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    THE RACE: Pocono 500

    TRACK: Pocono Raceway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #14 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, June 7, 2009 in Long Pond, PA

    • Title Sponsor: none

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: TNT 12:30pm/et

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Wednesday, June 10 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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

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

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    • Practices:
      Friday, June 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
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    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 6, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 5, 11:00am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 5 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, no scheduled re-air;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Stewart wins at Pocono: #14-Tony Stewart won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, his 1st win of 2009, 34th of his career, 1st in 19 races. Stewart won from the pole, even thou he started in the rear due to a backup car, but official results will show Stewart starting 1st. Stewart has now won at least one race every season for ten straight years. Stewart is the first Owner/Driver to win a race since Ricky Rudd in September 1998 at Martinsville. Stewart is the 5th driver to win in the car #14, the last was Bobby Allison at Montgomery, AL in December 1968. #99-Edwards finished 2nd followed by #00-Reutimann, #24-Gordon, #39-Newman, #47-Ambrose, #42-Montoya, #31-Burton and #77-Hornish Jr. #51-Dexter Bean finished 36th in his Sprint Cup debut, four laps off the pace. Stewart maintains the points lead with 2043, 71 pts ahead of #24-Gordon. There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers and 5 cautions for 20 laps.
      For race results, awards and more on the Pocono Race Results Page.(6-7-2009)

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]:
      1) #14-Tony Stewart 2043 [1 win], finished 1st
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon 1973, -71 [1 win], 4th
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1940, -103 [2 wins], 7th
      4) #39-Ryan Newman 1840, -203, 5th
      5) #2-Kurt Busch 1819, -224 [1 win], 37th
      6) #99-Carl Edwards 1762, -281, 2nd
      7) #16-Greg Biffle 1753, -290, 11th
      8) #17-Matt Kenseth 1745, -298 [2 wins], 16th
      9) #18-Kyle Busch 1731, -312 [3 wins], 22nd
      10) #31-Jeff Burton 1725, -318, 9th
      11) #00-David Reutimann 1701, -342 [1 win], 3rd
      12) #11-Denny Hamlin 1679, -364, 38th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #5-Mark Martin 1678, 1 points out of 12th [2 wins], 19th
      14) #9-Kasey Kahne 1619, -60, 15th
      15) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 1617, -62, 8th
      16) #33-Clint Bowyer 1576, -103, 12th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(6-7-2009)

    • To the rear winners in 2009: in the first 14 races of 2009, four races have been won by drivers who had to fall to the rear of the field before the start, note: where the drivers qualified is their official starting position:
      #17-Kenseth, Daytona 500, backup car [was to start 39th]
      #18-Kyle Busch, Las Vegas, engine change [was to start 1st]
      #09-Brad Keselowski, Talladega, engine change [was to start 9th]
      #14-Tony Stewart, Pocono, backup car [was to start 1st]
      (6-7-2009)

