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THE RACE: Pocono 500

Nextel Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2005 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 12, 2005 in Long Pond, PA

  • TV: FOX 1:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 1:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Green Flag: around 1:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 15 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 16 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
    Saturday, June 18 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;

  • Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand:

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,785,499 (was $4,788,921 in 2004)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices: Friday, June 10, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, June 10, 4:00 - 5:15pm/et, TV-Speed Channel with re-airs at 8:00pm/et and 1:30am/et

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 10, 12:20pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, June 1 at 12:10pm/et, TV-FX tape delay at 5:00pm/et, re-air on Speed Channel at 12:00am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • Impound? cars will be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules below.

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-6860; Right-side -- D-6862

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in; Right-side -- 88.7 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 -- 33 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first year Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Pocono . . . this is the second of four races in which Nextel Cup teams will run this tire set-up in 2005 . . . teams ran this exact combination earlier this season at Las Vegas and will run it again at Pocono in July and at Bristol in August . . . as on all NASCAR ovals one mile or greater in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, lead engineer, stock car racing: "This is the same tire set-up as Cup teams ran earlier this year at Las Vegas, and it was developed in a test out there with Greg Biffle and Casey Mears last Fall. Comparing these tires with those we ran last year at Pocono, this year's set-up features a new left-side construction and a new compound on both sides."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Pocono for leading the points and winning the race. 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.
    2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/13/2005, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Motor Speedway, 5/29/2005, $90,000

  • 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: $15,000
    Winners for 2005 so far:
    Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    California: #01-Joe Nemechek, $10,000
    Las Vegas: #97-Kurt Busch, $10,000
    Atlanta: #16-Greg Biffle, $10,000
    Bristol: #2-Rusty Wallace, $10,000
    Martinsville: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Texas: #16-Greg Biffle, $45,000*
    Phoenix: #97-Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Talladega: #24-Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    Darlington: #16-Greg Biffle, $15,000*
    Richmond: #9-Kasey Kahne, $15,000*
    Charlotte: #12-Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Dover: #5-Kyle Busch, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)
    NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
    Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
    The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
    looks like #38-Sadler is not eligible either, he led halfway at Dover
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
    Greg Biffle, 8
    Kurt Busch, 5
    Tony Stewart, 4
    Jeff Gordon, 3
    Kasey Kahne, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 2
    Rusty Wallace, 2
    Ryan Newman, 2
    Kyle Busch, 2



Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

news and links

  • REVISED: yes...about 45 minutes after the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR revised the finishing order, pretty much from 5th thru 11th. #6-Martin was originally credited with UNOFFICIALLY finishing 5th and #42-McMurray 11th. After NASCAR reviewed the video and the scoring loops, the unofficial finishing order was revised and released, with #15-Waltrip moving up to 5th, #48-Johnson to 6th [and adding 4 points to his lead] and Martin back to 7th [cut down a right rear tire before the final yellow was thrown]. #2-Wallace was originally credited with 10h, but the revised order had him 11th and McMurray up to 10th. Is this normal? sure, NASCAR follows these procedures every week and usually around 12:00noon/et every Monday, the Official Results/Standings are posted, sometimes drivers may switch a position, usually the unofficial results mirror the official results. That is why most of my stats pages are not updated until Monday or Tuesday.(6-13-2005)

  • Edwards wins at Pocono: #99-Carl Edwards won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2005, 2nd career win in his 27th race and gave owner Jack Roush his first ever win as a car owner at Pocono [Roush has now won at all the track Nextel Cup run at but Chicagoland, Kansas and Indy]. The race ended under caution after an wreck by #18-Labonte [no word on what caused it, no replays on the wreck], after the green-white-checker restart on lap 199. Rounding out the top five were #25-Brian Vickers, #01-Joe Nemechek, #5-Kyle Busch and #15-Michael Waltrip. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson finished 6th and increased his points lead to 123 over #16-Greg Biffle, who finished 30th after having some brake trouble. Edwards started 29th, winning a race from worst starting position ever at Pocono, Terry Labonte had held that record, winning from 27th back in 1995. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept cutting down left front tires, the 2nd one did a lot of damage to the front left end of the car [even a fire], Dale Jr. finished 33rd, 6 laps down and is now 500 points behind in the Chase.
    For race results, see Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.(6-12-2005)

  • Busch Streak Gone: #97-Kurt Busch finished 22nd and ended a 48-race streak of ranking among the top 10. He dropped from eighth to 11th in the point standings. The streak began at Rockingham in February 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-12-2005)

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Pocono - 14 of 36 races [Revised]
    the 12 drivers in the chase as things stand:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2062
    2) #16-Greg Biffle, 1939, -123
    3) #38-Elliott Sadler, 1781, -281
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 1759, -303
    5) #6-Mark Martin, 1734, -328
    6) #12-Ryan Newman, 1733, -329
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick, 1715, -347
    8) #2-Rusty Wallace, 1714, -348
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon. 1700, -362
    10) #20-Tony Stewart, 1682, -380
    11) #97-Kurt Busch, 1681, -381
    12) #42-Jamie McMurray, 1670, -392
    The top 12 in drivers points are still under 400 points back and in the Chase.
    For points see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono page.(6-12-2005)

  • Race Notes - Pocono:
    • Carl Edwards won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, scoring his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 27th career start.
    • Edwards is the second driver to win in his first race at Pocono Raceway. Richard Petty won the first race here in 1974.
    • Edwards led four times for 46 laps, including the final 15.
    • Edwards has scored six top-10 finishes in 14 races this season
    • Edwards climbed from ninth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, 303 behind first-place Jimmie Johnson
    • Edwards scored the first victory at Pocono Raceway for car owner Jack Roush. Roush finished second 11 times with four different drivers before scoring his first Pocono victory. This is Roush’s 81st victory as a car owner and seventh in 14 races this season.
    • This is the seventh victory for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has six and Dodge has one.
    Notebook Items
    • Brian Vickers (second) posted his career-best finish in 55 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. It is his first top-10 finish in his third race at Pocono Raceway.
    • Joe Nemechek (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in his 22 races at Pocono. He scored his third top-10 finish in 14 races in 2005, and his best since his victory last October at Kansas City.
    • Kyle Busch (fourth) posted a top-10 finish in his first race at Pocono Raceway. Busch scored his fifth top-10 finish in 2005. The Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender Busch has had a notable run in his last seven races, scoring five top-five finishes. He won the Truck and Busch race at Lowe’s. He finished 25th in the Cup race at Lowe’s. He won the Truck race at Dover, finished 36th in the Busch race, second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover and fourth at Pocono today. He has climbed from 26th to 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last five races.
    • Mark Martin (seventh) scored his 26th top-10 finish in 37 races at Pocono Raceway. Martin has scored seven top-10 finishes in 2005. He climbed from sixth to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.
    • Rusty Wallace (11th) extended a 27-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August.
    • Six of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Pocono Raceway.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (33rd) dropped from 15th to 16th in the point standings, 504 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.
    • Kurt Busch (22nd) ended a 48-race streak of ranking among the top 10. He dropped from eighth to 11th in the point standings. The streak began at Rockingham in February 2004.
    • Jeff Gordon (ninth) posted his posted his 18th top-10 finish in his 25th race at Pocono Raceway. He returned to the top 10 climbing from 11th to ninth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. He is now 362 points behind point leader Johnson.
    • Brian Vickers led 121 of the 200 laps in today’s race. This is the most laps that he has led in a single race in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.
    • Mike Garvey became the 41st different driver to lead in 2005. This was the first time that Garvey has led in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-12-2005)

