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THE RACE: Pocono 500

Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 8, 2008 in Long Pond, PA

  • Title Sponsor: none

  • Track: Pocono Raceway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:10pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 2:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 12:30 - 2:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, June 12 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 12 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

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

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

  • TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 6, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, June 7, 10:00 - 10:50pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 7, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et on TV-SPEED via tape at 5:30pm/et

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, June 6, 11:00am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, June 6 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air reported;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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  • Kahne wins at Pocono: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of the season and 9th of his career and his 5th from the pole. Kahne led 69 or 200 laps, the most of any driver. #83-Vickers finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Burton, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #17-Kenseth, #99-Edwards and #8-Martin. #84-Allmendinger finished 12th, his career best. Drivers who ran well but had problems late include #20-Stewart [speeding penalty], #16-Biffle [speeding penalty], #99-Edwards [flat tire]. Points leader coming into the race, #18-Busch wrecked early in the race and finished 43rd [last], even after the crew worked to get the car back on the track but with not much attrition in the race, Busch made up no spots and Busch lost it late in the race and spun, then parked the car. The best finishing rookie was #00-McDowell at 27th. There were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers and 10 cautions for 38 laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Pocono Race Results Awards Page.(6-8-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Pocono race 14 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2084 [4 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 2063 -21 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1939 -145
    4) #99-Carl Edwards 1856 -228 [would be 3rd without 100 pt penalty][3 wins]
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin 1800 -284 [1 win]
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1799 -285 [1 win]
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 1781 -303
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 1767 -317
    9) #9-Kasey Kahne 1719 -365 [2 wins]
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 1690 -394
    11) #07-Clint Bowyer 1679 -405 [1 win]
    12) #20-Tony Stewart 1614 -470
    other chase contenders
    13) #6-David Ragan 1607 -477 [7 pts out of the chase]
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 1604 -480 [-10][1 win]
    15) #17-Matt Kenseth 1580 -504 [-34]
    16) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1558, -526 [-56]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono page.(6-8-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    the big change is #66-Riggs is back in the top 35 and #55-Waltrip is out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 1,120, +56
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 1,118, +54
    33) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing 1,105, +41
    34) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 1,086, +22
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 1,076, 12 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 1,064, -12 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 936, -140
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 901, -175
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 888, -188
    40) #78-Nemechk/Furniture Row, 752, -324
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-8-2008)

  • Pocono Raceway Penalty Report:
    Car #, Reason, Penalty, Lap Issued
    1 #1 Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) TE 26
    2 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 40
    3 #77 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 59
    4 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 68
    5 #38 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 68
    6 #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 68
    7 #7 Safety violation TE 80
    8 #55 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 105
    9 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 121
    10 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 122
    11 #40 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 122
    12 #10 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 153
    13 #22 Excessive Speed-Entering pits PT 159
    14 #16 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 165
    15 #20 Excessive speed - Exiting pits PT 171
    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)(6-8-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 3: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 4: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 5: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 6: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 7: #45-TLabonte, 30th
    Caution 8: drivers a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 9: #42-Montoya, 38th, still many laps down
    Caution 10: #10-Carpentier, 32nd

  • To The Back [2]: #18-Busch [backup car]; #77-Hornish [backup car]
  • Pit Stall selections
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • Practice Speeds Page
  • Entry List
  • 2008 Race Officials
  • Race Coverage of the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et, pre-race; 2:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, June 12 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, June 12 at 5:30pm/et

news and links

  • Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the top-5 fastest:
    #99-Edwards 164.769
    #9-Kahne 164.102
    #19-Sadler 163.949
    #8-Martin 163.920
    #17-Kenseth 163.890
    #18-Busch, pts leader in a backup is 16th fastest
    slowest: #45-Labonte 159.256 & #77-Hornish Jr. 160.496
    incidents: #77-Hornish crashed and will go to a backup car, #07-Bowyer spun, but had no damage.
    The practice is scheduled to be televised via tape on SPEED at 5:30pm/et.
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(6-7-2008)

