SPRINT CUP RACE INFO / RUNDOWN PAGE: News, Stats, Lineup, Results, Links and Info

THE RACE: 5-Hour Energy 500

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2011 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race


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Race: Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Long Pond, PA

Title Sponsor: 5-Hour Energy

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

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT's Countdown to Green - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 15 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage

Event Schedule

Friday, June 10th

12:30  1:55pm NSCS Practice
3:30  5:00pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, June 11th

11:10 am NSCS Qualifying
1:00 pm Pocono 200 ARCA Race

Sunday, June 12th

12:00 pm Salute to the Armed Services Pre-Race Festivities
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm Pocono 500 NSCS race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Purse/Race Awards

2011: $4,906,691
2010: $4,945,083
2009: $5,077,262
2008: $5,037,783
2007: $4,940,543
2006: $4,881,521
2005: $4,785,499
2004: $4,788,921
2003: $4,190,609


  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 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: 100,000
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 65mph
    Opened: 1974

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor Jason Lee
    Command to start engines: Jason Lee
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBD VIP  5hour ENERGY
    Invocation: Rev. Mike Salnicky
    God Bless Amercia: Clark Luis
    National Anthem: USO Liberty Bells
    Flyover: 2 CH-53E Helicopters, 772 USMC Heavy Helicopter Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ

  • Track Websites:
    Pococo Raceway
    Pocono Raceway - Facebook
    Pocono Raceway - Twitter
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway
    Pocono's Best

  • August 2010: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2010: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2010 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 169.485mph, finished 2nd

  • August 2010 Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 171.393mph, finished 2nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kasey Kahne, 24 years, 2 months, 3 days, 6/13/2004

  • Pole Winners: 35

  • June 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 136.303mph, started 4th

  • August 2010 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 132.246mph, started 12th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 10 months, 12 days, 6/16/1996

  • 1st Race 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

  • At Pocono Raceway:
    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.
    There have been 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
    There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    All NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles.
    Buddy Baker won the first pole.
    There have been 36 different pole winners, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race; 16 drivers have more than one pole there.
    The pole has been swept just three times: Bill Elliott (1985), Ken Schrader (1993), Denny Hamlin (2006).
    Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
    29 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott, with five victories; 20 drivers have won more than once there.
    There have been six season sweeps at Pocono, the last by Denny Hamlin in 2006.
    Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond each won three consecutive races at Pocono.
    47 of 66 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start.
    The June 2005 race was won by Carl Edwards from the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 11 Pocono victories.
    Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (19) and top 10s (33), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, six times (most recently in August 2004).
    Denny Hamlin (8.2) and Jimmie Johnson (9.5) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    There have been 100 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.
    137 drivers in NASCAR's three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
    There are three race winners from Pennsylvania in NASCAR's three national series.(NASCAR)

  • The Numbers for Pocono (all Sprint Cup races)
    1 - fewest cautions (7/30/78)
    2 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (twice, most recent 6/6/82)
    3 - fewest caution laps (7/30/78)
    4 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    4 - fewest leaders (twice, most recent 6/9/85)
    4 - fewest laps led by race winner (Bobby Labonte, 7/29/01)
    5 - most wins (Bill Elliott)
    5 - most poles (Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader)
    10 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at Pocono Raceway
    10 - fewest lead changes (7/26/98)
    11 - wins by car owner (Rick Hendrick)
    13 - most cautions (twice, most recent 7/24/05)
    16 - drivers with more than one pole at "The Tricky Triangle"
    16 - most leaders (three times, most recent 6/13/04)
    18 - fewest cars running at finish (7/25/82)
    22 - wins from the front row; 13 from the pole
    29 - worst starting position for race winner (Carl Edwards, 6/12/05)
    29 - different race winners
    36 - different pole winners
    36 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/10/07)
    42 - most cars running at finish (6/10/07)
    56 - most lead changes (7/30/79)
    57 - most caution laps (6/13/04)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.5-mile track
    175 - laps led by race winner (Kurt Busch, 8/5/07)
    2011 Caution Update
    3 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    111 - number of cautions in the first 13 races of 2011; includes 51 for accidents, 23 for debris and 19 for spins
    551 of 4,348 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    710.429 of 5,372.000 - miles under caution in the first 13 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(6-9-2011)

  • Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Pocono: 0 for 48 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Daytona: 0 for 51 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    Indianapolis: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Homestead: 0 for 12 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    (plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(2-14-2011)

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

Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 10, 12:30 - 1:55pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 10, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, June 11 at 11:10 am/et, TV-SPEED at 11:30am/et; no re-air scheduled
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.

RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Gordon wins at Pocono: #24-Jeff Gordon won the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2011 and 84th win of his career. The win ties him with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for 3rd on the all-time win list in the series. The win was Gordon's 5th at Pocono, tying him with Bill Elliott for the most wins at the track.
    Pole sitter #22-Busch finished second followed by #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Montoya, #17-Kesneth, #39-Newman and #56-Truex Jr. #11-Hamlin led the most laps with 76 but lost a tire late and finsihed 19th. Points leader #99-Edwards had a valve in the engine break and spent a lot of time/laps in the garage, finishing 37th and now only leads #48-Johnson by 6 points.
    There were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers; 4 cautions for 14 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 90,000, down from 105,000 last June.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, June 15 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.(6-12-2011)

  • #18 fails inspection UPDATE 3 Penalties announced: The #18 M&M's Toyota of Kyle Busch failed post race inspection at Pocono with a height issue on the left-front end. The car will be taken to NASCAR's R&D center, any penalties normally announced Tuesday.
    UPDATE: Kyle Busch's third place finishing car in Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono raceway failed post race inspection. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was found to be too low after NASCAR officials inspected it three times following Sunday's race. Busch's left front was too low and NASCAR will take the car back to its R&D Center in Concord, N.C. While he will be allowed to keep his third place finish a fine and points penalty will more than likely be assessed. "it's the last thing I expected - I have as many questions as you," said crew chief Dave Rogers.(CBS Sports)
    UPDATE 2: NASCAR officials said the front left was too low on the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Crew chief Dave Rogers said the car was 1/16th of an inch outside the tolerances already allowed by the governing body. Because the car passed pre-race inspection Rogers speculated the violation was the result of a broken part. Because NASCAR doesn't typically differentiate whether the violation was intentional or unintentional, Busch faces a potential fine, points deduction or both. He currently is fifth in points, 25 behind leader Carl Edwards who lost his big lead after an engine failure left him 37th at the 2.5-mile track. Rogers said it was a "huge surprise'' when NASCAR informed him the car failed and would be taken to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation. "It's disappointing," Rogers said. "I can't tell you a whole lot right now. We sit on bump stops in these race cars. Your springs often don't damage. We were struggling all weekend and we went back to what we raced last spring when we finished second. We put the same package in -- same front shocks, same front springs. We went through tech just fine last year, but obviously everything has a year on it and everything is mileaged out. I don't have any excuses for you. It's the last thing I expected after the race." Rogers said there was a lot of damage on the left front fender, apparently from bottoming out on the rough Pocono surface. He said Busch also got into the fence on the right side. "There is plenty of body damage, but nothing that I could look at and say,'Hey, NASCAR, here's a problem,'" Rogers said. "I would just be trying to make excuses if I tried to justify it."(ESPN.com)(6-12-2011)
    UPDATE 3 #18 Team penalties announced: NASCAR has penalized the #18 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
    The #18 Toyota was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (body height requirements  car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.
    As a result, crew chief Dave Rogers has been fined $25,000, while owner Joe Gibbs and driver Kyle Busch have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively.(NASCAR)
    STATEMENT FROM JGR: "We brought the #18 car back to our race shop and have identified the problem which caused us to measure low during the post-race inspection process in Pocono yesterday afternoon. We have made NASCAR aware of our findings and we accept the penalty they have issued today."(JGR)(6-13-2011)

