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THE RACE: The Pennsylvania 500

Nextel Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 5, 2007 in Long Pond, PA

  • Title Sponsor: none

  • Track: Pocono Raceway

  • TV: ESPN 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Monday, August 6 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Monday, August 6 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2
    Thursday, August 9 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 9 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 10 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • 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: $4,935,998 (was $4,936,658 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 3, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et TV-none; and Saturday, August 4, 9:00 - 9:50am/et TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 4, 10:50 - 11:50am/et on TV-ESPN2


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 3, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 3 at 3:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at 3:00am/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    FRIDAY, August 3
    6:00am -- Parking Lots Open
    10:15am -- ARCA RE/MAX Series Final Practice
    12:00pm -- Nextel Cup Series Practice
    1:45pm -- ARCA RE/MAX Series Qualifying (One Lap, All Positions)
    3:40pm -- WEIS MARKETS Nextel Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)

    SATURDAY, August 4
    6:00am -- Parking Lots Open
    8:00am -- Grandstand Admission Gates Open
    9:00am -- Nextel Cup Series Practice
    10:50am -- Nextel Cup Series Final Practice
    1:00pm -- Pennsylvania ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (80 Laps, 200 miles)

    SUNDAY, August 5
    5:00am -- Parking Lots Open
    9:00am -- Grandstand Admission Gates Open
    1:00pm -- Pre-Race Festivities Begin
    1:30pm -- Nextel Cup Series Driver Introductions
    2:00pm -- Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series Race (200 Laps, 500 miles)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,575; Right-side -- 1,575

    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 30-33 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to Pocono in June . . . Pocono is the only track at which teams will run this exact combination this season . . . however, these left- and right-side codes will be used in different combinations at other Nextel Cup tracks . . . this left-side code (D-4104) is run at New Hampshire, Phoenix and Richmond, while this right-side code (D-4098) is run at Bristol in 2007 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one-mile 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 NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

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-Leader
Times News, Lehighton, PA

The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
www.800poconos.com
This Week in the Poconos
Pocono Review by ARS Racing
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
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
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Kurt Busch Wins at Pocono: #2-Kurt Busch put on a dominating performance to win the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway for his first win in 52 races. Busch led 175 of the 200 laps and beat #8-Earnhardt, Jr. to the finish line by 4.132 seconds. The rest of the top-10 were #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #48, Johnson, #20-Stewart, #12-Newman, #07-Bowyer, #01-Martin, and #25-Mears. With the win, Kurt Busch jumped over Earnhardt and into the top 12 in the point standings. Ryan Newman remains 14th in the points, 90 points out of 12th. There were 7 cautions for 27 laps and 11 drivers lead the race with 17 lead changes.
    Race Results: on my Pocono Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings: on my Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono Page.(8-5-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Pocono [21 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 3236
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 2870 -366
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth 2825 -411
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 2763 -473
    5) #20-Tony Stewart 2749 -487
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 2682 -554
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2624 -612
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 2611 -625
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick 2600 -636
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 2552 -684
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2437 -799
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 2399 -837
    some other notables:
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr. is 13th only -7 points behind 12th
    #12-Newman is 14th
    #42-Montoya is 18th
    #9-Kahne is 27th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-5-2007)

  • Rumblings - Pocono: If it had been a fight, they'd have stopped it! Kurt Busch totally dominated (if you call leading 87.5% of the laps dominating) today at Pocono Raceway and captured the Pennsylvania 500 for his first win of the season (last we saw of him was snow angels at Bristol in March of 2006) and 16th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now solo in 42nd place on the all-time win list). Win #58 for Roger Penske gives us the 14th different winner on the season (that's one more than last season but one short of 2005) and was worth $212,108 from the over $4.9M in posted awards.
    It was nice to see the two guys who are fighting to get into the Chase go 1-2.....but if I'm Tony Eury Jr. I'm taking that "Magic Shock" everywhere from here on out!
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at California last September.
    Tony Raines (15th) had his best finish since he was 14th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Bill Elliott (18th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Michigan in June.
    Scott Riggs (24th) had his best finish since he was 18th when we were here two months ago.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 9 Top-10's in a row.
    The Rookie Report: Juan Pablo Montoya (16th) takes this award for the 10th time this season. He was followed by Paul Menard (26th), David Ragan (33rd), and David Reutimann (41st). AJ Allmendinger was a dnq again this weekend.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Matt Kenseth (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper is an equally lonely Kasey Kahne (-22). Can the "Shaft" get any more empty?
    Kurt Busch moves into the "Chase" this week, and Dale Earnhardt Jr falls out (tho the separation is only 7 points)....and Jeff Gordon loses all of five meaningless markers from his points lead.
    Ricky Rudd (29th to 26th) made the best move forward today, while no less than five drivers fell two spots each.(Stock Car Fans)(8-5-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