    • Sprint Cup Series Notes from Pocono:
      * Tony Stewart won the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. He started first but dropped to the rear under penalty because he went to a backup car after crashing in Saturday practice. This is the fourth time a driver started at the rear and won in 2009. Six of the past eight races have been won from the front-row starting positions at Pocono.
      * Stewart became the ninth different winner in 14 races this season, joining Kyle Busch (3), Mark Martin (2), Jimmie Johnson (2) and Matt Kenseth (2), plus Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and David Reutimann with one each.
      * Stewart became the first owner-driver to win since Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in September 1998. Geoff Bodine was the last owner-driver to win at Pocono, in July 1994.
      * Stewart scored his 34th career win in his 370th start. He tied Mark Martin and Bobby Isaac for 17th on NASCAR's all-time wins list. Stewart scored his second victory in 21 races at Pocono. His last Pocono win came in June 2003. He has 15 top-10 finishes in his 21 races at Pocono, including the last two.
      * Stewart remained the points leader by 71 over Jeff Gordon. Stewart led two times for 39 laps, including the final 37. He scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2009, the most by any driver. He has scored top-5 finishes in seven of his past nine races.
      * A car with the #14 has won 27 times in the Cup series by five different drivers: Tony Stewart, Bobby Allison, Fonty Flock, Hershel McGriff and Jim Paschal. The last time a driver won in the #14 was Allison at Montgomery Speedway in December 1968.
      * Thirty-one of Stewart's 34 victories have come in the month of June or later in the season.
      * Steve Letarte made his 125th start as Jeff Gordon's crew chief. Gordon finished fourth, giving Letarte his 54th top-5 finish (43 percent). * Jimmie Johnson (seventh) has led in 12 of the 14 races this season, more than any other driver.(Racing Resources/ESPN.com)(6-8-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway
      #14-Tony Stewart won the Pocono 500, his 34th victory in 370 Sprint Cup Series races. This marks the first win in the series by a driver-owner since 9-27-98 (Ricky Rudd, Martinsville Speedway.)
      This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his second victory and 15th top-10 finish in 21 races at Pocono Raceway.
      Carl Edwards (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Pocono Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2009.
      David Reutimann (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Pocono Raceway.
      Joey Logano (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 71 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-7-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Pocono
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #14, Pre-Race to the rear W tail end backup car
      #7, Pre-Race to the rear W tail end driver change
      #51, 15, Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon, tail end
      #51, 45, Commitment Line Violation, pass thru
      #48, 103, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #39, 106, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
      #39, 114, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #12, 114, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(6-7-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap
      Caution 2: no driver down a lap
      Caution 3: #96-Labonte, 28th
      Caution 4: #19-Sadler, 25th
      Caution 5: #55-Waltrip, 17th
      (6-7-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Pocono: The pit stall selections for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway have been made. Pole sitter [die to rain out] #14-Stewart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters] even thou Stewart is in a backup car and will start the race at the rear of the filed at the start. Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 24 the first stall will an opening behind it and #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the final pit stall as they tend to do. See the pit selection chart on the Pocono Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-6-2009)

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here

    • Race Coverage of the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2009.
      TV: TNT at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:30 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, June 10 at 12:00pm/et;


    NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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    • Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the top-5:
      #11-Hamlin 165.317
      #39-Newman 165.213
      #16-Biffle 165.210
      #33-Bowyer 165.080
      #48-Johnson 165.017
      #14-Stewart was 6th in the backup car
      slowest: #09-Marlin 160.959 and #51-Bean 160.996
      See fast laps, average speeds, laps ran on the Pocono Practice Speeds.(6-6-2009)

    • First Saturday practice for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the top 5:
      #48-Johnson 167.607
      #39-Newman 166.747
      #14-Stewart 166.701
      #11-Hamlin 166.620
      #24-Gordon 166.248
      slowest: #51-Bean 159.886 and #36-Carpentier 162.010
      incidents: #14-Stewart spun, went thru the grass and did some damage to the car and sheared the spiltter off, the crew is pulling the backup out, so Stewart, who was to start on the poll, will drop to the rear of the field before the start of the race Sunday.
      See fast laps, average speeds, laps ran on the Pocono Practice Speeds.(6-6-2009)

    • Qualifying rained out at Pocono, set by rules book: Qualifying for the Pocono 500 pole at Pocono Raceway was cancelled due to rain at the track and set by the rules book. So #14-Stewart will start on the pole [not credited with winning one] followed by #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #39-Newman, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #17-Kenseth, #16-Biffle and #31-Burton.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #09-Marlin [owner win]. #82-Speed, #71-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #36-Carpentier, #66-Blaney, #78-Smith and #51-Bean [1st career start]
      The three drivers who failed to qualify: #75-Cope, #64-Wallace [was a late entry] and #37-Raines [was a late entry].
      See the starting lineup on my Pocono Starting Lineup page.(6-5-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2009 at 3:40pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

