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THE RACE: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 3, 2008 in Long Pond, PABR>
  • Title Sponsor: Sunoco - Red Cross

  • Track: Pocono Raceway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 2:00 pm/et

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

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 4 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, August 4 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 7 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 7 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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  • Sprint Cup Series Live from Pocono on ESPN: The unique, triangular shape of Pennsylvania's Pocono Raceway always presents a challenge to NASCAR teams, and ESPN will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the 500-mile Sprint Cup Series at Pocono, telecast presented by Cheez-It, on Sunday, August 3, at 1pm/et. Coverage from Pocono Raceway includes a live telecast of Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday, Aug. 1, at 3:30pm/et and coverage of practice sessions from 10am - 12:30pm/et on Saturday, Aug. 2, all on ESPN2. All programming also airs in high definition and is simulcast on ESPN MobileTV. The race replays on Monday, Aug. 4, at 1pm/et on ESPN Classic. Dr. Jerry Punch will be lead announcer for ESPN's coverage, joined in the booth for analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake will be pit reporters with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Tech Center. The pre-race NASCAR Countdown show from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick, with Rusty Wallace and analyst Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.


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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 1, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, August 2, 10:00 - 10:50am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 2, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, August 1, 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, August 1 at 3:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Edwards wins at Pocono: #99-Carl Edwards won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway for his 4th win of 2008 and 11th of his career. Many cars behind Edwards and Stewart ran out of fuel on the last lap, so these results MAY change. #20-Stewart was 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #6-Ragan, #07-Bowyer, #9-Kahne, #8-Martin, #26-McMurray and #24-Gordon. #88-Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel and finished 12th and points leader, #18-Busch was running 4th with 2 laps to go and made a pit stop for a splash of gas, took a while to get the car re-started and finished 35th. There was a 41 minutes red flag for rain from 4:51pm to 5:32pm/et. Then a few laps under yellow not long after that but then the rains went away and the race finished all 200 laps. There were 25 lead changes among 13 drivers and 7 cautions for 31 laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Pocono Race Results Awards Page.(8-3-2008)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    Carl Edwards won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, his 11th victory in 142 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Pocono Raceway.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 20 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Michael McDowell (24th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 176 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-3-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Pocono race 21 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3059 [7 wins]
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2883 -176 [1 win]
    3) #99-Carl Edwards 2874 -185 [4 wins][would be 2nd w/out 100pts penalty]
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2859 -200 [2 wins]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 2833 -226 [1 win]
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 2678 -381
    7) #9-Kasey Kahne 2592 -467 [+91 pts ahead of 13th]
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 2589 -470 [+88]
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 2569 -490 [+68]
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin 2547 -512 [+46]
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 2520 -539 [+19]
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 2512 -547 [1 win][+11]
    CHASE contenders
    13) #17-Matt Kenseth 2501 -558 [11 pts out of 12th]
    14) #6-David Ragan 2466 -698 [-46]
    15) #12-Ryan Newman 2339 -786 [-173]
    16) #83-Brian Vickers 2309 -774 [-203]
    17) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2264 -858 [-248]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Pocono page.(8-3-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: #42-Montoya, 40th/out
    Caution 3: none, no cars a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 4: #00-McDowell, 24th
    Caution 5: #01-Smith, 25th
    Caution 6: #45-McCumbee, 17th
    Caution 7: #7-Gordon [still down 1 lap], 37th
    (8-3-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Carl Edwards won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway from the 15th-place starting position. It was Edwards' 11th career Sprint Cup victory in 142 races, and fourth win of the season.
    * This marked only the fourth race in 2008 that has been won from outside a top-10 starting position. The other three races were at Richmond when Clint Bowyer won from the 31st starting position, at Infineon with Kyle Busch winning from 30th and in New Hampshire when Kurt Busch started 26th. The lowest starting position of a race winner at Pocono is 29th by Carl Edwards in June 2005.
    * Edwards climbed from fifth to third in the point standings.
    * Edwards' last victory came at Texas in April, 14 races ago. It was his second victory in eight races at Pocono. He led 53 of the 200 laps, including the final 14 laps.
    * Mark Martin led 55 laps, the most in the race.
    * Ford scored its fourth victory in 2008, all by Edwards. Toyota has eight wins, Chevrolet has five and Dodge has four.
    * Roush/Fenway Racing scored its third Pocono victory. Their other two wins at Pocono came in 2005.
    * Tony Stewart finished second, scoring his 10th top-10 finish in 21 races this season. He tied his best finish in 2008 of second set at Atlanta earlier this season. Stewart climbed from 10th to ninth in the standings.
    * Jimmie Johnson finished third, posting his ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at Pocono. Johnson remained fourth in the standings.
    * Kevin Harvick finished fourth, posting just his second top-10 in the past 11 races. He climbed from 13th to 11th in the standings, just 19 points ahead of 13th-place Matt Kenseth.
    * David Ragan finished fifth, posting his third top-10 in the past four races. Ragan remained 14th, just 46 points behind 12th-place Clint Bowyer.
    * A mere 19 points separate 11th-place Kevin Harvick, 12th-place Clint Bowyer and 13th-place Matt Kenseth with five races remaining in the "Race to the Chase."
    * Rain stopped the race at Lap 131 with a 41-minute red flag. Leader Carl Edwards, along with several other front-runners, pitted just prior to the rain. Johnson restarted 21st, Edwards restarted 22nd and Jeff Gordon restarted 23rd. Kahne was the leader at the time of the rain delay. Nineteen cars did not pit prior to the rain delay.
    * Point leader Kyle Busch had damage to the right side of his car from an incident when he hit the wall under speed. Busch pitted with three laps remaining for fuel and then was under a pass-through penalty and credited with a 36th-place finish.
    * Kurt Busch ran out of fuel on lap 161 while leading. He finished 38th
    * The race featured 25 lead changes among 13 drivers. The race had seven cautions for 31 laps.
    * The highest-finishing rookie of the year contender was Michael McDowell in 24th.
    * The race had five Chevrolets, three Fords, one Dodge and one Toyota in the top 10.(ESPN.com)(8-4-2008)

