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    THE RACE: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

    TRACK: Pocono Raceway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, August 2, 2009 in Long Pond, PA

    • Title Sponsor: Sunoco and Red Cross

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:18pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: 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 3 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
      Monday, August 3 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
      Wednesday, August 5 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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

    • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch

    • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

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    • Practices:
      Friday, July 31, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
      Saturday, August 1, 10:00 - 10:45 am/et, TV-ESPN2

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 1, 11:20am - 12:20pm/et, TV-ESPN2

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    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 31, 11:00am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 31 at 3:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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    • Hamlin wins at Pocono: #11-Denny Hamlin won the rain delayed/postponed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway for his third win at Pocono Raceway, his first win in 2009 and first in 50 races, since Martinsville in March 2008 and Hamlin's 5th career win. #42-Montoya finished 2nd for his first top-five of 2009, #33-Bowyer was third, followed by #77-Hornish Jr. [his career best finish and first ever top-five of his career], #9-Kahne, #83-Vickers, #5-Martin, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch and #14-Stewart [was in a backup car the had to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race]. #48-Johnson had engine problems was down as many as three laps, the crew fixed the problem (spark plugs) and Johnson was able to use FOUR Lucky Dog - lap back passes, to finish 13th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. has an ill-handling car and finished 28th. Stewart now leads Johnson on the points standing by 197 points. The spread between 12th (the final chase spot) and 13th is now 101 points with #16-Biffle in 12th and #18-Busch in 13th. There were 10 cautions for 39 caution laps and there were 17 lead changes among 12 drivers.
      Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, August 5 at 12:00pm/et.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Pocono Race Results Page.(8-3-2009) Comment here

    • UNOFFICIAL Driver Points Standings
      [after Pocono, race 21 of 36]:

      1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3188 [2 wins], finished 10th
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2991, -197 [3 wins], 13th
      3) #24-Jeff Gordon 2989, -199 [1 win], 8th
      4) #2-Kurt Busch 2751, -437 [1 win], 9th
      5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2713, -475 [1 win], 1st
      6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2665, -523, 18th
      7) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2642, -546 [1 win], 5th
      8) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2631, -557, 2nd
      9) #39-Ryan Newman, 2627, -561, 14th
      10) #5-Mark Martin, 2622, -566 [4 wins], 7th
      11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2564, -624 [2 wins], 11th
      12) #16-Greg Biffle 2563, -625, 15th
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #18-Kyle Busch, 2462, 101 points out of 12th, [3 wins] 16th
      14) #83-Brian Vickers, 2459, -104, 6th
      15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2448, -115, 3rd
      16) #00-David Reutimann 2442, -121 [1 wins], 29th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-3-2009)

    • Pocono Stats:
      * Denny Hamlin won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on a sunny Monday afternoon after the race was delayed a day by rain Sunday. Hamlin scored his fifth Sprint Cup Series career victory in his 136th career start.
      * Hamlin scored his third victory at Pocono, the only Sprint Cup Series track where he has scored multiple victories. Hamlin also has one victory at New Hampshire and Martinsville. Hamlin has scored finishes of sixth or better in seven of his eight races at Pocono.
      * Hamlin's win marked the first victory by Toyota at Pocono Raceway. Toyota scored its sixth win in 2009. Chevrolet has scored 11 wins in 21 races in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Dodge and Ford each have two.
      * Hamlin's last win came at Martinsville in March 2008. Hamlin has scored five top-5 finishes in the last seven races and has climbed from 12th to fifth in points in that span.
      * Hamlin became the 12th different race winner in 2009. He led six times for 91 laps, including the final 10, the most by any driver.
      * This marked the 73rd Sprint Cup Series victory for Joe Gibbs Racing and the team's seventh win at Pocono. All five of Hamlin's victories have come with Joe Gibbs Racing and crew chief Mike Ford. Four of his five victories came on superspeedways.
      * Juan Pablo Montoya (finished second) scored his best Pocono finish and best finish of the season. Montoya has scored top-15 finishes in the last eight races, extending a streak that began at Pocono in June, all finishes of 12th or better.
      * Clint Bowyer (third) scored his best Pocono finish in eight races there.
      * Sam Hornish Jr. (fourth) scored his career-best finish.
      * Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his sixth straight top-15 finish, extending a streak that began at Infineon, where he won.
      * Brian Vickers (sixth) posted his fourth straight top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Daytona.
      * Tony Stewart (10th) has scored top-10 finishes in the last nine races, extending a streak that began at Dover. Stewart posted his 12th superspeedway top-10 finish in 14 superspeedway races in 2009 (restrictor-plate races excluded), the most by any driver.
      * Jimmie Johnson (13th) was running at the finish for the 250th time in his career. Johnson has led at least one lap in 17 of the 21 races in 2009, the most by any driver.
      * Kyle Busch (16th) has scored just one top-10 finish in the last nine races. Busch ranks 13th, 101 points behind 12th-place Greg Biffle and a spot in the 2009 Chase.
      * Jeff Burton (21st) has finished 16th or worse in the last seven races, since Michigan in June.
      * Michael Waltrip (31st) was running at the finish for the 600th time in his career.
      * Stewart (10th) and Elliott Sadler (24th) have each been running at the finish in the last 44 races, the longest current streak.(ESPN/Racing Resources)(8-4-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
      #11-Denny Hamlin won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, his fifth victory in 136 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in eight races at Pocono Raceway.
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2009.
      #33-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Pocono Raceway.
      #82-Scott Speed (23rd) was the highest finishing rookie.
      #14-Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 197 points over #48Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-3-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th dropped a tad to 171 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1672, +290
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1553, 171 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1382, 171 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1207, -346
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(8-3-2009) Comment here

