THE RACE: Pocono 500

    Nextel Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 13, 2004 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 16 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 17 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, June 18 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,788,921 (was $4,190,609 in 2003)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 11, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, June 12, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 12, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX tape delay at 6:30pm/et.

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 11, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: or
    Qualifying order -

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, June 11 at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel - no re-air.

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
    Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, 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

  • Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Pocono 500 page


    NASCAR Nextel Cup Series - Race No. 14 - Pocono 500
    Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile oval) - Long Pond, Pa.
    Fast Facts for June 11-13, 2004

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left - 1,200; Right - 1,200

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6826; Right - D-6828

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 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 - 18 psi; Left Rear - 18 psi;
    Right Front - 32 psi; Right Rear - 29 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Pocono . . . the previous combination had been run at the track since June 2001 . . . Nextel Cup teams ran this tire set-up earlier this season at both Las Vegas and Bristol . . the only other track on which Cup teams will run these codes in 2004 is Indianapolis . . . in addition, Busch and Truck Series teams will run this combination at Nashville this season . . .as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote - Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Teams have run this set-up twice already this season, so they should be very familiar with how these tires perform. As far as Pocono goes, the right-side compound we are bringing is the same as last year, though the left-side is softer. Comparing to 2003, the overall contruction is also softer, continuing on what we've done with the entire 2004 tire lineup."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Pocono Raceway for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(6-6-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Pocono is: $55,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Talladega: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
    Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
    Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(6-6-2004)



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news and links

  • Changes to finishing order: after meeting with #17-Matt Kenseth and #29-Kevin Harvick for their beating and banging and spinning each other out, NASCAR moved both to the tail end of the lead lap. So Kenseth goes to 21st and Harvick goes to 20th. Unofficial results already had Kenseth in 21st due to his pitstop, Harvick drops from 10th to 20th but maintains 9th in the driver points standings.(Speed Channel's Speed News coverage)(6-13-2004)

  • Johnson wins a wild race at Pocono: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, dominating most of the race and leading the most laps and overcoming a pit road miscue. #19-Jeremy Mayfield finished 2nd, followed by #18-Bobby Labonte, #24-Jeff Gordon and #97-Kurt Busch. Over 25% of the laps were run under caution and the race ended under caution as #99-Burton lost an engine with only four laps to go. Some IDIOT tossed debris out of the stands and hit one of the flagmen and security is hunting for the the IDIOT. #17-Kenseth and #29-Harvick got into a spinning match, each spinning each other out and have been called to the NASCAR hauler. #8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 6th and maintains the points lead. It is Johnson's third win of 2004.[see another race story at ]
    For results see:
    Jayski's Pocono Race Results / Awards Page

    Motorsports One

  • Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Pocono:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2113
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2055, -58
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 1889, -224
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 1874, -239
    #20-Tony Stewart, 1854, -259
    Standings at:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono

  • - Rumblings - Pocono: Jimmie Johnson led early, led often (eight times for 126 laps), and led the final 28 circuits to take his first Pocono win, his third of the season, and the 9th of his Cup career (he's now tied for 48th on the all-time win list). It was the 9th victory for Hendrick Motorsports at Pocono Raceway, their 5th of the season, and the 122nd in their history. Johnson cashed $186,950 from the over $4.7M in posted awards. With the exception of the way the race was run from the tower, it was the usual Pocono....tough on motors and tough on transmissions. Throw in a few more than the usual lug-nut troubles as well and it all added up to a weird day.
    Jeremy Mayfield (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Atlanta in March.
    Kurt Busch (5th) had his best finish since he won at Bristol in March.
    Greg Biffle (11th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Atlanta in March.
    Jeff Green (15th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Texas in the #30 car in April of 2003! This was the best finish for the #43 car since John Andretti was 8th at California in April of 2003!
    Geoffrey Bodine (28th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Daytona in July of 2002. (only 9 races)
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Scott Riggs (+24), followed by Kurt Busch (+22). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a lonely Mark Martin (-32). A slim category this week....
    P. J. Jones led today for the first time in his Cup career (only his 13th start). He's the 40th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 48.
    No changes in the Top-10 after this week (points-wise). Those are the only drivers currently eligible for the "Chase" at the moment, and it's beginning to look like there will be only 10 in the post-season. In the race of consequence, Jeremy Mayfield is now only two markers out of the last transfer spot. Mayfield made the best move forward (15th to 11th) this week, while Michael Waltrip (20th to 24th) made the commensurate move in the opposite direction.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-13-2004)

  • Pocono Race Stuff:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 2004 Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, scoring his ninth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 89th start. His last victory came at Lowe's Motor Speedway, two races ago.
    * This is Johnson's third victory in 2004, tying Dale Earnhardt Jr., for the most this season. Johnson also scored victories at Darlington and Charlotte. All nine of Johnson's victories have occurred on superspeedways.
    * Johnson's first victory was his second top-10 finish in five races at Pocono Raceway. He has posted top 15 finishes in all five of his Pocono races.
    * Johnson posted his 10th top-10 finish in 2004.
    * Johnson led eight times for 126 laps including the final 28 laps of the 200 laps raced in the 2004 Pocono 500. Johnson led the most laps for the second time in 2004.
    * In the last three races (Charlotte-Dover-Pocono), Johnson led 461 of the 1,000 laps raced (46 percent).
    * This was the eighth victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has five and Dodge has one.
    Notebook Items
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point leader, his ninth race in 2004 as leader of the point standings. He now leads by 58 points over second-place Jimmie Johnson.
    * Nine drivers are within 400 points of current point leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the countdown to the chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship .
    * Jeremy Mayfield (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish in 2004. He has scored top-10 finishes in the last three races. Mayfield scored his eighth top-10 finish in 20 races at Pocono Raceway. This is Mayfield's eighth second-place finish since his last victory which came at Pocono in June 2000.
    * Bobby Labonte (third) scored his seventh top-10 finish in 2004 and his seventh top-10 finish in 23 races at Pocono Raceway. He climbed from eighth to sixth in the point standings.
    * Jeff Gordon (fourth) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2004. He climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings. Gordon scored his 16th top-10 finish in 23 races at Pocono Raceway (70 percent).
    * Kurt Busch (fifth) scored his sixth top-10 finish in 2004. Busch scored his third top-10 finish in seven races at Pocono Raceway, including top-five finishes in three of his last four races there.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2004. Earnhardt Jr., has scored top 10 finishes in his last four races in 2004. He has scored four top-10 finishes in nine races at Pocono Raceway.
    * Brian Vickers (13th) was the highest finishing rookie for the third time in 2004.
    * Kevin Harvick (20th) extended his streak of running at the finish in 53 straight races, dating to Rockingham in November 2002.
    * Matt Kenseth (21st) has ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 49 straight races.
    * Michael Waltrip (33rd) ended a three-race streak of top-10 finishes.
    * P.J. Jones (22nd), who competed in his 13th NEXTEL race, led a lap for the first time in his career.
    * The 16 different lap leaders in the 2004 Pocono 500 tied the record for the most in a race at Pocono. There were also 16 different lap leaders in June 1990 and 2003.
    * The 112.129 mph average speed was the slowest in a Pocono race since the track opened in 1974.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-13-2004)