  • Pocono Raceway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #29 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 1
    2 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 1
    3 #55 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 2
    4 #42 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 3
    5 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 7
    6 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 8
    7 #84 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 22
    8 #78 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 52
    9 #28 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 89
    10 #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 131
    11 #28 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 132
    12 #7 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 132
    13 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 138
    14 #31 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 166
    15 #18 Commitment Line Violation PT 198
    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)(8-3-2008)

  • NASCAR is scheduled to throw a competition caution after lap 20 at Pocono Raceway today. Teams cannot refuel prior to the competition yellow.

  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • To The Back [1]: #66-Riggs [engine change]
  • Pit Stall selections
  • Practice Speeds Page
  • Entry List
  • Pocono Raceway Track News Page

  • Race Coverage of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 3, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 4 at 2:00am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, August 4 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, August 7 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 7 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Pocono Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Practices the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway have been cencelled due to rain. Been told the rain flooded the main tunnel leading into the infield and the track workers used a fire truck to pump the water out of the main tunnel.(8-2-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:30pm/et
    Watch it Live on the internet at ESPN360
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is 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 #55-Waltrip, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #18-Busch. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #00-McDowell, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #10-Labonte. See the full qualifying order on my Pocono Qualifying Page.(8-1-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the fastest;
    #48-Johnson 166.784
    #8-Martin 166.380
    #99-Edwards 166.302
    #24-Gordon 166.079
    #1-Truex Jr. 165.972
    slowest: #34-Chaffin 158.083 & #00-McDowell 163.292
    no wrecks or incidents, Kahne was 43rd of 44, then noved up to 27th late, he ws on the pole here in June
    #48-Johnson's team MAY change the transmission, if so, Johnson would have to start the race at the rear.
    See speeds from two sources, with laps run, fastest lap, average speed on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(8-1-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Pocono Raceway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 12th fastest
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 14th
    #70-Tony Raines, 23rd
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC2], 24th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 29th
    #45-Chad McCumbee, 30th
    #10-Terry Labonte [PC1], 35th
    #00-Michael McDowell, 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 44th/last
    See speeds from two sources, with laps run, fastest lap, average speed on my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(8-1-2008)