    • Penalty Report - Pocono
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #14, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
      #64, 11, Safety violation, pit, no crew
      #7, 22, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #98, 53, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #98, 53, Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon, tail end
      #1, 132, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
      #48, 142, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #7, 149, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #48, 151, Running the stop and go sign/light, 1 lap
      #12, 158, Safety violation - agressive driving, 5 laps
      #7, 158, Safety violation - hitting a car [#12] under caution, laps
      #47, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #31, 181, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #00, 181, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #20, 181, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #43, 182, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 182, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #55, 198, Safety violation - below minimum speed, pit
      (NASCAR Statistics)(8-3-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #14-Stewart, 10th
      Caution 2: no driver down a lap, that is on the track
      Caution 3: #98-Menard, 26th
      Caution 4: #98-Menard (2), 26th
      Caution 5: #98-Menard (3), 26th
      Caution 6: #48-Johnson, still down a lap, 13th
      Caution 7: #48-Johnson (2), still two laps down, 13th
      Caution 8: #48-Johnson (3), still down a lap, 13th
      Caution 9: #48-Johnson (4), now back on the lead lap, 13th
      Caution 10: #12-Stremme, 32nd

    • Start and Park? Which teams parked their cars early in the race (or seemed to):
      43rd: #64-MWallace [was black flagged for not having a pit crew]
      42nd: #37-Raines
      41st: #71-Gilliland
      40th: #66-Blaney
      39th: #87-Nemechek
      38th: #09-Marlin
      37th: #36-Carpentier

    • Monday at Pocono: The race is on, green flag at 12:21pm/et. Great crowd for a Monday race. Tom Foley of the Red Cross gives the command to start the engines at 12:07pm/et. Weather is perfect for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway today. Pocono Raceway track personnel worked all night on the track and looks like there is little if any problems with weepers [water bubbling up thru the track surface].(8-3-2009)

    • Pocono delayed until Monday: Rain, a wet track with weepers [water bubbling up thru the track surface] and not enough time to get a full race in, have postponed the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway Sprint Cup Series race until Monday, August 3rd [my sisters birthday by the way]. The race is scheduled to start Monday at 12:00pm/et and be televised on ESPN. SPEED will air a special edition of NASCAR Raceday at 11:00am/et. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will air the race live on radio. Pre-race festivities have been completed [invocation, national anthem and fly-by of a KC-135 tanker].
      The weather forecast for Monday: Partly cloudy skies. High 77F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. See weather links on my Pocono Race Info page - weather link section.(8-2-2009)

    • Competition caution is scheduled for lap 20 of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway due to a green track as the rain has washed all the rubber off the track. If there is a caution before lap 20 NASCAR may not use the competition caution.(8-2-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2009.
      TV: ESPN at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 12:15pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      SPEED, Wednesday, August 5 at 12:00pm/et;