  • Pocono Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Jeff Gordon scored his 84th career victory in his 631st race.
    " Jeff Gordon is the fourth driver to post multiple wins in 2011.
    " Jeff Gordon posted his fifth victory at Pocono in his 37th race, tying Bill Elliott for the most wins at the track; Gordon posted his fifth top-10 finish in the past six races there.
    " Jeff Gordon led three times for 39 laps, including the final 19; he has now led 957 laps, most by any driver at Pocono.
    " Hendrick Motorsports scored its 197th career victory, 12th at Pocono (most of all time), and third in 2011.
    " Chevrolet scored its 25th win at Pocono and seventh of the season, both the most of all makes.
    " Kurt Busch (second) posted his best finish of the season.
    " Kyle Busch (third) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2011; he has posted top-fives in two of past three Pocono races.
    " Jimmie Johnson (fourth) posted his seventh top-10 in the past eight Pocono races; he extended a 19-race streak of running at the finish at Pocono.
    " Kevin Harvick (fifth) posted his third consecutive top-five at Pocono; he extended a 13-race streak of lead-lap finishes at Pocono, the longest current streak.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth) posted his third consecutive top-10; he has finished 14th or better in all but two races in 2011.
    " Juan Montoya (seventh) has osted top-10 finishes in four of the past five Pocono races.
    " Matt Kenseth (eighth) extended a 23-race streak of running at the finish at Pocono, the longest current streak; he extended an 11-race streak of lead-lap finishes.
    " Ryan Newman (ninth) has finished 14th or better in the past six Pocono races.(NASCAR.com/Racing Recall)(6-13-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the 30th Annual 5-hour ENERGY 500 , his 84th victory in 631 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Gordon ties Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2011.
    This is his fifth victory and 26th top-10 finish in 37 races at Pocono Raceway. Gordon ties Bill Elliott for the most series wins at Pocono Raceway with five.
    #22-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 13 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #71-Andy Lally (32nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #99-Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 6 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-12-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 492
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 486, -6
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 482, -10
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 481, -11
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 467, -25
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 457, -35
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 448, -44
    8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 419, -73
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 417, -75
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 417, -75
    wild cards
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 411, -81 [11th in points]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 408, -84 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 13 pts out of 20th; and #78-Smith is 27th, 47 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-12-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    No changes this week.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 224, +53
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 221, +50
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 212, +41
    34) #32-Carpentier/FAS Lane, 210, +39
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 173, +2 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 171, 2 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 168, -5
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 160, -13
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-12-2011)

  • Penalty Report / Infraction Sheet - Pocono:
    Car#, Lap, Infraction, Flag, Penalty, Lap Assessed
    #27 48 Speed-Exiting pits G Pass Thru 49
    #83 93 Speed-Exiting pits G Pass Thru 95
    #83 95 Speed-Exiting pits G Stop & Go 98
    #13 112 Pitting out of order Y Tail of Field 116
    #13 112 Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Y Tail of Field 116
    #32 134 Speed-Exiting pits G Pass Thru 136
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-12-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down on the track
    Caution 3: #43-Allmendinger, 25th
    Caution 4: #5-Martin, 18th