  • Rumblings - Pocono:
    Maybe he was practicing his back flips during that rain delay last night... Carl Edwards led the final 15 laps today at Pocono Raceway and won the Pocono 502.5 under caution. In what was easily one of the worst events we've ever seen at a place that is usually pretty racey, Edwards grabbed his second win of the season (he won at Atlanta in March) and the 81st for Roush Racing (but unbelievably their first at Pocono). Roush has seven wins this season, and this one was worth $196,150 from the over $4.7M in posted awards. It's obvious they've gotta fix two thing before we come back here in six weeks.....
    First, junk the new gear rule for this joint. We're running slower than ever and the most spread out in history. There was virtually zero side-by-side racing today.....and we've grown used to seeing those five and six wide camera shots back up the frontstretch from turn 1.
    Second, Goodyear's gotta get their tires right. We had no less than seven cars have left front troubles today, and blaming it on the rumble strips seems to be a bit of a stretch. This certainly wasn't our first race with that "corduroy" (never heard it called that before...must be a New England thang).
    As evidence of how these changes have effected this race, today we had only 14 lead changes among 7 drivers. Last year's June race had 30 lead changes among 16 drivers, and July had 16 changes amongst 10 drivers. A disturbing trend indeed.....
    Brian Vickers (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 5th at Phoenix in April.
    Joe Nemechek (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Kansas last October.
    Terry Labonte (12th) had his best finish since he was 6th when we were here last July. BTW, all five Hendrick Motorsports cars finished in the Top-12.B Sterling Marlin (16th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Texas in April.
    Mike Garvey (25th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 41st at Atlanta in March.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races. Kyle Busch has 3 Top-5's in the last 4 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Busch (+34), followed by Carl Edwards (+28 ), Jeff Gordon (+22), and Jeff Green (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Scott Riggs (-32), followed by Mike Bliss (-26), Scott Wimmer (-25), Matt Kenseth (-22), and Kurt Busch (-20).
    Mike Garvey led a lap today for the first time in his Nextel Cup career. He's the 41st different driver to lead this season....last year we had 50 different leaders during the season.
    Jimmie Johnson has stretched his margin over Greg Biffle to 123 points after today. The "Stayin' Alive" line has moved up to 12th.
    Carl Edwards (9th to 4th) and Jeff Green (31st to 26th) made the best moves forward today, while three drivers (Tony Stewart, Mike Bliss, and Kyle Petty) all fell five spots.(Stock Car Fans)(6-12-2005)


  • The The Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 201 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
    #99-Edwards (29)(46 laps led)
    #25-Vickers (3)(121 laps led)
    #01-Nemechek (18)
    #5-Busch (38-from the back)
    #15-Waltrip (1)(29 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (21)
    #6-Martin (13)
    #29-Harvick (8)
    #24-Gordon (31-from the back)
    #42-McMurray (4)

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

  • Cars on the track: 34 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (9):
    #13-Sacks (overheatinh-out)
    #89-Shepherd (brakes-out)
    #11-Leffler (accident-out)
    #45-Petty (accident-out)
    #7-Gordon (engine-out)
    #37-Lepage (accident-out)
    #22-Wimmer (suspension-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out)
    #18-Labonte (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 14 lead changes):
    #15-Waltrip (29);
    #25-Vickers (121);
    #4-Wallace (1);
    #66-Garvey (1);
    #99-Edwards (46);
    #49-Schrader (1);
    #97-Busch (2);

  • Lap leaders: #15-Waltrip pole; #15-Waltrip 1-29; #25-Vickers 30; #4-Wallace 31; #25-Vickers 32-69; #66-Garvey 70; #25-Vickers 71-105; #99-Edwards 106-116; #25-Vickers 117; #49-Schrader 118; #25-Vickers 119-140; #99-Edwards 141-147; #25-Vickers 148-171; #99-Edwards 172-184; #97-Busch 185-186; #99-Edwards 187-201;

    Cautions: 8 for 33 laps

    these are approx. caution laps....
    Caution 8 - Laps 201 - END: #18-Labonte backed into the turn 2 wall, just after #49-Schrader macked the wall in turn 1 and drove on. Labonte walked away ok and gavethe thumbs up.
    Caution 7 - Laps 196 - 199: taking no tires in his last pit stop bit #12-Newman, who lost a tire entering turn one and slammed into the turn 1 wall and slid back down to the grass. Newman walked away under his own power.
    Caution 6 - Laps 148 - 151: #37-Lepage smacked the turn 2 wall, looked like he lost brakes and went hard into the wall, BUT walked away, ok.
    Caution 5 - Laps 117 - 122: #10-Riggs lost a left front tire, off turn three and had to drive all the way around, and tore the front fender up and ended up stopped on the track. Riggs tore off an oil line when his tire came apart, putting oil on the track.
    Caution 4 - Laps 92 - 94: #9-Kahne got loose off turn 3 and slid/spun on the front stretch.
    Caution 3 - Laps 69 - 72: #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost another left front tire and left all kinds of debris on the track.
    Caution 2 - Laps 45 - 51: #11-Leffler cut down a left front tire, was staying up high out of the way, then shot down right into #07-Blaney, then #45-Petty got hit from behind by #0-Gaughan and spun off the track, into #11-Leffler, who went back on the track off the grass. Both Petty and Leffler are ok, Petty is not happy with 'truck driver' Gaughan, "who should had stayed in Texas".
    Caution 1 - Laps 31 - 33: #97-Busch got loose in turn 1, slid up into #44-Labonte who looped around, both recovered and drove on.