  • The Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 200 of 200 laps:
    car#, driver, starting spot
    #48-Johnson (5)(126 laps led)
    #19-Mayfield (7)(5 laps led)
    #18-Labonte (17)
    #24-Gordon (6)(17 laps led)
    #97-Busch (27)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(16)
    #5-Labonte (19)
    #31-Gordon (13)
    #42-McMurray (14)
    #41-Mears (21)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (16):
    #51-Lepage (?-out)
    #37-Bodine (engine-out)
    #00-Long (?-out)
    #72-Shelmerdine (?-out)
    #77-Gaughan (engine-out)
    #89-Shepherd (engine-out)
    #45-Petty (engine-out)
    #6-Martin (engine-out)
    #22-Wimmer (accident-out)
    #32-Craven (engine-out)
    #15-Waltrip (accident-out)
    #2-Wallace (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #88-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #99-Burton (engine-out)
    #40-Marlin (accident-off)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (16 with 30 lead changes):
    #01-Nemechek (10 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (126 - the most)
    #50-P.J. Jones (1)
    #88-Jarrett (2)
    #9-Kahne (4)
    #40-Marlin (2)
    #25-Vickers (1)
    #24-Gordon (19)
    #12-Newman (18)
    #16-Biffle (2)
    #5-Labonte (1)
    #20-Stewart (1)
    #6-Martin (2)
    #18-Labonte (1)
    #17-Kenseth (5)
    #19-Mayfield (5)

    Cautions: 11 for 57 laps

    Caution 11 - Laps 196 - 200/END: #99-Burton lost an engine. Race ended under caution.
    Caution 10 - Laps 189 - 192: #42-McMurray comes up on #50-Jones and gets into the left front, causing a left front tire rub and a lot of smoke on the #50.
    Caution 9 - Laps 184 - 188: #31-Gordon got too low and on the rumble strips, came up the track and into #12-Newman who spun around and hit the turn three wall and drove it on to the pit road.
    Caution 8 - Laps 177 - 180: #20-Stewart got high and spun off turn one.
    Caution 7 - Laps 168 - 172: #2-Wallace got into the rear of #15-Waltrip when Waltrip slowed down, Waltrip spun around and wapped the left side hard, but walked away ok as did Wallace. No $5 off Domino's pizza this week. Waltrip is ticked. Wallace says he lost his brakes.
    Caution 6 - Laps 156 - 162: #32-Craven lost an engine in turn one and dumped a lot of oil on the track.
    Caution 5 - Laps 121 - 130 [25 miles of caution]: #18-Labonte broke an oil line, #22-Wimmer and #40-Marlin got together after getting in the oil, #40 got stuick in the grass, off turn 2. Took a long time to clean up the oil and blow off the track.
    Caution 4 - Laps 114 - 117: #6-Martin lost an engine [not one of the new Ford packages]
    Caution 3 - Laps 61 - 66: Blown up sir! #77-Gaughan blew an engine.
    Caution 2 - Laps 51 - 54: #0-Burton got loose and spun thru the grass in turn 2, #8-Earnhardt Jr. was behind Burton, but did not hit the #0.
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 5: #89-Shepherd was smoking on the first lap

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 11: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 10: #21-Rudd [now on lead lap],
    Caution 9: #21-Rudd [still a lap down],
    Caution 8: #10-Riggs [now on lead lap],
    Caution 7: #10-Riggs [still a lap down],
    Caution 6: #43-Green,
    Caution 5: #15-Waltrip,
    Caution 4: #01-Nemechek,
    Caution 3: #0-Burton,
    Caution 2: #49-Schrader,
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down [that are on the track]
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- the race ended under caution, some IDIOT tosses something from the stands and hit one of the flagmen, security is looking for the IDIOT.
    ---- during caution, #17-Kenseth got spun out by #29-Harvick, then Harvick got spun out by Kenseth, expect both to get called to the big white trailer after the race. Kenseth had made contact with Harvick just before Kenseth got spun out. Kenseth came in to pit for tires.
    ---- #88-Jarrett lost an engine on lap 195 but got off the track and onto pitroad.
    ---- #50-Jones wapped the wall in turn one on lap 175, right at the end of the SAFER wall when he got high, but drove on.
    ---- somehow #48-Johnson didin't get picked up by the pace car on the 6th caution, most of the other leaders made pit stops, so NASCAR closed pitroad, then re-opened it for lead laps cars only.
    ---- #20-Stewart is in the garage area getting transmission repairs during the 6th caution.
    ---- #88-Jarrett had to come back in as the left front didn't get all the lugnuts on/or tight.
    ---- confusion about NASCAR's new caution rule when #48-Johnson was leading the race with #32-Craven's engine blew. But Johnson apparently thought he needed to wait for the pace car to pick him up before he could head onto pit road. While Johnson headed around the track, most of the cars behind him dove toward the pits. Then before Johnson could pit himself, NASCAR closed pit road so Craven's car could be pushed out of harm's way. Later, NASCAR officials claimed pit road was opened one lap sooner than it was supposed to be because of human error.
    ---- all the leaders came in to pit but leader #48-Johnson
    ---- #20-Stewart has lost overdrive on his transmission as of lap 143.
    ---- during the 5th caution, many of the drivers in the rear of the leaders came in to top off with fuel.
    ---- #19-Mayfield, hit the #16 front tire carrier coming into his pit, but the carrier is OK.
    ---- this may get confusing as many teams are on different pit schedules as of lap 100.
    ---- #15-Waltrip ran of gas on lap 93, just after the turn 2 and coasted into the pits and lost at least a lap.
    ---- #12-Newman made it to the pits but was out of gas on lap 92.
    ---- #01-Nemechek is running with only third gear as of lap 90
    ---- #24-Gordon was penalized for loose lugnuts on the left rear during the green flag stops 82-88 range.
    ---- around laps 83-88 green flag pits stops are occuring for the leaders.
    ---- as of lap 80, #30-Blaney is back on the track after getting the shocks replaced
    ---- as of lap 77, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is reporting he is getting NO grip on the track, and is sliding around.
    ---- as of lap 70, #01-Nemechek is smoking, possible tire smoke on the left front as he ran into the right rear of the #99-Burton car.
    ---- during the 3rd caution, looks like many of the drivers from 7th and back came into pit, the top 6 and some others didn't.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, the #30 crew was under the hood, changing shocks.
    ---- #21-Rudd was penalized for speeding on pit road during the 1st green flag stops.
    ---- #72-Shelmerdine ran out of gas on lap 37, got off the track onto the access road, no caution.
    ---- green flag pit stops for the leaders occurred around lap 30-35 range.
    ---- #89-Shepherd is back on the teack as of lap 30, 25 laps down.
    ---- on lap 24 while running in the top 10, #01-Nemechek had a tire go down and made an unscheduled pitstop.
    ---- while running 29th, #17-Kenseth made an unscheduled pitstop as he had a loose lug nut on the right rear.
    ---- a few drivers from the tail end of the field made pit stops during the first caution: #'s 43, 50, 4, 21, 10, 32, #37-Bodine came in and had the hood up, fixed it and is back on the track.
    ---- to the back, #89-Shepherd and one other driver, possibly #50-Jones.

