THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
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NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Pennsylvania 500
Nextel Cup Race #20 of 36 for the 2005 season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, July 24, 2005 in Long Pond, PA
- TV: TNT 1:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Green Flag: around 1:40pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, July 27 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 5:00pm/et;
Thursday, July 28 [Replay] at 3:00pm/et;
Saturday, July 30 [Fast Forward, 2-hour recap] at 3:00am/et;
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: no more war wagon, Bill Weber from the booth
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,795,586 (was $4,808,573 in 2004)
- Practices: Friday, July 22, 1:20 - 2:40pm/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 22, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel via tape 9:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 22, 11:10am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 and 43 [past champ or fastest left] if open, Saturday, July 23 at 12:10pm/et, TV-TNT via tape at 1:30pm/et, no TV re-air AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- Impound? cars WILL be impounded for this race after qualifying, see rules on my Impound Rules page.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- CUP EVENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 22ND
6:45 AM NNCS HAULERS ENTER
7:30 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (GARAGE)
12:20 PM NNCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
12:50 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
1:20 PM 2:40 PM NNCS PRACTICE
4:00 PM 5:15 PM NNCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:30 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
SATURDAY, JULY 23RD
7:00 AM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
11:35 AM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
12:10 PM NNCS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
3:10 PM ARCA RACE (80 LAPS, 200 MILES)
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH
7:00 AM NNCS REGISTRATION OPENS & ACCESS TO HAULERS
8:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
11:40 AM NNCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
12:40 PM NNCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT ** UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER RACE
1:00 PM NNCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION-SECURITY –CLEAR PIT ROAD
1:40 PM NNCS RACE ( 200 LAPS, 500 MILES)
2:30 PM NNCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
(Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
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 -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 33 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Pocono last month. . . Nextel Cup teams also ran this tire set-up earlier this season at Las Vegas . . . this left-side code (D-6860) will also be run with a different right-side code at Bristol in 2005 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in their tires at Pocono . . . the inflation 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: "We had a handful of teams that developed problems with their left-front tire at Pocono last month, so while we came back with the same tire set-up, we have increased the minimum recommended inflation for the left-sides. We've worked with NASCAR and the track to look at all factors that may have affected tire performance. The track made some improvements in that time, specifically to the tunnel turn, and that should help the overall situation. We'll be watching the situation very closely during practice and working with the teams to make sure everything goes
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $80,000 at Pocono [only Johnson, Biffle, Stewart have a shot to do it there] 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: $5,000
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
Pocono: #25-Brian Vickers, $10,000
Michigan: #20-Tony Stewart, $10,000
Sonoma: #20-Tony Stewart, $30,000*
Daytona: #20-Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Chicago: #17-Matt Kenseth, $10,000
New Hampshire: #20-Tony Stewart, $20,000*
(* 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.
NOT Eligible: #38 and #88 due to Citi Financial sponsoring Yates
#29, #30 and #07 due to HSBC's(GM Card) relationship with RCR
#48 due to Lowes Sponsorship ( Capital One does that credit card)
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart, 15
Greg Biffle, 8
Kurt Busch, 5
Jeff Gordon, 3
Kasey Kahne, 3
Joe Nemechek, 2
Rusty Wallace, 2
Ryan Newman, 2
Kyle Busch, 2
Brian Vickers, 2
Matt Kenseth, 2
- Kurt Busch wins at Pocono, Roush Sweeps: #97-Kurt Busch won the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, leading 131 of 203 laps for his 2nd win of 2005 and 13th of his career. With #99-Carl Edwards win at Pocono in June, Roush Racing swept the two Pocono races in 2005, Rounding out the top-five were #2-Rusty Wallace, #6-Mark Martin, #99-Carl Edwards and #12-Ryan Newman. #0-Mike Bliss had a nice run and finished 9th for his first top 10 of the season. Pole sitter #42-Jamie McMurray never led a lap but was in the top-10 most of the day until finishing 11th. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson got a lap down, got the lucky dog and finished 12th, maintaining the points lead by 66 over #20-Tony Stewart who moved up to 2nd in points after #16-Greg Biffle had a tire go down late in the race. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing 32nd after being unable to get a handle on his car more the early part of the race.
For race results and links, see Jayski's Pennsylvania 500 Race Results Page.(7-24-2005)
- NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Points after Pocono - 20 of 36 races
the 10 drivers in the chase as things stand:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2799
3) #20-Tony Stewart, 2733, -66
2) #16-Greg Biffle, 2712, -87
4) #2-Rusty Wallace, 2617, -182
5) #97-Kurt Busch, 2537, -262
6) #12-Ryan Newman, 2507, -292
7) #6-Mark Martin, 2490, -309
8) #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 2394, -405
9) #38-Elliott Sadler, 2391, -408
10) #88-Dale Jarrett, 2372, -427
The top 10 in drivers points, 11th and back are over 400 points back and out of the Chase.