  • NOTE: Confirmed Tony Raines is in the #70 Chevy. The #34 Chevy is undecided on plans for the race and a driver

  • Entry List for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Michael McDowell (20/36)
    #10-Terry Labonte (20/39) [champ prov 1]
    #21-Bill Elliott (20/44) [champ prov 2]
    #34-Chad Chaffin (18/45)
    #45-Chad McCumbee (20/41)
    #70-Tony Raines (20/42)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (20/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (20/37)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (20/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 10,21,66,96,84,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 34
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List
    (7-28-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
    #00 is now out and #66 moves back into the top 35, by 14 pts
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1597 +115
    33) #01-Smith/DEI: 1572, +90
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1522 +40
    35) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1496 14 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1482 14 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1433 -63
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing: 1335 -161
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(7-27-2008)

  • 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)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • June 2008 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 170.219, finished 1st
  • August 2007 Pole Sitter: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 169.975, finished 2nd
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2008 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 125.209mph, started 1st
  • 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 61 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 22 times and the top ten 44 times.

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13* [of 61 races] 21.3%
  • 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: 13 of 61 events (21.3%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 44 of 61 events (72.1%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 17 of 61 events (27.9%)

    * 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 have been 61 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
    • There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
    • All NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles. By design, the inaugural race was run to a length of 480 miles due to the energy crisis.
    • Buddy Baker won the first pole at Pocono.
    • There have been 35 different pole winners at Pocono, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race. Only 14 drivers have more than one pole there.
    • There have been 21 pole winners in the last 25 races. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne (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 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
    • 28 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott with five victories; 18 drivers have won more than once there.
    • There have been 14 different race winners in the 17 races since Bobby Labonte swept in 1999. Jimmie Johnson swept 2004 and Denny Hamlin 2006. 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.
    • 45 of 61 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start; 13 by the pole winner.
    • The June 2005 race was won by Carl Edwards from the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field that 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).
    • There have been two green-white-checkered finishes: June 2005 (201 laps) and July 2005 (203 laps).
    • 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 has two third-place finishes and a sixth-place finish in his other races for an average finish of 2.8 in five races – the all-time best of any driver at the Pennsylvania track. He also led 300 of the 906 laps raced in the five races.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-28-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-Michael McDowell Champion Mortgage #00 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Casey Mears Cheez-It #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Menards/John Mansville #7 Team Schemes Page
    #8-Mark Martin Steak-Umm #8 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Terry Labonte Charter #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Avis #12 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Turbo HD/Dish Network #16 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbie's #21 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton AT&T USA five-ring scheme #31 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-J.J. Yeley DLP - "Mirrors" the movie #96 Team Schemes Page


  • Steak-Umm on board with Martin at Pocono: Mark Martin will run a special Steak-Umm's paint scheme this weekend at Pocono on the #8 DEI Chevy. The scheme is the same as Martin ran earlier this year at the Pocono race in June. Martin has never won at Pocono, but he has posted second-place finishes there six different times and has finished third there on four more occasions.(DEI PR), see images of the scheme on my #8 Team Schemes page.(7-31-2008)

  • AT&T Team USA Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway: To drive excitement for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, #31-Jeff Burton will circle Pocono Raceway in a paint scheme featuring the AT&T USA five-ring logo and images of U.S. Olympic team hopefuls gymnast Nastia Liukin and swimmer Michael Phelps. Luikin is currently focused on qualifying for her first Olympic Games and has nine world medals (four gold and five silver), tying the mark held by Shannon Miller, who has earned more world and Olympic medals (16 total) than any other U.S. gymnast. Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in World Championships history and is a 20-time record holder. Most recently, he recorded two world records and has captured eight medals (six gold and two bronze) at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, becoming the first American to win eight medals in one Olympiad. AT&T is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team and provides significant financial support, products and services to the U.S. Olympic Committee. In addition to sporting new colors this weekend at Pocono, Burton will also wear a special AT&T Team USA firesuit and sport a custom designed American Flag helmet. Both the firesuit and helmet will be auctioned off following the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 with all the proceeds benefiting one of the Olympic charities.(RCR PR), see a few images of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(7-30-2008)