  • 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 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 6: #20-Stewart, 29th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 9th
    Caution 4: none awarded
    Caution 3: #21-Rudd, 28th
    Caution 2: #43-Green, 15th
    Caution 1: #32-Hamilton Jr., 23rd
    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)
    ---- #6-Martin had a tire go down on the last lap, lost two spots but held on to a top-5 thanks to the yellow flag.
    ---- #38-Sadler sped exiting pit road again on the caution 7 pit stop [lap 196] and goes to the end of the longest line.
    ---- many cars from 13th on back, made pit stops during the 7th caution.
    ---- around lap 190, #97-Busch had a left front tire go down, just a few laps after pitting for tires and had to make another pit stop.
    ---- #99-Edwards came in on lap 185, 2 tires and fuel.
    ---- on lap 185, #2-Stewart lost a left front tire, and tore a lot of his fender off.
    ---- #25-Vickers while running 2nd, made his final pit stop pn lap 183, took 2 tires.
    ---- #42-McMurray smoked his tired pretty good when entering pit road on lap 177.
    ---- most teams took 2 or 4 tires on their greeb flag stips [laps 169-177 range], #12-Newman only took tires. #40-Marlin was penalized for having equipment outside it's pit box, #38-Sadler was caught speeding exiting speed road, had to do a pass-thru stop and lose a lap.
    ---- #19-Mayfield and #5-Busch made their final [they hope] pit stops of the day on lap 169, other leaders are starting to come in.
    ---- on lap 168, #21-Rudd back in to pit for the 4th flat/cut left front.
    ---- #22-Wimmer, while running in the top-15, had something break on the front left and had to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 156.
    ---- #10-Riggs is back on the track as of lap 151, after the team made repairs to the car, Riggs is 34 laps down.
    ---- #16-Biffle had to pit on lap 139 as he has no brakes, he was running 9th at the time.
    ---- a few laps after the 5th caution went green, #7-Gordon went back to the pits and then too the garage.
    ---- #24-Gordon's team made many changes during the 5th caution to tighten the car, #7-Gordon came in and the hood up to check something, then he came back on to the race.
    ---- and gotta wonder...why did the #15 tean NOT select the first pit box? Vickers has it and it is helping keep him in the front.
    ---- on lap 113, #24-Gordon and #17-Kenseth made early green flag pit stops for 4 tires and fuel.
    ---- on lap 112, #9-Kahne had his third left front tire go down.
    ---- on lap 103, #20-Stewart had a left front tire go down and had to make an unscheduled down.
    ---- the #8 and #15 DEI team have switched front tire changers/carriers as the team feels #15-Waltrip can win.
    ---- on lap 97, #21-Rudd back in for another left front tire going down.
    ---- after his pit stop on the 4th caution, #37-Lepage lost a wheel/trie when he left his pit stall, no lug nuts? #17-Kenseth stalled on his stop and had to be push started out of his stall.
    ---- just before the 4th caution, #12-Newman had a left front tire going down.
    ---- as of lap 84, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is now 5 laps down.
    ---- on lap 82, #21-Rudd lost another left front tire off the 1st turn and milked the car around to pit and lose a lap.
    ---- on lap 76, #9-Kahne had a left front tire go down after making contact with #20-Stewart, got high in the groove and came in to make a pit stop and lost a lap.
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to make pitstops during the 3rd caution but #66-Garvey. Most teams took 4 tires, #48-Johnson took 2 tires after making 4 tires on the last caution.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost a left front tire right off turn 1 and had to milk the car around the track, no caution, he a lap. Dale Jr. made the call for only 2 left side tires, over ruling crew chief Steve Hmiel.
    ---- #0-Gaughan is back on the track just after the 2nd cauton, lap 53, after the team changed the radiator from the caution 2 accident, he is 6 laps down.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #2-Wallace came back into pit and had the hood up with an electrical problem, but got back out on the lead lap, #32-Hamilton Jr. had a broken shock mount to fix, #18-Labonte's team changed a front shock.
    ---- during the 2nd caution, #2-Wallace was caught speeding exiting pit road and falls to the rear of the longest line at the restart.
    ---- on lap 39, #21-Rudd made an unscheduled pit stop for a left front tire going down, Rudd lost a lap.
    ---- #16-Biffle has a bad pit stop when the car fell off the jack during the caution 1 pitstop, falling from 14th coming in, to 26th going out.
    ---- during the 1st caution, Brendan Gaughan replaced Mike Bliss in the #0 Chevy
    ---- #43-Green made a pit stop on lap 24, lost a lap.
    ---- zzzzzzz....nothing to report on...yet
    ---- temp at Pocono at the start of the race 83 degrees, track temp is around 115.
    ---- rain is threatening the Pocono area [but the radar looks good] so the starting time was moved up to 1:40pm/et, it was 1:55pm/et.
    ---- National Anthem by the U.S. Army Chorus - very nice.
    ---- To the BACK: [3]: #5-Busch [unapproved change , fixed the car from slapping the wall in qualifying];
    #97-Busch [unapproved change - bad o-ring in master cylinder, brake fluid leaking];
    #24-Gordon [unapproved change - fixed the car from slapping the wall in qualifying];

    unapproved change

  • Waltrip wins the pole at Pocono: #15-Michael Waltrip won the Budweiser Pole for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 169.052mph. It is Waltrip's first Bud Pole of 2005 and puts him in the 2006 Budweiser Shootout. Can ya believe? It is Waltrip's first pole in 456 races? since Michigan on June, 21 1991 [he finished 34th] and it is only his 3rd career Bud Pole in 620 races, his other pole also came in Dover. #97-Kurt Busch will start 2nd, followed by #25-Brian Vickers, #42-Jamie McMurray and #10-Scott Riggs. Missing the race are #34-P.J. Jones, #27-Kirk Shelmedine, #92-Hermie Sadler and #00-Carl Long. Long was to use a backup car [Dodge instead of Chevy], but the motor wouldn't fit, so they withdrew. Sadler spun and wacked the turn 3 wall and never took a time. A few drivers smacked the wall on their attempts, which slowed their times: #24-Gordon, #34-Jones, #5-Busch were among those. #48-Jimmie Johnson, the points leader will start 21st and last weeks winner, #16-Greg Biffle, starts 23rd. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the best of the non-top 35 teams to make the race, starting 24th. #4-Mike Wallace was the slowest of the top-35 teams and will start 42nd, via points.
    TV: for some reason, qualifying was not shown lon live TV, but will be aired on FX at 5:00pm/et, today [June 11th] at the same time [thanks!] as Busch Series qualifying at Nashville will be shown [live] on Speed Channel. Cup qualifying will also re-air on Speed Channel at 12:00midnight.
    For qualifying results, pole progression and starting lineup and links, see my Jayski's Pocono Grid/Qualifying/Practice speeds Page.(6-11-2005)

  • Qualifying Notes - Pocono:
    • Michael Waltrip won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Pocono 500, lapping Pocono Raceway in 53.238 seconds at 169.052 mph. Kasey Kahne holds the track-qualifying record of 52.164 seconds, 172.533 mph, set June 11, 2004.
    • This is Waltrip’s third career Bud Pole in 620 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Michigan in June 1991, 457 races ago.
    • Waltrip has posted just five top-10 starts in 39 races at Pocono.
    • This is Waltrip’s second start better than 18th this season. He started third for the Daytona 500.
    • Waltrip became the ninth different Bud Pole winner this season. He is the 17th different Bud Pole winner in the past 18 races at Pocono. Qualifying was canceled in June 2002.
    • Kurt Busch posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 53.356 seconds, 168.678 mph – and will join Waltrip on the front row for the Pocono 500. Busch has started from a top-10 starting position in four of his nine races at Pocono. This is his seventh top-10 start this season and his second time to post the second-quickest qualifying lap.
    • This is the fifth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2005 [five different drivers]. Dodge has six Bud Poles and Ford has two. Qualifying was canceled at Dover.
    • Brian Vickers (third) posted his fifth top-10 start this season. He has started sixth or better in all three of his races at Pocono.
    • Jamie McMurray (fourth) posted his second top-10 start in his fifth Pocono race. He started seventh in August 2004. It is his second top-10 start this season and his first in timed qualifying. He started ninth last week when qualifying was canceled.
    • Scott Riggs (fifth) posted his first start better than 26th in his three Pocono races. It is his fourth top-10 start this season – all top-fives.
    • Ryan Newman (17th) failed to post a top-10 start for the first time this season and ended a streak of 20 consecutive top-10 starts. It is just his second start outside the top-15 in his seven races at Pocono.
    • Jeff Gordon (31st) posted his worst ever qualifying effort at Pocono and just his fourth start outside the top-20 in his 25 races here.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (34th) has posted just one top-10 start this season: fifth in the Daytona 500. After 14 races in 2004, he had started from the top-10 ten times.
    • Four drivers failed to qualify for the Pocono 500: Kirk Shelmerdine, P.J. Jones, Hermie Sadler and Carl Long.
    • Only five of the 47 drivers took both laps allocated for their qualifying effort.
    • The farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started was 27th by Terry Labonte in the 1995 Pocono 500 [remeber when Gordon missed the shift].(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-11-2005)