    • The Entry List for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Sterling Marlin (2009 Race Winner as owner)(40 in owners pts/13 attempts)
      #36-Patrick Carpentier (41/13)
      #37-Tony Raines (50/6)[Post Entry]
      #51-Dexter Bean (53/4)
      #64-Mike Wallace (49/10)[Post Entry]
      #66-Dave Blaney (42/13)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/13)
      #75-Derrike Cope (54/3)
      #78-Regan Smith (38/7)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/13)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/13)
      withdrew
      #06-Trevor Boys (51/4)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,36,66,78,51
      missing the race would be [3]: #'s 75,64,37
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(6-1/5-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #34-Andretti increases the lead over 36th to 50 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1031, +143
      35) #34-Rainesi/Earnhart Ganassi: 938, 50 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 888, 50 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 795, -143
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-31-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Six CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are six current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
      Pocono: 0 for 44 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
      New Hampshire: 0 for 24 with three finishes of 2nd, last in 8/1998
      Daytona: 0 for 48 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
      Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 6th in 7/2001
      Indianapolis: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998
      Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
      (6-3-2009)

    • Best average finish among active drivers at Pocono (3 or more starts):
      1. Denny Hamlin (6.2)
      2. Jimmie Johnson (9.8)
      3. Jeff Gordon (10.3)
      4. Mark Martin (10.7)
      5. Tony Stewart (13.0)
      6. Ryan Newman (13.9)
      7. Matt Kenseth (14.2)
      8. Carl Edwards (14.2)

    • Worst average finish among active drivers at Pocono (3 or more starts):
      1. David Reutimann (32.0)
      2. David Gilliland (30.8)
      3. Reed Sorenson (30.3)
      4. Paul Menard (30.2)
      5. Juan Pablo Montoya (28.5)
      6. John Andretti (28.2)
      7. Robby Gordon (27.7)
      8. David Stremme (25.8)

    • June 2008 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 170.219, finished 1st
    • August 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jummie Johnson, 168.215, finished 3rd
    • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
    • Pole Winners: 35

    • June 2008 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 125.209mph, started 1st
    • August 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 130.567mph, started 15th
    • 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: 31 - 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]
    • 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 62 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 62 races] 21.0%
    • 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: 2
    • 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 62 events (21.0%)
    • Races won from in top 10: 44 of 62 events (71.0%)
    • Races won from outside top 10: 18 of 62 events (29.0%)

      * 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 three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974.

      • There have been 62 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 15 drivers have more than one pole there.

      • There have been 21 pole winners in the last 26 races. Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson 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; 19 drivers have won more than once there.

      • There have been 14 different race winners in the 18 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. Carl Edwards won the June 2005 race and the August 2008 race.

      • There have been six season sweeps at Pocono, including two of the past five seasons.

      • Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond each won three consecutive races at Pocono.

      • 45 of 62 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 car owners with 11 Pocono victories.

      • There have been two green-white-checkered finishes: June 2005 (201 laps) and July 2005 (203 laps).

      • Denny Hamlin won his first two races at Pocono, claiming both victories from the pole. His 6.2 average finish there is the best of any driver with more than one start at the track


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #1-Martin Truex Jr TomTom #1 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs-Tony the Tiger/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Pittsburgh Paints #7 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
      #39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation Demo Day #39 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson Valvoline Engine Guarantee #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Stanley Tools #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page


    • Special scheme for Sorenson at Pocono IMAGE added: There aren’t many guarantees in racing but this weekend in Pocono, #43 Valvoline Dodge driver Reed Sorenson will carry a guarantee on the hood of his Dodge. Sorenson will drive the “Valvoline Engine Guarantee” Dodge for Richard Petty Motorsports. The paint scheme is part of Valvoline’s new engine guarantee program. Anyone can go to Valvoline.com and signup and Valvoline will guarantee the engine for up to 300,000 miles. The guarantee program couldn’t come at a better time. The front stretch at the 2.5-mile triangular shaped track is the longest one of the toughest on engines in the sport.(RPM)(6-3-2009)
      IMAGE see scheme, posted on my #43 Team Schemes page.(6-5-2009)

    • Special scheme for Newman at Pocono: Joining Ryan Newman and the #39 Chevy team as they seek the victory will be sponsor Haas Automation Demo Day. The semi-annual event – held on June 17 this year – takes place at 50 Haas Factory Outlets around the country. Each Haas Factory Outlet will hold a customer appreciation event at their facility to demonstrate Haas machine tools, provide seminars on labor-saving ideas and show off their service capabilities. This year marks the 16th Demo Day, one of which will be held at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop in Kannapolis, N.C. This year’s event will have a special Tony Stewart theme, and on that day, Haas Automation will unveil of the official, limited-edition Tony Stewart VF-2SS Haas machine.(SHR)(6-5-2009)