  • Happy Hour practice at Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500 is over, the fastest lap:
    #9-Kahne 167.657
    #19-Mayfield 167.274
    #24-Gordon 167.159
    #38-Sadler 167.159
    #6-Martin 167.041
    The slowest: #72-Shelmerdine 156.906 and #00-Long 157.892
    No speed listed for: #89-Shepherd - hasn't been on the track at all for any practice or qualfying
    (isn't that a rule that a driver make at least ONE lap before being in a race??)
    Most laps run by: #19-Mayfield 29, #12-Newman and #88-Jarrett 26
    Best average speed [all laps run ave]: #24-Gordon 165.095
    See speeds at or
    Happy Hour will be televised on FX via tape delay at 6:30pm/et before the Nashville Busch Series race coverage begins.(6-12-2004)

  • Saturday's First Practice at Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500 is over. The Fastest lap:
    #6-Martin 167.501
    #40-Marlin 167.404
    #41-Mears 167.125
    #9-Kahne 167.050
    #19-Mayfield 167.022
    Most laps run: #9-Kahne 27, #19-Mayfield 24
    Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine at 158.442 and #31-Gordon at 161.970
    No speed listed for #98-G. Bodine, #51-Lepage, #00-Long or #89-Shepherd.
    best in average speed of all laps run:
    #6-Martin 166.321
    #24-Gordon 166.128
    #48-Johnson 165.968
    See speeds at or

  • TO THE BACK: have heard of no driver having to go to the rear of the field at the start of the race due to an engine change or back-up car.(6-12-2004)

  • Kahne wins pole at Pocono: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Bud Pole for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway with a new track/event record speed of 172.533mph. It is Kahne's 4th pole of 2004 and he now leads in the most poles for 2004. For the first time since Sept 2002 at Richmond, there will be an all-rookie front row as #25-Brian Vickers qualified on the outside pole with a speed of 172.308. Back in 2002 the all rookie front row was #48-Johnson [pole] and #12-Newman [outside pole]. which was the first time in modern histroy [1972-present] that happened. The rest of the top five were #01-Nemechek, #6-Martin and #48-Johnson. Points leader #8-Earnhardt Jr. qualified 16th. Missing the race were #94-Barrett and #80-Hillenburg. Nice run for #00-Carlo Long who picked up a lot on his 2nd lap and qualifed the new #00 team 38th, otherwise the team would had missed the race as they are not eligible until after their 4th race attempt for a provisional.
    For starting lineups/qualifying results see my Pocono 500 Qualifying/Grid Page

    MotorSports One

  • Qualifying Notes: Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Pocono 500, lapping Pocono Raceway in 52.164 seconds at 172.533 mph. He broke Tony Stewart's track-qualifying record of 52.207 seconds, 172.391 mph, set July 21, 2000. Only Kahne bested Stewart's 2000 speed.
    This is the fourth consecutive race and fifth time overall that a new track qualifying record has been set this season (Las Vegas; Richmond; Charlotte, Dover and Pocono). This is Kahne's fourth career Bud Pole in 14 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at California - four races ago. Kahne tied Art Watts (1957) for the quickest that a driver has reached his fourth career pole.
    It is Kahne's first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Pocono. He became the 15th different Bud Pole winner in the past 16 races at Pocono. Qualifying was canceled by weather in June 2002. Brian Vickers had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 52.232 seconds at 172.308 mph and will join Kahne on the front row. It is his fifth consecutive top-10 start and his seventh overall in 2004. It is also his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Pocono. This is the eighth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has four Bud Poles and Ford has two. Joe Nemechek (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. It is his eighth top-10 start in his 20 races at Pocono. Mark Martin (fourth) posted his fourth top-10 start in 2004. It is his 27th top-10 start in his 35 races at Pocono. Jimmie Johnson (fifth) has started seventh or better in all five of his races at Pocono. It is his eighth top-10 start in 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-11-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Pocono: Youth was served today at Pocono Raceway for Sunday's Pocono 500 with #9-Kasey Kahne breaking the track record and taking his 4th Bud Pole of the season. His speed of 172.533 mph (52.164 sec) was good enough to edge out another freshman driver, #25-Brian Vickers. Kahne's top-spot also breaks a tie with #12-Ryan Newman for the lead in that contingency program.
    #6-Mark Martin (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Richmond last September.
    #16-Greg Biffle (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 4th at Texas in April.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 15th at Darlington in March.
    #37-Todd Bodine (28th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 27th at Rockingham last November.
    #00-Carl Long (38th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 26th at Atlanta in November of 2001! (only 5 starts)
    Welcome Back: #50-P. J. Jones (37th) makes his first start of the year. He attempted one race last Watkins Glen he qualified 33rd and finished 24th.
    STREAKIN....Brian Vickers has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    The Trouble Train pulled out today with just two cars. Stanton Barrett (missing by a miniscule .014 seconds) and Andy Hillenburg were the only ones aboard.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-11-2004)