  • 1st Saturday Practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 166.549
    #48-Johnson 166.340
    #18-Busch 165.496 [wrecked]
    #26-McMurray 165.368
    #16-Biffle 165.189
    slowest: #7-Gordon 158.870 & #21-Elliott 159.365
    accident: #18-Busch, scheduled to start 10th, wrecked off turn 3 and hit the inside pit road wall, the front is badly damaged, the team will go to a backup car, Busch declined comment and headed to the hauler.
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(6-7-2008)

  • Kahne on pole at Ponoco: #9-Kasey Kahene won the Coors Light Pole for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 170.219mph. for his 1st pole of 2008 and 15th of his career. #48-Johnson will start 2nd, followed by #8-Martin, #01-Smith [best career start], #78-Nemechek, #99-Edwards, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #84-Allmendinger, #66-Riggs and #18-Busch. #70-Leffler makes his first Cup race since Indy in August 2005. The go-or-go homers who made the race: #78-Nemechek [5th], #84-Allmendinger [8th], #66-Riggs [9th], #40-Franchitti [14th], #10-Carpentier [24th], #70-Leffler [26th], #21-Elliott [29th] and #45-Labonte takes a past champions provisional to make the race. #96-Yeley misses the race and #34-Rains withdrew before qualifying.
    For starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, see my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results Page.(6-6-2008)

  • Pocono Raceway Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole for the Pocono 500 with a speed of 170.219 mph / 52.873 seconds.
    .. This is Kahne’s 15th pole in 158 career Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is Kahne’s first pole of the season. His previous best start was second at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kahne now has eight top-10 starts this season.
    .. This is Kahne’s second pole and sixth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. His previous pole came in June of 2004, which was a track qualifying record of 172.533 mph.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (second) notched his 11th top-10 start of 2008 and 10th at Pocono.
    .. Mark Martin (third) notched his sixth top-10 start of 2008 and 29th at Pocono.
    .. Regan Smith (fourth) was the fastest-qualifying rookie.
    .. Joe Nemechek (fifth) was the fastest of those drivers required to make the field on time.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-6-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-Michael McDowell, 166.276, starts 39th
    #01-Regan Smith, 168.745, starts 4th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 167.345, starts 24th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 167.939, starts 14th
    #77-Sam Hornish, 165.071, starts 41st

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 169.856, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #9-Kahne, 170.219, starts 1st
    Ford: #99-Edwards, 168.517, starts 6th
    Toyota: #84-Allmendinger, 168.479,starts 8th

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #43-Labonte. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #70-Leffler, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #10-Carpentier. See the full qualifying order on my Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-6-2008)

  • Friday Practice Testing for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the top-5:
    #9-Kahne 169.879
    #66-Riggs 169.776
    #48-Johnson 169.674
    #19-Sadler 169.555
    #99-Edwards 169.450
    slowest: #38-Gilliland 164.821 and #41-Sorenson 164.995
    no speed listed: #34-Raines
    incident: #38-Gilliland slapped the turn 3 wall and pancaked the right side of the car late in practice
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(6-6-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Pocono
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #66-Scott Riggs, 2nd fastest
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 6th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 10th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 17th
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 21st
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 25th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 32nd
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 42nd would have to use past champ provisional]
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #70-Jason Leffler, 33rd
    #34-Tony Raines, no speed
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(6-6-2008)

  • Entry List for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (13/41)
    #21-Bill Elliott (13/43) [champ prov 2]
    #34-Tony Raines (13/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (13/38)
    #45-Terry Labonte (13/42)[champ prov 1]
    #66-Scott Riggs (13/36)
    #70-Jason Leffler (13/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (13/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (13/39)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (13/37)
    withdrew after initial entry list posted
    #87-Kenny Wallace (1/52)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,21,66,96,40,84,78,10
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 70,34
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    the big change is #77 is back in the top 35 and #66-Riggs is out [that 150 pts penalty hurt]
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 1,054, +73
    33) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 1,041, +60
    36) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 1,039, +58
    31) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing 1,023, +42
    35) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 1,012, 31 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 981, -31 points out of 35th
    37) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 870, -142
    38) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 848, -164
    39) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 809, -203
    40) #78-Nemechek/Furniture Row, 676, -336
    See the full owners points on my Drivers/Owners Points after Dover page.(6-1-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