  • "Mirrors" scheme for #96 at Pocono: DLP HDTV is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to support the upcoming action thriller, "Mirrors," in a promotional partnership for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race Aug. 3 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. "Mirrors," starring Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton and Amy Smart and directed by Alexandre Aja, will be featured on J.J. Yeley's #96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry during the race, while Sutherland will serve as grand marshal of the event and will give the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command. Since DLP Technology uses millions of microscopic mirrors to produce stunning pictures on the best HDTVs, the connection with this new movie and the DLP HDTV Toyota Camry is particularly well-suited. In "Mirrors," which opens in theatres everywhere Aug. 15, Sutherland portrays a troubled ex-cop who must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. The movie will be shown nationwide in a digital format at select theatres on DLP Cinema projectors. DLP leads the cinema movement from film to digital movie theatres powered by DLP Cinema Technology with over 6,700 screens in more than 40 countries.(True Speed Communication/Hall of Fame Racing PR)(7-30-2008)

  • Avis scheme for Newman: #12-Ryan Newman will run a red and white Avis [rental cars] in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. This is the first and only race this year that Avis has served as the primary sponsor for the No. 12 Dodge in 2008. In honor of this weekend's #12 Avis Dodge, Avis is inviting motorsports enthusiasts to experience the unique service and benefits of its award-winning technology with a special discount on its car rentals. To receive up to 25% off rentals, racing fans must mention Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number W009404 at the time of reservation by calling 1-800-331-1212 or visit www.avis.com and enter the AWD number when prompted. This week, the #12 Avis Dodge pit crew traveled to Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., to take part in NASCARnival Nights. As part of the event, the #12 pit crew did a pit stop demonstration for the 125 campers. The pit crew also participated in the night's "Beach Blast"-themed activities - they took turns in the dunking tank, played with water guns and just enjoyed time with the campers.(Penske Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #12 Team Scheme page.(7-30-2008)

  • Cheesy scheme for Mears for Pocono: Cheez-It, the world's best-selling cheese cracker, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevrolet of Casey Mears this weekend at Pocono Raceway. This is the second time this season [Texas in April] that "The Big Cheese" will decorate the hood of the #5 Chevy. Cheez-It also will be a primary sponsor at Michigan [August] and California's Auto Club Speedway [August] later this season.(HMS PR), see an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(7-30-2008)