The top five fighting to get in:
11) #42-Jamie McMurray, 2363, -436, -9 out of 10th
12) #99-Carl Edwards, 2360, -439, -12
13) #29-Kevin Harvick, 2299, -500, -73
14) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2262, -537, -110
15) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2258, -541, -114
For points standings see Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono page.(7-24-2005)
- Pocono Race Nates:
• Kurt Busch won the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, scoring his 13th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory
in his 170th career start.
• Busch’s last victory came at Phoenix, 12 races ago.
• This is Busch’s second victory in 2005.
• Busch has scored top-10 finishes in four of his last five races.
• Busch moved to 45th on NASCAR’s All-time win list tied with Tim Richmond and Dick Rathmann.
• This marked the ninth victory for Ford in 2005. Chevrolet has 10 and Dodge has one.
• Busch remained fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings, 262 behind of first-place Jimmie Johnson.
• Busch scored his first victory in 10 races at Pocono Raceway.
• This was Busch’s eighth career superspeedway victory in 133 career superspeedway races.
• Busch led the most laps for the second time in a race this season. He led 131 of the 203 laps raced.
• Busch led six times including the final 21 laps.
• Busch has scored 11 top-10 finishes in 20 races this season.
• Busch scored the second victory for car owner Jack Roush at Pocono Raceway, both in 2005. This was Roush’s
83rd victory as a car owner and ninth in 20 races this season.
• Jack Roush Racing competed in 34 races at Pocono (since 1988) before scoring car-owner victories in both Pocono
races in 2005. (Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch).
• Three of the top-four finishers were Roush-owned cars: Kurt Busch (first), Mark Martin (third), Carl Edwards
• Rusty Wallace (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 44 races at Pocono Raceway. He scored his 11th top-10 finish in 20
races in 2005. Wallace remained fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings now 182 behind first-place Jimmie
• Wallace extended a 33-race streak of running at the finish that began at Bristol last August. He has scored 16 top-15 finishes in
20 races in 2005.
• Mark Martin (third) posted his 27th top-10 finish in 38 races at Pocono Raceway. Martin has scored 10 top-10 finishes in 2005.
Martin remained seventh in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 17 points behind sixth-place Ryan Newman.
• Carl Edwards (fourth) posted his second top-five finish in two races at Pocono Raceway. It marked his eighth top-10 finish in
2005. Edwards remained 12th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, just 12 points behind 10th-place Dale Jarrett
• Ryan Newman (fifth) posted his fourth top-five finish in eight races at Pocono Raceway. Newman remained sixth in the
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 30 points behind fifth-place Kurt Busch.
• Jimmie Johnson (12th) has ranked in the top-10 of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings for 53 consecutive
races, the longest current streak. The streak began at Atlanta in March 2004. Johnson has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005, the
most of all drivers.
• Jeff Gordon (13th) remained 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, now 541 points behind point leader Jimmie
Johnson and 114 points behind 10th-place Dale Jarrett.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. (32nd) dropped from 13th to 14th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, 537 points behind firstplace
Jimmie Johnson and 110 points behind 10th-place Dale Jarrett.
• Only two of the top-10 positions in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Pocono Raceway: Tony Stewart
moved to second while Greg Biffle dropped to third.
• Seven drivers remain within 400 points of current point leader Jimmie Johnson with six races remaining before the Chase
begins in New Hampshire in September.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-24-2005)
- Rumblings - Pocono: Kurt Busch kinda "stunk it up" today at Pocono Raceway as he was easily the dominant car in the Pennsylvania 507.5. After leading 110 of the first 121 circuits, and falling back after a poor pit stop, Busch took the lead for the final time on lap 183 to record his second victory of the season (he won at Phoenix in April). This was win #13 for Busch in NEXTEL Cup (he's tied for 45th on the all-time win list with Dick Rathman and Tim Richmond) and was worth $261,275 from the almost $4.8M in posted awards. Till we came here last month Roush Racing had never won on this triangle, now they've got a sweep. This was win #83 for Cactus Jack.
We did better with tires today, but if you were keeping score at home, I counted 3 Left Fronts, 2 Right Fronts, and 2 Left Rears. Everything is relative, after all.
Rusty Wallace (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Martinsville in April of 2004.
Ryan Newman (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Lowe's in May.
Kevin Harvick (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Richmond in May.
Mike Bliss (9th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Richmond last September. His Top-10 gives us 38 drivers at that level this season....last year we had 39.
STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in a row.
Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
Rusty Wallace has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
The Rookie Report: A new name at the top this week as Mike Garvey (34th) is the highest finishing freshman. He was followed by Travis Kvapil (38th) and Kyle Busch (39th).