  • June 2007 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 170.062, finished 2nd
  • August 2007 Pole Sitter: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 169.975, finished 2nd
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2007 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 136.887mph, started 18th
  • August 2007 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 131.627mph, started 2nd
  • 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

  • Most Wins: 5 - Bill Elliott [4 - Jeff Gordon]
  • Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader
  • Most Top 5s: 19 - Mark Martin
  • Most Top 10s: 28 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 56 - 7/30/1979
  • 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: 175, Kurt Busch, 8/5/2007
  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Bobby Labonte, 7/29/2001

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 23 - Chevy

  • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 60 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 21 times and the top ten 43 times.

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 12* [of 60 races] 20.0%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 9
  • 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 60 events (20.0%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 43 of 60 events (71.7%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 17 of 60 events (28.3%)

    * 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:
    • Opened in 1968 as a .75-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile oval in 1971.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974.
    • There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two a year since then.
    • There have been 60 Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway since the first race there in 1974.
    • Buddy Baker won the first pole at Pocono.
    • There have been 35 different pole winners at Pocono. Only 13 drivers have more than one Pole there.
    • There have been 21 pole winners in the last 25 races. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon (two each) are the only repeat pole winners there since 1995. Qualifying was canceled once.
    • The pole has been swept just three times: Bill Elliott (1985), Ken Schrader (1993), Denny Hamlin (2006).
    • Richard Petty won the first Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
    • 27 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott with five victories. Eighteen drivers have won more than once there.
    • There have been 12 different race winners in the 15 races since Bobby Labonte swept in 1999. Jimmie Johnson swept 2004 and Denny Hamlin 2006, while Kurt Busch won the July race in 2005 and 2007.
    • There have been six season sweeps at Pocono, including two of the past four seasons.
    • Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond each won three consecutive races at Pocono.
    • 43 of 60 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start; 12 by the pole winner.
    • The June 2005 race was won by Carl Edwards from the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field a race winner has started.
    • Rick Hendrick leads all other car owners with 11 Pocono victories.
    • There have been eight car owner season sweeps, including three of the past four seasons (two of the car owner sweeps were with different drivers).
    • Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers and J.J. Yeley are the active drivers that have finished on the lead lap in all of their races.
    • Denny Hamlin won his first two appearances at Pocono Raceway, claiming both victories from the pole. Hamlin finished sixth and third in his second two races for an average finish of 2.8 in four races – the all-time best of any driver at the Pennsylvania track. He also led 283 of the 706 laps raced in the four races (40 percent).(NASCAR Statistics)(6-2-2008)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell Champion Mortgage #00 Team Schemes Page
    #8-Mark Martin Steak-umm #8 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Kodak #12 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch M&M's Most Colorful Fan in NASCAR #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil DISH Network #28 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page

  • M&M's searching for NASCAR's most colorful fan: M&M's will launch an 18-week NASCAR promotion next month that will include prizes from two other sponsors in the sport, The Home Depot and Tissot, as well as trips to Miami for the season-ending Sprint Cup event in November. The promotion, designed to identify the "Most Colorful Fan in NASCAR," will debut June 8 on with support that will include print advertising and other online buys at Yahoo! and But the promotion's home for 18 weeks will be, where fans will enter the sweepstakes by submitting photos of themselves in their most colorful fan gear. M&M's is a product of Mars, the primary sponsor of Kyle Busch's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Busch will vote along with visitors to the site for the most colorful fans. Five finalists will win trips for two to the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Each finalist also will win a $100 gift certificate to The Home Depot, another sponsor at Gibbs with driver Tony Stewart. The ultimate winner will receive a Tissot limited-edition watch. Busch will drive in the June 8 Sprint Cup event at Pocono with a special "Most Colorful Fan in NASCAR" paint scheme to help build awareness for the promotion.(SportsBusiness Journal/Sporting News)(5-20-2008)