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

  • 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 200 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)

    #2-Busch-D (2) (175 laps led) +4.132 second lead
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (1) (8 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (6)
    #24-Gordon-C (11)
    #48-Johnson-C (7)
    #20-Stewart-C (24)
    #12-Newman-D (4) (1 lap led)
    #07-Bowyer-C (15) (1 lap led)
    #01-Martin-C (25)
    #25-Mears-C (8)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

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

  • Cars on the lead lap: 29 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 43,36

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 19,6,45,18,70,7,38

  • Cars on the track: 38 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (5) and reason:
    #4-Burton (engine-out)
    #44-Jarrett (fuel pump-out)
    #00-Reutimann (fuel pump-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)
    #55-Waltrip (fuel pump-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 17 lead changes):
    #2-Busch (175);
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr (8, pole);
    #41-Sorenson (5);
    #66-Green (4);
    #5-Busch (2);
    #1-Truex, Jr (1);
    #21-Elliott (1);
    #43-Labonte (1);
    #17-Kenseth (1);
    #07-Bowyer (1);
    #12-Newman (1);

  • Lap leaders: #8-Earnhardt, Jr. - pole; #2-Busch 1-32; #1-Truex, Jr 33; #21-Elliott 34; #2-Busch 35-55; #43-Labonte 56; #2-Busch 57-89; #17-Kenseth 90; #07-Bowyer 91; #66-Green 92-95; #2-Busch 96-119; #12-Newman 120; #2-Busch 121-139; #41-Sorenson 140-144; Earnhardt, Jr 145-152; #2-Busch 153-171; #5-Busch 172-173; #2-Busch 174-200

