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THE RACE: The Pocono 500

Nextel Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 10, 2007 in Long Pond, PA

  • Title Sponsor/Link: None

  • Track: Pocono Raceway

  • TV: TNT 12:30pm/et

  • TNT Countdown to Green: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with Bill Weber

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:00pm/et

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 14 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, June 15 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,940,543 (was $4,881,521 in 2006)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 8, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et; and Saturday, June, 9, 10:00 - 10:50am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 9, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et on TV-SPEED via tape at 5:30pm/et

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 8, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 8 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, NO re-air date/time found AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    FRIDAY, June 8
    8:00 a.m. Gates Open

    10:15 a.m. ARCA RE/MAX Practice
    12:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Practice
    1:45 p.m. ARCA RE/MAX Qualifying
    3:40 p.m. Nextel Cup Qualifying

    SATURDAY, June 9
    8:00 a.m. Gates Open
    10:00 a.m. Nextel Cup Practice
    11:20 a.m. Nextel Cup Final Practice
    1:00 p.m. POCONO 200, ARCA/REMAX Event

    SUNDAY, June 10
    9:00 a.m. Gates Open
    11:00 a.m. Pre-Race Activities
    2:00 p.m. POCONO 500 Nextel Cup Series Event

    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,600; Right-side -- 1,600

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4104; Right-side -- D-4098

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

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

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 31 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 29-31 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to the track . . . however, major NASCAR teams have run this left-side code (D-4104) at Phoenix and Richmond, and this right-side code at Bristol, earlier this season . . . Pocono is the only track at which Nextel Cup teams are scheduled to run these codes together in 2007 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals one mile or greater in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Long Pond, PA Area:
Citizens Voice
Express Times
Morning Call
The News Eagle
Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pocono Record
Reading Eagle
Scranton Times-Tribune
Times News, Lehighton, PA

The Weather Channel
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
This Week in the Poconos
Pocono Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing

any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations

news and links

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the rain-shortened Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway Sunday evening. The race was called on lap 106 after a 35 minute red flag when NASCAR determined that the track could not be dried before it got too dark to race. Rain plagued the area most of the day. Intermittent showers delayed the start of the race about more than 2 ˝ hours. Gordon used pit strategy to take the lead on lap 98 and was in the right place when the rain hit. The win is Gordon's 4th of 2007 and 79th of his career. Pole sitter, #12-Newman finished 2nd and nearly took the lead from Gordon just before the final caution came out. #1-Truex, Jr. finished 3rd, followed by #25-Mears, #20-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #01-Martin, #5-Busch, #17-Kenseth, and #07-Bowyer. There were 4 cautions for 10 laps and 8 drivers led the race with 15 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Pocono Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono page.(6-10-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Pocono [16 of 36 races]:
    #24-Jeff Gordon 2249
    #17-Matt Kenseth 2007 -242
    #11-Denny Hamlin 2002 -247
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 1944 -305
    #31-Jeff Burton 1828-421
    #20-Tony Stewart 1733 -516
    #99-Carl Edwards 1710 -539
    #07-Clint Bowyer 1659 -590
    #29-Kevin Harvick 1648 -601
    #5-Kyle Busch 1613 -636
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1597 -652
    #01-Mark Martin 1586 -663
    some notables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 14th
    #42-Juan Montoya is 21st
    #9-Kasey Kahne is 28th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-10-2007)