    • Pit Stall Selections - Pocono: The selections of pit stalls for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #14-Stewart [set by rules book, Stewart wrecked and will start at the rear, but keeps the pitstall] chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 24, the first pit stall with an opening in back of it, #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 25th stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Montoya, who starts 10th.
      See the pit selection chart on the Pocono Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-1-2009)

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    • 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

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    • Stewart wrecks in practice: #14-Tony Stewart, scheduled to start first in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday after qualifying was rained out, wrecked just a few minutes into Saturday's first practice. Stewart got loose between turn 2 and 3, hit the wall and spun around, doing serious damage to the right side and rear end of the #14 Old Spice Swagger Chevy. The team pulled out the backup car and Stewart will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag on Sunday. Stewart had the same problem at Pocono back in June. Qualifying was rained out, so Stewart started first as the points leader. Stewart wrecked in practice and went to a back, started at the rear of the field and won the race.(8-1-2009) Comment here

    • First Saturday Practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over, the top five:
      #48-Johnson 167.292
      #33-Bowyer 166.334
      #99-Edwards 165.911
      #24-Gordon 165.908
      #29-Harvick 165.810
      slowest: #37-Raines 158.775 and #36-Carpentier 160.448
      no speed listed: #09-Marlin
      incidents: #14-Tony Stewart wrecked early in practice and will go to a backup car.
      For best speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(8-1-2009)

    • Qualifying canceled at Pocono: Rain at Long Pond, PA caused the qualifying for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway to be canceled and the field was set by the NASCAR Rules book: Top 35 in owners points, past winner as owner [#09], then the remaining seven cars by race attempts. Since there are only 43 cars at the track, no drivers/teams will go home this week. It is the fifth time in 2009 that qualifying has been rained out. For links to the weather, see my Pocono Race Info page - weather links.
      #14-Stewart will start first [no credit for winning a pole nor the award], #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #9-Kahne, #5-Martin and #42-Montoya. See the starting lineup up my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying page.(7-31-2009)

    • Last race only 43 cars? The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Speedway only had 43 drivers/cars entered, and all will start the race on Sunday. 43 cars is a full field and the most cars allowed to run a Sprint Cup race. The last time a Sprint Cup race only had 43 drivers/teams enter to attempt to qualify for a race was at California Speedway in May 2004.(7-31-2009)

    • RAIN at Pocono: as of 1:20pm/et, it is raining at Pocono Raceway and the track is soaked, which will push back the scheduled time of Sprint Cup Series qualifying, which is scheduled for 3:40pm/et and in all likelihood, cancel qualifying. If so, the field will be set by the rules book: Top 35 in owners points, past winner as owner [#09], then the remaining seven cars by race attempts. Since there are only 43 cars at the track, no driver/team will go home this week. For links to the weather, see my Pocono Race Info page - weather links.(7-31-2009)

    • Friday Practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is over after 53 minutes when rain caused the rest of practice to be cancelled, the top five:
      #5-Martin 169.354
      #48-Johnson 167.604
      #88-Earnhardt Jr. 167.470
      #24-Gordon 166.799
      #18-Busch 166.257
      slowest: #37-Raines 159.898 and #09-Marlin 160.231
      incidents: #44-Allmendinger spun off turn 2 early in the practice and went thru the grass, no damage reported.
      #55-Waltrip spun off turn 3, got in the grass and hit pit road and damaged the splitter, Waltrip will go to a backup car.
      For best speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(7-31-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Pocono:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #66-Dave Blaney, 9th fastest
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 17th
      #36-Patrick Carpentier, 33rd
      #82-Scott Speed, 34th
      #71-David Gilliland, 38th
      #64-Mike Wallace, 41st
      #09-Sterling Marlin, 42nd
      #37-Tony Raines, 43rd/last
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      none, only 43 cars are entered
      For best speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Pocono Practice Speeds page.(7-31-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Sterling Marlin (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38 in owners pts/20 attempts)
      #36-Patrick Carpentier (42/20)
      #37-Tony Raines (49/12)
      #64-Mike Wallace (50/13)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/20)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/20)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/20)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (40/20)
      #75-Derrike Cope (53/5)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,64,37
      missing the race would be [0]: #'s none
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(7-27/29-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
      No changes as the spread between 35th and 36th is still at 187
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1608, +320
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1475, 187 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1288, 187 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1167, -308
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(7-26-2009) Comment here