  • Ramblings - Pocono:
    Michael Waltrip had a really good qualifying month of June in 1991. Just a mere 14 years later, he's at it again!
    Mikey got his 3rd career Bud Pole today at Pocono Raceway, and it came via a speed of 169.052 (53.238 sec). He won two poles waaaaaay back in June of 1991, at Dover and at Michigan in the #30 Bahari Pennzoil Pontiac. He also becomes the 9th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    He'll lead us to the green for the Pocono 500 will Kurt Busch alongside.
    Brian Vickers (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at California in February.
    Jamie McMurray (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Martinsville in April of 2004.
    Jeremy Mayfield (6th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Texas in April.
    Scott Wimmer (11th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 14th at Darlington in March of 2004!
    Ken Schrader (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Martinsville in April.
    Greg Sacks (41st) makes his first Nextel Cup start of the season on Sunday. We last saw Greg in action at Homestead last November when he started 34th and finished 42nd.
    STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.(Stock Car Fans)(6-11-2005)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is on Satruday, June 11, 2005 is scheduled to start at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: FX tape delay at 5:00pm/et.
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Qualifying Re-Air: Speed Channel at 12:00am/et.

  • Qualifying Order for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #2-Rusty Wallace is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #07-Dave Blaney. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Coca-Cola 600 Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(6-10-2005)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #97-Busch 166.620
    #12-Newman 166.269
    #25-Vickers 166.254
    #40-Marlin 166.159
    #10-Riggs 165.893
    fastest non-top 35 team: #7-Gordon, 22nd, 164.760
    most laps run: #6-Martin, 30; #15-Waltrip, 29
    slowest: #00-Long 157.170 and #89-Shepherd 160.060
    no speed: #27-Shelmerdine.
    incident: #00-Long shot up the track in turn 2 and smacked the wall, doing damage to the right side of the car.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #40-Marlin, 163.071 [4th fastest single lap], 15 laps run
    #48-Johnson, 163.046 [20th], 19 laps
    #16-Biffle, 162.961 [9th], 28 laps
    See Jayski's Practice/Qualifying/Grid page for speeds for both practices and the qualifying order.(6-10-2005)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway Happy Hour practice? Eight in and four out:
    #7-Robby Gordon, 164.760, 22nd
    #11-Jason Leffler, 163.994, 28th
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 163.773, 31st
    #13-Greg Sacks, 163.681, 32nd
    #44-Terry Labonte, 163.523, 34th - but can use the champ provisonal if not fast enough
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 162.203, 40th
    #66-Mike Garvey, 163.316, 35th
    #92-Hermie Sadler, 161.827, 42nd
    these 4 would miss the race if speed rank stayed the same.
    #34-P.J. Jones, 161.106, 43rd
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 160.060, 45th
    #00-Carl Long, 157.170, 46th, wrecked in the practice
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, no speed [was 46th in the 1st practice]

  • Friday's First Practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #10-Riggs 165.850
    #12-Newman 165.743
    #6-Martin 165.490
    #97-Busch 165.286
    #5-Busch 165.222
    fastest non-top 35 team: #7-Gordon, 19th, 163.106
    slowest: #13-Sacks 157.030 and #27-Shelmerdine 157.505
    most laps run: #99-Edwards, 29; #0-Bliss, 26
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin, 164.162 [3rd fastest single lap], 16 laps run
    #5-Busch, 163.232 [5th], 13 laps
    #97-Busch, 162.757 [4th],19 laps
    See Jayski's Practice/Qualifying/Grid page for speeds for both practices and the qualifying order.(6-10-2005)

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Entry List [changes] for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2005 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of owners points - 13 race attempts by team:
    #7-Robby Gordon (full-time 2005 planned)
    #11-Jason Leffler (full-time team)
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
    #66-Maike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
    #92-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
    Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 13 attempts
    #00-Carl Long (part-time sched)(9 attempts)
    #13-Greg Sacks (no idea on plans)(2 attempts)
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine (part-time)(9 attempts)
    #34-P.J. Jones (didn't attempt Talladega)(12 attempts)
    #44-Terry Labonte (10 races planned)(4 attempts)(1st up for champions provisional, if needed)
    #89-Morgan Shepherd (6 attempts)
    IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 44,11,37,32,7,66,92,34
    missing the race would be: #'s 00,27,89,13
    For the full list see my Jayski's Pocono Entry List, 46 cars entered.(6-6-2005)

  • Race Penalties Now Less Severe: Beginning with the Advance Auto Parts 500 at Martinsville, eight infractions that used to bring a stop-and-go penalty will now be addressed with a pass through the pits. They include a crew member jumping over the wall too soon, too many crewmen in the pit service area, using more than two air wrenches during a stop, and tossing the fuel or catch cans. Other violations now covered by a pass-through penalty are: crew members returning from the equipment side of the wall, illegal use of extension poles, failing to carry the front air wrench to the pit wall side, and noncompliant refueling. A stop-and-go requires a car to return to its pit box for 15 seconds, while the lesser penalty is merely going back through pit road at the required speed limit.(FoxSports/AP)(3-20-2005)

