NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pennsylvania 400

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:50pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 1:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 1:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 10:30am - 12:00pm/et on FoxSports1

  • 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, July 28
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, July 29
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, July 30
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, July 31
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM NSCS DRVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NSCS RACE

  • Pocono Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
    11:30am: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    12:45pm: NSCS Driver Introductions
    1:13pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: West Point Military Police Color Guard
    1:13pm: Invocation by: Nick Terry, MRO
    1:14pm: National Anthem by: Lauren Hart
    1:15pm: Fly-By: 2 T-38's from Langley Air Force Base
    1:20pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines"
    1:31pm: Green Flag: Pennsylvania 400 (160 Laps, 400 Miles)
    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, July 29, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

    • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, July 29 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-airs scheduled:
      Friday, July 29 at 10:00pm/et on NBCSN;
      Saturday, July 30 at 6:00pm/et on NBCSN;
      Sunday, July 31 at 10:30am/et on NBCSN.

    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: Guy Fieri
      Command to start engines: Guy Fieri
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
      Color Guard: West Point Military Police Color Guard
      Invocation: Nick Terry, MRO
      National Anthem: Lauren Hart
      Flyover: 2 T-38's from Langley Air Force Base

    • June 2016: see the Pocono Race Info page

    • August 2015: see the Pocono Race Info page

    • June 2016 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 125.490mph, started 9th

    • 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 2016 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 181.726mph, finished 3rd

    • 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:
      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.
      41 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).
      Eight different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 33, followed by Ford (16), Dodge (8), Pontiac (6), Toyota (5), Buick (2), American Motors Company and Oldsmobile (each have one).
      13 of the 77 (16.8%) 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 77 (19.4%) 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 77 (31.1%) 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.
      55 of the 77 (71.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
      Five of the 77 (6.4%) 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.
      (NASCAR)

    • Pocono Driver Notes & Facts:
      331 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 234 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 46 starts at Pocono; followed by Tony Stewart (35); then Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth with 33 starts each.
      Denny Hamlin (21 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.000.
      34 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
      Eight active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Jeff Gordon (6) 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 (2006) and Carl Edwards (2005) 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 33; followed by Kevin Harvick with 31.
      Kurt Busch can become the eighth driver in series history to sweep Pocono in a single season joining Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004), Denny Hamlin (2006) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014).
      If Jeff Gordon wins in the No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend he will become the eighth different driver to win at Pocono in two or more different car numbers joining Cale Yarborough (Nos. 11, 5); Darrell Waltrip (Nos. 11, 88); Kasey Kahne (Nos. 5, 9); Terry Labonte (Nos. 11, 5); Tony Stewart (Nos. 14, 20); and Geoff Bodine (11, 5, and 7) and Kurt Busch (2, 41, 97) the only drivers to win in three different car numbers.
      Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
      Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20 each.
      Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 32; followed by Tony Stewart with 23.
      Kyle Larson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.400.
      Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 1,040 laps led in 46 starts.
      Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
      (NASCAR)

    • Pocono Race Notes & Facts:
      There have been 77 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
      Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono 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 32 victories; followed by Ford with 21, Dodge (seven), Pontiac (six), Buick (four) Toyota (four), Mercury (two) and Oldsmobile (one).
      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 77 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:
      #24-Chase Elliott 130.9
      #41-Kurt Busch 106.8
      #48-Jimmie Johnson 106.3
      #11-Denny Hamlin 106.0
      #19-Carl Edwards 95.1
      #14-Tony Stewart 94.7
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr 93.9
      #4-Kevin Harvick 92.4
      #31-Ryan Newman 92.3
      #22-Joey Logano 92.2
      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