  • Rumblings - Pocono Race Notes: We had it all today....twilight racing, a race to the rain, a strategy race, and one of the longest days in Nextel Cup racing to boot. When they finally put us out of our misery, Jeff Gordon was declared the winner. Gordon won the Pocono 265 today while the rain fell yet again in turn 1. Somewhere in the gloaming a celebration ensued....This was Gordon's 4th win of the season, his 4th at Pocono Raceway, and the 79th of his Cup career. Win #159 for Hendrick Motorsports (and their 10th this season) was worth $238,286 from the over $4.9M in posted awards (and Steve Letarte should lobby for a nice bonus from that chunk of change for his call to stay out and pit off-sequence with the rest of the field).
    Joe Nemechek (15th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Fontana in February.
    Ward Burton (33rd) had his best finish since he was 18th at Bristol in March (only five races).
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10's in a row. Jeff Gordon has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races. Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    The Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya (20th) captures this award for the 6th time this season, moving him back into a tie with David Ragan at the top of the heap. Montoya was followed by Ragan (26th), Paul Menard (28th), David Reutimann (38th), and A. J. Allmendinger (39th). All five rookies made the race this week.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Mark Martin (+27). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (-35), Dave Blaney (-29), and Brian Vickers (-26). Short race....short "Shaft".
    The race for the exempt qualifying spots got tighter today. Scott Riggs (#10) is now only 20 points behind the 35th team in Owner Points (#70 Johnny Sauter).
    Jeff Gordon's points lead is out to 242 after today as we had no driver move up (or fall out of) the "Chase".
    Casey Mears (27th to 23rd) made the best move forward today, while Jamie McMurray (13th to 16th) and a talkative Kyle Petty (30th to 33rd) fell the most spots.(StockCarFans.com)(6-10-2007)

  • Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway
    Jeff Gordon won the rain-delayed Pocono 500, his 79th victory in 487 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 29 races at Pocono Raceway.
    .. Ryan Newman (second) posted sixth top-10 in 2007. It is his fifth top-10 in 11 races at Pocono.
    .. Martin Truex Jr., (third) posted his fifth top-10 of 2007 and his second in three Pocono races.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 242 points ahead of Matt Kenseth.
    .. This is the fifth shortened race at Pocono. The 106 laps run today is the least run in the shortened races.


    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after the race)

  • The Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 106 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #24-JGordon-C (18) (26 laps led)
    #12-Newman-D (1) (20 laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (3) (1 laps led)
    #25-Mears-C (12) (2 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-C (6) (3 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (2) (49 laps led)
    #01-Martin-C (34) (1 lap led)
    #5-Busch-C (4)
    #17-Kenseth-F (24)
    #07-Bowyer-C (5)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Pocono Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 36 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 21,00

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 84,70,7,48

  • Cars on the track: 42 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (1) and reason:
    #22-Blaney (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 leaders with 15 lead changes):
    #11-Hamlin (49)
    #24-Gordon (26)
    #12-Newman (20, pole);
    #99-Edwards (4)
    #20-Stewart (3)
    #25-Mears (2)
    #1-Truex, Jr (1)
    #01-Martin (1)

  • Lap leaders: #12-Newman - pole; #11-Hamlin 1-25, #1-Truex 26, #25-Mears 27-28, #20-Stewart 29, #11-Hamlin 30, #20-Stewart 31-32, #11-Hamlin 33-50; #01-Martin 51; #11-Hamlin 52-53; #12-Newman 54-64; #24-Gordon 65-81; #12-Newman 82-90; #11-Hamlin 91-93; #99-Edwards 94-97; #24-Gordon 98-106

    Cautions: 4 for 10 laps

    Caution 4 - Laps 105 - 106: Rain at the track between turns 1 & 2

    Caution 3 - Laps 65 - 66: Debris reported

    Caution 2 - Laps 57 - 58: #16-Biffle slid up into the left rear of #22-Blaney in turn 3 and Blaney slid up into the wall, making hard contact with the rear of the car

    Caution 1 - Laps 50 - 53: #7-Robby Gordon cut a tire and threw debris on the track