  • Impound Rules: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Impound Procedures In 2005
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will impound cars after qualifying in 21 of 36 championship events plus the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The following are tracks in which NASCAR will implement this procedure: Feb. 27-California; Mar. 20-Atlanta; Apr. 3-Bristol; Apr. 23-Phoenix; May 7-Darlington; May 14; Richmond; May 21-Lowe’s (All-Star Challenge); June 12-Pocono; June 19-Michigan; July 2-Daytona; July 17-New Hampshire; July 24-Pocono; Aug. 14-Watkins Glen; Aug. 21-Michigan; Aug. 27-Bristol; Sept. 10-Richmond; Sept. 18-New Hampshire; Oct. 9-Kansas; Oct. 30-Atlanta; Nov. 20-Homestead.
    Following qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, the cars will be escorted to their respective garage stalls by a NASCAR Official (with the exception of the top five cars, which will be placed in a designated area for post-qualifying inspection).
    Once the car is pushed to the garage stall, only two crew members will be allowed to remain in the garage.
    The following work list will be allowed:
    1. Shut off electrical switches and master power switch;
    2. Remove radio;
    3. Check air pressure in tires;
    4. Cover the car; and,
    5. Crewmembers exit garage and garage doors close.
    Pit road selection will be immediately after the last car has qualified.
    Procedure for race day for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams:
    Garage Stall A maximum of two (2) crew members per car, accompanied by a NASCAR Official, will be allowed in the garage stall. Below are the procedures that will be completed in the garage stall:
    Teams May:
    1. Plug in oil heater (if teams use a generator, it must remain outside the garage);
    2. Open hood;
    3. Prime oil system;
    4. Back car out of garage to start;
    5. Turn master switch on;
    6. Open oil cooler bypass valve (optional)’
    7. Start engine;
    8. Close hood;
    9. Set tire pressure;
    10. Torque wheels;
    11. Install radio and water bottle;
    12. Remove or repair tape on front of car (i.e. grille, valance, brake ducts.); and
    13. If applicable, BST or Pi Research may replace equipment batteries under NASCAR supervision.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Enter the garage without a NASCAR Official present;
    2. Jack up any part of the car;
    3. Add water or pressurize the cooling system;
    4. Climb inside the car;
    5. Adjust wedge bolts, shocks or sway bars;
    6. Add fuel, oil or brake fluid;
    7. Remove air box; or
    8. Adjust fenders, spoiler or any body components.
    Fuel Pumps: A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, escorted by NASCAR Officials, may go to the fuel pumps. For Tracks 1 mile and under, a maximum of two gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks 1 ½ miles, a maximum of three gallons of fuel will be added. For Tracks above 1 ½ miles, a maximum of four gallons of fuel will be added.
    Height Platform A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the height platform.
    Teams May:
    1. Adjust front and rear wedge bolts: A maximum of one (1) turn for front bolts. A maximum of 1 ½ turn for rear bolts.
    2. Adjust track bar at frame end adjuster. No maximum on track bar adjustment.
    3. Adjust external shock bleeds.
    Teams May NOT:
    1. Change any components.
    2. Add spring inserts.
    Scales A maximum of three (3) crewmembers per car at anytime, accompanied by NASCAR Officials, may escort the respective car to the scales. Any car that does not meet required weight specifications may be subject to penalty. After completion, the generator will be reconnected to the car and pushed to pit road. Generators will be permitted out on pit road with the car.(NASCAR)(3-18-2005)

  • some 2005 Changes in the Cup Series:

  • New Dodge Model: Charger takes over for the Intrepid
  • Spoilers reduced 1" to 4 1/2" at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona
  • Gear Ratio rule, teams will have 2 choices of what gear ratio to use at all tracks BUT Talladega and Daytona, supposedly the gear ratio's will be between 3.80 and 4.00
  • Hard Liquor sponsors now allowed
  • NASCAR is using a computer timing system to check for speeding on pit road
  • The top 35 teams in Owners Points will be guaranteed to make the race, the final teams by speed, then field set by speed, for the first FIVE races, 2004 owners points standings will be used for the top 35.
  • The Impound Rules will be used at over half the races.
  • Each car must have a full tank of fuel in the gas tank when the driver makes a qualifying lap, for ALL races.
  • Restrictor plate size changed from 29/32 [58/64] to 57/64"

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

  • Jayski's - 2005 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 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:


  • WHO'S HOT heading to the Pocono 500:
    • Greg Biffle has won four races in 2005, more than any other driver.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 10 top-10 finishes in 13 races in 2005.
    • Ryan Newman has scored top-10 finishes in the last four races.
    • Greg Biffle has scored top-10 finishes in the last four races.
    • Rusty Wallace has climbed from 14th to seventh in the point standings after the last three races.
    • Roush Racing drivers have won six of the 13 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Richard Childress Racing and Evernham Motorsports each have one victory.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-6-2005)

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2004 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 172.533, finished 14th
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Terry Labonte, June 1995, started 27th

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 54 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 30 times and the top ten 39 times.(8-2-2004)

  • June 2004 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 112.129mph, started 5th
  • 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

  • Most Wins: 5 - Bill Elliott
  • Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader
  • Most Top 5s: 18 - Mark Martin
  • Most Top 10s: 25 - Mark Martin

  • 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 Lead Changes: 56 - 7/30/79
  • Fewest Lead Changes: 10 - 7/26/1998
  • Most Leaders: 16, Three times, most recently 6/13/2004
  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - Twice, most recently, 6/9/1985

  • Most Cautions: 13 - 6/17/90
  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/78
  • Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/2004
  • Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/78

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 26, 7/28/2002
  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/82

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 7/29/2001
  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 18, 7/25/1982

  • Most Laps Led: 164, Jeff Gordon, 7/26/1998
  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Bobby Labonte, 7/29/2001

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 20 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 9 [of 53 races] 17%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 9 of 54 events (16.7%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 39 of 54 events (72.2%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 15 of 54 events (27.8%)
  • Pocono Nuggets
    • Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 52nd start at Pocono Raceway the most of any driver at the Pennsylvania superspeedway. Rudd has one victory (June 2001) and 21 top-10 finishes there.

    • Rusty Wallace is expected to make his 675th consecutive start in this week’s race at Pocono Raceway. Wallace ranks second among active drivers in consecutive starts behind Ricky Rudd who is expected to make his 765th a NASCAR Record.

    • Jimmie Johnson has competed in six races at Pocono Raceway. He won both races there in 2004 and has scored top-15 finishes in all six.

    • Kurt Busch has competed in eight races at Pocono Raceway scoring runner-up finishes in two. He still seeks his first Pocono victory.

    • Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Robby Gordon and Jeremy Mayfield all scored top-10 finishes in both races at Pocono Raceway in 2004. Johnson scored victories in both races there last season.

    • Thirty-four of the 54 races at Pocono have been won from a top-five starting position (63 percent). Four of the last five races have been won from a top-five starting position. Jimmie Johnson won the Pennsylvania 500 in July from a 14th-place starting position.

    • There have been 16 different Bud Pole winners in the last 17 races at Pocono. Qualifying was rained out in the 2002 Pocono 500.

    • There have been nine different race winners in the last 10 races at Pocono. Only Jimmie Johnson has won two races during the period, both in 2004.

    • Jeremy Mayfield posted his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at Pocono Raceway.

    • Casey Mears posted his career-first Bud Pole at Pocono Raceway.

    • 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 Earnhardt Jr. has scored top 10 finishes in three of his last four races at Pocono Raceway.

    • Mark Martin has out scored all drivers with 18 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in his 36 races at Pocono, however he has never won there.

    Robby Gordon scored top-10 finishes in both races at Pocono in 2004.
    Mark Martin has a 6.9 starting average in 36 races at Pocono, the best among drivers with more than 10 starts at the Pennsylvania superspeedway. He ranks second in average finish among active drivers behind Jeff Gordon with an 10.8 average finish. Gordon has a 10.04 average finish in 24 races, the best among drivers with more than 15 races at the Pennsylvania superspeedway.

    • Elliott Sadler has been running at the finish in all 12 of his races at Pocono Raceway, the longest streak among active drivers at the track. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Dave Blaney have all been running at the finish in each of their 10 races at Pocono.

    Rick Hendrick is the all-time winning owner at Pocono Raceway, posting 10 victories with five different drivers: Tim Richmond (three), Jeff Gordon (three), Jimmie Johnson (two), Terry Labonte (one) and Geoffrey Bodine (one).