    • 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

    • 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: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    • Five CURRENT Race Tracks Martin has never won race at: There are FIVE 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
      Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
      Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
      Won at Chicago on 7-11-2009 after failing to win 8 times

    • June 2009 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather
    • August 2008 Pole Sitter: #48-Jummie Johnson, 168.215, finished 3rd
    • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
    • Pole Winners: 35

    • June 2009 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 138.515mph, started 1st [due to rain]
    • 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: 24 - Chevy

    • Up front is best at Pocono: In the 63 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 23 times and the top ten 45 times.

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 14* [of 63 races] 22.2%
    • 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: 14 of 63 events (22.2%)
    • Races won from in top 10: 45 of 63 events (71.4%)
    • Races won from outside top 10: 18 of 63 events (28.6%)

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

    • At Pocono Raceway:
      * 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 63 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.

      * 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.

      * 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; 20 drivers have won more than once there.

      * 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.

      * 46 of 63 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start; 14 by the pole winner, including Tony Stewart, who won this season’s June race – his first as a driver-owner (qualifying was canceled in June).

      * 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 last two races there, though, resulted in finishes outside the top 20 (23rd in 2008 and 38th in June).

      * Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (19) and top 10s (31), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, six times (most recently in August, 2004).

      * Jimmie Johnson has an average finish of 9.6, the only active driver with more than one race there who has an average finish in the top 10. Marcos Ambrose finished sixth in this season’s June race, his only Pocono start.

      * There have been 98 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.

      * 137 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.(NASCAR PR)


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin Cheez-It #5 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice Swagger #14 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch M&M's Real Chocolate #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #33-Clint Boyer The Hartford Financial Services #33 Team Schemes Page
      #39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson Air Force #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Valvoline #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose. #47 Team Schemes Page
      #71-David Gilliland Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) #71 Team Schemes Page
      #77-Sam Hornish Jr. PPG/Olympic/TransitiCons #77 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page

    • DLP returns to the #96: The #96 Ford of Bobby Labonte will sport the black DLP paint scheme this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The #96 DLP Ford Fusion team will bring chassis RK-609 to Pocono this weekend. This is the same Ford that Labonte raced at Pocono earlier this year.(Yates Racing)(7-30-2009)

    • #71 to run Leiomyosarcoma scheme at Pocono: TRG Motorsports will run Leiomyosarcoma livery on the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevy this weekend at the NACAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a rare form of cancer. It affects only four to six people out of every million in the U.S. It is a soft-tissue cancer, which means it can occur in any soft tissue in the body, i.e. muscle, nerves, blood vessels, all the organs, fat, skin, connective tissues, etc. It spreads through the blood stream and is, in most cases, very aggressive and resists chemotherapy and radiation. Few doctors ever see LMS and often LMS goes misdiagnosed until it is too late. It has an incredibly high recurrence rate and, sadly less than 35% survive to five-years after diagnosis. The National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation hopes to raise awareness of this "forgotten cancer" and gives 100% of the money raised and donated for research. Information on how to help can be found at,, and Motorsports)(7-30-2009) Comment here

    • Cheez-It scheme returns at Pocono: The #5 Chevy of Mark Martin, which has visited victory lane more times than any other car in 2009, will sport the Cheez-It paint scheme this weekend at Pocono [for the final time in 2009]. The Cheez-It/Carquest Chevy has competed in three other races this season, including the team's second victory of the year at Darlington Raceway in May.(HMS), see images of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(7-31-2009)

    • Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act: The Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act logo will appear on Kyle Busch’s #18 M&M’s Toyota for Sunday’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Mars Chocolate, made with real 100% cocoa butter, is giving away free chocolate each Friday throughout the summer. Fans can visit to get their free Mars chocolate.(M&M's Racing), see images of the logo on my #18 Team Schemes page.(7-30-2009)

    • Penske honors sponsor on #77: Sam Hornish Jr. and the #77 team will run a special paint scheme this weekend at Pocono Raceway to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the relationship between PPG and Penske Racing. Over the years, PPG has become Penske Corporation’s largest supplier of refinish coatings for its racing, truck leasing and automotive collision repair divisions. This weekend’s race car will be painted with PPG’s Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint and will feature decals for PPG’s Automotive Refinish, Transitions Optical and the Architectural Coatings, Olympic Paint and Stain.(Penske Racing)(7-29-2009)