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 4: #96-Raines (2), 36th
    Caution 3: #84-Allmendinger, 39th
    Caution 2: #38-Gilliland, 34th
    Caution 1: #96-Raines, 36th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #84 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 0
    2 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 49
    3 #22 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 55
    4 #16 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 56
    5 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 56
    6 #70 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 94
    PT – Pass through
    TE – Tail end of the longest line
    SG – Stop and Go
    OL – One lap
    ND – NASCAR discretion
    MCI – Must come into pits
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-10-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- At 7:35pm/et, the race was called
    ---- At 7:23pm/et, MRN reported that some rain was falling on the track
    ---- At 7:10pm/et, the frontstretch remains dry, so the jet dryers will only have to concentrate on the wet areas between turns 1 & 2, which would speed up track drying time
    ---- The race is red flagged at 7:00pm/et. NASCAR will take a look at the track and see if it can be dried before it gets too dark
    ---- Lap 102, the race has made it past halfway. The rain has held off but is imminent
    ---- Several drivers are diving on to pit road for fuel on lap 91. With rain still in the area, teams are wanting to make sure they can make it past halfway.
    ---- #48-Johnson cut a tire down on lap 90. The team tried to fix the car, then moved it to the garage for repairs for several laps
    ---- On lap 82, #24-Gordon pitted while leading. #25-Mears also came in. Drivers that didn't stop under the last caution and coming in now.
    ---- With rain in the area, #83-Vickers pitted for fuel only on lap 79 to get enough gas to make it past halfway
    ---- On last 65, there are some reports of rain in the area and the radar shows a large cell just north of the track
    ---- Some drivers pit under the third caution. #24-Gordon stayed out to assume the lead.
    ---- #24-Gordon is reporting possible brake problems around lap 60
    ---- #01-Martin missed his pit during the first caution and had to come back in a lap later
    ---- #13 Nemechek came in the pits on the first caution and the crew raised the hood
    ---- On lap 42, #20-Stewart had trouble getting around the lap car of #38-Gilliland and fell more than a second behind #11-Hamlin
    ---- Green flag pit stops are over by lap 29 and #20-Stewart came out as the leader
    ---- Most drivers take 4 tires and fuel
    ---- Green flag pit stops are starting on lap 25
    ---- On lap 24, continuing a weekend of struggles, #70-Sauter becomes the first driver to lose a lap
    ---- The race is clean and green early on as driver try to feel out the tires and the track
    ---- James Hylton was the honorary race starter
    ---- green flag at 4:04pm/et
    ---- NASCAR added two pace laps and decided to start the race under green
    ---- #84-Allmendinger came onto pit road on the final pace lap and the crew lifted the hood. The car was overheating.
    ---- The race will start under a green/yellow flag while they finish drying
    ---- They will run a few extra pace laps while the last wet spots are dried out. The bottom of turn 2 (tunnel turn) seems to be most problematic.
    ---- Due to the late start, there is a chance that NASCAR will not be able to get the entire race in before darkness
    ---- command to start engines at 4:40pm/et by Maj. Gen. William Lord (Air Force), Mjr. Gen. Richard Sherlock (Army), and Brig. Gen. Randell Marchi (Army National Guard)
    ---- Military Flyover: four A-10s from the 111th fighter squadron
    ---- National Anthem by Danielle Peck
    ---- Clark Lewis sang God Bless America
    ---- Moment of silence for Bill France
    ---- The start of the race was delayed more than 2 hours by rain
    ---- To The Back [4]: #10-Riggs (Transmission change), #14-Marlin (Transmission), #15-Menard (engine), #41-Sorenson (engine)
    ---- weather = cloudy, 40% chance of rain, 70°, track temp ?°, light wind

  • Weather in Pocono: Intermittent showers delayed the start of the race by about 2 1/2 hours.(6-10-2007)

  • Race Coverage of the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, 2007.
    TV: TNT at 1:30pm/et [green flag around 2:10pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:00am/et & NASCAR on TNT, TNT, 12:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 14 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, June 15 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Happy Hour for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the results:
    #11-Hamlin, 165.770mph
    #29-Burton, 165.706
    #29-Harvick, 165.557
    #1-Truex, Jr, 165.365
    #48-Johnson, 165.195
    slowest: #70-Sauter 161.589, #84-Allmedinger 161.452
    most laps run: #48-Johnson, 31
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #1-Truex, Jr. 163.230 [4th fastest], 13 laps run
    #20-Stewart, 162.952 [6th], 13 laps
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr., 162.665 [16th], 17 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-9-2007)