  • #31 will hit the 'Road to Beijing' with new paint scheme: To drive excitement for Team USA at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, AT&T Inc. today announced a new paint scheme for Richard Childress Racing's (RCR) #31 AT&T Chevrolet, driven by Jeff Burton. Burton will circle the Pocono Raceway in a paint scheme featuring the AT&T USA five-ring logo and images of U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls gymnast Nastia Liukin and swimmer Michael Phelps. "We're excited to integrate our support for professional stock car racing and AT&T Team USA into this fresh and unique paint scheme," said Jamie Butcher, vice president of Sponsorships and Employee Communications. Burton said: "We're in the midst of an exciting season, and the AT&T Racing team is thrilled about the new look. The Olympic Games only come around every two years, and it's an honor to show our support for AT&T Team USA hopefuls." "It's an amazing honor to be featured on Jeff Burton's race car and to know that we have great support from fans, AT&T and the AT&T Racing team as we prepare for the Olympic Games," Liukin said. "The new paint scheme looks awesome." Liukin is currently focused on qualifying for her first Olympic Games. She now has nine world medals (four gold and five silver), tying the mark of nine world medals held by Shannon Miller, who has earned more world and Olympic medals than any other U.S. gymnast (16 total). Phelps said: "The excitement and encouragement we receive from fans around the Olympic Games is incredible, and it really motivates us to compete at our very best. The new paint scheme will help drive that enthusiasm for the Olympic Games, and it's a privilege to be showcased on the #31 AT&T Chevrolet." Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in World Championships history and is a 20-time world-record holder. He captured eight medals - six gold and two bronze - at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, becoming the first American to win eight medals in one Olympiad. The new paint scheme was unveiled today at the 2008 Visa Championships at Boston University's Agganis Arena, where Liukin and the USA's other top gymnasts begin the final steps toward earning berths on the U.S. Olympic Team. The race car will tour the country to promote excitement for the 2008 Olympic Games and support for Team USA until its race track debut at the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway in August. "It is exciting to see AT&T taking Olympic sponsorship outside the traditional boundaries," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Having USA Gymnastics and Nastia representing the Olympic movement within NASCAR is a tremendous testament to the relevance of the Olympic Games, and the sense of pride that we all have around the U.S. Team." Today's announcement is the latest move by AT&T to help U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes train and compete for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. AT&T is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team and provides significant financial support, products and services to the U.S. Olympic Committee. AT&T will also serve as the official telecommunications services partner of the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition to supporting USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming, the company serves as an official partner for several National Governing Bodies, including USA Track & Field and USA Diving. Team USA enthusiasts who want to stay connected to their favorite U.S. athletes can log on to the AT&T blue room (attblueroom.com/teamusa) to enjoy webcasts of events and exclusive interviews with AT&T U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls. The blue room currently features "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team," the online series available only on the AT&T blue room Team USA site. Liukin and Phelps are also featured in AT&T Tips and Training program episodes - original productions that provide fans access to sport-specific training tips from several elite U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls. Liukin is in the latest AT&T Home Turf episode - a series of streaming video webisodes in which athletes grant fans a behind-the-scenes peek of life off the clock. AT&T U-verseSM TV customers can also connect with U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls with AT&T Tips and Training and "USA Gymnastics: Behind the Team" via AT&T Team USA On Demand. These sponsorships are an important part of AT&T's mission to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else. Additional information about AT&T's sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Team is available at www.att.com/teamusa2008. For more information on AT&T's products and services, visit http://www.att.com. For more information on AT&T racing news, visit att.com/racing(AT&T Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-5-2008)

  • Avis scheme for Newman at Pocono: #12-Ryan Newman is scheduled to be driving a special paint scheme in the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway August 3rd. This special red and white paint scheme features the AVIS logo on the hood, as well as the rear quarter panel. See the image on my #12 Team Schemes page.(5-2-2008)

  • Cheez-It back on the #5 for a few races UPDATE: #5-Casey Mears is scheduled to run the Cheez-it paint scheme in Sprint Cup four races: Texas [4/6]; Pocono [8/3]; Michigan [8/17]; and California [8/31]. Kellogg's and Carquest will split the rest of the races. See an image of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2008)
    UPDATE: Cheez-It, the world's largest-selling cheese cracker, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy of Casey Mears this weekend at Texas. "The Big Cheese" will make its debut this Sunday and decorate the hood of the #5 Chevy for four races:
    Texas, [April]
    Pocono [Aug],
    Michigan [Aug],
    California [Aug].
    The Cheez-It/CARQUEST Chevy finished third the last time it raced, which was last September at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California.(HMS)(4-3-2008)

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


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/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor Kiefer Sutherland
    Command to start engines: Kiefer Sutherland
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: poconoraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

  • This Year: see my June Pocono Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the August Pocono Race Info page


  • McCain's wife to participate in track activities Sunday at Pocono: U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign announced that Mrs. Cindy McCain will participate in the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, August 3rd at Pocono Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania at 10:45am/et.(Pocono Raceway PR)(8-2-2008)