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Carl Edwards (+37), followed by Mike Bliss (+25), Elliott Sadler (+23), and Casey Mears (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper is a lonely Jeff Burton (-20). These are the first awards for both Edwards and Burton in a quiet "Shaft" this week.
P. J. Jones led today for the first time since he led a lap here in June of 2004. He's the 45th driver to lead a lap this season.....last year we had 50 of 'em.
We've got a new second place driver in the points this week as Tony Stewart is now 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. The Top-10 are still the only drivers eligible for the "Chase", and we lopped another two drivers off the possible list as everybody from 38th on down is now mathematically eliminated. Joe Nemechek (18th to 16th) and Casey Mears (27th to 25th) were the only
drivers to move multiple positions this week (in the Top-40). No driver fell more than a single spot.(Stock Car Fans)(7-24-2005)
- The Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 203 of 200 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot, laps led
#97-Busch-f (2)(131 laps led)
#2-Walllace-d (13)(18 laps led)
#6-Martin-f (3)(26 laps led)
#12-Newman-d (4)(1 laps led)
c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford
Points leader: #48-Johnson finished 12th
#8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 32nd, 2 laps down
- Cars on the lead lap: 27 (of 43 starters)
- Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5):
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 with 13 lead changes):
#97-Busch (131, led most, half-way);
- Lap leaders: #25-Vickers - pole; #97-Busch 1-14; #34-Jones 15; #97-Busch 16-51; #01-Nemechek 52-59; #97-Busch 60-71; #4-Wallace 72; #97-Busch 73-109; #12-Newman 110; #97-Busch 111-121; #16-Biffle 122-138; #6-Martin 139-164; #2-Wallace 165-182; #97-Busch 183-203;
Cautions: 13 for 40 laps
Caution 13 - Laps 203/END: #9-Kahne couldn't get back around after smacking the wall, the race ends under caution.
Caution 12 - Laps 200 - 201: #15-Waltrip spun off turn 2, slapped the wall, then spun again, then drove off.
Caution 11 - Laps 196 - 197: #16-Biffle lost a tire, slowed down, #15-Waltrip had no place to go, slammed on the brakes, hit Biffle and spun into the wall just after turn 1.
Caution 10 - Laps 191 - 193: #4-Wallace got spun out by #24-Gordon off the 1st turn and Wallace smacked the wall, #01-Nemechek got hit from behind a few cars back from Wallace and spun in the grass.
Caution 9 - Laps 177 - 180: Debris from the tire of #17-Kenseth on the track.
Caution 8 - Laps 164 - 166: #01-Nemechek lost a left front tire.
Caution 7 - Laps 151 - 153: #5-Busch lost his brakes and backed into the wall in turn 1.
Caution 6 - Laps 140 - 142: Debris on the track after #12-Newman lost a tire and #42-McMurray hit Newman, no spin or much damage.
Caution 5 - Laps 130 - 132: Debris on the frontstretch.
Caution 4 - Laps 121 - 125: Debris in turn 3.
Caution 3 - Laps 71 - 74: Debris in turn 2.
Caution 2 - Laps 51 - 54: #77-Kvapil loses a left front tire and left debris on the track.
Caution 1 - Laps 14 - 16: #4-Wallace had a left rear tire in turn one and spun around.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC/TNT calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 13: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 12: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 11: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
Caution 10: #19-Mayfield, 18th
Caution 9: #22-Wimmer, 25th
Caution 8: #17-Kenseth, 36th
Caution 7: #41-Mears, 21st
Caution 6: #48-Johnson, 12th
Caution 5: #29-Harvick, 6th
Caution 4: #21-Rudd, 10th
Caution 3: #17-Kenseth, 36th
Caution 2: #4-Wallace, 29th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down, that is 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)
---- on the 2nd to final lap, #9-Kahne got loose and smacked the wall, but drove on with no caution.
---- sorry folks, the server I use wouldn't let me update until after the race.
---- on lap 144 #9-Kahne had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.
---- on lap 143, #7-Gordon slowed when his engine went sour.
---- a few drivers came in to pit during the 5th caution, including #15-Waltrip and #9-Kahne.
---- on the caution 4 stops, many teams only took 2 tires, #01-Nemechek fell off the jack, #97-Busch had a slow stop, #2-Wallace only took 2 tires as the chain that is aatached to the car and helps bring it up is broken. #15-Waltrip slid thru hias pit stall and had to be pushed back.
---- around lap 116, #31-Burton came in and felt something wasn't right when he left his stall, the crew came and opened the hood and the air cleaner was on fire and Burton is still on pit road.
---- #17-Kenseth sped exiting put road on his green flag stop and hed to come in for a pass-thru penalty on lap 115.
---- green flag stops started with #01-Nemecheck and #20-Stewart on lap 108. All finished around lap 112.
---- as of lap 78, #77-Kavpil is back on the track after the team made repairs from the tire damage on lap 2. Kvapil is 23 laps down.