  • Friday practice at Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500 is over. The fastest:
    #25-Vickers 172.236
    #48-Johnson 171.995
    #38-Sadler 171.716
    #88-Jarrett 171.376
    #6-Martin 171.272
    the best average speed [all laps averaged]
    #6-Martin 170.432
    #38-Sadler 170.315
    #48-Johnson 170.122
    Slowest were #80-Hillenburg at 158.158 and #72-Shelmerdine at 159.188
    No speed listed for #89-Shepherd.
    Most laps run: #42-McMurray at 26 and #22-Wimmer at 18.
    See speeds at or

  • Qualifying Order for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is up. 45 drivers are listed. First driver scheduled out i os #77-Brendan Gaughan, last driver scheduled out is #00-Carl Long.(6-11-2004)

  • Entry List for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway started out at 47 cars, dropped to 46 when #52-Stan Boyd was removed, now is down to 45 as #02-Andy Belmont is off and a driver change in the #98 from Larry Gunselman to Geoffrey Bodine, see my unoffical Pocono 500 Entry List Page [and links to otheres]
    AND, just got the word, provisonals were NOT charged at Dover, so #72-Shelmerdine and #89-Shepherd should have one available to them to use..if needed. The Provisonal page has been updated accordingly and corrected.(6-11-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes - Pocono 500

  • Entry List Links:
    Jayski's Pocono 500 Entry List, 45 cars entered

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:


  • Eight Drivers Out: There have been eight different race winners in the last eight races at Pocono, since June 2000. Bobby Labonte was the last driver to sweep Pocono, scoring victories in both races in 1999.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-11-2004)

  • Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph

  • June 2003 Race Winner: #20-Tony Stewart, 134.892mph, started 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, July 2000, 172.391mph

  • Event Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 171.625mph

  • June 2003 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 170.645, finished 12th

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 52 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 30 times and the top ten 37 times.(4-14-2004)

  • Slowest Race Record: Tim Richmond, June 1986, 113.279mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/90

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

  • Most Laps Led: 164, Jeff Gordon, 7/26/1998

  • Most Cautions: 13 - 6/17/90

  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/78

  • Most Caution Laps: 53, 6/8/1986

  • Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/78

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Terry Labonte, June 1995, started 27th

  • Pocono Raceway Nuggets:
    Pocono Milestone Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 50th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Pocono Raceway, more than any other driver. Rudd has competed in all but the first three races at Pocono (1974-76). Rudd’s only Pocono victory occurred in June 2001 when he won there from the Bud Pole.
    Starting Up Front is Big Ten of the last 13 races at Pocono have been won from a top-four starting position (77 percent).
    Bud Pole Winners Galore There have been 14 different Bud Pole winners in the last 15 races at Pocono. Qualifying was rained out in the 2002 Pocono 500
    Race Winners Galore There have been eight different race winners in the last eight races at Pocono, since June 2000. Bobby Labonte was the last driver to sweep Pocono, scoring victories in both races in 1999.
    Strong at Pocono Bobby Labonte is the only repeat race winner in the last 11 Pocono races. Labonte won three times during the period, sweeping 1999 and winning the July 2001 Pennsylvania 500.
    Mayfield holds Mark Jeremy Mayfield is the only driver to score his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at Pocono Raceway.
    Pocono Standouts
    • Ken Schrader leads all active drivers with five Bud Poles at Pocono. Bill Elliott also scored five Bud poles at Pocono. Elliott also had five wins at Pocono, the most of all drivers.
    • Dale Jarrett has scored 13 top-five finishes, including three victories, in the last 17 races at Pocono, however he finished 42nd and 21st there in 2003.
    • Mark Martin has scored 14 top-10 finishes in the last 17 races at Pocono. However, he finished 41st there last July. Martin has never won at Pocono. Martin has eight top-five finishes in the last eight spring races at Pocono.
    • Tony Stewart has scored eight top-10 finishes in 10 races at Pocono, including a victory in the 2003 Pocono ` 500. However, he finished 37th there last July.
    Pocono Downs
    • Jeff Gordon has finished 12th or worse in his last three races at Pocono.
    • Robby Gordon has not scored a top-15 finish in six races at Pocono.
    • Jeff Green has not scored a top-20 finish in 10 races at Pocono.
    • Bobby Labonte has not scored a top-10 finish in his last four races at Pocono.
    Starting and Finishing Up Front at Pocono Mark Martin has a 6.6 starting average in 34 races at Pocono, the best among drivers with more than 10 starts at the Pennsylvania superspeedway. He also leads the way with a 10.3 average finish, the best among drivers with more than 15 races at the Pennsylvania superspeedway.
    Leading The Way at Pocono Jeff Gordon has led 811 laps in 22 races at Pocono, more than any other driver.
    Superspeedway Dominance Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored eight top-10 finishes in the 10 superspeedway races in 2004, more than any other driver.
    Pocono Streakers
    • Kurt Busch has finished second in his last two July races at Pocono. He finished 36th in this race one year ago.
    • Sterling Marlin has posted top-10 finishes in his last four races at Pocono.
    • Terry Labonte has posted top-10 finishes in his last three races at Pocono.
    • Ryan Newman has finished fifth or better in his last three races at Pocono Raceway, including a victory there last July.
    Pocono Done Tony Stewart has scored top-10 finishes in eight of his 10 races at Pocono Raceway, including a victory in this race one year ago. His 10.4 average finish is second only to Mark Martin (10.3) among active drivers.
    And the Beat Goes On Elliott Sadler has been running at the finish in 10 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Strong Qualifiers Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Ryan Newman have each posted 10 top-10 starts in the first 13 races in 2004, the most of all drivers. Newman has started second in the last three races.
    Leading The Way in 2004 Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 10 of the 13 races in 2004.
    Maintaining a Top-10 Standard Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-11-2004)

