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Fri, June 4
6:00am Parking Lots Open
8:00am Gates Open
10:15am - 11:55am ARCA Final Practice
12:00pm - 1:30pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
1:45pm ARCA Qualifying
3:40pm WEIS Markets NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
Sat, June 5
6:00am Parking Lots Open
8:00am Grandstand Admission Gates Open
10:00am - 10:45am NSCS Practice
11:20am - 12:20pm NSCS Final Practice
1:00pm Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 ARCA Series Race
Sun, June 6
5:00am Parking Lots Open
9:00am Grandstand Admission Gates Open
12:00pm Pre-Race Festivities Begin
12:30pm Sprint Cup Series Driver Introductions
1:00pm Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (green flag sched ~1:18pm/et)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
NNS = Nationwide Series
NCWTS = Camping World Truck Series
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Race / Cup Odds
Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500
Pocono Preview by Micah Roberts
2010 Sprint Cup
World Sports Exchange:
Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500
2010 Sprint Cup Championship
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Stutzman Computer Service
Race: Sunday, June 6, 2010 in Long Pond, PA
Title Sponsor: Gillette / Target
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Pre-race: TNT - Countdown to Green, 12:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et
Announcers: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty
Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Phil Parsons
TNT's Revolving Studio: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty
AC/DC to feature song "T.N.T" for NASCAR races: TNT announced that it has joined forces with Hall of Fame rockers AC/DC [Jayski fave] to feature the band's single "T.N.T" as the network's theme song for its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage. The song will serve as the primary musical bed for all six of TNT's races, which begin with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 on Sunday, June 6 in Pocono, as well as for the network's multi-platform marketing campaign surrounding its exclusive race coverage, which includes a presence on social media, print outlets, national television, local radio and print. The song has been re-released on the band's latest album, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 which features 15 of the band's classic songs.(ACDC.com)(5-26-2010)
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, June 9 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage
(times in eastern time)
Friday, June 4, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, June 5, 10:00 - 10:45 am/et, TV-none
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 5, 11:20am-12:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage
Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 4, 11:00 am/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, June 4 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, scheduled re-air at 12:30am/et;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.
news and links
Denny Hamlin wins Pocono: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 4th win of 2010 [leads in wins] and 12th win of his career. #18-Busch finished 2nd, followed by #14-Stewart, #29-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #31-Burton, #42-Montoya, #33-Bowyer and #43-Allmendinger. Points leader #29-Harvick maintains the points lead over #18-Busch, but down to 19 point lead. #24-Gordon finished 32nd after getting involved in a big wreck during the green-white-checkered finish when #9-Kahne got in the grass trying to pass #43-Allmendinger, the #9 got in the grass and shot back up the treack headfirst in the wall, then turned around by #5-Martin and #56-Truex, with the #9 sliding on the outside wall a bit before returning to the track and getting smacked by the #24 car. Hamlin did a heck of a burn-out, but lost it at the end and nosed into the outside wall, doing damage to the car, which he then droove to victory lane.
There were 14 lead changes among 7 drivers and 8 cautions for 27 yellow flag laps. The attendence was reported at 140,000, down from 160,000 last year
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.(6-6-2010)
Race Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
Denny Hamlin won the The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target (29th Running), his 12th victory in 165 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2010.
This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Pocono Raceway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his third top-10 finish in 11 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2010.
Tony Stewart (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 23 races at Pocono Raceway.
Kevin Conway (35th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 19 points over Kyle Busch.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-6-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Pocono, race 14 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2063
2) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2044, -19
3) #11-Denny Hamlin [4 wins], 1927, -136
4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1893, -182
5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 1881, -182
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 1849, -214
7) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1827, -236
8) #31-Jeff Burton, 1803, -260
9) #99-Carl Edwards, 1729, -334
110 #16-Greg Biffle, 1727, -336
11) #5-Mark Martin, 1711, -352
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1686, -377
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #14-Tony Stewart, 1685, 1 point out of the chase
14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1668, -18
15) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 1621, -65
16) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1599, -87
2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
20) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1513, -173
23) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1446, -240
32) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-6-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
With the #38 points penalty, the #38 drops to 36th and #7-Gordon moves to 35th.
32) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1069, +144
33) #71-Labonte/TRG: 1069, +144
34) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1051, +126
35) #7-Gordon/RGM: 991, 66 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 925, 66 points out of the top 35
37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 904, -87
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 Owners Points Standings page.(6-6/9-2010)
Penalty Report - Pocono:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#38, Pre-Race to the rear, Tail End, Changed Rear Tires
#2, 17, Safety violation, Tail End, Valve Stem Cap Missing
#17, 48, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
#42, 77, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
#12, 78, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
#37, 107, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Pass Thru
#34, 131, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Pass Thru
#34, 133, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Stop & Go
#13, 155, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#12, 155, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#26, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#19, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#34, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#83, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#00, 175, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver down a lap
Caution 2: #1-McMurray, 36th
Caution 3: #2-Busch, 6th
Caution 4: #26-Stremme, 24th
Caution 5: #83-Mears, 23rd
Caution 6: #12-Keselowski, 21st
Caution 7: #12-Keselowski (2), 21st
Caution 8: none awarded
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Pocono (or seemed to)?
43) #87-Nemechek, 11 laps run
42) #64-McCumbee, 22
41) #36-GBodine, 23
40) #66-Blaney, 24
39) #55-McDowell, 25
38) #71-Labonte, 33
37) #46-Yeley, 41
with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #87 this week
(only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(6-6-2010)
Pit Stall Selections - Pocono: The selections of pit stalls for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #33-Bowyer took pit stall 25, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#88-Earmhardt Jr., who starts 3rd took the 24th pit stall, the first stall with an opening in back of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #9-Kahne, who starts 8th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pocono Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-5-2010)
Race Coverage of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, June 6, 2010.
Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:18pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Television Re-airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, Jun 9 at 12:00pm/et
Some Chassis selections for Pocono:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has decided to bring Chassis #031 to Pocono Raceway. This is the chassis that McMurray drove to the pole position at Auto Club Speedway. The car carries McDonald's colors this week
#2-Kurt Busch driver Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their "PRS-704" Miller Lite Dodge in this weekend's action at Pocono Raceway. This car debuted in the Auto Club 500 at Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 21. Busch started 12th and finished sixth in that race, which is its only race to date. Also, the #2 Dodge will carry the Miller Lite Vortex paint scheme again, Busch said it'll be on the car more races this summer.
#5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Chassis No. 5-582 for Sunday's race at Pocono. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a 16th-place finish at Darlington Raceway last month.
#6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-670 Last ran Bristol – finished 29th; Backup: RK-633 Last ran Michigan – finished 30. The Harrisburg East Center (1711) has been selected as the Maximum Center for the June 6th Pocono race. The Center has made 10 out of 12 Balance Scorecard Elements YTD, on top of exceeding POA on the BSC elements.
#98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 Richard Petty Motorsports crew have prepared chassis No. 561 for this weekend's event. This is a brand new car specifically prepared for this weekend's 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway.
#11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 267 this weekend in Pocono. This car has two starts this season – Martinsville and Darlington – and has ended each race in Victory Lane. JGR 256 will serve as the backup this weekend. Minneapolis FedEx Freight Service Center Along for the Ride in Pocono: The #11 FedEx Freight Toyota will carry the letters MSP on the B-posts this weekend at Pocono in honor of the Minneapolis (Mn.) Service Center.
#12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-726 during Sunday's 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway. Brad Keselowski drove this chassis to a 14th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
#14-Tony Stewart: is running Chassis #14-509, a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, with a new body installed prior to the 2009 season. Its first track time came via a Goodyear tire test on May 25, 2008 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Its first race came in July at Chicago, where Jason Leffler started 43rd and finished 27th. (Qualifying was rained-out, field was set by qualifying attempts) It was tested again on Sept. 23, 2008 at Charlotte, but sat idle until making its Stewart-Haas Racing debut in April 2009 at Texas where Stewart, started 7th and finished 4th; then in June at Michigan, where Stewart qualified 11th and finished 7th; then Kansas where Stewart qualified 5th and won the race; the fifth career start was in October at Charlotte, where it qualified 5th and finished 13th. It has been fitted with a new body for 2010 and tested in the
#17-Matt Kenseth: primary chassis for the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford will be Primary: RK-625, no word on where it may had run before.