  • Kiefer Sutherland named Grand Marshal at Pocono: Actor Kiefer Sutherland will serve as grand marshal of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway and will give the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command. Sutherland will star in the movie "Mirrors," along with Paula Patton and Amy Smart. The movie will be also featured on J.J. Yeley's #96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry during the race. In "Mirrors," which opens in theatres everywhere Aug. 15, Sutherland portrays a troubled ex-cop who must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. The movie will be shown nationwide in a digital format at select theatres on DLP Cinema projectors. DLP leads the cinema movement from film to digital movie theatres powered by DLP Cinema Technology with over 6,700 screens in more than 40 countries. In addition to "Mirrors," Sutherland has starred in "The Lost Boys," "A Few Good Men," "Stand By Me," "Young Guns" and "A Time To Kill." In addition to his incredible movie career, which includes more than 50 films, Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer in the popular FOX show, "24." He won an Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" in 2006 for his work on the show. "This will be a pretty cool weekend for everyone at DLP and Hall of Fame Racing," Yeley said. "It's exciting to have 'Mirrors' on the DLP Toyota and we're going to show Kiefer a good time. I'm a big fan of his work and I'm looking forward to meeting him and seeing the movie." Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono Raceway, said he is looking forward to hosting Sutherland at beautiful and scenic Pocono Raceway. "We are very proud to have Kiefer Sutherland as a guest of Pocono Raceway for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500," Igdalsky said. "He is a terrific actor and we look forward to seeing 'Mirrors' when it comes out in theatres on Aug. 15." The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 begins at 2pm/et with live, high-definition coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its pre-race show at 1pm/et. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128 and MRN Radio. Tickets are still available for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 online at www.poconoraceway.com or by phone at 1-800-RACEWAY. Use Promocode: REDCROSS and 10% of your ticket price will be donated back to the American Red Cross, in addition, you will receive a FREE pre-race pit/paddock pass and souvenir program with collectible die-cast car (while supplies last).(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-30-2008)

  • Pocono race renamed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500: Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono Raceway, Tom Foley, CEO of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter, and Bob Owens, Senior Vice President of Sunoco, today announced the details for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, to take place August 1-3. A partnership of Sunoco, Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was formed to provide much-needed funds to help people throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania recover from devastating disaster. Through this partnership, Pocono Raceway is also donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise, as well as providing other revenue-generating efforts to benefit the Red Cross SEPA Chapter's Red Cross House. "This is the first time since 1997 Pocono Raceway has changed the name of the race - Pocono Raceway admires and respects the work of the Red Cross and wanted to help support its mission and the great work they do for families in Pennsylvania," stated Brandon Igdalsky.
    "It is a tremendous privilege to have the famed Pennsylvania 500 named in our honor this year," said Red Cross SEPA Chapter CEO Tom Foley. "Sunoco has been a valued corporate partner to the Red Cross for many years, and through their generosity and the generosity of Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli family, we hope to use this event to generate much-needed funds for Red Cross House."
    "Sunoco is pleased to support this important initiative," said Bob Owens, Senior Vice President of Sunoco, Inc. "Whether it's providing local disaster relief, offering skills training in the areas of health and safety, or running blood drives, the Red Cross provides valuable services to the community. We know NASCAR fans will join us in this effort and support the work of the Red Cross."
    As part of this partnership, Pocono Raceway is donating ten percent of the ticket revenue generated by online ticket buyers who use the Red Cross promo code, REDCROSS. As an added incentive, those race fans purchasing the first 1,500 Sunday, August 3, 2008 reserved grandstand seat tickets, using the Red Cross promo code, will receive a free pre-race Pit/Paddock Pass ($50 value) and Souvenir Program Book and Commemorative Die Cast Car ($15 Value) with each ticket purchased. So ORDER NOW. Tickets can be purchased at www.poconoraceway.com.
    In addition, Pocono Raceway will also feature a donation collection on its website, as well as provide the SEPA Chapter with the opportunity to collect donations at the race. Pocono Raceway is also donating to the SEPA Chapter a portion of the proceeds from the Official Starting Line-Up t-shirt, Pocono Raceway's largest grossing concession item. The Red Cross will receive a percent of the proceeds from the walker fees for the Track Walk, hosted by the NASCAR Foundation, on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. Fans can register to participate in the Track Walk at www.nascar.com/foundation. NASCAR Foundation is also hosting an online auction, on www.nascar.com/foundation, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Auction items include autographed Sunoco Victory flags, a Sunoco Racing fuel can, a Pace Car ride for two people before the start of the race on Sunday, A parade lap for one with the celebrity Grand Marshal, autographed race helmet and a Super VIP experience to include 4 skybox tickets valued at $2,000, food and beverage, pit pass, and all three-day access, VIP garage tour given by a Track Ambassador, ability to stand on stage and meet the drivers during the official driver introductions.
    Sunoco will be providing marketing and promotional support to the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 with signage at 750 Sunoco retail locations near the track. Sunoco will also highlight the event on their new website, www.gosunoco.com, and provide a link to the Pocono Raceway's ticket sales site in order to encourage fans to enter the promo code and help raise money for the Red Cross. In addition to marketing efforts, Pocono Raceway and Sunoco will provide an exciting day at the races for 200 Red Cross Club members and victims of area disasters who have stayed at the Chapter's Red Cross House. These participants will receive free tickets and transportation to the Pennsylvania ARCA 200, the ARCA RE/MAX Series 80 lap race on Saturday, August 2, 2008. A corporate partner of the Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter for many years, Sunoco also provides free gasoline for the Chapter's emergency response vehicles to help reduce the cost of local disaster relief operations. Proceeds will benefit SEPA Chapter's Red Cross House, a short-term residence in West Philadelphia where hundreds of local families every year begin their recovery from fires, floods and other disasters affecting their lives.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-1-2008)