  • NASCAR NEXTEL CUP - Advance - Pocono:
    Previous winners at Pocono:
    Bill Elliott (5)
    Darrell Waltrip (4)
    Tim Richmond (4)
    Rusty Wallace (4)
    Bobby Allison (3)
    Geoffrey Bodine (3)
    Jeff Gordon (3)
    Bobby Labonte (3)
    Dale Jarrett (3)
    Richard Petty (2)
    Harry Gant (2)
    Cale Yarborough (2)
    Dale Earnhardt (2)
    Terry Labonte (2)
    Jeremy Mayfield (2)
    David Pearson (1)
    Benny Parsons (1)
    Neil Bonnett (1)
    Alan Kulwicki (1)
    Kyle Petty (1)
    Ricky Rudd (1)
    Tony Stewart (1)
    Ryan Newman (1)
    Races won from the pole: 8 of 52 events (15%)
    Races won from in top 10: 38 of 52 events (73%)
    Races won from outside top 10: 14 of 52 events (27%)
    Track Milestones
    * Buddy Baker won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole at Pocono in 1974.
    * Richard Petty won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Pocono, the Purolator 500 on August 4, 1974, in a Dodge.
    * The race at Pocono has been shortened by rain four times: 1974, July 1986, July 1991 and July 2002.
    Qualifying Update
    Ken Schrader won three of the four Bud Poles at Pocono in 1992 and 1993.
    In the 20 races since then, there have been 16 different Bud Pole winners at Pocono. Jeff Gordon (June 1996 and 1998), Rusty Wallace (June 1994 and 2000) and Bill Elliott (July 1995 and 2002) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners in the 20-race period.
    Track Update There have been eight different race winners at Pocono since Bobby Labonte swept both races at the Pennsylvania track in 1999.
    Manufacturer Update Bill Elliott won the 2002 Pennsylvania 500, the first victory by a Dodge driver at Pocono since Richard Petty won the 1976 Purolator 500, the third race in Pocono history. Two of the past three races have been won by a Dodge with Ryan Newman winning the 2003 Pennsylvania 500 in a Dodge.
    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Active Drivers First and Last at This Track
    First Start None
    First Pole None
    First Win Mayfield, Jeremy 6/21/98
    Last Pole None
    Last Win Mayfield, Jeremy 6/19/00
    Last Victory at This Track
    in a Chevrolet Tony Stewart 2003 Pocono 500
    in a Dodge Ryan Newman 2003 Pennsylvania 500
    in a Ford Dale Jarrett 2002 Pocono 500
    in a Pontiac Bobby Labonte 2001 Pennsylvania 500
    Car Owner Victories at This Track
    Rick Hendrick 8
    Roger Penske 5
    DiGard Racing 4
    Melling Racing 4
    Junior Johnson 4
    Robert Yates 4
    Joe Gibbs 4
    Petty Engineering 2
    Wood Brothers 2
    Darrell Waltrip 2
    Richard Childress 2
    Penske/Kranefuss 2
    L.G. DeWitt 1
    Blue Max 1
    Ranier Racing 1
    Mach 1 (Hal Needham) 1
    Leo Jackson 1
    Alan Kulwicki 1
    Felix Sabates 1
    Geoffrey Bodine 1
    Ray Evernham 1
    TOTALS 52
    Tire/Fuel Data
    Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side: D-6826; right-side: D-6828
    Other Tracks With This Same Tire Combination: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Pocono Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage
    How Important is Track Position?
    Ten of the last 13 races at Pocono Raceway have been won from a starting position of fourth or better. Only five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono have ever been won from a starting position worse than 15th. Jeremy Mayfield is the most recent driver to do so, winning the 2000 Pocono 500 from 22nd.
    * There have been 52 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono Raceway since the first race was held there in 1974. There was one race a year from 1974 through 1981 and two-a-year since 1982.
    * The farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started was 27th by Terry Labonte in the 1995 Pocono 500. * In 22 years of twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono since 1982, a sweep has occurred only four times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986) and Bobby Labonte (1999).
    * Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond are the only drivers to win three straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono.
    * Ryan Newman has a 6.31 average start - better than any other driver in 2004.
    * No driver has posted top-10 starts in every race in 2004.
    * Dale Earnahrdt Jr. and Ryan Newman lead all other drivers with 10 top-10 starts this season.
    * Ryan Newman (6.31) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (9.77) are the only drivers that have started every race this season that have an average start of 10th or better.
    Eighteen is the most different Bud Pole winners since 1990, and in less than half way through this season there have been nine different Bud Pole winners,
    Finishes * Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson has posted eight top-five finishes in 2004, more than any other drivers.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr has posted 10 top-10 finishes this season, more than any other driver.
    Finishes Would You Believe?
    Sterling Marlin has posted four DNFs this season. He is 18th in the current point standings and is the only driver in the top-33 that has failed to finish more than three races.
    Going and Going
    Kevin Harvick has been running at the finish for 52 consecutive races - the longest active streak without a DNF.
    Points - Would You Believe?
    Seven of the top-10 drivers in the current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship point standings were also in the top-10 following the 13th race in 2003. However, only three were among the top-10 after 10 races five years ago: Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.
    Manufacturer Highlight
    Chevrolet has led more than half of the laps raced this season (2,553 of 4,450). Based on total laps led in the race, Chevrolet has led the most laps in nine races (including Darlington when both Chevrolet and Dodge led 106 laps).
    Lap Leaders
    * Jimmie Johnson has led a lap in 10 races this season, more than any other driver.
    Lap Leader Tidbit
    Eric McClure led one lap at Talladega and became the first driver since Casey Mears led in the 2003 Daytona 500 to lead a lap in his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race Only 10 drivers have led in their first race since 1989.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-8-2004)


