenseth's previous best Pocono finish was third in June of 2003.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 32nd top-10 finish in 46 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 46 points over #22-Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-2-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins](1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins](3rd)
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins](7th)
    5) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins](8th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win](2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win](5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win](6th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](11th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, +97 ahead of 17th in driver points
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, +83
    13) #27-Paul Menard, +57
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, +50
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, +40
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne, +25
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -25
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    32) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 318, 13 pts out of 30th, needs ave finish of about 25th
    (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).(8-2-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 780
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 734, -46
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 717, -63
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 713, -67
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 694, -86
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 681, -99
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 662, -118
    8) #1-Jamie McMurray, 631, -149
    9) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 620, -160
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 617, -166
    (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).

    (8-2-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #98-Sorenson, 34th
    Caution 3: no driver a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 4: #98-Sorenson(2), 34th
    Caution 5: #98-Sorenson(3), 34th
    Caution 6: #2-Keselowski, 2nd
    Caution 7: #23-Yeley, 30th
    Caution 8: #32-Kvapil, 32nd
    (8-2-2015)

  • NASCAR has scheduled a competition caution for lap 15 at Pocono for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race due to cleaning of the tunnel turn. Teams can pit beforehand, but cannot fuel the cars.(8-2-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 2, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 1:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green pre-race at 1:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:48pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, August 3 at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN (NASCAR 120)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole winners].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 2, right behind the pole winner.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 3rd pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was selected by #3-Dillon, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-1-2015)

  • 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
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #18-Busch 175.240
    #41-Busch 175.067
    #19-Edwards 174.920
    #4-Harvick 174.771
    #48-Johnson 174.584
    slowest: #62-Hill 164.207 & #33-Kennedy 166.636
    no speed: #26-Burton (wrecked), #98-Sorenson, #23-Yeley.
    Notes: #26-Burton got loose early in practice, slid & wrecked off turn 3, hit the inside wall of pit road, will go to a backup car.
    #18-Busch wacked the wall off turn 2, team made repairs, Busch came back out and ran the fastest lap.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Pocono Happy Hour practice page (pdf)(8-1-2015)

  • Saturday first practice for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #19-Edwards 175.812
    #20-Kenseth 175.418
    #18-Busch 175.408
    #11-Hamlin 175.298
    #41-Busch 175.285
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 166.448 & #62-Hill 166.781
    no speed: #32-Kvapil, #23-Yeley.
    Notes: #32-Kvapil smacked the wall just past turn 2 on his first lap, did some damage to the right side of the car, went to the garage.
    Late in the session, #42-Larson reported either an engine or transmission problem.
    This practice is being televised on NBCSN. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 11:35am/et, also on NBCSN.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Pocono Saturday 1st practice page (pdf)(8-1-2015)

  • Kyle Busch wins Pocono pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 178.416mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 2nd at Pocono and 17th of his career. #18-Busch has won 3 times from the pole.
    #4-Harvick is on the outside pole followed by #22-Logano, #3-Dillon, #14-Stewart, #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #19-Edwards, #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin and #48-Johnson.
    Missing the race was: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the starting Lineup, qualifying results by round, pole progression and more on Jayski.com's Pocono Qualifying Page.(7-31-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 42nd Annual Windows 10 400 with a lap of 50.444 seconds, 178.416 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 375 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2015. His last pole came at Charlotte in October of 2014.
    This is his second pole in 22 races at Pocono Raceway. His first Pocono pole came in June of 2010.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2015 and his ninth in 30 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 15th in 21 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-31-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 177.637
    #19-Edwards 177.508
    #22-Logano 177.445
    #41-Busch 177.246
    #11-Hamlin 177.218
    the rest of the top 12: 14 18 24 20 2 48 3;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 78 31 88 5 1 27 15 10 43 47 6 55.
    (7-31-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #14-Stewart 177.298
    #4-Harvick 176.925
    #3-Dillon 176.838
    #2-Keselowski 176.637
    #41-Busch 176.453
    the rest of the top 24: 24 78 18 11 48 19 55 22 10 27 88 31 1 5 47 15 43 20 6;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 13 42 7 40 9 51 34 35 17 23 83 38 26 46 32 98 33 62.
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, only 43 cars entered.
    (7-31-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Sunday, August 2 at 10:30am/et on NBCSN

  • Qualifying Order for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #6-Bayne.
    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.
    The order is the way the cars line up on pit road, not necessarily how the cars will qualify.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Pocono Qualifying Page.(7-31-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #2-Keselowski 176.606
    #20-Kenseth 176.339
    #11-Hamlin 176.267
    #3-Dillon 176.170
    #4-Harvick 175.987
    slowest: #62-Hill 164.285 & #33-Kennedy 165.362
    most laps run: #23-Yeley, 21; #34-Moffit, 20
    Notes: #62-Hill is in a Ford (was Chevy) and the #98-Sorenson is in a Chevy (was a Ford, except Sonoma)
    qualifying is scheduled for 4:45pm/et this afternoon, airing on NBCSN.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Pocono Friday practice page (pdf)(7-31-2015)

  • Entry List for the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Kvapil, #33-Kennedy, #62-Hill, #98-Sorenson.
    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 Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 675, -102 (4th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 777 (1st)
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 677 -100 (3rd)
    4) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 612, -165 (8th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 708, -69 (2nd)
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 668, -109 (5th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 638, -139 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 615, -162 (7th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 591, -186 (10th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 519, -258 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 602, -175 (9th in driver points)
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 575, -202 (11th)
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 563, -214 (12th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 558, -219 (13th)
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne, 558, -219 (14th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 538, -239 (15th)
    [has a win but not in the top 30 in drivers points to make Chase]
    32) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 294, 23 pts out of 30th (needs to avg 24th place finish)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 777
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 708, -69
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 677, -100
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 675, -102
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 668, -109
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 638, -139
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 615, -162
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 612, -165
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 602, -175
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 591, -186
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-26-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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Express Times

Philadelphia Daily News / Inquirer

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Pocono Record

Reading Eagle

Scranton Times-Tribune

Times-Leader

Times News

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

800poconos.com

This Week in the Poconos

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently, six more teams stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a few (5-8 teams) posting chassis selections.
    Two years ago 25-28 teams posted chassis selections in their race previews.
    It dropped to about 14 in the early part of 2015 and now just a few teams.
    Will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 8 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 -- 87.60 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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Pocono this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Pocono since 2012 . . . Pocono is the only track on which either of these tire codes are scheduled to be run this season . . . 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 & CHAMPIONSHIP 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)

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