    Cautions: 7 for 27 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 182 - 184: #15-Menard got into #7-Jones, stacking up several cars behind them as they tried to slow down. Drivers collected included #99-Edwards, #26-McMurray, #38-Gilliland, #41-Sorenson, and #83-Vickers. McMurray suffered the most damage.
    Caution 6 - Laps 174 - 178: #6-Ragan spun coming off turn 1, right in front of the leader, #5-Busch. He continued on without damage.
    Caution 5 - Laps 139 - 142: #16-Greg Biffle spun at the exit of turn 2, barely missing #88-Rudd.
    Caution 4 - Laps 124 - 128: #8-Earnhardt Jr. spun coming off turn 3. He didn't hit anything and continued on
    Caution 3 - Laps 66 - 68: #26-McMurray spun off turn 3, possibly following a tap from #40-Stremme. He, again, didn't hit anything.
    Caution 2 - Laps 55 - 58: Debris reported in turn 1.
    Caution 1 - Laps 5 - 7: #26-McMurray spun coming off turn 1 and ran into the grass, but did not hit anything.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #10-Riggs (2), 24th
    Caution 6: #40-Stremme, 25th
    Caution 5: #99-Edwards, 21st
    Caution 4: #15-Menard, 26th
    Caution 3: #10-Riggs, 24th
    Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 23rd
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    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 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 4
    2 #99 PT Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) 20
    3 #88 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 55
    4 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 64
    5 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 123
    6 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 124
    7 #16 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 138
    8 #44 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 173
    9 #06 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 173
    10 #70 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 181
    11 #83 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 181
    12 #38 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 181
    14 #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 181
    14 #55 MCI Safety violation 196
    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)(8-5-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- No leaders pitted under the 7th caution
    ---- #5-Kyle Busch pitted under the 6th caution. He was the only driver up front who had not pitted when the caution came out
    ---- Harvick had a long pit stop when the team had trouble with the left rear lug nut. #48-Johnson's jack man fell down on his stop.
    ---- The final green flag pit stops of the day started on lap 169 when #20-Stewart came in
    ---- Around lap 162, #6-Ragan pitted under green and the crew raised the hood
    ---- All the leaders pitted under the 5th caution. A combination of strategies with 2 tires and 4 tires. #8-Earnhardt Jr came out 5th after taking 2 tires. #2-Busch had trouble on the stop and came out 9th.
    ---- After #8-Earnhardt, Jr caused the 4th caution, he pitted several times and the crew kept him on the lead lap
    ---- As the race progresses, many drivers are complaining of the cars getting tighter around lap 120
    ---- #24-Gordon pitted on lap 119, again being the first driver to come in for green flag stops.
    ---- #44-Jarrett pitted on lap 103 and the crew raised the hood before pushing him behind the wall. It was a bad fuel pump.
    ---- Everyone takes 4 tires and fuels and pit stops for the leaders are completed by lap 95
    ---- Green flag pit stops started on lap 88 as #24-Gordon pitted.
    ---- #4-Burton pitted under green on lap 81, with a possible tire going down
    ---- #5-Busch scraped the wall on lap 75 and had to pit under green for ride side tires
    ---- Several drivers on the end of the lead lap pitted under the 3rd caution. #29-Harvick and #17-Kenseth took only 2 tires
    ---- Everyone came into pit under the second caution. 4 tires and fuel across the board. #5-Busch pitted a second time for an unknown reason
    ---- on lap 50, #8-Earnhart, Jr is complaining of the car pushing. He continues to hold on to 5th place though
    ---- on lap 44, #2-Busch is running laps .5 seconds faster than anyone behind him and has built a lead in excess of 9 seconds
    ---- Green flag pit stops for the leaders were concluded by lap 32. Everyone appeared to take 4 tires and fuel
    ---- #5-Busch pitted on lap 28 to start green flag pit stops
    ---- #99-Edwards was black flagged for improper fueling of the car under the pit stop. He had to serve a pass through penalty.
    ---- #99-Edwards made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 21 with a left rear tire going down. He lost a lap.
    ---- #1-Truex, Jr, who fell to the back at the start because of an engine change, pitted under the first caution for adjustments
    ---- green flag at 2:22pm/et by Brett Ratner
    ---- command to start engines at 2:09pm/et by Chris Tucker
    ---- Military Flyover: B2 Bomber - 509th Airborne
    ---- God Bless American and National Anthem by Clarke Luis
    ---- weather = Mostly Sunny, 81°, 20% chance of rain.
    ---- To The Back [4]: #7-Jones [driver change], #1-Truex, Jr [engine change], #07-Bowyer [engine change], #4-Burton [transmission change]


  • Race Coverage of the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, 2007.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:15pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 12:00pm/et and ESPN at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: Monday, August 6 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic, Monday, August 6 at 3:00pm/et on ESPN2, Thursday, August 9 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and Thursday, August 9 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 10 at 12:00am/et on HDNET (High Def)

  • Happy Hour: for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the results:
    #48-Johnson 165.804
    #20-Stewart 164.591
    #25-Mears 164.396
    #2-Busch 164.273
    #38-Gilliland 164.234
    slowest: #7-P.J. Jones (subbing for RGordon) 159.966 & #4-Burton 159.368
    most laps: #12-Newman, #29-Harvick, #2-Busch, 25 laps
    notes: #99-Edwards, #6-Ragan, #7-Gordon, and #00-Reutimann have left to go to Montreal for the Busch race and are not at the track any longer.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 162.094 [fastest lap run], 24 laps run
    #1-Truex, Jr 162.053 [8th], 20 laps
    #20-Stewart 161.942 [2nd], 22 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-4-2007)

  • Saturday's First Practice: for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the results:
    #2-Busch 166.276
    #17-Kenseth 166.116
    #12-Newman 166.055
    #99-Edwards 166.055
    #11-Hamlin 165.957
    slowest: #36-Mayfield 161.192 & #7-Gordon 160.108
    most laps: #48-Johnson, #2-Busch & #1-Truex, 21 laps
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #9-Kahne, 163.461 [7th fastest lap], 9 laps run
    #29-Harvick, 163.446 [12th], 13 laps
    #01-Martin 163.402 [6th], 14 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-4-2007)