  • Pocono getting SAFER UPDATE in phases: been told Pocono Raceway is having SAFER installed this week. Not sure what parts of the track, but hear it'll be done by the time the Cup teams race there on June 13th.(6-1-2004)
    UPDATE: At 5:00pm/et Tuesday, workers began installing the SAFER barrier system. The plan is have turn one completed for the Pocono 500 and turns two and three completed for the Pennsylvania 500 on August 1. "Guys have hit them a bunch and walked away from it," said Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli. "Everything seems like it's gonna work. We've heard no complaints about it." The system, designed by Dr. Dean Sicking of the University of Nebraska, is made up of steel tubs and pads of hard foam. They are affixed to existing concrete walls and are meant to absorb some of the energy when a car hits the wall. "It's a very simple system," Mattioli said. "I think that's what makes it good is the simplicity." The process at Pocono Raceway began about two months ago when the track was surveyed. Once the specific materials are ordered, the steel tubing is bent to fit the radius of the track's corners. The material is then shipped and installed. Extra material is provided to the track in the event it is damaged during a crash. The SAFER wall will stick out about two to three feet from the existing wall. The exact length of each wall and cost of the project was unavailable.(Citizens Voice)(6-5-2004)

  • Pocono Reconstructs a Tunnel: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA has reconstructed one tube of its vehicle tunnel [turn 2, known as the tunnel turn] to accommodate the largest highway legal RV's to pass through, the new height of the tube is 13 feet, 6 inches.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(5-14-2004)

  • 2004 Pocono Raceway Award Recipient: The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility [], headed by Dr. Dean L. Sicking has been named the 2004 recipient of Pocono Raceway's Bill France Award of Excellence. The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence has been presented annually to the person, corporation or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the sport of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Racing. This prestigious award, first presented in 1977, is dedicated to the inspiration of Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR.
    The 2004 recipient is unique in that it is not a driver, a team owner or a sponsor. This year's recipient is a university roadside safety research team headed by a Ph.D. in civil engineering. The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, headed by Dr. Sicking, is responsible for the development of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system. The SAFER barrier system is designed to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. NASCAR recently announced that the SAFER barriers system will be installed at all recommended oval tracks by the 2005 racing season. Dr. Sicking is one of the world's leading independent researchers on barrier and crash safety. His research has led to 21 U.S. patents on roadside safety structures. Under his guidance the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility has developed into one of the premier roadside safety research laboratories in the world.
    Dr. Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility have come to be recognized as a global leader in the development of crashworthy safety structures. Their research has developed numerous safety features that have been adopted nationwide and several that have been adopted internationally. These safety features have saved the lives of countless motorists across the nation over the last decade.
    The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence, a beautifully sculptured and highly polished piece of anthracite coal mined in Pennsylvania, will be presented to Dr. Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility team at an award ceremony on Saturday, June 12, 2004. This ceremony is part of the festivities leading up to the June 13, 2004 POCONO 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. Dr. Sicking and his research team join the prestigious list of Pocono Raceway's Bill France Award of Excellence winners listed below:
    Pocono Racewat's Bill france Award of Excellence Winners:
    1977 Bill France
    1978 Winston
    1979 Purolator
    1980 Union Oil
    1981 The Petty Family
    1982 G.H. Long
    1983 STP
    1984 Goodyear
    1985 GNRWA ( Now WOW Wives Auxiliary)
    1986 MRN (Motor Racing Network)
    1987 Grand National Scene (Now NASCAR Scene)
    1988 Charlotte Motor Speedway
    1989 Ned Jarrett
    1990 T. Wayne Robertson
    1991 ESPN
    1992 MRO (Motor Racing Outreach)
    1993 The Allison Family
    1994 Rev. Hal Marchman
    1995 The Wood Bros.
    1996 Clay Earles/Paul Sawyer
    1997 Junie Dunlavey/Bud Moore
    1998 NASCAR
    1999 Rick Hendrick
    2000 Robert Yates
    2001 Joe Gibbs
    2002 Richard Childress
    2003 Jack Roush
    Tickets for the June 13th POCONO 500 are available by calling the Pocono Raceway ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting Raceway PR)(5-6-2004)

  • The Pocono 400? NASCAR may be under pressure to present more "TV-friendly" races, and Pocono's 500-milers may be a target. Pocono may be under pressure to cut those 500s back to 400s.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-5-2004)

  • 2 Races Likely at Pocono in 2004: NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday that Pocono Raceway, which has hosted two Winston Cup races per season since 1982, will likely have two more next season. Though Helton said the 2004 schedule isn't complete, he said, "I don't see anything changing in Pocono. We explained we had no intentions of forcing people to move dates or give up dates, but that we were interested in talking to owners of multiple facilities about if there's a better way to use dates in other market areas," Helton said. "Pocono is distant from most of those conversations. Now if (Pocono Raceway owners) Joe and Rose (Mattioli) come to us with some sort of idea or concept, we'd listen to it."(Times Leader)(6-7-2003)

  • Some Pocono 'Improvements': during Speed Channels coverage of Pocono 500 qualifying on Friday, they showed the guardrail area between turns 1 and 2 where Steve Park hit and flipped last July, it has been protected and backed up and reinforced with dirt to help soften the blow, were it to happen again. Also, it appears the work Pocono did to resolve their drainage problem (remember the water seeping up through the track last year (cancelling qualifying in June) has seemed to work as the area has gotten a lot of rain in the last month and of course today it has rained all day. So far no signs of any water seepage on the track [on Friday at least and hopefully none on Sunday](6-7-2003)

  • Pocono's France award goes to Jack Roush: Winston Cup car owner Jack Roush [#'s 6,16,17,97,99] has been named the recipient of the 2003 Bill France Award of Excellence, presented annually by Pocono Raceway. The award, first presented in 1977, is named for the late NASCAR founder and is presented to a person, company or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the sport. The award is a sculpted and highly polished piece of anthracite mined in Pennsylvania and will be presented in a ceremony on June 7 at the speedway.()(4-26-2003)

  • Mattioli looking at Fairgrounds Speedway? Joe Mattioli plans to make another attempt to gain control of Fairgrounds Speedway [in Nashville]. Mattioli, who lost his bid against Bob Harmon for the track lease a decade ago, will return to Nashville next week to ''look around, ask some questions'' and discuss the bidding process. The State Fair Board will offer a five-year lease when the second of two one-year contracts with Dennis Grau expires this fall. Grau intends to bid on the new lease. ''I've always liked the Nashville track,'' said Mattioli, a former president of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, which is owned and operated by his family. Mattioli is starting his fourth season as operator of South Boston Speedway in VA. He and two partners are exploring building a $27 million motorsports complex in West Virginia that will include weekly short-track racing.(Tennessean)(3-20-2003)