  • Saturday Practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, results:
    #20-Stewart, 167.367mph
    #48-Johnson, 167.348
    #31-Burton, 167.230
    #12-Newman, 167.004
    #11-Hamlin, 166.346
    slowest: #4-Burton 161.812, #21-Elliott, 160.688
    most laps run: #20-Stewart, 26
    notes: #8-Earnhardt scraped the wall in turn 2 midway through the session but didn't hurt the car
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #12-Newman, 164.562mph [4th fastest lap], 14 laps run
    #31-Burton, 164.273 [3rd], 14 laps
    #48-Johnson, 164.068 [2nd], 19 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-9-2007)

  • Newman on Pole at Pocono: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 170.062mph for his 3rd pole in a row, his 4th pole of the year, and the 41st of his career. Newman has only won three races in the 40 races which he won the pole. #11-Hamlin qualified second, followed by #1-Truex Jr., #5-Busch, #07-Bowyer, #20-Stewart, #48-Johnson, #9-Kahne, #83-Vickers, and #31-Burton. All 2007 rookies made the race. It's the third time this year that all rookies have qualified (the others were Richmond and Darlington). See the complete starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page(6-8-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway: #55-Waltrip, #78-Wallace, #36-Mayfield, #37-Lepage, #44-Jarrett, and #49-Bliss.(6-8-2007)

  • Pocono Rumblings: Ryan Newman goes back to back to back today.... Newman made it three in a row at Pocono Raceway as he took the Bud Pole for Sunday's aptly named Pocono 500 with a speed of 170.062 (52.922 sec). It was his 4th top-spot of the season and 41st of his Nextel Cup career. Denny Hamlin will join Ryan on the front row....and we remember what he did here last year. Martin Truex Jr (3rd) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 5th at California last September. Kyle Busch (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Homestead last November. Brian Vickers (9th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 6th at Homestead last November. Welcome Chad McCumbee (35th). He'll be filling the 45 seat (and makes his first ever Cup start) while Kyle Petty moves to the TNT booth.
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 9 Top-10's in the last 10 races. Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.(StockCarFans.com)(6-8-2007)

    Qualifying Order List for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #15-Menard is due out first on Friday, June 8 at 3:40pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #38-Gilliland. For the Qualifying order, see my Pocono Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-8-2007)

  • Friday Practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is being over, results:
    #48-Johnson, 164.664mph
    #1-Truex, 166.596
    #07-Bowyer, 166.303
    #25-Mears, 166.297
    #9-Kahne, 166.153
    slowest: #99-Waltrip 162.276, #70-Sauter 157.563
    most laps run: #1-Truex, 21
    notes: #2-Busch scraped the wall in turn 2 about 10 minutes into the session. Only minor damage to the car that time. He then got loose off turn 3 an hour into the session and suffered more damage. The team will go to a backup.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson, 165.276mph [fastest lap], 7 laps run
    #07-Bowyer, 164.474 [3rd], 9 laps
    #19-Sadler, 164.320 [17th], 5 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-8-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Pocono:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 13th
    #15-Paul Menard, 20th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 28th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 30th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 32nd
    #4-Ward Burton, 34th
    #00-David Reutimann, 35th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 44th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 36th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 37th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 38th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 45th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 47th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 48th

  • Entry List for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (13 attempts/44th in 2007 owners pts)
    #4-Ward Burton (12/43)
    #10-Scott Riggs (13/36)
    #15-Paul Menard (13/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](13/40)
    #22-Dave Blaney (13/37)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (13/45)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (13/48)
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](13/41)
    #49-Mike Bliss (13/46)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (13/49)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (13/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(13/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (13/47)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,78,00
    missing the race would be [6]: #'s 36,49,84,37,55,4 [only 12 race attempts]
    See the full list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Pocono are set:
    no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, the spread is widing, with only 6 teams having a shot to get in or out of the top-35
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    33) #88-Rudd/Yates 1062, +120
    34) #38-Gilliland/Yates 1045, +103
    35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 1028, +86pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 942, -86pts out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 895, -133
    38) #83-Vickers/Red Bull 848, -180
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(6-4-2007)

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

  • Jayski's - 2007 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).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


  • June 2006 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 169.638, finished 1st
  • July 2006 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 169.827, finished 11th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2006 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 131.656mph, started 1st
  • July 2006 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 132.626mph, started 1st
  • 1st Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph
  • 2nd Race Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892
  • Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2004, 112.129mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 58 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 20 times and the top ten 42 times.