  • Earnhardt, Jr. wins pole at Pocono: #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Budweiser Pole for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 169.975mph. He originally went out to make his qualifying lap, but pulled back down pit road when it began to rain. Qualifying was delayed by about 30 minutes. NASCAR allowed the #8 team to cool the car down and send Earnhardt, Jr. back out when the track was dry. It was Earnhardt, Jr.'s first pole since Kansas in 2002. #2-Kurt Busch qualified second, followed by: #5-Busch, #12-Newman, #9-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #25-Mears, #42-Montoya, and #41-Sorenson. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-3-2007)

  • Four do not qualify [DNQ] for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway: #49-Bliss, #84-Allmendinger, #37-Lepage, and #78-KWallace.(8-3-2007)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #8-Earnhardt, Jr., 169.975, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 169.683, starts 2nd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 168.438, starts 12th
    Toyota: #22-Blaney, 167.863, starts 19th
    (8-3-2007)

  • Pocono Qualifying Notes:
    ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Bud Pole for the Pennsylvania 500, his seventh Nextel Cup Series pole in 276 career races. He turned a quick lap of 169.975 mph (52.949)
    ... This is Earnhardt’s first pole since Sept. 29, 2002 at Kansas Speedway – a span of 171 races
    ... Earnhardt’s previous best start at Pocono Raceway was fifth (June 8, 2003). He now has two top-five and three top-10 starts at Pocono
    ... This is Earnhardt’s eighth top-five and 11th top-10 start of the season
    ... This is Earnhardt’s second front row start this season (Dover)
    ... Kurt Busch (second) notched his fourth top-five start of the season
    ... Kyle Busch (third) notched his fourth top-five start of the season
    ... Scott Riggs (16th) was the fastest driver who needed to qualify on time.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-3-2007)

  • Pocono Ramblings: It never hurts to have Mother Nature on your side.... Dale Earnhardt Jr took advantage of a shower cooled race track today at Pocono Raceway and took the Bud Pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 with a time of 52.949 sec (169.975 mph). It's the 7th career top-spot for Little E, but his first since Kansas in September of 2002! Jr (who will be joined on the front row by Kurt Busch) becomes the 12th driver to qualify for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
    A slim "Best Sinces" this week....Ricky Rudd has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    STREAKIN....Dale Earnhardt Jr has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    With all the consolidations, buy-outs, mergers (or whatever they're calling it this week), we were down to only 47 cars on hand today. The Trouble Train has Mike Bliss, A J Allmendinger, Kevin Lepage, and Kenny Wallace in tow this week.(Stock Car Fans)(8-3-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2007 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 3:30am/et on ESPN2

  • Friday Practice: for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the results:
    #2-Busch 168.533
    #1-Truex, Jr. 168.086
    #5-Busch 167.738
    #11-Hamlin 167.720
    #20-Stewart 167.436
    slowest: #84-Allmendinger 161.360 & #6-Ragan 161.277
    most laps run: #99-Edwards & #15-Menard, 17
    notes: #84-Allmendinger and #6-Ragan have both wrecked in the session (in individual incidents) and will go to backups. #25-Mears also wrecked late in practice and will go to a backup.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 165.803 [7th fastest lap], 7 laps run
    #5-Busch 165.643 [3rd], 5 laps
    #10-Riggs 165.403 [12th], 9 laps
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-3-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Pocono
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 12th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 28th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 30th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 32nd
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 35th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 37th
    #00-David Reutimann, 38th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 39th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #4-Ward Burton, 43rd
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 44th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 45th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 46th
    See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(8-3-2007)

  • Qualifying Order List for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #9-Kahne is due out first on Friday, August 3 at 3:30pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #96-Raines. For the Qualifying order, see my Pocono Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-3-2007)