#18-Kyle Busch: this will be the 4th start dor Chassis #251: This chassis made its debut at New Hampshire last September, where Busch qualified third and brought home a solid fifth-place finish. Busch followed that up with a solid fourth-place run in last October's race at Martinsville after starting way back in the 41st spot. In its most recent run, Busch qualified 17th and led 113 laps in Phoenix finishing 8th.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 309 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet is a completely brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice session.
#31-Jeff Burton: will pilot Chassis No. 302 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevy to a 12th-place finish at Texas. Most recently, the veteran driver piloted this #31 racer to a runner-up finish at Dover International Speedway three weeks ago.
#33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 298 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevrolet, built new in 2010, made its debut at Atlanta finishing 23rd.
#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-508 saw action for the #39 team three times during the 2009 season. It made its debut at Atlanta in September. Newman started 23rd and finished 9th. The car's second outing, in October at Kansas resulted in a 22nd-place finish. The third outing at Texas in a12th-place effort. During the offseason, the original body was cut off the car. The car was made lighter and the bodywork was rebuilt. The car has served as a backup twice this season – Atlanta in March and the All-Star race at Charlotte – but this weekend will mark the first laps for chassis 39-508 in 2010.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the #42 team will bring chassis #910 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Montoya last drove this chassis to a 37th-place finish after being involved in an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while running in the top-10. This chassis also ran at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the 2009 season finale where a mid-race incident forced the team to a 38th-place finish.
#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 288 for this weekend's event at Pocono Raceway. This is the same chassis the car ran earlier this season at Bristol and again several weeks ago at Dover. The #43 car will be the only Richard Petty Motorsports car running the new Ford FR9 engine this weekend in Pocono. All four RPM drivers are scheduled to run it the following weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Primary chassis #558 was last driven to a 16th-place result at Dover in May. Backup chassis No. 553 has been driven four times, three of which resulted in victories (Indy 7/09, California 10/09, California 2/10).
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Pocono, crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-584. Earnhardt picked up the pole position at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went on to score a 15th-place finish with this chassis in March.
#99-Carl Edwards: The #99 team will be bringing chassis RK-558 this weekend at Pocono. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards raced at Darlington in May and finished 15th. The team will debut the Kellogg's paint scheme for the first of two primary races this season.
(from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-5-2010)
Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Dover Pit Stall Selections
Happy Hour practice: for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest and notes:
slowest: #64-McCumbee 158.991 & #34-Conway 159.340
no speed listed: #55-McDowell; #66-Blaney
Blaney took the #13 car out for some laps
See fast speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more on the Pocono Practice Page.(6-5-2010)
Saturday's first practice: for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest and notes:
slowest: #64-McCumbee 159.103 & #36-GBodine 159.648
no speed listed: #55-McDowell
#33-Bowyer scraped the wall off turn 3, no serious damage.
See fast speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more on the Pocono Practice Page.(6-5-2010)
- Klye Busch wins pole at Pocono: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Pole for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 169.485 mph for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 7th of his career. Busch has won 2 races from the pole in his career. #33-Bowyer will start 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #2-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #42-Montoya, #9-Kahne, #39-Newman and #24-Gordon. Points leader, #29-Harvick starts 22nd. #48-Johnson, who was fastest in practice, will start 25th.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #13-Papis, #87-Nemechek, #55-McDowell, #46-Yeley, #64-McCumbee, #36-Goeff Bodine and #26-Stremme.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #09-Cook and #7-Musgrave [in for Robby Gordon]
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-4-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target (29th Running) with a lap of 53.102 seconds, 169.485 mph.
This is his seventh pole in 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2010.
This is his first pole in 11 races at Pocono Raceway.
Clint Bowyer (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2010 and his second in nine races at Pocono Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his eighth in 14 races this season.
Kevin Conway (42nd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-4-2010)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2010 at 3:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 3:30pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: 12:30am/et
Qualifying Order for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #39-Newman.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #43-Allmendinger.