  • Most Wins: 5 - Bill Elliott
  • Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader
  • Most Top 5s: 19 - Mark Martin
  • Most Top 10s: 27 - 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 and 7/24/05
  • Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/78
  • Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/04
  • Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/78

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 28, 7/23/2006
  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/82

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, 7/23/2006
  • 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: 22 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12* [of 58 races] 20.7%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8
  • 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: 12 of 58 events (20.7%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 42 of 58 events (72.4%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 16 of 58 events (27.6%)

    * Darrell Waltrip won the pole in July 1985 and started 1st
    Bill Elliott started 2nd and won, 18 days later NASCAR disallowed
    the pole due to illegal fuel additive.

  • At Pocono Raceway:
    • There have been 58 Nextel Cup races at Pocono Raceway since the first race there in 1974. There were single races the first eight years and two a year since 1982.
    • Buddy Baker won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole.
    • Richard Petty won the first Nextel Cup race.
    • There have been 33 different Bud Poles winners; 12 have won more than one.
    • There have been 27 different race-winners; 17 have more than one victory there.
    • The track opened in 1968 as a three-eighths mile short-track.
    • The current 2.5-mile track was first used in 1971 with the first Nextel Cup race coming in 1974.
    • All Nextel Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 races – three more than any other car owner.
    • There have been eight car owner season sweeps, including each of the past three seasons (two of the car owner sweeps were with different drivers).
    • There have been 20 Bud Pole winners in the last 24 races. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon (two each) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners there since 1995. Qualifying was canceled once.
    • The Bud Pole has been swept just three times: Denny Hamlin (2006), Ken Schrader (1993), Bill Elliott (1985)
    • There have been 12 different race winners in the 14 races since Bobby Labonte swept in 1999. Jimmie Johnson swept 2004 and Denny Hamlin last season to be the only repeat race winners.
    • Twelve of 58 Pocono races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, including both races in 2006 by Denny Hamlin.
    • The June 2005 race was won from 29th by Carl Edwards - the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started.
    • There have been six season sweeps at Pocono, including two of the past three seasons.
    • There have two green-white-checkered finishes: June 2005 (201 laps) and July 2005 (203 laps).
    • Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers and J.J. Yeley have finished on the lead lap in all of their races.
    • Four race winners on the top-three NASCAR circuits are from Pennsylvania:
    Driver, NNCS NBS, NCTS
    Mario Andretti, 1, 0, 0
    Mark Donohue, 1, 0, 0
    Dick Linder, 3, 0, 0
    Jimmy Spencer, 2, 12, 1

    • There have been 93 Nextel Cup races in Pennsylvania.
    Track, Location, Races, Year(s) Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, 58, 1974-Present
    Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Bloomsburg, 1, 1953
    Heidleberg Raceway, Pittsburgh, 4, 1949-60
    Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, 17, 1949-57
    Lincoln Speedway, New Oxford, 7, 1955-65
    New Bradford Speedway, Bradford, 1, 1958
    Pine Grove Speedway, Shippenville, 1, 1951
    Reading Fairgrounds, Reading, 2, 1958-59
    Sharon Speedway, Sharon, 1, 1954
    Williams Grove, Mechanicsburg, 1, 1954

  • Pocono Active Streaks
    • Kurt Busch has started in the top 10 in five consecutive races and finished in the top five in three consecutive races.
    • Kevin Harvick has finished in the top 10 in three out of the last four races.
    • Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in five out of the last six races.
    • Jamie McMurray has started in the top 10 in four out of the last five races.
    • Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 in three consecutive races.
    • Brian Vickers has started in the top 10 in all six of his Pocono races and finished in the top five in three of the last four.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-5-2007)


  • 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
    Opened: 1974

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: ?
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: Danielle Peck
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: poconoraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