  • Pit Road Times
    Pocono Raceway
    5-Hour Energy 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, June 12, 2011 @ 05:09 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    51 7 Landon Cassill(i) 200 04:40.0 280.023 40.003
    42 8 Juan Pablo Montoya 200 04:47.5 287.466 35.933
    22 8 Kurt Busch 200 05:01.0 301.025 37.628
    39 8 Ryan Newman 200 05:01.7 301.665 37.708
    24 8 Jeff Gordon 200 05:01.7 301.741 37.718
    17 8 Matt Kenseth 200 05:02.6 302.627 37.828
    00 8 David Reutimann 200 05:04.6 304.59 38.074
    78 8 Regan Smith 200 05:08.7 308.663 38.583
    20 8 Joey Logano 200 05:11.3 311.327 38.916
    48 8 Jimmie Johnson 200 05:12.8 312.824 39.103
    27 9 Paul Menard 200 05:19.8 319.828 35.536
    56 9 Martin Truex Jr. 200 05:31.7 331.664 36.852
    31 8 Jeff Burton 200 05:32.5 332.526 41.566
    29 9 Kevin Harvick 200 05:38.2 338.195 37.577
    18 9 Kyle Busch 200 05:40.5 340.532 37.837
    88 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 200 05:41.0 340.966 37.885
    6 9 David Ragan 200 05:43.1 343.078 38.12
    11 9 Denny Hamlin 200 05:45.0 344.981 38.331
    83 10 Brian Vickers 200 05:45.7 345.689 34.569
    5 9 Mark Martin 200 05:49.5 349.47 38.83
    14 9 Tony Stewart 200 05:56.4 356.449 39.605
    33 8 Clint Bowyer 200 06:26.4 386.36 48.295
    4 9 Kasey Kahne 200 07:01.5 421.55 46.839
    2 11 Brad Keselowski 200 08:56.3 536.301 48.755
    36 7 Dave Blaney 199 04:54.8 294.806 42.115
    34 8 David Gilliland 199 05:26.9 326.89 40.861
    47 9 Bobby Labonte 199 05:44.5 344.493 38.277
    43 9 A J Allmendinger 199 06:20.6 380.599 42.289
    16 11 Greg Biffle 199 07:12.0 431.954 39.269
    13 9 Casey Mears 198 08:53.6 533.609 59.29
    32 9 Mike Bliss(i) 197 05:49.2 349.234 38.804
    71 10 Andy Lally # 194 10:42.6 642.638 64.264
    1 8 Jamie McMurray* 189 19:24.1 1,164.15 145.518
    9 7 Marcos Ambrose* 154 50:18.9 3,018.90 431.271
    38 7 Sam Hornish Jr(i)* 140 02:41.4 3,761.41 537.344
    37 8 Tony Raines* 124 17:08.2 1,028.22 128.527
    99 3 Carl Edwards* 59 26:41.2 8,801.23 2,933.74
    7 1 Scott Wimmer(i)* 51 06:50.2 410.159 410.159
    50 1 T J Bell #* 33 04:04.0 244.046 244.046
    87 1 Joe Nemechek(i) 29 00:45.1 45.136 45.136
    66 2 Michael McDowell* 29 09:54.3 594.267 297.134

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    # Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Race Coverage of the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2011.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, June 15 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #27-Menard took pit stall 31, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #00-Reutimann, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-11-2011)

  • 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

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2011 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, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Kurt Busch wins Pocono pole: #22-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Pocono 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 171.579mph. It is his 2nd pole of the season and the 14th of his career. Busch has won the pole for two races in a row and Penske Racing has won three straight. #27-Menard starts 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #78-Smith, #99-Edwards, #9-Ambrose, #39-Newman, #00-Reutimann and #5-Martin.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #46-Yeley, #71-Lally, #38-Hornish Jr., #87-Nemechek, #66-McDowell, #37-Raines, #81-Riggs & #50-Bell.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #60-Skinner.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-11-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #22-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual 5-hour Energy 500 with a lap of 52.454 seconds, 171.579 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 378 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2011.
    This is his first pole in 21 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #27-Paul Menard (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2011 and his first in nine races at Pocono Raceway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 22nd top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth in 14 races this season.
    #71-Andy Lally (24th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-11-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11:10am/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 11:30am/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Pocono Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #7-Wimmer, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #99-Edwards, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-10-2011)

  • NEW 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures: (as of June 10, 2011)
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) Qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book. Set by top-35 practice speeds, then go-or-go homers. If all practices and qualifying are cancelled, then set by top 35 owners points, then race attempts

  • Happy Hour practice for the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 166.125
    #83-Vickers 166.067
    #99-Edwards 166.030
    #2-Keselowski 165.926
    #48-Johnson 165.700
    slowest: #7-Wimmer 159.815 & #50-Bell 161.195
    notes: #22-Busch spun in turn 2 and wacked the wall with the rear of the car early in practice, the team brought out the backup car. Busch was able to get a few laps in the backup.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(6-10-2011)