  • Long Pond Road section renamed for owners of Pocono Raceway: Part of the old Long Pond Road has a new name. This week the General Assembly voted to designate the portion of Long Pond Road fronting Pocono Raceway as Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive in honor of the Mattioli family, owners and operators of the track. Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive runs from the intersection at Route 115 east to the intersection of Stony Hollow Road. There are no homes on the 1˝-mile span, so no one will need to give the post office an address change. Soon, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will install signs — they'll have be to long ones — at each end of Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive. The Mattioli's have owned and operated Pocono Raceway since 1968. Pocono Raceway is one of only three family-owned racetracks [Indy is one, but Dover, while not owned by ISC or SMI, is owned by a Corp, not a family] left on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. The raceway has hosted two NASCAR series races, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500, every season since 1982.(Pocono Record)(6-12-2008)

  • Pocono Raceway NOT for sale: Rose Mattioli has told The Associated Press that her family has no plans to sell raceway. The NASCAR track currently has two Sprint Cup races. Mattioli said Tuesday that Pocono Raceway was entrusted to their grandchildren and they will continue to help run the 2 1/2-mile triangle track. Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased Kentucky Speedway last week and there was speculation SMI owner Bruton Smith had his eye on Pocono. If he bought that track, he could have moved one or both its dates to any of his speedways.(Associated Press)(5-28-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,425; Right-side -- 1,425

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

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

    Notes: This is the second time Goodyear has brought this combination of left- and right-side tires to Pocono Raceway, having successfully raced on these codes at the track in June . . . NASCAR Sprint Cup teams have also raced this tire set-up earlier this season at Bristol . . . 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.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Double Duty this weekend: Five Cup drivers will hopscotch between tracks this week, alternating primary duties at Pocono with the Nationwide Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. #07-Clint Bowyer, #99-Carl Edwards, #6-David Ragan, #16-Greg Biffle and #44-David David Reutimann all will compete in Saturday’s event north of the border as well as Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.(Pocono Record)(8-1-2008)

  • Raines in the #70 for two races: during SPEED's TV coverage of Sprint Cup practice at Pocono Raceway, it was mentioned that Tony Raines, who is running the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Pocono, will also run the car at Michigan in two weeks. Max Papis will be in the car next week at Watkins Glen. Unless #66-Scott Riggs, currently in the top-35 of owners points and guaranteed a spot at Pocono, slips out of the top-35. At Infineon Raceway, Riggs and Papis swapped teams, trying to get the #66 back in the top-35 of owners points.(8-1-2008) Comment here

  • Chaffin in the #34 at Pocono, names assoc sponsors: Continental Fire & Safety will be an associate sponsor of the #34 Front Row Motorsports entry at Pocono Raceway for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. The #34 will be driven by Chad Chaffin. For information Continental Fire & Safety please visit their website at continentalfireandsafety.com.(FRM PR), also Doorstopnation.com will be an associate sponsor for the #34 at Pocono.(7-31-2008)