  • June 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • Danielle Peck to Sing National Anthem at Pocono 500: Big Machine Records recording artist and NASCAR fan Danielle Peck will perform the National Anthem for the 2007 Pocono 500 Nextel Cup Series Event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 10. The most-played debut female country artist of 2006, Danielle's self-titled first album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums chart. In fact, Danielle is one of only a handful of new female country artists, including Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson, in the last three years to have her debut single enter the Top 15. For ticket information call the Pocono Raceway ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)

  • Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass available at Pocono Raceway: Pit/Paddock Pass's are available for pre-race festivities for the June 10th Pocono 500 and the August 5th. Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. And until March 1st the cost of a Three Day Pre Race Pit/Paddock Pass is only $30 per event, with the price increasing to $50 after March 1st. While a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass will get you into Pocono Pit and Paddock areas at designated times, it will not get you in the main gate, a daily Grandstand ticket is required. Grandstand tickets are $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and start at $45 for Sunday. Access to the Paddock Area, located between the Pit Area and Garage Area and adjacent to Gasoline Alley, is open to all fans with a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass regardless of age, and allows fans to get within feet of the cars and stars of Nextel Cup Series, with viewing along the Garage Fences as well as along Pocono's famous Autograph Alley. Access to the pit area on Friday and Saturday at designated times is limited to adults 18 or older, but is open to children on Sunday that are accompanied by an adult. A Pit Area dress code mandates that shoulders and legs must be covered, with shorts and open toe shoes prohibited on Friday and Saturday. Access is available up until 1 hour before the start of Saturday and Sunday's races. For additional information, fans can contact Pocono Raceway's Ticket Office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY or visit Pocono webs site at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-12-2007)

  • the "Mattioli Main Street Project" Announced: After a meeting held at Siamsa Irish Pub in downtown Stroudsburg, PA the following organizations: The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau (PMVB), Inc; the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, the Jacob Stroud Corporation and the Monroe County Commissioners announced that Dr. Joseph and Dr. Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway, have set up a $1 million trust fund for beautification improvement in downtown Stroudsburg, known as the "Mattioli Main Street Project." Because of Dr. Joseph Mattioli's fond memories of his early childhood experiences in the Stroudsburg downtown district, he decided later to return with Dr. Rose and pursue their dream of bringing auto racing to the New York and Philadelphia markets. Aside from the auto racing industry, the Mattioli family is well-known throughout the Pocono Mountains community for their contributions to both the economy and quality of life here in the region, while keeping in mind one of their goals to attract residents back into their communities.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-9-2007)

  • New for 2007 "The Tricky Triangle Club" at Pocono: For the first time ever, Pocono Raceway is offering the VIP treatment to its Grandstand ticket holders at the "The Tricky Triangle Club". The Tricky Triangle Club provides fans access to a Private Chalet with a Buffet Lunch and Beer coupons. In addition, the Club guest will also receive a Pit Tour Pass, Souvenir Program and Event Pin. All for $99. Grandstand seat ticket required for gate admission. Remember: Kids under twelve are free to Grandstands with paying Adult on Friday and Saturday. The Pocono 500 weekend begins Friday, June 8th, featuring Weis Markets Nextel Cup qualifying. Saturday, June 9th, the rising stars of the ARCA/REMAX Series take a shot at the "Tricky Triangle" for the ARCA Pocono 200, preceded by Nextel Cup Series practice and "Happy Hour". Sunday, June 10th, the greatest drivers in the world take the green flag for the Pocono 500 Nextel Cup Series event. The Nextel Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway in August for the Pennsylvania 500 August 3rd-5th. The weekend schedule is identical to the June Pocono 500 with practice and Weis Markets Nextel Cup qualifying on Friday, August 3rd. The ARCA Pennsylvania 200 and NASCAR "Happy Hour" highlight Saturday's racing action, all leading up to the Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series event on Sunday, August 5th. Tickets are currently available at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling Pocono Raceway at 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-5-2007)