  • Kodak back with Newman in 2008: been told Kodak will be the primary sponsor for #12-Ryan Newman for six races: Pocono - June 8; Chicago - July 12; Watkins Glen - Aug 10; California - Aug 31; New Hampshire - Sept 14; Atlanta - Oct 26. See an image of the car on the #12 Team Schemes page.(1-16-2008) Comment here

  • Aflac to sponsor Edwards in 2008 UPDATE: Aflac is close to announcing a 2008 NASCAR limited sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing. Aflac will sponsor a #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards. An Aflac executive would not confirm the deal with Edwards on Tuesday, but the company did not deny it either when asked about Edwards. "We are still working through the details," said Al Johnson, a second vice president responsible for sponsorships. "We like Carl and what he has done this year -- and what we expect him to do next year. We're very excited." The final terms of the deal could be announced in the next two weeks. The deal with Edwards is expected to be for eight races and could possibly include an associate sponsorship that would put the Aflac duck logo somewhere on the car for the entire season, said a source familiar with the deal. Edwards' primary sponsor is Office Depot. The eight races that Aflac will be the primary sponsor with the corporate logo on the hood have not been determined. Terms of the deal are not available. It is believed Aflac spent between $2 million and $3 million for the 2007 deal. Aflac broke into NASCAR racing this summer with an eight-race deal with Roush Fenway. That deal included four Sprint Cup races in California, New Hampshire, Chicago and Kansas City and four Busch Series races. #16-Greg Biffle drove the Aflac car on the Sprint Cup circuit, winning the race in Kansas City. Roush Fenway drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray split the Busch races. Biffle, Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate, will be sponsored by 3M next year. In July, Aflac announced a deal with NASCAR to serve as the sport's exclusive supplemental insurance sponsor and provider through the 2010 season. It is not known what Aflac paid for that designation.(Ledger-Enquirer)(10-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Aflac Incorporated and Office Depot announced a new business relationship within the sport of NASCAR that will help both companies reach new customers, engage the loyal NASCAR fan base and leverage opportunities to grow their businesses. Building on its successful entry into NASCAR in 2007, Aflac will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion for eight races. In addition, Aflac will be onboard the Office Depot #99 Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for all other races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. At the core of the affiliation are Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion from Roush Fenway Racing.
    Aflac will be Edwards’ primary sponsor for the following 2008 Sprint Cup Series races:
    Atlanta [March]
    Texas [April]
    Phoenix [April]
    Pocono [June]
    Daytona [July]
    Indy [July]
    California [Aug] and
    Charlotte [Oct]
    . More information can be found at Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

  • New sponsors for DEI: Dale Earnhardt Inc. has secured two new sponsors for the 2008 season, Steak-umm and Cub Cadet. Both deals are for mostly associate positions on DEI cars but also involve primary positions in select Sprint Cup races. Terms of the deals were not available. Steak-umm's sponsorship will involve a full season of associate sponsorship on Mark Martin's #8 Chevy, as well as a primary for the June Pocono race. In May, Steak-umm will be the primary sponsor on DEI's #01 Chevy driven by Regan Smith at Richmond. Cub Cadet, which also has status as NASCAR's official outdoor power equipment, has bought associate space on Martin Truex Jr.'s #1 Chevy with a primary planned for the Chicagoland race in July. Charlotte-based Camp Strategy represented Cub Cadet. There's also a business-to-business component, which involves Bass Pro Shops, the yearlong primary on Truex's car, possibly selling Cub Cadet equipment in its stores. .(Sporting News/Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal)(1-15-2008)
    UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Inc. announced that they have secured Steak-umm Company LLC as a primary sponsor on the #8 and #01 Chevys for select races during the 2008 season, including the May Richmond Sprint Cup race with Regan Smith and the June Pocono Sprint Cup race with Mark Martin. Steak-umm will also serve as an associate sponsor on the #8 car for the full 2008 season. Steak-umm’s entry into the NASCAR sponsorship arena coincides with the company's introduction of Steak-umm Burgers, a new line of frozen burgers available in Original, Sweet Onion and Real Cheese varieties. It is also part of a broad new Steak-umm marketing initiative that began last year with national TV ads for the company's thinly sliced, portion-controlled frozen sandwich steaks.(DEI PR)(1-18-2008) Comment