    • NASCAR discusses end of race process: Steve O'Donnell, senior vice president and chief racing development officer for NASCAR explained the end of Monday's race:
      "What we worked through was really unprecedented in terms of the fog you had rolling in. The reason you kept cars out on the track under caution was to see if the fog was going to roll through, and if you red flagged the race and the fog had lifted, we've got a long delay to get back, and we didn't have that many laps to go. So that's why we kept cars out originally under caution.... on the red flag ... we never lost the track, so in this case, I think most NASCAR fans want to see a complete race. We've always stated that we will make every effort to get a complete race in, and in this case since we hadn't lost the track, we wanted to wait. Unfortunately we had a lightning warning come in, and once the track had to evacuate the grandstands and we could get all the cars confiscated, we made the decision then to unplug it and announce that Chris had been declared the winner of the race.
      We kept looking behind race control and seeing if it would lift. At times you would see a bit of a window... [but] we needed a racetrack where we could see everything. Unfortunately that never happened. Candidly that was part of the decision. Lightning obviously forced that, but I would have anticipated shortly thereafter we probably would have had to make the call because we did not see any end in sight to the fog at that point.(NASCAR)(8-2-2016)

    • Chris Buescher wins at Pocono: #34-Chris Buescher won the rain-delayed Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Pocono, and 1st career win. This is the second win for Front Row Racing. The race was called with 22 laps remaining after fog rolled into the track that made it impossible to continue. Buescher had stayed out under green and was in the lead when the caution fell with 28 laps to go. He led 12 of the 138 laps. The race was red flagged for more than an hour before the race was called.
      The race was run on Monday after rain postponed it Sunday.
      #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #7-Smith, #4-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, and #41-Busch.
      Pole sitter, #78-Truex, Jr. hit the wall early in the race after a tire went down from a broken valve stem. He finished 38th.
      Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr., finished 27th.
      There were 19 lead changes among 11 drivers and 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
      The average speed was 127.581 mph.
      Scheduled Race Re-Air: None
      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).(8-1-2016)

    • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
      Chris Buescher won the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania 400, his first victory in 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
      This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway.
      Brad Keselowski (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
      Regan Smith (third) posted his second top-10 finish in 11 races at Pocono Raceway.
      Chris Buescher (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 22 points over Brad Keselowski.
      Buescher is the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since Joey Logano in 2009.
      Buescher's win is the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Front Row Motorsports - the first was with driver David Ragan at Talladega in 2013.
      (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-1-2016)

    • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
      [after Pocono, race 21 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
      Set by most wins, then by points standing
      1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
      2) #18-Busch [4], 4th in driver points
      3) #19-Edwards [2], 5th
      4) #48-Johnson [2], 7th
      5) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
      6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
      7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
      8) #22-Logano [1], 6th
      9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
      10) #11-Hamlin [1], 9th
      11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
      no wins, in by drivers points standings
      12) #3-Dillon, 11th in drivers points, 61 ahead of 17th
      13) #31-Newman, 12th, +49
      14) #24-Elliott, 13th, +45
      15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +29
      16) #42-Larson, 15th, +20
      has a win, but not in top-30
      #34-Buescher, 31st in points, 281, 6 pts behind 30th
      no wins, not in the Chase
      17) #5-Kahne, 16th, -20 pts
      18) #6-Bayne, 17th, -28 pts
      19) #21-Blaney, 18th, -28 pts
      20) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 19th, -36pts
      21) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 20th, -47
      (8-1-2016)

    • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
      [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
      1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 709
      2) #2-Keselowski [4], 687, -22
      3) #41-Busch [1], 658, -51
      4) #18-Busch, [4], 634, -75
      5) #19-Edwards [2], 626, -83
      6) #22-Logano [1], 612, -97
      7) #48-Johnson [2], 577, -132
      8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 577, -132
      9) #11-Hamlin, 576, -133
      10) #20-Kenseth [2], 569, -140
      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: #10-Patrick, 22nd
      Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 18th
      Caution 5: #95-McDowell, 23rd
      Caution 6: #34-Buescher, WON
      Caution 7: #83-DiBenedetto, 27th
      (8-1-2016)