  • Entry List for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is posted, 47 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 (20/39)
    #4-Ward Burton (19/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (20/37)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ Provisional](20/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (20/43)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (20/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (20/40)
    #49-Mike Bliss (20/44)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (20/45)
    #78-Kenny Wallace (20/42)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](20/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (20/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,21,10,00,78,36,49
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 55,84,37,4
    See the full list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List
    (7-30-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Pocono are set:
    The #22 moves in 35th and the #21 moves out and into 36th
    the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
    33) #66-Green/Haas 1,618, +221
    34) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,580, +186
    35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,434, 37 pts ahead of 36th
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Elliot/Wood Bros 1,397, -37
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,312, -122
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(7-29-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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)

  • 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)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • June 2007 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 170.062, finished 2nd
  • July 2006 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 169.827, finished 11th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 136.887mph, started 18th
  • 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 59 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 [4 - Jeff Gordon]
  • 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: 36, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened to 106 laps]
  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/82

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened to 106 laps]
  • 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: 23 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12* [of 59 races] 20.3%
  • 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 18: 1
  • 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 59 events (20.3%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 42 of 59 events (71.2%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 17 of 59 events (28.8%)

    * 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 59 Nextel Cup races at Pocono Raceway since the first race there in 1974. There were single races the first eight years and two each year since 1982.
    • Buddy Baker won the first Cup Bud Pole.
    • Richard Petty won the first Cup race.
    • There have been 33 different Bud Pole winners at Pocono. Only 13 drivers have more than one Bud Pole there.
    • There have been 27 different race-winners, led by Bill Elliott with five victories. Seventeen drivers have won more than once there.
    • Opened in 1968 as a .75-mile track, Pocono Raceway held its first race on the 2.2-mile oval in 1971.
    • All Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles.
    • 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.
    • Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers and J.J. Yeley have finished on the lead lap in all of their races.(7-31-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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: Actor Chris Tucker
    Command to start engines: Actor Chris Tucker
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: directer Brett Ratner
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: poconoraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

  • June 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Grand Marshal/Starter named for Pennsylvania 500: Chris Tucker, starring in the movie Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan, will serve as grand marshal of the Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway and will give the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command, while directer Brett Ratner will be the honorary starter where from atop the flagstand at the start/finish line he will wave the green flag to start the 500-mile race.(Pocono Raceway PR)(8-2-2007)

  • Several Promoted at Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway has announced the promotions of several individuals. Brandon Igdalsky has been named President, Nick Igdalsky has been promoted to Sr. Vice President, Ashley Igdalsky to Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Joseph Mattioli IV to 2nd Vice President, and Chase Mattioli to 3rd Vice President of both Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli family owned Mattco Inc. Patti Angeloni has been promoted to Vice President/Credentials for Pocono Raceway. Brandon, Nick and Ashley Igdalsky as well as both Joseph IV and Chase Mattioli are the third generation of Mattioli's to be actively involved in the company started by their grandparents, Dr's. Joe and Rose Mattioli. (Pocono Raceway PR)(7-20-2007)

  • Two Races at Pocono in 2008: There will continue to be two NASCAR races each summer at Pocono Raceway. For years, rumors suggested otherwise. On Friday, NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell and President Mike Helton met with Pocono founder, Chief of Operations and CEO Dr. Joe Mattioli to iron out details of what is a continuing resolution. "We signed the deal with Doc on Friday," O'Donnell said. "It was for one year like we do at all the tracks." (Express Times)(6-10-2007)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Double Duty: seven drivers are scheduled to run both the Busch Series race at Montreal and Nextel Cup race at Pocono:
    David Ragan [#6 Cup, #6 Busch]
    Kevin Harvick [#29,#21]
    Jeff Burton [#31,#29]
    Greg Biffle [#16,#37]
    Robby Gordon [#7, #55]
    Carl Edwards [#99, #60]
    David Reutimann [#00, #99]
    Harvicks plan: Harvick will commute 1,676 miles between Greensboro, N.C., Pocono Raceway and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. On Thursday morning, Harvick will fly from the Greensboro Airport to Montreal for open practice and then fly to Pocono for Friday's practice and qualifying. Harvick will then depart Pocono via helicopter immediately following practice on Saturday morning, and head for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport. If all goes according to plan, Harvick will practice the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy Saturday morning before heading to Montreal in time to qualify and race the #21 AutoZone Chevy that afternoon. Brandon Miller will be standing by in the event that weather delays Harvick's arrival in Montreal.
    Burton's plan: Burton will commute 804 miles between Pocono Raceway and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Burton will depart Pocono via helicopter immediately following practice on Saturday morning, and head for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport. If all goes according to plan, Burton will practice the #31 AT&T Chevy Saturday morning before heading to Montreal in time to qualify and race the #29 Holiday Inn Chevy that afternoon. Scott Wimmer will be standing by in the event that weather delays Burton's arrival in Montreal.(PRS)(7-31-2007)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #07-Clint Bowyer Camping World #07 Schemes Page
    #7-P.J. Jones
    Robby Gordon
    (parked)
    Menard's/Mapei #7 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Mobil 1 #12 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Energizer Battery #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network
    Dog the Bounty Hunter
    #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Target (white) #40 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #88-Ricky Rudd Combos #88 Schemes Page
    #96-Tony Raines DLP/Rush Hour 3 #96 Schemes Page