---- #2-Wallace had a very slow pit stop, during the 3rd caution pitstops, came in 4th and came out 14th.
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr.'s team made a shock change on pit road during the 2nd caution, then sped off pit road and NASCAR called him back and held him a lap.
---- the field is gonna be jumbled a bit as many of the lead lap cars had made pit stops before the 2nd caution.
---- lead lap cars started making green flag pit stops as of lap 48. Looks like everyone is taking 4 tires.
---- #9-Kahne fell back early, made pit stop during the 1st caution, the team made a bunch of adjustements, then when looking at the tires, found n was flat, do they brought Kahne back in and undid those changes.
---- #20-Stewart's team was allowed to change a left rear tire as it went down just before the cars went out and NASCAR ok'd it and Stewart did not have to fall to the rear of the field.
---- To the BACK : #99-Edwards [driver change - Gerhart qualified]; #15-Waltrip [unapproved changes]; #38-Sadler [unapproved changes]; 45-Petty [unapproved changes]; #41-Mears [engine change]
- Race Coverage of the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 24, 2005.
TV: TNT at 1:00pm/et [green flag around 1:40pm/et].
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, July 28th at 3:00pm/et
- McMurray wins pole at Pocono: #42-Jamie McMurray celebrated his option pickup by owner Chip Ganassi by winning the pole for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. The pole is McMurray's first of 2005 and 2nd of his career and puts him in the 2006 Budweiser Shootout [in either the #42 or the #6]. McMurray's last [and only] pole came at Homestead in November 2003, 55 races ago, he finished 9th. The rest of the top 5 are: #97-Kurt Busch, #6-Mark Martin, #12-Ryan Newman and #21-Ricky Rudd. #20-Tony Stewart has the highest starting Chevy at 6th. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 9th. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts in the back, 38th. #99-Bobby Gerhart qualified the car for Carl Edwards 41st, so Edwards won't have to fall back to far on Sunday. #27-Kirk Shelmerdine makes his first race of the year. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. was the best of the non top-35 teams and will start 27th. Missing the race are: #89-Morgan Shepherd, #92-Hermie Sadler, #00-Carl Long and #52-Derrike Cope. Looks like only two drivers were faster on their 2nd laps: #92-Sadler [up a tad, #9-Kahne [up 3.6mph]. #52-Cope spun and hit the turn 2 wall on first lap, then drove on and then hit the turn 3 wall hard, Cope walked away ok. #15-Waltrip scrubbed the wall in turn 2, but still turned in a good lap. #00-Long got loose, spun and smacked the wall in turn 1 on his first lap and drove it to the garage. #41-Mears spun off turn 3 on his first qualifying lap but didn't hit anything and took the car to the garage.
For practice speeds, pole progresson, qualifying speeds, starting lineup and links, see Jayski's Pocono Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-23-2005)
- Pocono Qualifying Notes:
• Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Pennsylvania 500, lapping Pocono Raceway in 53.330 seconds at 168.761 mph. Kasey Kahne holds the track-qualifying record of 52.164 seconds, 172.533 mph, set June 11, 2004.
• There have been 18 different Bud Pole winners in the 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at Pocono since June 1996. Qualifying was canceled in June 2002.
• This is McMurray’s second career Bud Pole in 98 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. It is his third top-10 start this season. His previous best start this season was fourth here at Pocono in June. This is the third top-10 start in six races at Pocono for McMurray.
• McMurray became the 13th different Bud Pole winner this season.
• Kurt Busch posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 53.402 seconds, 168.533 mph – and will join McMurray on the front row for the Pennsylvania 500. This is fifth top-10 start, including three straight top-threes, in 10 Pocono races for Busch. It is his 10th top-10 start this season.
• This is the eighth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2005 and breaks a streak of four consecutive Chevrolet Bud Poles this season. Four of the last five Pocono Bud Poles have been won by Dodge, each with a different driver. Chevrolet has nine Bud Poles and Ford has two this season. Qualifying was canceled at Dover in June.
• Mark Martin (third) has posted 28 top-10 starts in his 38 races at Pocono. It is only his second top-10 start this season.
• Ryan Newman (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 start in his eight races at Pocono, but this is his first since 2003. It is his 17th top-10 start this season
• Ricky Rudd (fifth) posted his 26th top-10 start in 53 races at Pocono, but his first since 2002. This is his fourth top-10 start this season.
• Only six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono have ever been won from a starting position worse than 15th, most recently by Carl Edwards who won this year’s Pocono 500 from 29th, the farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started.