  • Happy Hour Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers at Pocono:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #38-Sam Hornish Jr., 26th fastest overall
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 28th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 30th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 31st
    #37-Tony Raines, 32nd
    #60-Mike Skinner, 38th
    #71-Andy Lally, 39th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #50-Bell, 43rd.(6-10-2011)

  • 1st Friday practice for the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #99-Edwards 167.729
    #27-Menard 167.648
    #48-Johnson 167.454
    #14-Stewart 166.769
    #22-Busch 166.728
    slowest: #7-Wimmer 159.552 & #50-Bell 160.448
    Note: Scott Wimmer is in the #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge and Bliss is in the #32.
    This session will set the qualifying order for Saturday's qualifying, with slowest out first and fastest out last, all cars, the field is not separated by top-35 in owners points anymore.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(6-10-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Michael McDowell, 27th fastest overall
    #38-Sam Hornish Jr., 31st
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 32nd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 34th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 38th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 39th
    #71-Andy Lally, 40th
    #37-Tony Raines, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #50-Bell, 43rd.(6-10-2011)

  • The Entry List for the5-Hour Energy 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #37-Tony Raines (39/13)
    #38-Sam Hornish, Jr. (38/13)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/13)
    #50-T.J. Bell (52/3)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/13)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/13)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/11)
    #81-Scott Riggs (50/4)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/13)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,38,37,46,66,87,60,81
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 50
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(6-6-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    No changes this week.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 203, +39
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 203, +39
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 198, +34
    34) #32-Carpentier/FAS Lane, 197, +33
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 173, +9 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed:
    (however, #21 will not run Pocono, so the #7 will be locked in)
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 164, 9 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 156, -17
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 151, -22
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-5-2011)