    • TomTom to sponsor Truex for two races: TomTom Inc. announced that it will become an associate sponsor of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for both the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) during the 2009 racing season. TomTom will be the primary sponsor for multiple races of the #1 Chevy driven by Martin Truex Jr.in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The #1 car, as well as the driver and crew uniforms, will prominently display the TomTom logo throughout the 2009 race seasons. The TomTom logo and brand colors will also be featured as the primary paint scheme at several races throughout the year. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver Aric Almirola first debuted the TomTom paint scheme on the #8 Chevy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 1 of this year. The TomTom paint scheme will return to the track on the #1 Chevy at Pocono on June 7 and New Hampshore on June 28 (NSCS). "This is a great opportunity for me to represent a world-renowned brand such as TomTom,” said Martin Truex Jr. TomTom will feature NASCAR and IndyCar race previews, updates, and features on its blog site, located at www.clubtomtom.com. For a complete selection of TomTom portable navigation devices online, visit www.target.com. For more information on TomTom, go to www.tomtom.com.(EGR)(5-28-2009)

    • 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 Ryan Reynolds
      Command to start engines: Ryan Reynolds
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: Msgr. Philip DeRea
      National Anthem: Clarke Louis
      Military Flyover: C-5A Galaxy, 167th AW/West Virginia ANG, Martinsburg, WV

      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: poconoraceway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

    • Last June: see my Pocono Race Info page

    • Last August: see the Pocono Race Info page


    • First Annual Pocono Raceway Festival Coming to Downtown Stroudsburg June 6th: The Sherman Theater will host the first ever Pocono Raceway Festival in downtown Stroudsburg on June 6th, celebrating racing in the Pocono Mountains with a variety of food, games, show cars and live music. Pocono Raceway Festival is designed to showcase all the great retail, food and other attractions downtown Stroudsburg has to offer. The event will augment and support the festivities and events taking place as NASCAR, ARCA and other racers come back to the Pocono Mountains. The festival will feature numerous NASCAR vehicles on display including Best Buy, Coors Light and Geico and the official Pocono Raceway Pace Car to name a few.
      This event has something for everyone, whether you like quarter midgets, full blown NASCAR or anything in between, the only place you will see more cars is at the Track. If you don't like race cars, no problem, with nearly 200 different vendors and store fronts with sidewalk sales and specials, you can get some great deals while strolling our Historic Borough. Try your luck at the Best Buy racing Simulators or the Stock Car Racing Experience's tire changing games. Check out the hottest Harley Davidsons with Schoch's Harley, or race a mini NASCAR on our scaled down Tricky triangle, provided by Hobby Town USA.
      Come on out as the community Honors NASCAR and its Drivers on this special day. NASCAR president Mike Helton will be on hand with other invited guests to accept the award. No event is complete without great food. Visit one of the 20 different vendors and restaurants who will showcase food from sushi to steak and from burgers to handmade Ice Cream. Downtown Stroudsburg has it all. The music will run throughout the day on numerous stages around the town with some of the best music in the region. If that's not enough, stick around as your community theater presents, for the first time ever, a free concert on Main Street featuring The Marshall Tucker Band! The entire day is free and is the culmination of a full weekend of events starting with the Dark Star Orchestra Concert inside the Sherman on Thursday. Join the party with the only band capable of "recreating a Grateful Dead Experience"
      The Pocono Raceway Festival takes place on June 6th and starts at 12 pm until 8:30 pm. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call the Sherman Theater at 570-420-2808 or visit the Sherman Theater online at www.shermantheater.com.(6-2-2009)