    • Swagger scheme for Stewart: Tony Stewart’s typically fire engine red #14 Chevy is now candy apple red for this weekend’s race at Pocono as it carries an Old Spice Swagger paint scheme highlighting the brand’s scented line of men’s anti-perspirant/deodorant, body wash and body spray. Following the race, fans will have the chance to bid on the firesuit worn by Stewart, with proceeds from the auction benefiting the Tony Stewart Foundation.(SHR), see images of the car on my #14 Team Schemes page.(7-29-2009) Comment here

    • Hartford returns on Bowyers car: Clint Bowyer’s #33 Chevy will replace its traditional yellow and red colors this weekend in Pocono in favor of The Hartford’s white, blue and maroon paint scheme. Pocono marks the third and final race where the Hartford, Conn.,-based corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor this season. The Hartford will host a scavenger hunt surrounding the race events in Pocono this weekend. For more information, log on to, see images of the car on my #33 Team Schemes page.(7-29-2009)

    • The Hartford set to sponsor RCR: With its iconic stag logo ready to stand firm on the hood at top speeds of 200 miles per hour, The Hartford Financial Services Group announced that it will sponsor Richard Childress Racing's #33 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer at the following three Sprint Cup Series races this year:
      Dover International Speedway on May 31
      New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 28, and
      Pocono Raceway on August 2.
      The Hartford will also be an associate sponsor of RCR's #31 Caterpillar Chevy and driver Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Both Bowyer and Burton will be spokesmen for the program, which will focus primarily on automobile and home insurance. For more information about The Hartford's commitment to racing, see PR)(2-13-2009) Comment here

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


    • Track Specs:
      Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
      Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
      Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees, [tunnel] 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: Tom Foley of the Red Cross
      Command to start engines: Tom Foley
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: James Ruscigno winner of Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience
      Invocation: Monsignor Philip DeRae, Pocono Raceway Chaplin
      National Anthem: Clark Louis
      Military Flyover: KC 135, Altus Air Force Base, OK

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

    • Track Website:

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway

    • August 2008: see my Pocono Race Info page

    • June 2009: see the Pocono Race Info page

    • Pocono Raceway to install a solar farm: Pocono Raceway is getting ready to “Go Green” by installing a three megawatt solar farm, which will power all the track’s energy needs and support the local energy grid. A groundbreaking ceremony, conducted today (July 31), was held before a media corps covering the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race weekend activities at Pocono Raceway. Working in conjunction with enXco, an EDF EN Company, and Evolution Energies the new Pocono Raceway Solar Farm will be constructed along Long Pond Road. The project is a 3.0MW photovoltaic array on approximately 25 acres and will consist of nearly 40,000 photovoltaic modules. The Solar Farm is being constructed on land that used to be parking lots that are no longer used due to a reconfiguration of other parking lots on Raceway property. The project is set to be completed by the spring of 2010. The new solar panel system will become the primary electric energy source for the race track and will also benefit the local power grid. With the deregulation of Pennsylvania’s electric utility laws allowing more flexibility on power purchases, the track found there is no better time to upgrade their facility. Brandon Igdalsky, Track President said, “This new system will not only satisfy the Raceway’s energy needs, it will allow us to help power close to one thousand homes and lower carbon dioxide emissions by 5,100 tons every year.” The Pocono Raceway solar installation is unique in that it will be the only sports facility in the world to generate clean renewable energy on site which will more than offset its annual electricity consumption. This will in effect make the track the first truly “green” sports facility in the world.(Pocono Raceway)(8-1-2009)

    • Bacardi Bistro to debut at Pocono: Infield race fans attending the Pocono Raceway Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, July 31 to Aug. 2, will find a new addition – the Bacardi Bistro. The Bacardi Bistro, will provide infield fans the opportunity to purchase beverages, snacks and tasty food offerings including Notis The Gyro King - serving the tastiest sandwich in town, a Greek specialty that is nothing like you tasted before. It was voted #1 sandwich in the Wyoming Valley for the past 15 years. The Bacardi Bistro will feature limited mixed adult beverages, Yuengling beer, TV’s, indoor seating in an up scale chalet and an outdoor umbrella covered patio. Access to the Chalet will be restricted to fans 21 and older. Locate adjacent to the Tunnel Road, the Bacardi Bistro will be readily accessible to all infield race fans. For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-31-2009)