    • Monday forecast at Pocono: The weather forecast for Monday at Pocono Raceway calls for the possibility of more rain, although primarily in the afternoon. According to the National Weather Service:
      Monday - A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms..
      According to NASCAR_WXMAN's forecast at SB Nation, "Unfortunately for NASCAR the same weather pattern that kept Pocono wet on Sunday could bring more rain to the region on Monday. The earlier start time for the race (11:00am/et) should help NASCAR avoid some of the weather. That's if we don't have too much of an issue with fog, mist and morning rain. The odds of starting Monday's Pennsylvania 400 and making it official (at least halfway) is around 55 to 65 percent. Widespread scattered showers and storms are possible as we head into the afternoon on Monday. That is why my focus is getting to halfway then any laps after that in my opinion are bonus. Odds of getting a complete race in at Pocono Raceway on Monday is between 40 to 50 percent."
      For more weather links, see the Pocono race page - weather section.(8-11-2016)

    • Race postponed: Due to rain, NASCAR has postponed the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. It has been rescheduled for 11:00am/et Monday.(7-31-2016)

    • Rain could be an issue at Pocono: The weather forecast for Sunday at Pocono Raceway calls for the possibility of rain. According to the National Weather Service Sunday morning:
      Sunday - Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
      Sunday Night - Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 2am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2am.
      Monday - Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
      According to NASCAR_WXMAN's forecast at SB Nation, "Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Sunday afternoon thanks to a very unsettled atmosphere over eastern Pennsylvania and a stalled front across the region. The good news -- the data for Sunday is drier than it has been all week. The bad news -- we could still see showers and storms during the race and depending on how numerous the showers and storms are we could see red flag delays or possible postponements of the race. Odds of racing the Pennsylvania 400 Sunday has increased to 50 to 60 percent. It looks drier with more scattered showers and storms than previous forecasts but showers and storms are still possible. The odds of a complete race is around 40 to 45 percent. Odds of a Monday race is now around 30 to 35 percent. Monday's weather forecast still has a chance of scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. If the race were to be postponed for Monday an earlier start time would be in NASCAR's best interest"
      Pocono does not have lights. Sunset is at 8:19pm/et tonight.
      For more weather links, see the Pocono race page - weather section.(7-31-2016)

    • Race Coverage of the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2016.
      Television (TV): NBCSN at 10:30 am/et; green flag approx. 11:07am/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: TBA

    • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
      Pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
      Outside pole sitter #19-Edwards took pit stall 31, the first stall before the start finish line, with an opening in front of it.
      #27-Menard, who starts 3rd took the 3rd pit stall.
      The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 7th.
      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 Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
      #78-Truex, Jr. 176.377
      #2-Keselowski 176.136
      #4-Harvick 176.012
      #41-Busch 175.922
      #24-Elliott 175.864
      slowest: #32-Burton 168.136 & #55-Sorenson 167.6513.
      most laps run: #41-Busch 42 laps & #14-Stewart 41 laps
      See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Pocono Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(7-30-2016)

    • Truex, Jr. wins pole at Pocono: #78-Martin Truex, Jr won the pole for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 179.244mph for his 3rd pole of 2016, 1st at Pocono and 10th of his career. Truex, Jr has won from the pole once in nine previous tries.
      #19-Edwards will start 2nd, followed by #27-Menard, #11-Hamlin, #31-Newman, #14-Stewart, #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #42-Larson and #3-Dillon.
      Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will start 24th.
      #78-Truex, Jr was fastest in the second round with a speed of 178.426mph and will start on the pole.
      #19-Edwards paced the opening round of qualifying at 177.880mph and starts 2nd.
      Did not qualify: None.
      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).(7-29-2016)

    • Pocono Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
      Martin Truex Jr won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania 400 with a lap of 50.211 seconds, 179.244 mph.
      This is his 10th pole in 390 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2016.
      This is his first pole in 22 races at Pocono Raceway.
      Carl Edwards (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2016 and his 12th in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
      Paul Menard (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his fourth in 21 races this season.
      Chase Elliott (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
      (NASCAR Statistics)(7-29-2016)

    • Second Round of Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
      #78-Truex, Jr. 178.426
      #19-Edwards 178.363
      #11-Hamlin 178.105
      #20-Kenseth 178.094
      #27-Menard 178.094
      the rest of the top 12: 24 31 14 42 3 2 22;
      out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 47 17 41 18 4 21 1 13 48 34 5 88
      (7-29-2016)