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-Blaney with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #55-McDowell.
See the full qualifying order on the Pocono Qualifying Page.(6-4-2010)
Friday practice: for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, fastest, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 167.184
slowest: #34-Conway 159.253 & #64-McCumbee 161.777.
See the fastest speeds, average speeds, most laps fun on the Pocono Practice Speeds Page(6-4-2010)
Pocono practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#13-Max Papis, 20th
#66-Dave Blaney, 21st
#55-Michael McDowell, 28th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
#46-J.J. Yeley, 36th
#26-David Stremme, 38th
#36-Geoff Bodine, 41st
#7-Ted Musgrave, 42nd
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#09-Terry Cook, 43rd
#64-Chad McCumbee, 44th
The Entry List for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Terry Cook listed in the #09 car, #7-Gordon fell out of the top-35; Front Row Motorsports drivers stay in the same numbered cars they ran at Charlotte
Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
#09-Terry Cook (2009 race winner as owner)(40/13)
#7-Robby Gordon/Ted Musgrave (36/13)
#13-Max Papis (39/13)
#26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(37/13)
#36-Geoff Bodine (38/13)
#46-J.J. Yeley (44/13)
#55-Michael McDowell (43/13)
#64-Chad McCumbee (49/4]
#66-Dave Blaney (42/13)
#87-Joe Nemechek (41/13)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 26, 09, 7, 36, 13, 87, 46, 66
missing the race would be : #'s 55, 64
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(6-1/2-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono:
Front Row Motorsports #37 is back in the top 35 and #7-Gordon falls out, 15 pts out the top 35, and will need to qualify by speed at Pocono.
32) #71-Labonte/TRG: 1015, +52
33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: 1011, +48
34) #37-Conway/Front Row: 987, +24
35) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 978, 15 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #7-Gordon/RGM/BAM: 963, 15 points out of 35th
37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 813, -165
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 Owners Points Standings page.(5-30-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Charlotte, race 13 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 1898
2) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 1869, -29
3) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1781, -117
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1760, -138
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 1732, -166
6) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 1726, -172
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 1694, -204
8) #31-Jeff Burton, 1657, -241
9) #16-Greg Biffle, 1648, -250
10) #5-Mark Martin, 1635, -263
11) #99-Carl Edwards, 1603, -296
12) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1547, -351
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1543, 4 points out of the chase
14) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 1533, -14
15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 1521, -26
16) #14-Tony Stewart, 1520, -27
2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
20) #42-Juan Montoya, 1371, -176
21) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1364, -183
27) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158, -389 [out with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(5-16-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).
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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
There are four current race tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at, plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win:
Pocono: 0 for 45 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
Daytona: 0 for 49 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 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005.(2-14-2010)
June 2009 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather
August 2009 Pole Sitter: none, due to inclement weather
Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
Pole Winners: 35
August 2009 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 126.396mph, started 6th [due to rain]
June 2009 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 138.515mph, started 1st [due to rain]
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: 32 - 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 - 6/17/1990 and 7/24/2005
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/1978
Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/2004
Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/1978
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 6/6/1982
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 64 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 64 races]
- 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: 2
- 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 64 events (21.875%)
- Races won from in top 10: 46 of 64 events (71.875%)
- Races won from outside top 10: 18 of 64 events (28.125%)
* 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 64 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.
· There have been 35 different pole winners, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race; 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, the last by Denny Hamlin in 2006.
· Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond each won three consecutive races at Pocono.
· 46 of 64 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start.
· 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.
· Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (19) and top 10s (32), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, six times (most recently in August 2004).
· Denny Hamlin (9.5) and Jimmie Johnson (9.8) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
· 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.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
Kyle Busch to run a M&M's Pretzel scheme UPDATE: Kyle Busch is scheduled to run a #18 M&M Pretzel Special the All Star Challenge and Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. See am image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page...mmmm, m&m's AND pretzels.