  • Pocono and Taxes: The owners of a handful of ski resorts and the state's two NASCAR tracks would pay lower taxes while surrounding property owners would pay more under legislation that passed the state House of Representatives late Monday afternoon, according to critics. The bills - which the Senate passed in June - were approved by more than 50-vote margins, in spite of opposition from Tigue and fellow Democratic state Reps. Kevin Blaum of Wilkes-Barre and John Yudichak of Nanticoke. If Gov. Mark Schweiker signs them into law, they would cap the amusement taxes that host municipalities and school districts could charge to Pocono Raceway and Nazareth Speedway to 40 percent of the cost of a ticket. Currently there is no limit. Supporters of the bill, including state Reps. George Hasay, R-Shickshinny, and Todd Eachus, D-Butler Township, argued that the region could lose its two big-time NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, not to mention the business of local skier traffic if the legislation doesn't pass. The jobs and tourism money that NASCAR and skiing bring to the region "over time will be a bigger issue than the taxes in those areas," said Eachus. During the past two years, Eachus has accepted roughly $1,800 worth of free tickets to NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, though he has said he gave the tickets to constituents whom he wouldn't name. Hasay has taken at least $500 in campaign contributions from the owners of the raceway, who have given more than $54,000 in contributions to the campaigns of state politicians ranging from state Sen. Charles Lemmond, R-Dallas, to state Rep. John Perzel, R-Philadelphia, the House Majority Leader, to state Sen. Robert Mellow, D-Peckville, the Senate Minority Leader. Mellow, who co-sponsored the amusement tax-cut amendment, couldn't be reached for comment, but Eachus and Hasay said their "yes" votes had nothing to do with the tickets and the contribution, respectively. Those tax cuts would likely mean more profit for operators, not cheaper tickets, predicted Tigue and Yudichak. The township had collected $300,000 a year from the track from taxes levied on ticket sales for its two NASCAR Winston Cup series races, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500. That amounted to 48 percent of the taxes collected by the township, according to state Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery, who took the floor to support the measure. He estimated that Pocono Raceway would still pay $125,000 a year under the bill and would continue paying property taxes, asserting that the current system "is just plain not fair. It's making our people noncompetitive and it has to stop." Eachus and Hasay asserted that the owners of Pocono Raceway would be able to use the tax savings to invest in the track and offset bids made to NASCAR by the owners of new race tracks in New Jersey and Florida, who want to host the races now held here.(Times Leader)(9-24-2002)

  • NASCAR wants changes at Pocono: NASCAR officials, alarmed by Steve Park 's crash at Pocono last weekend, want Pocono to pave some of the grassy area off turns 1 and 2 and raise the height of the infield guardrail. Series officials also are making those requests for other tracks. Talladega, Daytona, California and Michigan are tracks that paved over portions of grass off turn 2 after accidents over the years. After making contact with Rusty Wallace 's car on the first lap at Pocono, Park's car shot across the track, collected Dale Earnhardt Jr. and skimmed over the grass. Park did not lose any speed before crashing into the guardrail. Had there been asphalt there, it would have helped slow his car before impact.(Roanoke Times)(8-4-2002)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Pocono Raceway


  • #50 at Pocono for Rudd: #21-Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 50th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Pocono Raceway, more than any other driver. Rudd has competed in all but the first three races at Pocono (1974-76). Rudd’s only Pocono victory occurred in June 2001 when he won there from the Bud Pole.(6-11-2004)

  • Riggs to run ARCA Race at Pocono: Scott Riggs has never competed at Pocono Raceway, but he is hopeful that entering Saturday's ARCA Series race at the 2.5-mile track will better prepare him and the Valvoline team for Sunday's Pocono 500 Nextel Cup event. Coming off of a career-best fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway, Riggs will pilot the #99 Valvoline Pontiac in the Pocono 200 ARCA race. Officially driving for Ken Schrader, Riggs is hopeful the ARCA experience will benefit him come Sunday. Riggs' only experience at the asphalt tri-oval is a one-day test session the #10 Valvoline Chevrolet team participated in last week. "We tested our Cup car in Pocono and everything went well," said Riggs. "The car was pretty good off the truck and by the end of the day it felt great. We're hopeful we can take the test session, the ARCA race, and our great result from last week and turn those things into another solid finish. We're still striving to be better. Last week's finish was a good shot in the arm. It lets us know we need to keep our heads up and it will pay off."(MBV Motorsports PR)(6-9-2004)

  • Blaney to run the #30 at Pocono: Due to conflicts with Johnny Sauter’s racing schedules, Dave Blaney will drive Richard Childress Racing’s (RCR) #30 America Online Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the June 13 Pocono 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. “There were conflicts with Johnny’s schedules in trying to run both the Busch and Cup series’, so we decided it would be best to put Dave in the car for Pocono,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR.(RCR PR)(6-8-2004)

  • Long at Dover UPDATE: hearing that Carl Long will attempt to make the Pocono 500 at Dover International Speedway in the #00 McGlynn Motorsports Chevrolet, while not asscoaited with Michael Waltrip or DEI, it is a former DEI car supposedly.(6-2-2004)
    UPDATE: Carl Long has teamed up with the #00 McGlynn Motorsports Nextel Cup Chevrolet crew this weekend at Dover International Speedway and again for the upcoming Pocono Nextel Cup race scheduled for Sunday, June 13, 2004. Long has nine NASCAR Cup Series, four Busch Series and six NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career starts to his credit and is one of the most popular independent drivers in NASCAR. Long has been tabbed by Team Owner Raynard McGlynn to help his team gain valuable experience on and off the track. McGlynn's long-term strategy is to enter his son Ryan in the July 25, 2004 Loudon [New Hampshire] Cup race. Driver Ryan McGlynn has been approved by NASCAR to compete in Nextel Cup tracks up to one-mile until he gains additional Cup experience. McGlynn competed at the inaugural Daytona truck event and is approved to compete at Superspeedways in all truck competition. McGlynn Motorsports plans on running at least one truck series event, possibly Kentucky. McGlynn Motorsports and driver Ryan McGlynn posted their career-best finish in the Kentucky truck race, coming home eleventh (11th) after qualifying twenty-ninth (29th) for the July 14, 2001 event.(