  • Menard's #15 to have Energizer on the Hood: #15-Paul Menard’s hood sponsor for the Pennsylvania 500 is Energizer Battery Company. Energizer is one of the world's largest manufacturers of dry cell batteries and flashlights.(Team Menard PR)(8-3-2007)

  • Rush Hour 3 Scheme on the #96 at Pocono: DLP HDTV is teaming up with New Line Cinema to support the upcoming action comedy, Rush Hour 3, in a promotional partnership that includes in-theater, online and a NASCAR overlay. Rush Hour 3, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, will be featured on Tony Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevy during the Aug. 5 Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Rush Hour 3 opens in theaters Aug. 10. The movie will be shown across the world in a digital format on DLP Cinema projectors. DLP leads the cinema movement from film to digital movies with over 4,000 screens powered by DLP technology.(HOF Racing PR)(8-2-2007)

  • Rudd to run Combos at Pocono: This weekend the #88 Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright orange Combos Ford Fusion for the first time this season instead of their traditional Snickers Ford paint scheme in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Combos is the “Official Cheese-Filled Snack” of NASCAR and an associate sponsor on the #88 and #38 cars for the 2007 season. This is the first of two races Rudd will run the Combos Ford this year (Pocono and Martinsville)(Elevation Group PR), see am image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-2-2007)

  • Target back on the #40 car at Pocono: As Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) continues to celebrate its long heritage with Target Racing, which has been with the team for 18 years making it one of the longest racing relationships in history, David Stremme and the #40 team will again be sporting the white and red Target paint scheme in this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.(CGRFS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(8-1-2007)

  • Special scheme for Biffle at Pocono: This weekend #16-Greg Biffle will run a special black "Dog the Bounty Hunter" paint scheme for Dish Network.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(8-1-2007)

  • Camping World to sponsor Wimmer at Atlanta; Bowyer at other races: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Camping World have agreed on a multi-pronged sponsorship agreement for three of RCR's Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series teams for 2007. Camping World, based in Bowling Green, Ky., is the world's largest supplier of RV accessories and camping equipment with over 65 retail outlets in key regional locations. The multi-team program will include: Scott Wimmer in the #33 Camping World Chevy at the March 18 Kobalt Tools 500 Nextel Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway;
    Clint Bowyer in the #07 Camping World Chevy at Nextel Cup Series events at:
    New Hampshire International Speedway (July 1) and
    Pocono Raceway (Aug. 5);
    and Bowyer in the #2 Camping World Chevy in the Busch Series races at Phoenix (April 20), Talladega (April 28), the Camping World 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway (June 30) and Chicagoland Speedway (July 14). For more information go to campingworld.com.(Richard Childress Racing PR)(3-15-2007)

  • Mobil 1 back with Newman for 5 races: haven't seen a PR or anything, but got an image of the #12 Mobil 1 Dodge scheme that Ryan Newman is scheduled to drive in five races in 2007, see my #12 Team Schemes page for the image. The scheduled races are basically the same as last season:
    California (Feb),
    Chicago (July),
    Pocono (Aug),
    New Hampshire (Sept) and
    Atlanta (Oct).(2-3-2007)

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


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