• In 23 years of twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono since 1982, a sweep has occurred only five times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2004).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-23-2005)
- Ramblings - Pocono:
Jamie McMurray took the Bud Pole today at Pocono Raceway for tomorrow's Pennsylvania 500 with a time of 53.330 (168.761 mph) in what can only be considered an upset. With Rocket Ryan Newman being the quickest in both practices yesterday, for him to fall to fourth was a bit of a shocker. Getting loose in turn three'll do that, tho. This is McMurray's second career pole (he won his first at Homestead in November of 2003), and he becomes the 13th different pole winner of the season.
All kindsa action today. Casey Mears spun it off three (but kept it off the wall) so they'll change an engine. Carl Long put it in the wall in turn one and Derrike Cope hit hard in turn three. No racing for those two this weekend as they were on the "go or go home" list.
Kurt Busch will start on the outside of the front row....the same place he started when we were here last month.
Ricky Rudd (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Texas last April.
Ken Schrader (12th) has his best starting spot since he started 11th at Martinsville in April.
Mike Wallace (31st) has his best starting spot since he timed in 30th at Richmond in May.
Mike Garvey (32nd) has his career-best starting position this week....he started 33rd last week at Loudon.
Kirk Shelmerdine (43rd) makes his first start of the season this week after 9 dnq's). His last Cup race was at Darlington last November.
STREAKIN....Kevin Harvick has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races..(Stock Car Fans)(7-23-2005)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2005 is scheduled to start at 12:10pm/et.
TV: TNT at 1:30pm/et.
Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none.
- Qualifying Order for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #45-Kyle Petty is due out first, the last driver scheduled out is #11-Jason Leffler. For the Qualifying order, see my Jayski's Pocono Practice/Qualifying/Lineup Page.(7-22-2005)
- Happy Hour Practice for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 157.235 and #52-Cope 157.778
most laps run: #99-Edwards, 30; #49-Schrader, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #17-Kenseth, 29
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#40-Marlin, 162.824 [3rd fastest lap], 16 laps run
#6-Martin, 162.432 [6th], 21 laps
#42-McMurray, 162.276 [7th], 20 laps
Incidents: #38-Elliott Sadler wrecked just after the practice began and #5-Kyle Busch wrecked towards the end, both will have to go to backup cars for qualifying.
For practice speeds, laps ran in each practice, qualifying order and misc stuff, see Jayski's Pocono Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page
the practice can be seen via tape/video at 9:00pm/et on Speed Channel.(7-22-2005)
- Non Top-35 teams: in Happy Hour practice for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, where did they rank?
#7-Robby Gordon, 14th fastest
#4-Mike Wallace, 28th
#66-Mike Garvey, 31st
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 36th
#37-Kevin Lepage, 39th
#34-P.J. Jones, 41st
#00-Carl Long, 42nd
#13-Greg Sacks, 43rd
need to find speed - 4 will miss the race
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 44th
#92-Hermie Sadler, 45th
#52-Derrike Cope, 46th
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 47th
- Johnson to a back up, not a tire: #48-Jimmie Johnson quotes regarding Friday practice accident at Pocono Raceway, Johnson crashed in Turn 1 during Friday's first practice session.
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE?
Well, I just got loose into Turn 1, spun out and tore up the race car. If there's a time to have it happen, now is the time. There's a long break before the second practice. We'll take it from there. Just trying hard and got loose. One of those deals.
IT WAS A HARD HIT. ARE YOU OKAY?
Everybody's asked. It was a really soft impact from my spot, so I guess everything crushed around me like it needed to. Everything's fine.
ANY INDICATION OF A TIRE GOING DOWN?
No. I knew when I turned off into the corner that I was loose and as I started cycling through the bumps it just kept coming around. At that point you just kind of drop your head and hold on.(GM Racing PR)(7-22-2005)
- Friday's First Practice for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #27-Shelmerdine 155.572 and #52-Cope 157.296
most laps run: #99-Edwards, 31; #6-Martin, 25
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#01-Nemechk, 162.995 [3rd fastest lap], 15 laps run
#41-Mears, 162.732 [9th], 8 laps
#6-Martin, 162.442 [6th], 25 laps
For speeds, qualifying order and misc stuff, see Jayski's Pocono Qualifying/Practice/Starting Grid Page.(7-22-2005)
- Non Top-35 teams: in the 1st practice for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway, where did they rank?