  • Petty skipping Pocono too, not back in 2009? UPDATE: #45-Kyle Petty is expected to skip his second straight race next week at Pocono since his deal with TNT ended, team officials said. "We're still working through a few things," said Robbie Loomis, the vice president of racing operations at Petty Enterprises. The most likely candidate is Chad McCumbee, who attempted to qualify the car at Texas earlier this year. Terry Labonte, who replaced Petty on Sunday to guarantee the car got into the field, already has agreed to drive for Gillett Evernham Motorsports next week in place of #10-Patrick Carpentier. Carpentier is racing in the Nationwide Series in Montreal on Saturday and won't pull double duty. Loomis declined to speculate on whether Petty will drive the #45 car next season.(ESPN.com)(7-28-2008)
    UPDATE: Petty Enterprises announced its driver lineup for the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge through the August 17th Sprint Cup race at the Michigan International Speedway. Chad McCumbee, Kyle Petty and Terry Labonte will each compete in one event over the next three weeks. "Chad, Kyle and Terry will be competing at places where they have all had success in the past," said Petty Enterprises Vice President of Race Operations Robbie Loomis. "That should put the #45 team in the best position possible to gain points on the teams in front of us in owner points. Everyone at Petty Enterprises is committed to doing whatever it takes to get this team back inside the top-35. That is one of our highest priorities as an organization." McCumbee, 23, will attempt to make his first Sprint Cup start of the season this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. He made his first career Sprint Cup start at Pocono in 2007, finishing 25th. McCumbee also picked up an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Pocono last year. He currently competes full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series where he is 12th in points.
    Petty will return to the seat of the #45 Dodge for the August 10 event at Watkins Glen International. This will be the first start for Petty since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. His hiatus included at six-race stint in the TNT Sports booth where he covered the Sprint Cup Series. "We're all excited to see Kyle back in the #45 Marathon Dodge at Watkins Glen," said Loomis. "He has been a great road course racer throughout his career. I know he is looking forward to it as well so we are going up there with a lot of confidence that we will have a solid run."
    Labonte, who has competed in seven races in the #45 Dodge this season, will make his eighth start at the Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. He owns seven top-fives, 13 top-tens and two poles in his career at Michigan.(Petty Racing PR)(7-29-2008) Comment here

  • Carpentier out of the #10 for Pocono UPDATE 2: Patrick Carpentier will concentrate on racing in the Nationwide Series race at Montreal on August 2. The Sprint Cup Series will be in Pocono the same weekend and Gillett Evernham Motorsports has asked Carpentier to leave his seat in the # 10 Dodge for the race in order to ensure the best possible finish in Montreal. The replacement for Carpentier has not yet been determined, but Bill Elliott could be considered.(Translated thru Google from Canoe Sports)(6-22-2008)
    UPDATE: Gillett Evernham Motorsports has announced that SUBWAY restaurants will sponsor Patrick Carpentier's #9 Dodge in the Aug. 2 Nationwide race at Montreal. Tom Reddin, CEO of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, said Carpentier will focus solely on the Montreal race during the weekend instead of racing in both Montreal and the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono the same weekend. Reddin said the new relationship with SUBWAY restaurants is part of the team's overall plan to build a solid foundation for the future.(Gillett Evernham Motorsports PR), NO word on who will drive the #10 at Pocono.(6-24-2008)
    UPDATE 2: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that Terry Labonte will drive the #10 Charter Dodge in the Aug. 3 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Labonte, 51, the 1984 and 1996 Sprint Cup series champion, will substitute for Patrick Carpentier who is racing in the Nationwide Series race that weekend in his hometown of Montreal. "I think anyone who follows our sport knows the caliber of driver and person Terry Labonte is," said Tom Reddin, Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO. "We appreciate Terry's willingness to step in and help us out for a weekend." Labonte owns 857 starts in his career including six in 2008 with Petty Enterprises. He finished 30th at Pocono in June. Carpentier is a veteran open wheel driver who moved to NASCAR late last season and is racing the #10 Dodge fulltime in the Sprint Cup Series. He finished second in the Montreal race last year and will pilot the #9 Subway Dodge in the race on Aug. 2.(GEM PR)(7-24-2008) 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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