    There have been five seasons with sweeps at Pocono since the track has hosted twice-a-year races beginning in 1982, including two in the last six seasons: Jimmie Johnson (2004) Bobby Labonte (1999), Tim Richmond (1986), Bill Elliott (1985) and Bobby Allison (1982).

    • Jeff Gordon has led 841 laps in 24 races at Pocono, more than any other driver in the speedway’s history.
    • Top 10 Lap Leaders at Pocono Raceway
    Driver Starts Laps Led
    1. Gordon, Jeff, 24, 841*
    2. Bodine, Geoffrey, 39, 806
    3. Wallace, Rusty, 42, 735*
    4. Waltrip, Darrell, 44, 616
    5. Jarrett, Dale, 36, 521*
    6. Petty, Richard, 30, 500
    7. Earnhardt, Dale, 41, 455
    8. Elliott, Bill, 44, 427
    9. Martin, Mark, 36, 350*
    10. Allison, Bobby, 21, 344
    active *

    • Seventh-place Rusty Wallace has not scored a top-10 finish in his last five races at Pocono Raceway.
    • Ninth-place Carl Edwards has never raced a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car at Pocono Raceway.
    • 10th-place Kevin Harvick has scored only one top-10 finish in eight races at Pocono Raceway.
    • Tony Stewart has scored eight top-10 finishes in 12 races at Pocono, but has finished 37th, 27th and 35th in his last three races there.
    • Dale Jarrett has scored 18 top-10 finishes in 36 races at Pocono, but has finished 42nd, 21st, 26th and 24th in his last four races there.
    • Kyle Petty has finished 13th or worse in his last 14 races at Pocono Raceway.
    • Rusty Wallace has not scored a top-10 finish in his last five races at Pocono.

    • After 13 races in 2005, there are nine drivers who won in 2004 that have not won in 2005: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace and Joe Nemechek.

    • A Dodge has won six of the 13 Bud Poles in 2005, more than any other manufacturer.

    • Only Ryan Newman has started every race in 2005 from a top-10 starting position. Newman has scored 20 straight top-10 starts, since Kansas last October. Bobby Issac set the record of 66 straight top-10 starts between September 1969 and March 1971.

    • Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 10 of the 13 races in 2005. Biffle has led 890 laps this season, 346 more than Tony Stewart (544) the next highest lap leader.

    • Kurt Busch has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 48 consecutive races since Rockingham in February 2004, the longest current streak.

    • Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch are the only drivers that have ranked in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after every race in 2005.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15th in points) has ranked among the top 10 after just three of the 13 races this season. He ranked first in the point standings after 13 races one year ago. He is now 418 points behind point leader Jimmie Johnson.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. has led only five laps in 2005. Dale Jarrett has led only one.

    • Mark Martin has led only 10 laps in 2005. Jeff Burton has led only six and Ricky Rudd has led only one.

    • Matt Kenseth ranks 22nd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings after 13 races in 2005. One year ago he was third.

    • Sterling Marlin has dropped from sixth to 23rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last six races.

    In the first 10 superspeedway races in 2005:
    • Most Points Earned - Jimmie Johnson - 1,572 (75 more than Greg Biffle)
    • Most Bud Poles – Ryan Newman (four)
    • Most Victories – Greg Biffle (four)
    • Most Top-fives – Jimmie Johnson (seven)
    • Most Top-10s –Jimmie Johnson (eight)
    • Most Races Led – Greg Biffle (nine)
    • Winning Manufacturer – Ford (six-All Roush drivers)(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-6-2005)


  • 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

  • 2004 Pocono June Race Info Page

  • 2004 Pocono August Race Info Page

  • No Shifting at Pocono: Changes in NASCAR's gear rules mean competitors will not be able to shift through the turns this Sunday at Poco#"I disagree with the gear rule," Jeff Gordon says. "At Pocono, we'll be way down on RPM, and we won't be able to shift. It's like putting a restrictor plate on the cars at New Hampshire. We won't be able to pass, and that's not a good thing." Many competitors feel the lack of horsepower will produce single-file racing.(Sporting News)(6-6-2005)

  • Casino at Pocono II? Dr. Joseph Mattioli, board chairman and CEO of Pocono Raceway, plans to apply for a casino/slots parlor license. The casino would be on the race track's grounds in Long Pond, Pa., which hosts two Nextel Cup races annually. Mattioli's project involves a convention center and shops. The proposed casino would be built behind the track's grandstands. The state Gaming Control Board is expected to award seven licenses to horse-racing tracks, five to stand-alone slot parlors and two to resorts. "We have the land, water, sewer and parking, and people know where we are," Mattioli said recently. "We're only 3 miles off the interstate [Route 80]. It's a gamble, but it's not as big a gamble as building [the raceway] was 40 years ago." Although the attendance at both Pocono Cup races each year is very good, speculation persists that the track eventually will lose one of its races. Whenever I ask Mattioli about this, he pretends he can't hear me. Finally, Mattioli said that he "anticipates" having two races next year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(5-26-2005)

  • Free Tix to Soldiers for Pocono Race: Five hundred soldiers who recently returned from Iraq will get to see the Pocono 500 NASCAR race for free. Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond [PA], will give two free tickets to the June 12 race to 500 Army National Guardsmen and Guardswomen from the 103rd Armored Regiment and the 109th Field Artillery. Each soldier will be permitted to bring one guest to the race, scheduled for June 12 at Pocono Raceway. The announcement came Monday afternoon at a press conference at the Kingston Armory near Wilkes-Barre, which is the headquarters for the National Guard units. The soldiers in the units hail from Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Pike counties, said Maj. Stephen Zarnowski, executive officer of the 55th Brigade, which includes both units. Most of them have recently returned home from duty in Iraq, where some of them served up to a year, Zarnowski said.(Pocono Record)(3-23-2005)

  • Cup to Mexico? in 2006? Pocono to lose a race? The biggest crowd in NASCAR's Busch series history is expected here today for the Telcel Motorola 200. And Fox is broadcasting the race head to head against Tiger Woods in the Doral Open and the ACC finale between Duke and North Carolina, to see how well it will do in the ratings war. If the numbers are good enough - and NASCAR has sizzling ratings this season already - it appears NASCAR president Brian France might turn this weekend into a full-fledged Nextel Cup stop next March. NASCAR's marketing people have pulled out all the stops to make this weekend a success, and NASCAR is a big winner here already, regardless of what happens today. NASCAR is expected to announce a 10-year deal for a NASCAR-Mexico touring series, along the lines of the Busch series. The tour sponsor is not yet known. Busch beer isn't sold in Mexico, but Anheuser-Busch owns 50 percent of the largest Mexican brewer, whose headliner is Corona. Corona was being passed out here to crews at the end of each work day, to ease the pain of traffic on the bus ride home. The track seats 70,000, and as of last week 40,000 tickets had been sold. But this city isn't known for strong advance ticket sales, but rather has a history of event-day walk-up crowds. And yesterday's crowd just for qualifying was a good harbinger. The U.S. ambassador was host to NASCAR teams last night, and Mexican president Vicente Fox was expected to attend, an indication of the high-level politics involved in this NASCAR venture. The Mexican government, according to one report, has a $42 million, three-year contract with NASCAR for promotion of an annual NASCAR race here.(Winton Salem Journal)
    AND Asked if he believed the Busch Series' visit to Mexico City was a harbinger of NASCAR's top series adding it to the schedule, NEXTEL Cup regular Elliott Sadler was noncommittal. "We got a little work to do with the race track before the Cup guys come," he said. "We've got to do some stuff with the chicane and stuff like that. Maybe one day, we'll see. I think they want to see what kind of response we get with the Busch cars. We always send the Busch cars to test the market a little bit, and then if it does good, the Cup cars may come."(Ford Racing)(3-6-2005)
    Mexico in - Pocono out? NASCAR execs are justifiably ecstatic over this sport's Mexico City debut, and they're wasting no time planning ahead. The international calendar for stock-car racing for the 2006 season is taking shape, and this is a possible scenario, according to NASCAR sources:
    * This Mexico City weekend becomes a full Cup race, probably Sunday March 5, 2006.
    * The June Pocono Cup race is killed, replaced by the Watkins Glen Cup race, currently held in early August.
    * On the newly opened August 2006 weekend, the Busch series - with any interested Cup stars - will run in Montreal on the Gilles Villeneuve Formula One course on the island of Notre Dame, in the heart of the city of 3.5 million.
    * And NASCAR's Truck series enters the Mexico market by running a companion event at Monterrey - the city of three million 600 miles up the road from here, 21/2 hours from the U.S. border, a city called Mexico's richest town - with CART's Indy-car tour in April 2006.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-7-2005)