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Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Pocono: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Pocono Raceway for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin Manion and the McDonald's team have elected to bring Chassis number #1102 to Pocono Raceway. This is the same chassis that McMurray drove earlier in 2011 at Las Vegas, Texas and most recently at Dover in May.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-736 during Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski drove this chassis to a 36th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in April. Keselowski's father, 1989 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Bob Keselowski, made his only NASCAR Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway in 1994. Brad's uncle, Ron Keselowski, picked up a win at the 2.5-mile triangle in the now-defunct USAC stock car division in April of 1974. The featured tag line on the bumper of the "Blue Deuce" this weekend at Pocono will be "Triple Hopping the Triangle." Triple hop brewing is the process that gives Miller Lite its award-winning, great taste. Pocono Raceway has long been known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its unusual triangle shape.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary Chassis RK-759 Last ran Dover and finished 28th. BackupChassis RK-695 last ran Phoenix in 2010 as the #99  finished first.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 754 for the 500-mile event at Pocono Raceway. This Stanley Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Martinsville and Dover. Australian Word of the Week: Ace = Excellent or Very Good
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-640 debuted in May at Darlington Raceway where it enjoyed a solid outing, qualifying ninth and leading six laps before finishing seventh. It's since been tested in the wind tunnel, and Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway will mark its second career start.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: RK-741 (Last run at Texas and won), this weekend Kenseth will pilot the #17 Affliction Clothing Live Fast Ford.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 302 will make its third career start in Sunday's 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway, as this car has finished no worse than third in its two previous starts. No. 302 made its debut in April at Martinsville, where Busch started 11th and led a race-high 151 laps before bringing home a solid third-place finish. The #18 team brought this chassis to Richmond International Raceway in late-April, where Busch started 20th and led four times for a race-high 235 laps enroute to the Crown Royal 400 victory.
    #22-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led Shell-Pennzoil "Double-Deuce" Dodge Team will be racing their "PRS-744" Dodge Charger this weekend at Pocono. "This is the car that we debuted at Vegas back in March and ran again in April at Texas," said team engineer Dave Winston. "We led laps and finished in the top-10 in both races. We've massaged on it quite a bit the last month in getting it ready for Pocono." Busch first ran the car in the March 6 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he started 22nd and finished ninth. The team ran the car again in the April 9 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway where Busch started 10th and finished 10th, leading the race on five occasions for a total of 50 laps. The "PRS-738" (Phoenix car) will serve as the backup Dodge Charger at Pocono.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 347 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Menards / Pittsburgh Paints Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen on track at Dover where Menard brought home a 24th-place result after starting from the 20th position. This car also saw paces earlier this year at Auto Club Speedway where Menard started 15th and finished 16th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. The team utilized this race car eight times in 2010, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes. The top-five runs includ second-place finishes at Auto Club Speedway (2/21) and Indianapolis (7/25), and Harvick's win at Michigan (8/15). The #29 Chevy will sport the Okuma logos this weekend at Pocono, marking the first time Okuma has been the primary sponsor of an RCR car in Sprint Cup competition.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 317 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for the 2010 season, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevy Impala to an eighth-place finish at Pocono in August before piloting the chassis to a 24th-place result at Michigan two weeks later and to a 23rd-place result at Auto Club Speedway in October. After going through offseason modifications, this RCR entry last competed at Bristol in March and Dover last month where Burton was credited with 17th- and 11th-place finishes, respectively.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 350 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet Impala, built new for 2011, has now seen action twice this season. The first being a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and the most recent coming two weeks ago in the Coca-Cola 600 when Bowyer brought home a 15th-place effort. The familiar Cheerios/Hamburger Helper paint scheme will return to Bowyer's #33 Chevy this weekend at "The Tricky Triangle."
    #36-Dave Blaney: will run the No. 910 chassis. TBR previously ran the chassis at Darlington Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The team finished 24th and 30th, respectively. TBR will compete to feed America's families again this weekend, as Golden Corral returns to the #36 TBR Chevy. If the #36 Golden Corral Chevy finishes in the top-10 in the 5-hour Energy 500, kids eat free (with an adult purchase) on Monday, June 13th. Golden Corral will also donate $5,000 to the DAV.
    #39-Ryan Newman In four previous starts, primary chassis No. 39-609 has two top-five finishes. The car made its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2010 to finish a respectable 17th. The car's second start came at Auto Club Speedway, last fall, finishing fifth. Its final appearance of the 2010 season came at Texas Motor Speedway. Newman was in position to score a top-10 finish. However, he was overtaken by several cars with fresher tires on a late restart and finished 20th. During the offseason, the car's front clip was updated for 2011. The car's first appearance this year came in March at Auto Club Speedway. Thanks to key adjustments and pit strategy throughout the 200-lap race, Newman scored his third top-five of the season. This weekend's Pocono 500 will mark the car's second start this year.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Team Target Crew Chief Brian Pattie has elected to bring chassis #1103 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. The last time Montoya used this chassis, he finished in the 12th position in the Sprint All-Star Race. Prior to the race at Charlotte, this chassis started on the pole and had a tenth-place run at Auto Club Speedway in March of 2011.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at Pocono. This Medallion Financial Ford Fusion has been run previously this season at Phoenix, Martinsville Speedway and Darlington Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 650 at Pocono. He finished ninth in this chassis at Dover International Raceway in May. Backup chassis No. 623 crossed the finish line 16th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Kellogg's will be unloading chassis RK-732 this weekend at Pocono. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards won with at Vegas and finished second at Darlington. The team will debut the Kellogg's paint scheme for the first of two primary races this season.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-9/10-2011)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,250; Right-side -- 1,350

    Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4178; Right-side -- D-4160

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear  14 psi
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 31 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they have run at Pocono for the last two seasons . . . this will be the fifth consecutive Sprint Cup race at this two-and-a-half-mile track that teams will be on this tire set-up . . . both of these two tire codes  LS: D-4178 / RS: D-4160  are scheduled to be run at Pocono only as part of the 2011 Goodyear tire lineup . . . as on all NASCAR tracks that are greater than one mile in length and are not road courses, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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