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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, June 5, 2016 in Long Pond, PA (rain delayed to Monday, June 6)

Title Sponsor: Axalta

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Television Race Coverage: Foxsports 1 (FS1), 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, June 6 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, June 2
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 3
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, June 4
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, June 5
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Pocono Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
-- 12:13pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Intros
-- 12:42pm: Presentation of Colors: USAF 314th Recruiting Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base Color Guard
-- 12:42pm: Invocation by: Monty Self, MRO
-- 12:43pm: National Anthem by: USAF Heritage of America Band
-- 12:50pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO, Axalta Coating Systems
-- 1:01pm: Green Flag -- Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (160 laps, 400 miles) (FS1 / MRN)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR 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 3, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 4, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 3 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

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: Charlie Shaver, Chairman & CEO of Axalta Coating Systems
    Command to start engines: Charlie Shaver, daughter Caroline, Axalta Sr VP Joe McDougall, and daughter Julia
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Color Guard: USAF 314th Recruiting Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base Color Guard
    Invocation: Monty Self, MRO
    National Anthem: Air Force Rock Band
    Flyover: TBA

  • June 2015: see the Pocono Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Pocono Race Info page

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

  • August 2015 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 132.159mph, started 7th

  • 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

  • Different Race Winners: 34

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

  • August 2015 Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 178.416mph, finished 21st

  • 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: 40

  • Pocono Track Notes & 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.
    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)

  • Pocono Pole Notes & Facts:
    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).
    Three drivers have posted their first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway: Harry Gant (1979), Casey Mears (2004) and Kyle Larson (2014).
    13 of the 76 (17.1%) 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 76 (19.7%) 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 76 (31.5%) 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.
    54 of the 76 (71.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Five of the 76 (6.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway five times; most recently the spring of 2013.
    (NASCAR)

  • Pocono Driver Notes & Facts:
    327 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 233 in more than one.
    Ricky Rudd leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in starts at Pocono with 55.
    Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 34 starts (20th most all-time) at Pocono; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth with 32 starts each.
    Denny Hamlin (20 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.850.
    34 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
    Seven active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Denny Hamlin (4), Jimmie Johnson (3), Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 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.
    Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; Kurt Busch leads all active drivers with five.
    Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20 each; Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers with 12 each.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 23.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.500.
    Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 1,040 laps led in 46 starts. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in laps led at Pocono with 738 in 28 starts.
    (NASCAR)

  • Pocono Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 76 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, Dodge (seven), Pontiac (six), Buick (four) Toyota (four), Mercury (two) and Oldsmobile (one)
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway is the race on July 23, 2000 that was 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 76 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)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono:
    #11-Denny Hamlin 107.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 106.9
    #41-Kurt Busch 105.7
    #14-Tony Stewart 95.7
    #42-Kyle Larson 95.1
    #19-Carl Edwards 94.8
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 93.2
    #31-Ryan Newman 92.9
    #4-Kevin Harvick 91.8
    #2-Brad Keselowski 91.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 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)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Pocono: #41-Kurt Busch won the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Monday for his 1st win of the season, 3rd win at Pocono and 28th career win. Busch led 32 of the 160 laps. The race was run Monday after being postponed by rain on Sunday. It's the first time a race was postponed from Sunday to Monday since Texas in April 2014.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd followed by polesitter #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #19-Edwards, #4-Harvick, and #21-Blaney.
    There were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers and 10 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 125.490 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-6-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    Kurt Busch won the 35th Annual Axalta We Paint Winners 400, his 28th victory in 554 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the win, Busch moves into a tie for 25th on the all-time series wins list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rex White.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2016. Busch's last win came at Michigan on June 14, 2015, 34 races ago.
    This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 30 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 33 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Chase Elliott (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 25 points over Kurt Busch.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-6-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 5th in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 6th
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 4th
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 3rd
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 12th
    9) #41-Busch [1 win], 2nd
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    10) #24-Elliott, 413, 7th
    11) #22-Logano, 410, 8th
    12) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 381, 11th
    13) #3-Dillon, 348, 13th
    14) #1-McMurray, 342, 14th
    15) #21-Blaney, 340, 15th
    16) #31-Newman, 338, 16th
    (6-6-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 490
    2) #41-Busch [1 win], 465, -25
    3) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 442, -48
    4) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 437, -53
    5) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 416, -74
    6) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 415, -75
    7) #24-Elliott, 413, -77
    8) #22-Logano, 410, -80
    9) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 403, -87
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 382, -108
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 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: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #83-DiBenedetto, 40th
    Caution 4: #15-Bowyer, 18th
    Caution 5: #21-Blaney, 10th
    Caution 6: #32-Burton, 29th
    Caution 7: #30-Wise, 27th
    Caution 8: #98-Sorenson,28th
    Caution 9: #10-Patrick, 32nd
    Caution 10: #18-Busch, 31st
    (6-6-2016)

  • Pocono race postponed: NASCAR has postponed the running of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway until Monday. The race is now scheduled for 12:00pm/et on Monday. FoxSports 1 will have TV coverage. The weather forecast for Monday looks good.