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


  • 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/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Brig. General Grauzo, JCS
    Command to start engines: Brig. General Grauzo, JCS
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: General Bruce Carlson, USAF
    Invocation: Msgr. Philip DeRea
    National Anthem: Clarke Luis - Golf Pro, Sugarloaf CC (Pa)
    Military Flyover: B-52 Bomber Wing, Barksdale AFB
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

  • Last Year: see my June Pocono Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the August Pocono Race Info page

  • Fireworks at Pocono: The skies will be lighting up above Pocono Raceway, as a dazzling aerial fireworks display will take place on Saturday evening, June 7. The fireworks display is being provided solely for race fans staying in Pocono's infield or other on-grounds camping locations. The 30-minute sky lighting spectacular begins at 9:30pm/et. More infield activities include the "Kids Inflatable Fun Zone" which runs Friday to Sunday from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Also on Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 8:30pm it will be "FREE Family Movie Nights." Friday's presentation will be Herbie Fully Loaded and on Saturday the feature will be Disney/Pixar's Cars. The movies will be shown in the Infield Fan Fair Area near Tunnel Road. Parking lots will open Sunday at 5:00am with grandstand gates opening at 9:00am. Pre-race activities get underway at 11:30am. Driver introduction is set for 1:30pm, leading up to the much anticipated 2:00pm start of the Pocono 500. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, are admitted free to the grandstands on Friday and Saturday. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, are admitted free to the infield. Good seating for Sunday's Pocono 500 are still available by calling the Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY or at Fans purchasing tickets via our website can take advantage of the new "print at home" option. Tickets are also available at Pocono Raceway's gate #8 Ticket booth, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.(Pocono Raceway PR)(6-5-2008)

  • New Pocono Raceway Book: Pocono Raceway announced the release of "Pocono Raceway", a publication by author, Gene A. Card. The "Pocono Raceway" book is a collection of photographs from various sources, including Pocono Raceway's archives, producing a pictorial history chronicling the raceway. The "Pocono Raceway" publication promises to bring back fond memories to the long time Pocono fans that have attended events at the track since its early years while also giving new fans an insight to the past history of the legendary raceway. The book will peak the interest of not only stock car racing fans, but also modified, motorcycle, and Indy Car fans as well.
    The "Pocono Raceway" book is available at and, as well as other fine book sellers. "Pocono Raceway" author, Gene A. Card, will be signing copies of the book the morning of the Pocono 500 on June 8, 2008 at the Pocono Raceway Souvenir Trailer located in the Fan Fair Area behind the grandstands near Gate 10. All fans in attendance are welcome to stop by to have their copy signed.(Pocono Raceway PR)(5-21-2008)

  • Transportation Options for Pocono Raceway: So you're a NASCAR fan living in New York City or Northern New Jersey and planned on attending a Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway but are concerned about the high cost of gasoline. Or you fight city traffic on a daily basis and don't relish driving the 90 miles from mid town Manhattan to Pocono Raceway on a race weekend. Well, Pocono Raceway has partnered with Pocono Adventure Center and Martz Trailways to offer you an exciting option for your transportation to the June 8, 2008 Pocono 500 or the August 3, 2008 Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Race fans who already have their race tickets can board the bus for only $79.95 round trip. Fans who do not have their race tickets can order tickets by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office, toll free, at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929). For more info go to Raceway)(5-2-2008)