  • Donlavey back in action UPDATE: hearing that legendary car owner, Junie Donlavey will enter the #90 Donlavey Racing Ford in 12 NEXTEL Cup races starting with Dover in June. Kevin Ray will supposedly be the driver. Sponsors will be Boudreauxs Butt Paste and What is this Butt Paste? It is a product for babies, to help with diaper rash, sells NASCAR stuff, like diecast.(5-25-2004)
    UPDATE: Racing legend Junie Donlavey will make his return to the track as a car owner next weekend for the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway. Donlavey Racing in conjunction with TRIX Racing [ran ARCA and some Cup races as the #79 a few years ago - from NJ], will once again field its' #90 Ford with up and coming driver Kevin Ray behind the wheel. The team will enter twelve events this season and hopes to run a full schedule in 2005. "We are very excited to be back in the NEXTEL Cup Series and I feel like we have assembled a great team to run these select races, and a really aggressive driver in Kevin Ray," said Donlavey. Kevin Ray is the twenty-six year old son of John Ray, who fielded a Grand National car for such racing legends as Dale Earnhardt, Johnny Rutherford, and several others. A native of Eastaboga, AL, Ray has grown up around the sport of stock car racing and has been addicted since his go-cart days at age ten. He has since seen success at many different levels of racing including quarter-midgets, mini-sprints, late models, and legends cars. Kevin has also competed in both the ARCA and Busch series, as well as the NASCAR All-Pro Series. He is excited to be making his NEXTEL Cup debut next week with a legend like Junie Donlavey. "I am extremely excited about making my first NEXTEL Cup Series start at Dover next week," said Ray. "I have never driven at Dover, however my confidence is really ramped up for this event and all of the events on our schedule, and I feel confident about both my ability and the ability of the team members we have selected."
    Co-primary sponsors for the selected races will be Boudreaux's Butt Paste, and Both are veteran sponsors and both are looking forward to being involved with Ray and Donlavey. Boudreaux's Butt Paste is a company based out of Covington, Louisiana. The product was originally developed over twenty years ago by local pharmacist George Boudreaux in response to his customers' need for a diaper rash medication. The product worked so well that George Boudreaux began selling it to other fine pharmacies and is now sold throughout the country in Walmart, Target, soon to be Walgreens, as well as in many other grocery and drug chains. It's not just for diaper rash anymore, however. Over the years, the product has shown to be effective in treating things like, rashes, minor burns, chapped lips, insect bites, and many other skin ailments. It is used by many collegiate as well as professional athletes around the country to prevent chafing. After features on Oprah, ESPN-Game Day, and in magazines like People, has seen a sharp increase in interest and in sales. George Boudreaux has previously sponsored Kim Crosby in both the ARCA and the Busch Series, and is excited to be making the jump to the NEXTEL Cup Series with Junie Donlavey and Kevin Ray. The Co-Primary sponsor on the #90 Ford will be RacingUSA is based right in the backyard of Kevin Ray in Hoover, Alabama and is the most frequently shopped, independently owned site on the internet for NASCAR merchandise. Since it's inception in 1999, has shipped more than 100,000 internet orders and has also been continually rated "Excellent" by NASCAR fans in both the United States and Canada. also has a long history of supporting multiple youth organizations as well as drivers in the NEXTEL Cup, Busch, Craftsman Truck, and ARCA Series'.(Victory Lane Motorsports Management PR)(5-26-2004)
    IMAGE: see an image of the car on my 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page.(5-27-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #16-Greg Biffle Pennzoil Pocono - June #16 Paint Scheme Page
    #99-Jeff Burton Duke Children's Hospital Pocono - June #99 Paint Scheme Page

  • Biffle scheme: This weekend at Pocono you won’t see the red, white and blue #16 National Guard car but you will see the bronze and black #16 Pennzoil SUV, Truck and Minivan/National Guard Ford Taurus. The familiar stars and stripes will return next week at Michigan. Pennzoil is in its first year of partnership with Roush Racing and serves as an associate sponsor on all Roush racecars and racetrucks. Pennzoil also takes on a primary sponsorship role for nine Busch series races in the #9 car with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton. This weekend Pennzoil has chosen to showcase their SUV, Truck and Minivan motor oils as they take on a primary role on the #16 Ford Taurus driven by Greg Biffle.
    The Pennzoil SUV, Truck and Minivan motor oil is specially formulated for the demands of larger vehicles. It combines the strength of a traditional Pennzoil motor oil with a boost of Pennzoil Synthetic to help provide protection against the stress of heavier loads.
    Pennzoil SUV, Truck and Minivan provides the following protection for larger vehicles:
    • Helps prolong larger vehicle's engine life
    • Contains a unique anti-wear additive package to protect the engine during punishing short trips
    • Excellent protection against engine strain under heavy loads
    • Specifically formulated to provide a thick cushion of lubricant to protect harder working engines
    • Helps keep engines running clean in the extreme temperatures created by harder working engines.(Roush Racing PR), see images of the car on my #16 Team Paint Schemes page.(6-11-2004)

  • #99 to run Duke Children's Hospital paint scheme: Roush Racing announced that Jeff Burton's #99 Roush Racing Ford will sport the Duke Children's Hospital paint scheme, originally set to run in Talladega, this week at Pocono. Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center will be carried on the car at the 500 mile race Sunday, June 13. Burton's association with the hospital began years ago after an associate sponsor invited him to visit kids admitted to the hospital. Since that time, Burton has continued his support through fundraising events, appearances, monetary donations, time and of course most importantly, visits to the hospital with his wife Kim who has sat on the hospital board for the last four years. Through their efforts the Burtons have raised nearly $900,000 for the hospital to date. Duke Children's provides $48 million in un-reimbursed charity care each year. Funds also support cutting-edge research, world-class advocacy and support programs for families and their sick children, top-notch clinical care and medical education to ensure future generations receive the most advanced medical care available. Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, located in Durham, N.C., is a 148 bed hospital located on the fifth floor of Duke Hospital and includes an intensive care nursery, a transitional care nursery, a pediatric intensive care unit and a newborn nursery. For more information visit Racing PR), see an image of the car on my #99 Team Paint Scheme page. (6-8-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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