    • Actor Ryan Reynolds to Serve as Grand Marshal for Pocono 500: Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming Touchstone Pictures comedy The Proposal, has been named the Grand Marshal for the June 7, 2009 Pocono 500, Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. As Grand Marshal, Reynolds will participate in a number of pre-race activities, including attending the drivers meeting, participating in driver introductions and giving the most famous command in motorsports, “Gentleman, start your engines.” The Proposal, in theaters on June 19, is a comedy about what happens when a high-powered book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to her native Canada. Prior to his starring role in The Proposal, Canadian born Reynolds recently starred in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Adventureland,” “Definitely-Maybe,” ”Smokin Aces,” “The Amityville Horror” and “Van Wilder.” He is married to actress/model Scarlett Johansson. The June 7th Pocono 500 begins at 2:00PM ET with pre-race activities beginning at 1:00PM. Tickets are still available for the Pocono 500 online at www.poconoraceway.com or by phone at 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-29-2009)

    • Pocono offers ticket package with Sprint FanView or DVD:
    • Did you ever hear the expression "you can have your cake and eat it too?" Well Pocono Raceway announced not one, but two ticket offers, where race fans can do just that. Fans attending the June 7th Pocono 500 or August 2nd Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends can experience the live excitement and drama of the race PLUS view the race as a NASCAR insider or relive all the exciting race action anytime they wish. The NASCAR Sprint FanView Ticket Package includes specially priced Pocono 500 or Pennsylvania 500 Terrace or Concourse Grandstand seat tickets and a VIP Card redeemable for a weekend rental of a NASCAR Sprint FanView, the ultimate race day companion. Produced and developed by Sprint, NASCAR and Kangaroo.TV, NASCAR Sprint FanView® bridges the live excitement of races with real-time data and visuals. The DVD/Ticket Combo Package allows race fans to purchase two specially priced Terrace or Concourse seat tickets to either the Pocono 500 or the Pennsylvania 500 and receive a free DVD containing the full broadcast of the race that you attended PLUS bonus material including downloadable Wallpapers and Screensavers as well as a special 5" x 7" print by Official NASCAR artist Stephen Balck. The NASCAR Sprint FanView Discount Package and the DVD/Ticket Combo Package are available by going to: www.poconoraceway.com and clicking on Get Tickets Fast. For additional information call 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(5-2-2009)

    • Pocono Raceway Launches new service: Pocono Raceway has launched a new service, Pocono Ticket Marketplace, to provide Renewal Ticket Holders a safe and secure site to post their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for sale online. The Pocono Ticket Marketplace service is available to customers who purchased Pocono Raceway tickets in 2008 and reordered Sunday grandstand tickets for either of Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 2009, the June 7th Pocono 500 or the August 2nd Pennsylvania 500. To access the Pocono Ticket Marketplace simply go to www.poconoraceway.com and click on “Tickets”. A drop down window will list a number of ticketing options. Click on Pocono Ticket Marketplace and follow the instructions. Additional information on this and other Pocono Raceway ticketing services is also available by calling the Raceway ticket office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway PR)(4-14-2009)

    • Pocono Raceway to Host Bluegrass Concert: Billed as ‘The Music of the Mountains’, Pocono Raceway will play host to a weekend of Bluegrass prior to the August 2nd Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The two days of concerts, Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, will feature top artists – Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charlie Sizemore Band, Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury Band, Cherryholmes, Blue Highway and SteelDrivers – and is free to infield campers attending the race. The two day music event is free to campers in the infield, and if history is any guide, that means thousands of fans milling about will enjoy this great, mid-season summer event. In addition to the concert, for online fans, a pre-concert, thirty minute ‘red-carpet’ event will be broadcast live on the Internet. A worldwide, online audience estimated at 250,000 will watch NASCAR and ARCA stars interviewed as they walk the ‘carpet’ to the concert’s VIP seating section. For more information visit http://yabutz.com/bluegrass. Once there, signing up for the free web-event is simple. The red-carpet event will be simulcast to racing websites around the world. For Pocono Raceway ticket and camping information, visit:www.poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(PIR PR)(2-28-2009)