    • First Round of Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
      #19-Edwards 177.880
      #78-Truex, Jr. 177.417
      #21-BLaney 177.291
      #4-Harvick 177.172
      #18-Busch 177.106
      the rest of the top 24: 22 31 48 11 27 2 3 24 20 17 41 5 34 42 13 14 1 88 47;
      out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 16 10 43 15 95 7 6 38 23 83 44 98 32 30 46 55
      Drivers who will miss the race: None
      (7-29-2016)

    • Friday practice for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over. The top-five, slowest and notes:
      #27-Menard 177.438
      #11-Hamlin 177.406
      #18-Busch 177.019
      #19-Edwards 176.944
      #4-Harvick 176.620
      slowest: #30-Wise 167.929 & #55-Sorenson 162.911.
      most laps run: #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 22 laps
      notes: The start of practice was delayed by more than 20 minutes while NASCAR dried the track of some weepers.
      Qualifying is scheduled for today at 4:15pm/et and will be shown on NBCSN. There is a chance of rain throughout the day (and the weekend).
      See fastest laps, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap avg on the Pocono Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-29-2016)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, July 29, 2016 at 4:15pm/et.
      Television (TV): NBCSN, 4:00pm/et
      Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
      Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air:
      Friday, July 29 at 10:00pm/et on NBCSN;
      Saturday, July 30 at 6:00pm/et on NBCSN;
      Sunday, July 31 at 10:30am/et on NBCSN

    • 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 Pennsylvania 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 #13-Mears.
      The final driver lined up on pit road will be #31-Newman.
      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).

    • Pocono Chase Clinch Scenarios: So far, the five drivers who have clinched Chase berths are #2-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Carl Edwards, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #20-Matt Kenseth. Chase-clinching scenarios for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono:
      #4-Kevin Harvick (1 win, 671 points, +434 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.
      #41-Kurt Busch (1 wins, 627 points, +390 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.
      #22-Joey Logano (1 Win, 606 points, +369 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.
      #78-Martin Truex Jr (1 win, 573 points, +336 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.
      #11-Denny Hamlin (1 win, 542 points, +305 points ahead of 31st): Can clinch with a win.
      All of the above drivers have already clinched a position in the top 30 in the drivers points standings, but need to clear the multiple wins hurdle.(NASCAR.com)(7-27-2016)

    • Entry List for the Pennsylvania 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*, #88-Jeff Gordon, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
      Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
      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 Indianapolis, race 20 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
      Set by most wins, then by points standing
      1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
      2) #18-Busch [4], 5th in driver points
      3) #19-Edwards [2], 6th
      4) #48-Johnson [2], 8th
      5) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
      6) #4-Harvick [1], 1st
      7) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
      8) #22-Logano [1], 4th
      9) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 7th
      10) #11-Hamlin [1], 10th
      11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
      no wins, in by drivers points standings
      12) #24-Elliott, 11th in drivers points, 63 ahead of 17th
      13) #3-Dillon, 12th, +58
      14) #31-Newman, 13th, +45
      15) #1-McMurray, 14th, +34
      16) #42-Larson, 15th, +10
      no wins, not in the Chase
      17) #5-Kahne, 16th, -10 pts
      18) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 17th, -11
      19) #6-Bayne, 18th, -14 pts
      20) #21-Blaney, 19th, -22 pts
      21) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 20th, -23pts
      (7-24-2016)

    • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
      [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]
      1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 671
      2) #2-Keselowski [4], 647, -24
      3) #41-Busch [1], 627, -44
      4) #22-Logano [1], 606, -65
      5) #18-Busch, [4], 601, -70
      6) #19-Edwards [2], 593, -78
      7) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 573, -98
      8) #48-Johnson [2], 552, -119
      9) #20-Kenseth [2], 506, -130
      10) #11-Hamlin, 542, -129
      See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
      See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official New Hampshire Race & Points Report (pdf).

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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: While NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series teams will run the same right-side tire code at Pocono this week, they will run different left-side codes . . . for Sprint Cup teams, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Pocono in June . . . while Pocono is the only track at which Cup teams will run this left-side tire code (D-4708), they did run this right-side code (D-4710) at Indianapolis last week . . . 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)