#7-Robby Gordon, 24th fastest
#4-Mike Wallace, 30th
#34-P.J. Jones, 33rd
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., 39th
#66-Mike Garvey, 40th
#13-Greg Sacks, 41st
#37-Kevin Lepage, 42nd
#00-Carl Long, 43rd
need to find speed - 4 will miss the race
#92-Hermie Sadler, 44th
#89-Morgan Shepherd, 45th
#52-Derrike Cope, 46th
#27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 47th
- Entry List for the Pennsylvania 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 - 19 race attempts by team:
#4-Mike Wallace (full-time team)
#7-Robby Gordon (full-time team)
#32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. (full-time team)
#37-Kevin Lepage (full-time 2005 planned)
#66-Mike Garvey (full-time 2005 planned)
#92-Hermie Sadler (full-time 2005 planned)
Not in top 35 of owners points - less then 19 'team' attempts
#00-Carl Long (12 attempts)
#13-Greg Sacks (3 attempts)
#27-Kurt Shelmerdine (12 attempts)
#34-P.J. Jones (16 attempts)
#52-Derrike Cope (3 attempts)
#89-Morgan Shepherd (10 attempts)
IF qualifying was rained out the eight who would make it: #'s 4,32,37,7,66,92,34,00
missing the race would be: #'s 27,89,52,13
For the full list see my Jayski's Pocono Entry List, 47 cars entered.(7-18-2005)
- 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
For all the rules and the races [21 of 36], see my Impound Rules page.
- 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:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- WHO'S HOT heading to Pocono:
• Tony Stewart has scored five top-five finishes, including three victories, in the last five races.
• Jimmie Johnson has scored 13 top-10 finishes in 2005, two more than any other driver.
• Rusty Wallace has posted 15 top-15 finishes in 19 races in 2005, tied with Jimmie Johnson for the most among all drivers.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored three consecutive top-10 finishes, his first three straight top-10s since he posted six
in a row between Richmond and Charlotte last fall.
• Matt Kenseth has finished 11th or better and climbed from 24th to 16th in the point standings in the last five races.
• Roush Racing drivers have won eight of the 19 races in 2005. Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won five while Joe Gibbs Racing has three victories. Dale Earnhardt Inc., Richard Childress Racing, and Evernham Motorsports each have one.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-18-2005)
- Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
- July 2004 Pole Sitter: #41-Casey Mears, 171.720, finished 18th
- June 2005 Pole Sitter: #15-Michael Waltrip, 169.052, finished 5th
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th
- Up front is best at Pocono: In the 55 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 30 times and the top ten 39 times.
- Aug 2004 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 126.271mph, started 14th
- 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: 26 - 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 55 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 starting pos 29: 1
- Races won from the pole: 9 of 55 events (16.4%)
- Races won from in top 10: 39 of 55 events (70.9%)
- Races won from outside top 10: 16 of 55 events (29.1%)
- Pocono Nuggets
• Kurt Busch has competed in nine races at Pocono Raceway, scoring three top-10 finishes, all top fives. However, he finished 26th in this race one year ago and 22nd there in June.
• Jimmie Johnson has competed in seven races at Pocono Raceway posting two victories (both races in 2004) and four top-10 finishes. All seven of his Pocono finishes have been top-15s. Johnson finished sixth at Pocono Raceway in June.
• Carl Edwards started 29th and won the Pocono 500 in June, the furthest back a race winner has started at Pocono since the track opened in 1974.
• 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).
• There have been 17 different Bud Pole winners in the last 18 races at Pocono Raceway. Qualifying was rained out in the 2002 Pocono 500.
• There have been 10 different race winners in the last 11 races at Pocono, since 2000. Only Jimmie Johnson has won two races during the period, both in 2004.
• Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have each scored three top-10 finishes in their last three races at Pocono Raceway.
• A Ford, a Dodge and a Chevrolet have each visited the winner’s circle in the last four races at Pocono.
• Jeremy Mayfield posted his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at Pocono Raceway.
• Casey Mears posted his career-first Bud Pole at Pocono Raceway.
• Mark Martin has scored 26 top-10 finishes in his 37 races at Pocono Raceway but has never won there. He has finished second six times at Pocono Raceway, most recently in this race one year ago.
• Rusty Wallace has 16 top-10 finishes, including four victories, in his 43 races at Pocono Raceway. Wallace’s best finish in his last six races at Pocono was 11th (twice).
• Elliott Sadler leads all drivers, running at the finish in 13 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 11 races at Pocono Raceway.
• 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).
Mark Martin has a 7.1 starting average and a 10.7 finishing average in 37 races at Pocono Raceway. His starting average is the best among drivers with more than six starts. His finishing average is the best among drivers with more than 25 starts. Martin is one of just six drivers with a starting and finishing averages of 10th or better. He joins Coo Coo Marlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers, Tim Richmond and Jeff Gordon.
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Pocono Raceway
Driver Starts Laps Led
1. Gordon, Jeff 25 841
2. Bodine, Geoffrey 39 806
3. Wallace, Rusty 43 735
4. Waltrip, Darrell 44 616
5. Jarrett, Dale 37 521
6. Petty, Richard 30 500
7. Earnhardt, Dale 41 455
8. Elliott, Bill 44 427
9. Martin, Mark 37 350
10. Allison, Bobby 21 344
• Tony Stewart has finished 37th, 27th, 35th and 29th in the last four races Pocono Raceway.
• Greg Biffle has scored only one top-10 finish in five races at Pocono Raceway.