  • Casino at Pocono? Casino slots made Dover Downs an even hotter destination stock-car track, and now the Mattiolis, who own the Pocono NASCAR track, are planning a similar venture. A slots casino, with 80,000 square feet of playing area, and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and shops, is on the drawing board for a piece of land six miles from the Pocono Speedway. Construction costs are estimated at $300 million.(Winston Salem Journal)(1-18-2005)

  • Pocono goes to qualifying on Sat: Qualifying for the two NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway will now take place on Saturday, the track said Friday. Qualifying for the Pocono 500 in June and the Pennsylvania 500 in July had previously been held on Fridays. Immediately following Saturday qualifying, NASCAR will impound the race cars. Teams will not be permitted to work on the cars except in cases approved by NASCAR. The Pocono 500 weekend is set for June 10-12, 2005 and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend is set for July 22-24, 2005.(

  • Pocono Buys South Boston Speedway: Pocono Raceway has acquired South Boston Speedway. South Boston Speedway, which recently completed its 47th year of operation, is a NASCAR sanctioned 4/10 mile paved oval located in South Boston, Va. For the past five years, the Speedway has been directed by its President Joe Mattioli III, son of Dr. Joe Mattioli, CEO of Pocono Raceway and Manager Cathy Rice. During that time, South Boston has achieved the distinction of being recognized by Circle Track Magazine (March 2002) as the "Leader of the new generation of Super Short Tracks". Additionally South Boston boasts one of the biggest fields of NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, averaging over 24 cars per event with each event paying $3,000 to win. South Boston has proven to be a great training ground for both competitors and future motorsports facility managers. Nick Igdalsky, Dr. Mattioli’s grandson, is currently working at South Boston, as well as competing in their Pure Stock Division. The acquisition will provide Pocono with a presence in the Southeast and will align South Boston with the excitement and prestige of Pocono, a NASCAR Nextel Cup facility, providing both venues with joint marketing and promotional opportunities. The management of South Boston will remain unchanged.(South Boston Speedway site)(11-30-2004)

  • No Plans to Cut Pocono Race Length Back: Several drivers and many media members [and drivers] recommend shorter races at Pocono Raceway [from 500 to 400 miles] to improve the quality of racing. Asking this question is guaranteed to trigger a vocal eruption from the 79-year-old Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the boss at the mountain race track and former Philadelphia dentist. He doesn't even need a telephone to be heard from his office on Mount Mattioli. Every year, "Doc" responds the same way. Succintly, he asks, what don't we understand about "No, we are not shortening the races"?
    "I'm not even going to comment on that," he said Tuesday, 2 days after Jimmie Johnson completed his sweep of the Nextel Cup races this year at the raceway. Then he did comment. Briefly. Reminded that Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are the latest Cup drivers who would prefer shorter races there, Mattioli replied: "What Jeff Gordon said was beautiful. He said our race and Charlotte's [600-miler] should be shortened. I've always said, when 'Humpy' knocks 100 miles off his race, I'll talk [about shorter Pocono races]." Humpy is H.A. Wheeler, president and master promoter at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, which hosts the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Mattioli said he is not worried that a proposed track on Staten Island, N.Y., would hurt Pocono. The International Speedway Corp., owner of Daytona International Speedway and 11 other tracks, has purchased land on Staten Island. If ISC's plan is approved, the track wouldn't open until at least 2009. Some see a track on Staten Island as a threat to races at Pocono and New Hampshire. Mattioli differs, strongly. "It will be very good for us," Mattioli insisted. When Dover (Del.) International Speedway began attracting larger crowds in the 1970s and, later, when Cup races started at New Hampshire and Watkins Glen, N.Y., Mattioli said, more fans from those areas attended races at Pocono. He thinks a track in New York City will create fans who will go to races at Pocono.(paraphrased from the Philadelphia Daily News)(8-5-2004)

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


  • Double Duty at Pocono-Nashville: two drivers are planning on running the Nextel Cup race at Pocono and the Busch Series race in Nashville:
    #40-Sterling Marlin will be running the Busch Series race at his home track of Nashville Superspeedway. He will be piloting the #40 for FitzBradshaw Racing.(Ganassi PR)
    AND This will be #99-Carl Edwards' first double duty weekend in two separate cities. Edwards will practice and qualify the #99 Stonebridge Insurance Ford in Pocono on Friday and Saturday morning then head to Nashville to race the #60 Charter Ford in the Busch race. Edwards will then return late Saturday night to race the #99 Ford in Sunday's 500-mile event.(Roush Racing)(6-10-2005)

  • Gaughan to relieve Bliss at Pocono: Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan will share driving duties in the #0 NetZero Best Buy Racing Chevrolet with Mike Bliss, who underwent successful hernia surgery Monday morning, for this weekend’s event at Pocono Raceway. “When it became obvious to us that Mike would need some help this weekend our thoughts immediately went to Brendan,” said Joe Custer, General Manager of Haas CNC Racing. “Brendan, along with Orleans Racing and its sponsor Jasper Engines and Transmissions, have been gracious enough to agree to let us borrow him for the weekend even though he is competing for his fifth win at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. A big part of what is great about this sport is the willingness of the competitors to jump right in and help each other out in situations like this. Our main focus is to make sure that Mike is healthy for the remainder of the season and whatever we need to do this weekend to make sure that happens is what we will do.” Gaughan will take part in the scheduled practice and qualifying sessions at Texas Motor Speedway before heading to Pocono Raceway Friday. Bliss plans to make several laps during practice for the Pocono 500 Friday afternoon before Gaughan takes over. Bliss is scheduled to qualify the car Saturday and start the race before giving up his seat in the NetZero Best Buy Chevy during the first possible opportunity.(NetZero Best Buy Racing)(6-8-2005)