  • Pocono Raceway Economic Impact Exceeds $363 Million: Pocono Raceway generated a total of more than $363 Million Dollars into the economy of Pennsylvania in 2005, according to the results of a recent Pennsylvania House of Representatives economic impact study. Conducted by the research firm Buchart Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates, the study was based on Pocono Raceway's two Nextel Cup Series Events in 2005 (the June 12th Pocono 500 and the July 24th Pennsylvania 500), along with Pocono Raceway's extensive annual track lease program. The study was based on extensive interviews, Pennsylvania State Police traffic reports, overnight expenditures, day trip expenditures and Department of Revenue sales tax figures from Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These tax figures came from food service and drinking establishments, gasoline stations, hotels and motels for June and July, 2005. It concluded that the direct, indirect and induced economic impact of Pocono Raceway in 2005 amounted to $363,055,475. The Pocono Raceway study was part of an overall economic impact of auto racing in Pennsylvania in 2005. The study concluded that auto racing is extremely important to Pennsylvania with a direct, indirect and induced economic impact of over $390,000,000. Pocono Raceway's 2007 Nextel Cup Series Events are the June 10, 2007 Pocono 500 and the August 5, 2007 Pennsylvania 500. For ticket information contact the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office (toll free) 1-800-RACEWAY or visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(1-10-2007)

  • Pocono Raceway resort project gets permit OK: Tunkhannock Township [PA] supervisors have granted a conditional use permit that will allow the proposed Raceway Village resort project to proceed. Supervisors voted unanimously earlier this week to grant the permit for a "community building" at the proposed resort, which Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli plans to build off Long Pond Road, near the race track. The permit for the community building was required even though the Raceway Village project as a whole is an allowed use in a resort overlay district that was recently added to the Tunkhannock zoning ordinance, said Supervisor Chairman Richard Van Noy. Mattioli wants to build an "extended-stay resort" with 250 two-story, modular rental units on a 125-acre parcel he owns across Long Pond Road from the raceway. The gated resort would include single-family, two-family and multi-family rental units, each of them 1,200 square feet. Mattioli earlier this year estimated the cost of the project at about $50 million. He hopes to attract a well-heeled clientele to stay at the resort for a few days or a few weeks at a time. He has said he expects to do a booming business both for the two annual NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway — one in June, one in July — and ski season. Plans for Raceway Village include a clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, theater and lounge, along with outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a bocce court. The project must still go through the municipal and county planning process, culminating in approval of its land development plan from the Tunkhannock supervisors. Mattioli has said he is ready to begin building Raceway Village as soon as he gets that approval.(Pocono Record)(12-9-2006)

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


  • Menard, Sauter, McCumbee to do double duty Pocono: While #15-Paul Menard has yet to turn a lap around the Pocono Raceway, hw is looking forward to his double duty weekend at the 2.5-mile Long Pond, Pa., track. Not only will Menard focus his attention on making a solid Nextel Cup Series debut at the track, but the Dale Earnhardt Inc. backed team will race in Saturday’s ARCA event. Menard was heavily involved in the planning of the set up of the ARCA car. Crew Chief Mike Grechi and Menard came up with two solid setups to try in Friday’s practice. Grechi brings the experience from his past achievements at Pocono. No stranger to ARCA Series success himself, Menard went to Victory Lane in the 2003 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway.(DEI site), other drivers planning on running both races [ARCA/Cup] include Johnny Sauter and Chad McCumbee.(6-7-2007)

  • McCumbee to Make Nextel Cup Debut in #45 Dodge at Pocono: This weekend, Chad McCumbee and the #45 Goody's Cool Orange Dodge team will head toPocono Raceway for Sunday's Pocono 500. This will be McCumbee's debut in the Nextel Cup Series. The 23-year-old has been competing full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) this season. He is currently 14th in the NCTS points standings. While McCumbee has never before competed at Pocono in a Nextel Cup car, he does have considerable success at the track in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. He has finishes of fourth, second and third in his last three starts at the track in that series. Nextel Cup rookies [Edwards, not techically a rookie, #11-Hamlin was] have taken the checkered flag in the last two Pocono 500 events and McCumbee will be looking to make that three in a row.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing). See an image of the scheme on my #45 Team Schemes page.(6-5-2007)

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.



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