• Rusty Wallace has not scored a top-10 finish in his last six races at Pocono Raceway.
• Kurt Busch has finished 26th and 22nd in his last two races at Pocono Raceway
• Ryan Newman has not scored a top-10 finish in his last three races at Pocono Raceway.
• Elliott Sadler has scored only two top-10 finishes in 13 races at Pocono Raceway.
• Dale Jarrett has not scored a top-10 finish in his last five 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, 24th and 13th in his last five races there.
• Ricky Rudd has finished 37th, 39th, 19th, 12th and 28th in his last five races at Pocono Raceway.
• Greg Biffle is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 13 of the 19 races in 2005. Biffle has led 995 laps this season second behind Tony Stewart who has led 1,063, the most of all drivers. No other drivers have led more than 400 laps.
• Greg Biffle ranked 25th in the point standings after 19 races one year ago. This year he is second.
• Rusty Wallace ranked 19th in the point standings after 19 races one year ago. This year he is fourth.
• Mark Martin ranked 15th in the point standings after 19 races one year ago. This year he is seventh.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., ranked second in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 13th
• Jeff Gordon ranked third in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 15th.
• Matt Kenseth ranked fifth in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 16th
• Bobby Labonte ranked seventh in the point standings after 18 races one year ago. This year he is 23rd.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., has led only 16 laps in 2005. One year ago he had led 586.
• Dale Jarrett has led only two laps in 2005.
• Jamie McMurray has led only one lap in 2005.
(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-22-2005)
- 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
Grand Marshal: U. S. Senator Rick Santorum
Command to start engines: U. S. Senator Rick Santorum
Wave the green flag/honorary starter: Mario Batali of "Iron Chef America"
Military Flyover: C-17 McGuire AFB, NJ
- Track Homepage: Pocono Raceway
- 2004 Pocono August Race Info Page
- 2005 Pocono June Race Info Page
- Starter for Pocono: Mario Batali of "Iron Chef America" fame is the honorary starter for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.(7-24-2005)
- Pocono Rumble Strips gone? UPDATE 2: hearing that Pocono Raceway has removed the rumble strips in the corners, hoping that will allow the tire problem that happened in June will not occur again. No word if the patch in the tunnel turn was fixed.(7-7-2005)
UPDATE: Goodyear will recommend higher air pressures for the left-side tires at Pocono when the circuit returns there in July and will provide a harder compound at Michigan in August. After all the tire issues at Pocono last month, the track repaved the tunnel turn, taking out many of the dips. The asphalt rumble strips that many thought contributed to the tire problems were removed in favor of concrete strips.(Sporting News)(7-12-2005)
UPDATE 2: After the rash of flat tires last month during the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, there was talk that NASCAR's exclusive tire provider would come up with a different product for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. But upon further review, Goodyear placed blame for more than 22 tire failures on a rough patch and the curbing at the speedway's tunnel turn [turn 2]. Phil Holmer, Goodyear's stock car manager, said a variety of issues created the problem, none involving the integrity of the tires. Holmer said Goodyear would bring the same tire this week to Pocono. While some of the problem may have been in the tunnel turn, Holmer's opinion is that the teams themselves were to blame for trying to shortcut Goodyear's suggestions. "We recommended 18 (pounds per square inch) tire pressure in June, and the teams that had trouble went under that," Holmer said. "They got in trouble also when they set the camber too aggressive. They were riding on the side of the tires. You're going to have trouble when you try to race on a couple of inches of tire." Special tire tests are closely scrutinized by NASCAR. Only two or three teams (cars) are allowed to participate and the whole procedure is under strict supervision of NASCAR tire engineers. Because NASCAR restricts in-season tests, care is taken so teams involved do not get what would, in effect, be bonus tests. Nothing beyond tire testing is allowed. Ideal tire tests are performed by two or three of NASCAR's car makes -- Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge -- and preference is given to drivers and teams that gave the best feedback in the past. As for Pocono, Holmer said, "All we can do is strongly suggest things, which we are doing with a ball peen hammer this time to beat it in. In the end, though, it's up to them." He said Goodyear is asking teams to use a minimum of 19 psi of tire pressure and employ more common sense when setting camber.
The speedway has done its part. The offending tunnel turn bump has been smoothed and a new, tire-friendlier curb installed inside the turn.(Express Times)(7-21-2005)
- U. S. Senator Rick Santorum Named Pennsylvania 500 Grand Marshal: U. S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has been named Grand Marshal for Pocono Raceway's July 24th Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Senator Santorum's duties as Grand Marshal will include greeting each NASCAR driver during driver introduction and then giving the command "Gentleman Start Your Engines" to start the 32nd annual Pennsylvania 500. Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. Currently, in the 109th Congress, Senator Santorum serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee; the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Finance Committee, of which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy. Senator Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University.