  • Crash damages fan store at Pocono: A Chevy Silverado slammed into the Pocono Raceway Fan Store on Route 115 in Long Pond and burst into flames Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m. A man in his 50s or 60s was driving north on Route 115 in the pickup when for unknown reasons his truck left the road, became airborne and hit the store, taking out a large chunk of wall. The truck ignited, but passing motorists stopped and were able to free the man and get him clear of the flames, according to Tunkhannock Township Fire Chief Ron Wieand. The driver, whose identity and condition are unknown, was flown to a hospital. The accident is under investigation.(Pocono Record)(4-17-2008)

  • Pocono Testing May to public: Pocono Raceway officials announced that ticket holders for Pocono Raceway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2008 will be able to attend a special 2-day NASCAR test at Pocono Raceway on May 27 and May 28, 2008 for no charge. This 2-day test will be the first opportunity NASCAR teams will have to test the new Sprint Cup Series race car (formerly known as the COT) at Pocono Raceway. Approximately 50 Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to attend, which shows the importance of this test. 2008 Pocono NASCAR ticket holders will be eligible to receive up to four (4) FREE tickets to the test session. A mail-in coupon for the test and additional information will be sent to all ticket holders who have purchased their NASCAR race tickets prior to May 9, 2008. Fans that are not current ticket holders for either of Pocono Raceway's 2008 Sprint Cup Series or the ARCA Re/Max Series events will be able to purchase test tickets for $5.00 each by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), or they can be purchased at Gate 8 on each day of the event. Tickets for the Pocono 500 weekend, June 6-8, 2008 and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend, August 1-3, 2008 are still available but are selling fast. For more information or to order race tickets, call toll-free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at Raceway PR)(3-13-2008)

  • Pocono Tickets available Online with Print at Home Option: Tickets for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway are now available online by visiting Pocono Raceway's website and clicking on Tickets. By ordering early, fans will be able to order improved seat locations with better ticket availability for Pocono Raceway's 2008 Sprint Cup Series events. For the first time ever, fans ordering tickets online will have the option to print their tickets at home thanks to Pocono Raceway's new ticketing operation. This option will eliminate the need to mail tickets and allow fans to instantaneously print their tickets upon placing their order. New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing subsidiary of Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, was recently selected as the exclusive ticketing partner for Pocono Raceway. As the exclusive ticket-insurance partner for New Era Tickets, World Access, a leading national insurance provider, will provide Pocono Raceway ticket-holders with an added benefit – the option to protect their ticket investment with “Event Ticket Protector” insurance. Event Ticket Protector insurance provides full reimbursement for the ticket purchase, plus taxes and shipping, if the ticket holder misses the race due to a covered reason. NASCAR fans will appreciate the Required to Work covered reason which provides cancellation coverage if a Sunday race is rescheduled for Monday (or later), causing the ticket holder to miss the race due to work obligations. For more information, contact the Pocono Raceway ticket office by calling toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(1-3-2007)

  • Pocono new ticket service: The Pocono Raceway has selected New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, as their full-service ticketing system and marketing partner for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series events. Powered by New Era Tickets, ComcastTIX also provides full service ticketing for numerous public assembly facilities and events throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, including the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum. In addition, New Era Tickets' marketing services will assist the Pocono Raceway team with dedicated high-level attention to fostering long term customers and generating new fans. New Era Tickets will provide Pocono Raceway with access management technology, including wireless scanners so the Raceway can now begin to track attendance and customer patterns. Pocono Raceway will utilize this new customer data to create new and exciting opportunities for its customers.(Pocono Raceway PR)(10-5-2007)

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,450; Right-side -- 1,450

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4158; Right-side -- D-4160

    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 -- 17 psi; Left Rear -- 15 psi;
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 31 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time that Goodyear has brought these tire codes to Pocono, though NASCAR Sprint Cup teams did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Bristol earlier this season . . . Cup teams also tested this tire set-up during a successful open test at Pocono in mid-May . . . compared to the tire codes run at Pocono in 2007, there have been no performance changes to this left-side code (D-4158), while this right-side code (D-4160) features a different compound and construction for enhanced grip and performance . . . as on all NASCAR's 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.