At the 2009 NACS show, Mars Snackfood US unveiled its M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candies, which combine sweet and salty in every bite-size piece. M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candies are kosher certified and feature a crunchy, salted pretzel center covered in M&M’s brand milk chocolate and coated in a colorful candy shell. The product will be available in May 2010.(4-17-2010)
UPDATE: The new salty and sweet Pretzel M&M’s Chocolate Candies blue colors will adorn Busch’s #18 Toyota for the next four events, including Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race, and the SPrint Cup Series races at Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan. The scheme is to help promote the launch of the newest sweet creation from Mars Chocolate North America.(True Speed Communication), see an image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2010)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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
Grand Marshal: WWE Superstar John Cena & Gillette Fusion ProGlide Believers
Command to start engines: John Cena & Gillette Fusion ProGlide Believers
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: Phil DeRea, Pocono Chaplin
National Anthem: Clarke Luis
Military Flyover: none shown or mentioned
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
Pocono Raceway - Facebook
Pocono Raceway - Twitter
ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway
June 2009: see my Pocono Race Info page
August 2009: see my Pocono Race Info page
Pocono Raceway Replacing Inner Guard Rails with SAFER Barrier: Following recommendations from NASCAR and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pocono Raceway will be replacing the inner guard rail of the facility with a SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier.
The track's new inner wall will run the length of the "Long Pond Straight" between turns one and two, and will continue the rest of the distance between turns two and three. Construction of the SAFER barrier will be completed for the 2011 NASCAR season.(Pocono Raceway)(6-5-2010)
Pocono Raceway Kid's Day Set for June 5th: Pocono Raceway will be holding its Annual Kid’s Day in the Chalet Village on Saturday, June 5th, 2010. It is going to be a day filled with racing and fun for everyone who attends. With activities like face painting, racing simulators, driver appearances and much more, this year’s Kid’s Day event will be the place to be. Gates will open at 9:00am and the party will last until 1:00pm, just before the start of the ARCA Racing Series’ “Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.” Activities are free for everyone! For more information, please call Pocono Raceway at 570-646-2300.(PR)(6-4-2010)
Take a Bus to the Pocono Races: Pocono Raceway is teaming up with Destination Pocono to make your trip to the track even easier. As part of the track’s “Green Initiative”, fans are being encouraged to take advantage of special buses being used this race weekend specifically to transport fans both to and from the raceway. Covering the entire four-county Pocono region and New York City, race fans can park and ride from one of the following locations: Wilkes-Barre, Montage Mountain, Downtown Scranton, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, Tannersville, Milford, Greentown/Hawley, Hazleton and White Haven. Seats are available at $29.99 per rider locally, and $69.99 from New York City. For more information, please check online at DestinationPocono.com or call their toll-free number at 888-629-8050.(PR)(6-4-2010)
WWE Superstar John Cena to Serve as Co-Grand Marshal at Pocono: Gillette announced that WWE Superstar John Cena will serve as Co-Grand Marshal along with “Gillette Fusion ProGlide Believers” at the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010. Leading up to the race, Cena and the Gillette Young Guns, including Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano along with Ryan Newman will invade the campgrounds race weekend in an effort to turn NASCAR fans from “skeptics” to “believers” of Gillette’s newest razor – the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Select “believers” also will have the opportunity to participate with Cena in the pre-race activities, which includes commanding the drivers to start their engines. The Fusion ProGlide shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving performance will be available to consumers in stores on June 6. The Gillette drivers will be incorporated into all planned activations, including at-track, creative and digital, to support the launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Gillette continues to utilize NASCAR as a vehicle to market its brand. Since its inception in 2003, the Gillette Young Guns program has been at the forefront of all its NASCAR-related activations. For Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 ticket information visit poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929). As part of the race entitlement, Pocono Raceway is offering a 15% discount on tickets throughout the race weekend when you enter the promotional code, “PROGLIDE”.(Pocono Raceway)(6-3-2010)
enXco starts construction on Pocono 3 MW Solar Project: enXco recently started of construction on the 3 MW photovoltaic array at Pocono Raceway Solar Project. enXco will design and construct the project and then turn it over to Pocono Raceway upon completion. The Pocono Raceway Solar Project will be constructed along Long Pond Road on approximately 25 acres of land. The solar system, expected to generate clean electricity for the raceway later this summer, will consist of nearly 40,000 photovoltaic modules and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 2,370 tons annually. The new solar energy 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.(enXco/Pocono Raceway)(6-3-2010)
The Pocono Raceway Festival Is Back In Stroudsburg: On Saturday, June 5th, the Sherman Theater presents the second annual Pocono Raceway Festival on Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg, PA. Taking place the day before the Gillette Pro Glide 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA – just minutes down Interstate 80 – this free, all-day long music and racing celebration and festival will have something for everyone in the family.