For Pennsylvania 500 ticket information, call the Raceway Ticket Office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929) of visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-19-2005)
- Changes at Pocono MORE: Pocono Raceway will make changes made to the track after a series of tire problems in last weekend's race, a NASCAR official said Saturday. The series returns there July 24. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said the patches in the track's second turn will be redone. One patch had been put in a couple of months before the race and contributed to some of the tire issues. Pemberton also said that the apron will be redone and the rumble strips will be put further back on the inside of the track surface.(News and Record)(6-19-2005)
MORE: A postrace review of the racing surface at Pocono, where more than 20 left-front tires went flat in the tunnel turn during the race two weeks ago, shows that the track is probably to blame for the tire problems. So the tunnel turn will be repaved, and the controversial rumble-strips on the inside edge will be redone. Some of those rumble strips, upon closer examination, showed sharp edges, which cut the tires. Plus, asphalt patches in the tunnel turn were poorly done, creating bad bumps, which accentuated tire/chassis problems. Goodyear will apparently not be changing the tire compounds for the race at Pocono in July.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-25-2005)
- Mattioli 'Not Selling' Pocono Raceway: The offers keep rolling in — one, sometimes two a year. They broke $100 million in 2001 and, lately, they've been between $200 and $300 million. But Doc Mattioli — builder, owner and patriarch of Pocono Raceway — isn't selling. ''No way!'' he says for the umpteenth time. ''I don't need to sell. I don't need the money. What am I going to do with it? I tell 'em money doesn't mean anything to me, but some of them just keep calling.'' That's because Mattioli is sitting on a gold mine. Pocono is one of only two tracks on NASCAR's 22-track circuit that remains privately owned (the other is Bob Bahre's New Hampshire International Speedway) and Mattioli's 2.5-mile tri-oval is the site of not one, but two Nextel Cup races, which, in this NASCAR's bull-market era, is the equivalent of holding a boatload of stock options in pre-IPO Google.(Allentown Morning Call)(6-12-2005)
- 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)
- 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.(Philly.com)(12-18-2004)
- 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
- Edwards to run at Pocono and Pikes Peak..with help from Gerhart and Parker UPDATE: It was just six short weeks ago that #99-Carl Edwards brought home his second career win in the series at Pocono Raceway. It was Edwards' first trip to the 2.5-mile track. Not only did Edwards pick up Jack Roush's first victory as a car owner at the track, his 29th starting position marked the furthest back anyone had started and won a race there. Edwards was also only the second driver to win at the tri-oval in his first career start at the track. The first was Richard Petty in 1974 when he won the inaugural Cup event there. Similar to the Pocono race earlier this year, Edwards will fly between two states in order to make both the Busch and Cup races. Edwards will spend Friday in Pocono practicing the #99 Office Depot Ford then he will depart for Colorado Springs, CO where he will start the #60 Charter Ford in the Busch race on Saturday at Pikes Peak International Raceway. For Saturday's Cup qualifying session, six-time ARCA Champion Frank Kimmel will substitute for Edwards. Kimmel has 50 career victories to his name and has starts in the Cup, Busch and Truck Series. Kimmel will attempt to qualify the #99 Office Depot Ford per NASCAR's rules but Edwards will return to start Sunday's 500-mile race. Because of the driver switch, Edwards will have to start at the back of the field but Kimmel's qualifying position is important as it determines where the team will pick their pit stall for Sunday's race. Hank Parker, Jr. will practice and qualify the #60-Busch Series car for Edwards on Friday, who will have to be in Pocono, Penn. tending to his #99 Office Depot Cup car. Parker has been on hand to help the #60 Charter team already this season, when rain at Nashville postponed the Saturday race until Sunday, forcing Edwards to hop on a plane for the first NEXTEL Cup race in Pocono. Parker filled his seat, and brought the Charter Communications Ford home with a solid 20th-place finish while Edwards drove to his second-career NEXTEL Cup win in Pennsylvania.(Roush Racing)(7-20-2005)
UPDATE: Speed Channel's NASCAR Live reports that ARCA driver Bobby Gerhart will qualifying the #99 Ford in Saturday's qualifying at Pocono.(Speed Channel's NASCAR Live) Defending and six-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel was originally scheduled to relieve Edwards of his qualifying duties, but will be unable to do so since he did not fit into Edwards’ custom-fitted driver’s seat.(ARCA Racing site)(7-22-2005)
- See the 2005 Team Chart and the 2006 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
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- Newman goes Mobil: Sunday's race at Pocono will be the third time this season the #12 Dodge will have Mobil 1 as its primary sponsor. Mobil 1 was the primary at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where driver Ryan Newman earned his first pole of the season. Mobil 1 also sponsored the #12 NNCS Cup team and the #39 NASCAR Busch Series team at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this month.(Penske Racing), images of the car on my #12 Team Schemes page.(7-20-2005)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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