  • UPDATED Race Coverage of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 12:11pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: TBD

  • Rain expected at Pocono Sunday: The current forecast for Pocono Raceway calls for a good chance of rain at the track on Sunday. The XFINITY race at Pocono was shortened by rain on Saturday afternoon.
    As of 11:00am/et:
    Today - Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds, frequent lightning, and heavy rain. High near 78. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
    Tonight - Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 1am. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Low around 64. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
    AND Follow RaceWeather and NASCAR_WXMAN on Twitter for regular weather updates.
    See weather links on the Pocono Race Info page.(6-5-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016.
    Television (TV): FS1 at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30 am/et; green flag approx. 1:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, June 6 at 8:30am/et on FS1

  • 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 #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 3.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 40th, and final, pit stall.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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 scheduled minutes. The top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 176.901
    #41-Busch 176.800
    #48-Johnson 176.710
    #78-Truex, Jr. 176.291
    #4-Harvick 176.125
    slowest: #32-Burton 167.439 & #98-Sorenson 166.750.
    most laps run: #41-Busch 30 laps,#1-McMurray 28 laps
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(6-4-2016)

  • Keselowski wins Pocono pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 181.726mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 1st at Pocono and 12th of his career. Keselowski has won two races from the pole in his career.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd, followed by #20-Kenseth, #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #14-Stewart, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, and #18-Busch.
    #22-Logano was fastest in the first and second rounds and will start 2nd.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Pocono qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Pocono Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-3-2016)

  • Pocono Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 35th Annual Axalta We Paint Winners 400 with a lap of 49.525 seconds, 181.726 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 247 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2016. His previous best start this season was fourth at Las Vegas.
    This is his first pole in 13 races at Pocono Raceway. His previous best start at Pocono was third (twice), most recently in August of 2014.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2016 and his seventh in 15 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 10th in 14 races this season.
    Chase Elliott (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-3-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 181.079
    #41-Busch 180.839
    #2-Keselowski 180.810
    #18-Busch 180.618
    #48-Johnson 180.538
    the rest of the top 12: 4 14 20 19 88 11 5;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 24 21 16 43 78 34 3 27 42 31 15 6
    (6-3-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 180.281
    #19-Edwards 179.899
    #2-Keselowski 179.738
    #5-Kahne 179.716
    #4-Harvick 179.712
    the rest of the top 24: 88 21 16 78 48 41 18 6 11 31 27 20 42 15 14 24 43 34 3;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 17 1 83 95 13 44 38 47 10 23 7 46 55 30 32 98
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
    (6-3-2016)

  • Friday practice for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after being shortened by rain. The top-five, slowest and notes:
    #19-Edwards 179.802
    #4-Harvick 178.827
    #41-Busch 178.649
    #27-Menard 178.250
    #18-Busch 178.193
    slowest: #46-Annett 171.354 & #44-Scott 170.963. 28 drivers completed a lap.
    notes: The start of practice was delayed by about 20 minutes due to fog at the track. There is a chance of rain throughout the day. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:15pm/et on FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-3-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #22-Logano.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #48-Johnson.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Pocono Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Entry List for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeb Burton, #55-Sorenson*, #95-Ty Dillon, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Whitt, #98-Sorenson
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Pocono Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 13 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 4th in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 5th
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 6th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 7th
    7) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 11th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    8) #41-Busch, 421, 2nd
    9) #24-Elliott, 374, 8th
    10) #22-Logano, 373, 9th
    12) #3-Dillon, 344, 12th
    13) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 341, 13th
    14) #1-McMurray, 318, 14th
    15) #21-Blaney, 309, 15th
    16) #31-Newman, 309, 16th
    (5-29-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 13 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 457
    3) #41-Busch, 421, -36
    5) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 409, -48
    2) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 405, -52
    4) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 404, -53
    6) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 404, -53
    9) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 381, -76
    7) #24-Elliott, 374, -83
    8) #22-Logano, 373, -84
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 347, -110
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).

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Race Day Forecast

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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This Week in the Poconos

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Speed Eats

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-4708; Right-side -- D-4710

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

    Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams will be on completely different tire set-ups at Pocono this weekend . . . for Sprint Cup teams, these are two brand new tire codes . . . this combination of left- and right-side tires came out of a Goodyear test at Pocono on April 19-20 . . . drivers participating in that test were Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. . . . compared to what was run at Pocono last year, this left-side tire code (D-4708) features an updated construction to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways and a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this right-side tire code (D-4710) features an increase in tread gage (thickness) compared to 2015 . . . this right-side will also be run at Indianapolis later 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

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