  • #675 for Rusty: #2-Rusty Wallace will be making his 675th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start [684 races total] in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. In 42 career starts on the triangular-shaped 2.5-mile Pocono track, he has recorded 4 wins, 9 top-5 finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and 3 poles. He ranks third in career laps led on the track with 735.(Tom Roberts PR), unless Rusty comes back in 2006 for the first three races, his consecutive streak will stop ay 697.(6-8-2005)

  • Hermie in the #92: Hermie Sadler, who yesterday, left the #66 Peak Fitness Racing team, is listed on's Pocono 500 entry list as the driver of the #92 Front Row Motorsports Chevy. Stanton Barrett usually drives the #92, but will be in Nashville for the Busch race and is Tony Raines, who also has seen time in that car.(6-7-2005)

  • Jones in the #34 at Pocono and MIS: Denver, NC based MACH 1 announced today that PJ Jones will pilot the #34 Chevrolet Monte Carlo beginning this weekend at Pocono. Jeff Fuller, the teams primary driver is also committed to the #7 Busch car, a relationship that was established prior to MACH 1 team owner Chris Edwards tapping Fuller to drive his Cup car earlier this season. The non-companion races were identified as logistical challenges by MACH 1 with Fuller as their driver. The team searched for a driver that could step in and assist on the non-companion weekends. PJ Jones was selected and has agreed to drive for the team this weekend at Pocono and again next weekend in Michigan when the Busch cars will be in Kentucky. PJ competed at both Pocono and Michigan last year finishing 22nd at Pocono and 25th at Michigan.(MACH 1 PR)(6-7-2005)

  • Sponsor for #99 at Pocono in June: Stonebridge Life Insurance Company will be the primary sponsor on the #99 Ford, driven by Carl Edwards, at the Pocono 500 on June 12. This will be the first time Stonebridge Life Insurance Company has sponsored a NEXTEL Cup car. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company is the sister company to World Financial Group, who appeared on the #99 Ford as a primary sponsor in 2004 and 2005. As a leading direct response insurer, Stonebridge Life offers families straightforward and convenient ways to protect their financial assets, especially when they feel like they are racing through everyday life. Like NASCAR and Roush Racing, they are committed to quality, quick response, and excellent service. It is these parallels that brought Stonebridge Life and Roush Racing's #99 team together. Stonebridge Life will be running a major promotion around their sponsorship, with details of the promotion announced in the coming weeks. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company offers term and whole life insurance plans directly to consumers via mail, phone, and the Internet. It is also a member of the AEGON Group, one of the world's largest insurance organizations.(Roush Racing)(5-25-2005)

  • See the 2005 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek Army's 230th birthday #01 Schemes Page
    #11-Jason Leffler Fed-Ex Kinkos #11 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Post-It #16 Schemes Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Madagascar Movie #18 Schemes Page
    #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. Tide to Go #32 Schemes Page
    #44-Terry Labonte Pizza Hut #44 Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Stonebridge Life Insurance #99 Schemes Page

  • Tide 2 Go at Pocono: The #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy for Bobby Hamilton Jr.'s paint scheme continues to be Tide to Go. It is promoting Procter and Gamble’s new instant stain remover that helps eliminate fresh food and drink stains. Tide to Go works well on tomato juice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, grape juice and coffee. It is convenient to carry in a briefcase, car, purse and kitchen. It is available in stores now.(PPI Motorsports)(6-10-2005)

  • Special Army theme for Nemechek at Pocono: #01-Joe Nemechek will commemorate the U.S. ARMY's 230th birthday with a camouflage paint scheme at Pocono in June.(RacingOne), see an image of the car on my #01 Team Schemes page.(6-7-2005)

  • Special Schemes for Gibbs #18 and #20: DreamWorks Animation, Joe Gibbs Racing, Interstate Batteries, The Home Depot and Action Performance Companies Inc. announced details about their latest NASCAR racing special centered around the upcoming animated feature film, Madagascar. The film follows the story of four "wild" animals who are treated to a pampered existence in the zoo until they accidentally are shipped to the island of Madagascar. The four principle characters - Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippopotamus - provide the basis for paint schemes that will decorate the #18 Interstate Batteries and #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet race cars owned by Joe Gibbs Racing. DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar opens nationwide in theaters on May 27, 2005. Tony Stewart will drive the #20 The Home Depot/Madagascar Chevrolet during the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on May 21. Bobby Labonte, Stewart's teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, will pilot the #18 Interstate Batteries/Madagascar Chevrolet during NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, on May 29, 2005. Both races will take place at the NASCAR track near Charlotte, N.C.
    The cross-promotion marks the second time that DreamWorks Animation has teamed with Joe Gibbs Racing in as many race seasons. Last year, the organizations teamed to showcase a pair of Shrek 2-themed stock cars that also saw action during the all-star and Memorial Day weekend races. Action Performance Companies, the leader in licensed motorsports merchandise, designed the Madagascar machines, including a limited edition program car. Action also will create die-cast replica versions of both the #18 and #20 Madagascar-edition race cars. In addition to the specialty paint scheme, each collectible comes in its own unique Madagascar-themed packaging. The collectibles will be available through Action's standard distribution channels.
    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar is a computer-animated comedy starring four civilized animals - a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo - who have lived their entire lives in blissful captivity, growing up as best friends at the Central Park Zoo...until the day they are put on a boat to Africa and suddenly find themselves washed ashore onto the exotic island of Madagascar. Now, these native New Yorkers must learn to survive in this strange land and discover the true meaning of the phrase, "it's a jungle out there."(Action Performance PR), see images on my #18 Team Schemes page and #20 Team Schemes page.(2-26-2006)
    UPDATE: When the #11 Jason Leffler team missed the Coca-Cola 600, Interstate Batteries worked a deal with Fed-Ex to run on the #18 car with Bobby Labonte, the Interstate Batteries/Madagascar will run at Pocono in June.(5-26-2005)

  • Pizza Hut on the #44: Pizza Hut will be on the #44 Chevy that Terry Labonte drives at the Nextel All-Star Challenge in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway and will also carry the Pizza Hut colors at Pocono in June and Chicago in July. See an image of the scheme on my #44 Team Schemes page.(4-21-2005)
    UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports announced a program that will feature Pizza Hut as a primary sponsor of Chevy driven by Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers this season in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Labonte will showcase a Pizza Hut paint scheme on his #44 Chevys in three upcoming NEXTEL Cup events: May 21 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, June 12 at Pocono Raceway and July 10 at Chicagoland Speedway.
    In the Busch Series, Vickers' #57 Pizza Hut Chevys will appear May 6 at Darlington Raceway during the track's inaugural weekend of night racing and Sept. 24 at Dover International Speedway. Those hungry for more information can go to the official Pizza Hut Web site at Motorsports)(4-23-2005)

  • Post-It to sponsor Biffle in ten races: Post-It will be the primary sponsor for the #16 Roush Racing Ford that Greg Biffle drives, the following ten races are scheduled: California (Feb), Atlanta (Mar), Texas (Apr), Darlington, Pocono (June), Sonoma, Chicago, Talladega (Oct), Phoenix (Nov). See an image of the car on the #16 Team Paint Schemes page.(12-28-2004)

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


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