  • Kvapil gets sponsor for Pocono: Yates Racing announced Friday that DISH Network will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8. "We are thrilled to have DISH Network as our sponsor this weekend at Pocono," stated Kvapil. "There is a lot of momentum and excitement right now at Yates Racing and we are honored that DISH Network wanted to participate in our program. We are always very grateful that companies recognize our increased performance both on and off the track this season and I'm looking forward to an exciting weekend at Pocono for our #28 DISH Network team."(Yates Racing PR)(6-6-2008) Comment here

  • No sponsor for Robby at Pocono: For the first time this season, #7-Robby Gordon Motorsports will be racing a "back in black" unsponsored race car. For sponsorship opportunities available for the top-35 team see contact info at

  • Franchitti to return to Cup racing at Pocono: #40-Dario Franchitti is making his return here [Dover], but it's not in the Sprint Cup race. Franchitti, who suffered a broken ankle in a Talladega Nationwide Series race, is returning in today's race [Nationwide at Dover] here, the Heluva Good 200. Franchitti's Cup return will be next week at Pocono. Since the Nationwide race is half the distance of Sunday's Best Buy 400, he said it's "a smart decision." He said the injury has been more frustrating than painful. "It was painful for about two days and that was it," he said. "Then it was just a pain in the butt.".(NASCAR This Week), Jeremy Mayfield qualifed the #40 Dodge 10th at Dover.(5-31-2008) Comment here

  • Terry Labonte to Drive for Petty UPDATE: Terry Labonte will be a teammate to his brother Bobby at Petty Enterprises starting next month, pending sponsor approval. Terry (and Chad McCumbee) will drive the #45 when Kyle Petty gets out for the summer. Petty is scheduled to compete in the Coca-Cola 600 and then miss the next seven races (one for his daughter's wedding and the other six to work as an analyst for TNT). McCumbee likely will drive at Dover and Chicago. Terry Labonte likely will drive in the other five races. Labonte's addition is key for Petty Enterprises because the #45 car is not in the top 35 in car owner points. Labonte's second of his two titles came in 1996 -- that makes him the most recent champion not in the top 35 since Bill Elliott's title came in 1988. Thus, Labonte would be guaranteed a starting spot each time he starts, while the Wood Brothers would lose that even with Elliott in the seat. This would be the second time the Labonte brothers have run as teammates. Terry Labonte drove in five races for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2005 when Bobby Labonte was there. Terry Labonte ranks fourth in series history with 851 career starts. He won 22 races.(Roanoke Times)(5-11-2008)
    UPDATE: Petty Enterprises announces its driver lineup for the #45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/PVA Dodge for the races beginning with the June 1 event at Dover through the July 12 event at Chicagoland. Kyle Petty is scheduled to step away from the car at Dover to attend his daughter's wedding. Petty will also return to the broadcasting booth to cover the Sprint Cup events that will air on TNT Sports, which begin with the June 8 event at Pocono. Petty made his TNT Sports broadcasting debut in 2007 to rave reviews and accolades. Petty will return when the series makes its annual mid-summer trek to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chad McCumbee will bookend Petty's hiatus by getting behind the wheel of the #45 Dodge at Dover and Chicagoland. He previously filled in for Petty at Pocono and the Michigan International Speedway in 2007 and at the Texas Motor Speedway last month. McCumbee's best finish for Petty Enterprises came at Pocono when he came home 25th. "As a father there aren't many days more special than the day you get to give your daughter away in marriage," said Petty. "I appreciate Chad jumping in the car at Dover to allow me to do that. He is strong on the intermediate tracks and I'm confident that he will do a great job at Dover as well as Chicagoland. It's just another part of our evaluation process of him." For the remaining five races, Petty will turn the reins of the #45 Dodge over to a familiar friend and competitor. Two-time Sprint Cup Series champion, Terry Labonte, will become a teammate to his younger brother, 2000 series champion Bobby, for only the second time in their Sprint Cup careers. The Labontes are the only brothers to both win the series championship and have combined to win 43 Sprint Cup races.(MCG Sports/Petty Racing)(5-13-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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