    • Pocono makes improvements to seats and entrance: Pocono Raceway has recently completed a multi-million dollar improvement project designed to enhance the total experience of attending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2009. Fans will find a new parking lot entrance, coupled with additional parking, which will greatly improve the ingress and egress of the thousands of race fans attending Pocono Raceway events. “Pocono Raceway becomes the third largest city, population wise, in the state of Pennsylvania on race day” stated Raceway C.E.O. Dr. Joseph Mattioli. “The new entrance and corresponding parking areas, located off Route 115, will allow us to get race fans in and out of our facility more efficiently”, Dr. Mattioli added. Once the fans reach the Grandstand area, many will find upgraded seating in the form of “bucket seats” that have been retrofitted to the existing Grandstand bench seats. The new “bucket seats” are designed with contoured seat bottoms and back rests that will add additional comfort for fans. The “bucket seats” are located in the center portions of Pocono’s massive Grandstand and consist of the Terrace Platinum and Concourse Gold seating areas. “The new seating is just the first of many improvements Pocono Raceway has planned to better serve our loyal race fans”, stated Dr Joseph Mattioli. The Sprint Cup Series visits Pocono Raceway on June 7th for the 28th annual Pocono 500 and then on August 2nd it’s the 36th annual Pennsylvania 500. Both NASCAR events will be preceded by Friday’s Weis Markets Pole Day and Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series Pocono and Pennsylvania 200’s respectively and Sprint Cup “Happy Hour” practice. Tickets are available online at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-20-2009)

    • 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 – 1,450; Right-side – 1,450

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4178; 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 35-37 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

      Notes: This week, teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4160) that they ran at Pocono last year . . . this right-side has also been run at Bristol for the past two seasons . . . this is a new left-side code (D-4178) to the Goodyear tire lineup . . . this left-side features the same compound as the 2008 Pocono tire, but a different construction . . . this construction is run on several other flat tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit -- Phoenix, New Hampshire and Richmond . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Gunselman Motorsports taps Mike Wallace for Pocono: Gunselman Motorsports has called upon veteran driver Mike Wallace to drive the #64 Toyota for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. Wallace has gone to victory lane three times at the 2.5-mile track in ARCA competition. Being without a full-time ride right now, the St. Louis-native is making his second Sprint Cup points-race attempt of the year. The underfunded team has gone to a reduced schedule to concentrate on making races and returning to full-time competition. Larry Gunselman, team owner: “I am glad Mike Wallace was able to come on board the No. 64 Toyota team this week for Pocono. He’s been around long enough to know what it takes to make these races. Doug (Richert, crew chief) and the guys are looking forward to working with someone of his knowledge and experience. “If he can help us get better and return to our goals of becoming a full-time team, then all the better. It helps he’s been to victory lane at Pocono a few times in ARCA cars and has a pretty good record in Cup cars, too. Todd and Geoff Bodine have both been very helpful to this point and I hope we can build on what they started with Mike this week.”
      Mike Wallace, driver: “Larry and the rest of the Gunselman Motorsports group are a young team trying to find a foundation to build on. They’ve showed up and attempted most of the races, but like a lot of teams starting out they’ve had some rough times. As far as I’m concerned, that just makes them hungrier and more determined to make races. I like that in a team. I’m fortunate they’ve given me this opportunity to work with them and looking forward to seeing how we can both help each other out.”(Gunselman Motorsports)(6-2-2009) Comment here

    • Logano to run ARCA race at Pocono: Since 1983 the ARCA RE/MAX Series has served as the show-opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on both Pocono Raceway race weekends. As a result, the RE/MAX Series at Pocono has become a key environment for Sprint Cup Series drivers to perfect their skills on the tricky 2.5-mile, high-speed, triangular-shaped track just in time for the next-day Cup 500-miler. The latest in search of Pocono seat-time is Sprint Cup Series rookie Joey Logano, who has yet to turn a competitive lap on the Long Pond, PA speedplant - which is why the Middletown, Connecticut driver is entered in the Venturini Motorsports-prepared Home Depot Toyota for the Pocono ARCA 200 coming Saturday, June 6. With NASCAR's ban on testing in place and no Nationwide and/or Camping World Truck Series races scheduled on the renowned triangle, the need for the likes of Logano to familiarize oneself with the unique Pocono layout could be even more pressing. Tickets for the Pocono ARCA 200, the SPRINT Cup Series event and the entire 2009 Pocono Raceway season are available by contacting the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), or through poconoraceway.com.(ARCAracing.com)(6-1-2009)

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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