By combining spectacular show car displays, delicious food vendors, fun games for all ages, and musical performances on three stages, the staff at the Sherman Theater plan to outdo themselves in trying to top last year's amazing event. Headlining the musical portion of the festival with a rockin' performance on the main stage will be none other than southern rock legends Molly Hatchet. The Pocono Raceway Festival highlights all of the great retail, food, and craft attractions downtown Stroudsburg has in store as NASCAR race teams make their way to the Pocono Mountains region for the first Sprint Cup race of the year at Pocono Raceway. For more information see my Pocono Raceway News and Links page or call the Sherman Theater at (570)420-2808 or visit the Sherman Theater online at www.shermantheater.com.(PR)(6-1-2010)
Pocono gets race title sponsor: Gillette announced that it will sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010. The event will be titled the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target. The date of the race coincides with the official launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide shaving system, a significant advancement in shaving performance and comfort. All activities to promote the race will be designed to support the new razor, which will also be available to consumers in stores on June 6, 2010. “We are very excited about our upcoming partnership with Pocono Raceway and Target,” said Michelle Potorski, Associate Marketing Director, Gillette North America. “The race sponsorship provides the perfect opportunity to further enhance our efforts to inform consumers of the engineering advancements and breakthrough technology achieved with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide.” Gillette continues to utilize NASCAR as a vehicle to market its brand. Since its inception in 2003, the Gillette Young Guns program has been at the forefront of all its NASCAR-related activations. The Gillette Young Guns drivers, which include Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano, will also be incorporated into all planned activations, including at-track, creative and digital, to support the launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. “It is an honor and a privilege for Pocono Raceway to partner with both Gillette and Target on the launch of this terrific new Gillette Fusion ProGlide,” said Brandon Igdalsky, President, Pocono Raceway. “The staff at Pocono that tried the new Fusion ProGlide has each become ‘Believers’ of this great new razor! And on June 6, everyone in America will be able to use the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide and become a ‘Believer’ themselves!” As part of the race entitlement, Pocono Raceway is offering a 15% discount on tickets throughout the race weekend when you enter the promotional code, “PROGLIDE”. All the Gillette Young Guns, including Gillette driver Ryan Newman will be giving away tickets to the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target. Each driver has an allotment of tickets to distribute throughout various outlets including social networking sites, fan clubs, charities, etc. For ticket information visit poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2010)
Pocono Raceway & Destination Pocono team up: To help reduce the environmental impact created by the thousands of NASCAR fans that travel in for the Pocono 500 & the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each summer, Pocono Raceway is thinking "green" again this year by encouraging race fans to park their cars and ride in on special buses. By participating in this program, fans can reduce the effect of their presence on local roadways and enjoy a safer travel option. The buses are available to all fans, local residents and visitors alike. A quick arrival at the track is ensured by specially-designated bus lanes and the help of Sheriff's department escorts. As a special treat for using this service, the arrival concludes with a lap around "the Tricky Triangle."(Pocono Raceway)(1-31-2010)
2010 Pocono Raceway Tickets on sale: The deadline for fans renewing their tickets for 2010 at Pocono Raceway has expired, which means all remaining tickets for Pocono Raceway’s June 6 Pocono 500 and August 1 Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races are now on sale. A wide selection of grandstand seats, starting at just $45, are now available to the general public. In addition, all remaining Premium Seats, including the new Terrace Bistro and $100 Club @ Club Pocono are also available. Tickets for all Pocono Raceway events can be purchased online at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(12-8-2009)