    • Blue Grass Concerts at Pocono: The Blue Grass Concerts will showcase top blue grass artists including Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charlie Sizemore Band, Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury Band, Cherryholmes, Blue Highway and SteelDrivers on July 31st and August 1st. The concerts, being presented by, are free to infield campers attending the race. Additionally grandstand fans can also attend the concerts and visit the Bacardi Bistro by purchasing a one day infield ticket for $25 or a 2 day infield ticket for $40 in addition to their grandstand tickets. These one day infield tickets will allow fans to drive their vehicles into the infield for the day, exiting at the conclusion of the concerts. For more information visit For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-31-2009)

    • Man wins 'Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience: James Ruscigno, of Wappingers Falls, NY, won the Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience. Ruscigno will wave the green flag as the Official Starter of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, July 31 - August 2, 2009 at Pocono Raceway. As the grand prize winner, Ruscigno will also experience a Hot Lap with NASCAR Driver #16-Greg Biffle, serve as an honorary member of Biffle's pit crew with three friends during the race, as well as attend the driver's meeting and be on stage during driver introductions before the race. In addition to sponsoring the Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience, Sunoco, Inc. is lending marketing and promotional support to the August race with signage at 1,826 retail locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Sunoco has also highlighted the event on its website,, and provided a link to the Pocono Raceway ticket sales site in order to encourage fans to use the promo code, REDCROSS, and help raise money for the American Red Cross. Ten percent of all tickets sold through the promotion benefited American Red Cross local disaster relief. Ruscigno is one of more than 500 entrants into the contest who either made an online donation in support of the American Red Cross or purchased race tickets using the promo code.(Red Cross)(7-30-2009)

    • Fans top priority at Pocono Raceway: The excitement of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 on August 2nd at Pocono Raceway is fast approaching. Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race, the Pennsylvania 200, will showcase the greatest race car drivers and race teams in the nation. The atmosphere, drama and excitement of major league stock car racing are unparalleled in sports. NASCAR fans are the most loyal and passionate fans in the world of sports and taking care of our fans is a top priority at Pocono Raceway. Listed below is information that will help our fans while at the Raceway. The weekend schedule of racing activities is also included. Grandstand gates open at 8:00am Friday and Saturday, 9:00am Sunday. Grandstand parking lots open at 5:00am Sunday. If fans need assistance at any time during their visit, simply contact Fan Assistance at (570) 643-7184, or text SOS then "your message" to 84444. Remember that Pocono Raceway fans may stay in all camping areas and the grandstand parking lots until noon on Monday at no additional charge. For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-30-2009)

    • No Sale or changes for Pocono: Joseph Mattioli understands that Pocono Raceway has an unusual place on the NASCAR circuit - and that's just the way the outspoken track owner likes it. The track's two races will always be 500 miles long, even as drivers and critics beg for 100 miles to be sliced off each. And those names, the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500, will remain traditional and eschew corporate sponsorship. The track is a 2.5-mile triangle and boasts the longest straightaway (3,740 feet) in the series. And with a fourth-generation of Mattiolis in line to run the raceway, Pocono will never be for sale. Not to Bruton Smith. Not anyone. "If Bruton comes down Gasoline Alley with a wheelbarrow with a billion dollars, he wouldn't get borscht from me," the 84-year-old Mattioli said. "I have enough money, we don't owe any money and all three generations are working and a fourth is waiting to start. It would be like selling part of your family."(Associated Press)(6-7-2009)

    • 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 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 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, 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 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


      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.

      Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes that NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ran at Pocono in June . . . this is the only Sprint Cup track at which these two tire codes will be used together in 2009, though they will each be used separately at one other Cup venue . . . this left-side code (D-4178) was run at Indianapolis last week . . . this right-side code (D-4160) will be used at both races at Bristol this season . . . this right-side was also run at both Pocono races last season, and at all four Bristol races between 2007-2008 . . . 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.


    • posted as news about non full-time drivers running the race is posted

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

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