Pocono Raceway owner honored: WVIA announced Dr. Joseph Mattioli as the 2009 Great Pennsylvanian. To celebrate WVIA-TV will premiere a new biographical film, Dr. Joseph Mattioli: Always Moving Forward, on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. on WVIA-TV. It will also be shown in the Abeloff Theater on the East Stroudsburg University campus that night. Dr. Mattioli is the sixth Great Pennsylvanian in WVIA’s original series. The impact of Dr. Joseph Mattioli’s Pocono Raceway has gone far beyond the world of auto racing to become an economic and social center of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains region. Dr. Joseph Mattioli: Always Moving Forward is a one-hour WVIA original documentary film celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Joseph Mattioli, from his humble beginnings in the rural coal regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania to becoming an incredible businessman, all the while living life by two rules: always do what you love and always move forward. The Mattioli family’s philanthropic efforts in education and health care continue to improve the lives of everyone they touch. More info and schedule at wvia.org.(10-27-2009)
T-shirt seller arrested at Pocono Raceway on counterfeiting charge: A Michigan man was arrested and charged with selling knock-off NASCAR shirts at Pocono Raceway on Monday instead of officially licensed merchandise. Michael Quatrine, 45, has been arrested for selling fakes before. According to Pocono Mountain Regional Police, Quatrine has been arrested in California, Delaware, Michigan and South Carolina and other states for trademark counterfeiting. "We do counterfeit enforcement at tracks around the country. If not watched it can become pervasive," said Tom Sullivan, NASCAR's manager of business communications. Although NASCAR was not inspecting at Pocono on Monday, track workers were on the lookout for fake merchandise. Pocono Raceway employee Roger Green told police he saw Quatrine selling counterfeit Pocono Raceway T-shirts and detained him until police arrived. While investigating the complaint, a man told police he had purchased two shirts from Quatrine for $5 each and showed police the shirts. They matched the shirts Quatrine had in his possession. According the criminal complaint, Pocono Raceway employee Looie McNally identified the shirts as fakes by comparing labels and also showing the Sprint/NASCAR markings were fraudulent and misbranded. He was charged with trademark counterfeiting, a third-degree felony as a repeat offense, and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool. Quatrine was being held in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail. Pocono Raceway spokesperson Bob Pleban said the track had no comment on the arrest. "It's not just about the loss of revenue to drivers and teams," said Joe Mattes, interim president of Motorsports Authentics. As the largest licensee in NASCAR, a vendor for more than 80 drivers, Motorsports Authentics makes more than 90% of the diecast products fans find trackside and on stores shelves in Wal-Mart and Kmart.(Pocono Record)(8-5-2009)
Why Pocono teamed up with the Red Cross and Sunoco: Back in the 1990s, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the chairman of Pocono Raceway, decided he didn't need title sponsors for the track's two NASCAR races each year. Mattioli branded the June race the Pocono 500 and the summer race the Pennsylvania 500. Last year, the summer event became the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Track president Brandon Igdalsky, Mattioli's grandson, said yesterday he didn't have to twist his grandfather's arm to affiliate Sunoco and Red Cross with the Pennsylvania 500. "I knew he had a soft spot with the charitable stuff," Igdalsky said. "His big thing has been to give back. This was an easy one. When we explained the concept, he said, 'Heck, yeah.' " Sunoco and Red Cross are not the traditional title sponsors who pay about $2 million per race to tracks. Tom Foley, CEO of the Red Cross' southeastern Pennsylvania chapter based in Philadelphia, said Sunoco makes a significant contribution to the Mattioli Foundation, which then donates the money to the Red Cross chapter. Sunoco, also Philadelphia based, is the official fuel of NASCAR. Igdalsky and Foley said they are hopeful that the Pocono/Red Cross/Sunoco relationship will continue after this year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(8-4-2009)
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)
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 -- 1,500; Right-side -- 1,500
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 32-34 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: This weekend, teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran twice at Pocono last season . . . Pocono is the only track at which these two Goodyear tire codes are run together . . . individually, this left-side tire code (D-4178) was run at Bristol earlier this season and at Indianapolis last season, while this right-side tire code (D-4160) was run twice at Bristol in 2009 . . . 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.