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THE RACE: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

TRACK: Pocono Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #21 of 36 for the 2010 season
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  • Race: Sunday, August 1, 2010 in Long Pond, PA

  • Title Sponsor: Sunoco

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 2 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 4 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • Practices:
    Friday, July 30, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, July 31, 9:00 - 9:45 am, TV-SPEED at 9:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, July 31, 11:20 am -12:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 30, 11:00 am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, July 30 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:00pm/et & 3:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Biffle wins at Pocono: #16-Greg Biffle won the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of 2010, ending a 64 race winless streak, Ford's first win of 2010 [Talladega in Nov 2009 was the last win] and 15th of his career. Pole sitter #14-Stewart finished second followed by: #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #5-Martin, #31-Burton, #56-Truex Jr. and #48-Johnson. #29-Harvick increased his lead to 189 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. The race started about 25 minutes late due to a rain shower. There was a red flag on lap 164 when #48-Johnson got in to #2-Busch, sending Busch into an unprotected [No SAFER] guardrail, and even worse was #19-Sadler went head on into another unprotected area, which tore the engine out of the car. Sadler was shook up but was released from the infield care center and says he is ok, just sore. Then the race was red flagged a tad longer for rain, but was able to restart and finish the race. There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 100,000, up from last year which was 80,000 on a Monday after the race was rained out on Sunday last August, which had 105,000 in attendance,
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.(8-1-2010)

  • Pocono Facts and Notes:
    • Greg Biffle won the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. It was his 15th Cup series victory in his 279th start. The win ended a 64-race winless streak, the longest of his career.
    • Biffle scored his first top-10 finish in his past nine Pocono races.
    • Biffle led three times for 28 laps, including the final 21.
    • Roush Fenway Racing posted its 117th series win and its first victory in 2010.
    • The top 10 comprised six Chevrolets, two Fords and two Toyotas.
    • Ford posted its first win in 2010. It was Ford's first non-restrictor-plate win since California in February 2009.• Tony Stewart (second) scored his fifth straight top-10 finish at Pocono, the longest current streak. It was Stewart's 150th career top-5 finish.
    • Carl Edwards (third) extended a four-race streak of top-10 finishes that began at Daytona.
    • Points leader Kevin Harvick (fourth) has a 189-point lead over second-place Jeff Gordon.
    • Denny Hamlin (fifth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 10 Pocono races. He had the 350th team top-5 for Joe Gibbs Racing.
    • Jeff Burton (eighth) extended a five-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at New Hampshire.
    • Ryan Newman (12th) has finished 14th or better in his past five Pocono races.
    • Kyle Busch (23rd) has scored just one top-10 finish in his past seven Pocono races.
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (27th) has scored just two top-10 finishes in his past 13 Pocono races
    • Dave Blaney finished 42nd in his 350th series start.(ESPN)(8-3-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (37th Running), his 15th victory in 279 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2010. Biffle breaks a 64-race winless streak. His last victory came on Sept. 21, 2008 at Dover International Speedway.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 16 races at Pocono Raceway. His only top-five finish here, a fourth, came in August 2004.
    #14-Tony Stewart (second) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 24 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2010.
    #99-Carl Edwards (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #34-Kevin Conway (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #29-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 189 points over #24-Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-1-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 21 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 3080
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2891, -189
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2820, -260
    4) #48Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2803, -277
    5) #31-Jeff Burton, 2757, -323
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2724, -356
    7) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2722, -358
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 2719, -361
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2682, -398
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2666, -414
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2652, -428
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2564, -516
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2530, -550, 34 points out of the chase
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2435, -645, -129
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2426, -654, -138
    16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2396, -684, -168
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
    21) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2241, -839, -323
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-1-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Watkins Glen:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #26 team falls to 37th and #38 up to 36th. The points spread from 35th to 36th is well over a race now, at 199
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1583, +213
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1579, +209
    35) #71-TBA/TRG, 1569, 199 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1370, 199 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1367, -202
    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.(8-1-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Pocono:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #82, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, backup car
    #64, 35, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #19, 52, Commitment Line Violation, pass thru
    #7, 66, Safety violation (below minimum speed), pit
    #77, 75, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    #7, 85, Safety violation (below minimum speed)
    #1, 103, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
    #1, 105, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, stop and go
    #20, 105, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #12, 107, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, pass thru
    #37, 111, Outside half of the pit box tire violation
       Team member not in contact with the outside tires, pass thru
    #33, 167, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-1-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap still running
    Caution 2: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 27th
    Caution 3: #78-Smith, 21st
    Caution 4: #77-Hornish Jr., 11th
    Caution 5: #83-Sorenson, 32nd
    (8-1-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Pocono (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #55-McDowell, 23 laps run
    42nd: #66-Blaney, 24 laps
    41st: #09-Cassill, 32 laps
    40th: #87-Nemechek, 42 laps
    38th: #46-Yeley, 48 laps
    37th: #64-Bodine, 49 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #55 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)(8-1-2010)

  • Rain at Pocono: it rained off and on this morning in Long Pond, PA, location for Pocono Raceway, where the Sunono Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Spriont Cup Series race is scheduled today with a green flag around 1:18pm/et on ESPN. Forcast for the afternoon has improved, the radar looks much better and the forcast has been adjusted to the better: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High around 75F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%. See more weather info and links on my Pocono Race Info page - Weather section.(8-1-2010)

  • Rain at Pocono: it has been raining off and on in Long Pond, PA, location for Pocono Raceway, where the Sunono Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Spriont Cup Series race is scheduled today with a green flag around 1:18pm/et on ESPN. Forcast for the day is Scattered showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Monday doesn't look much better. See more weather info and links on my Pocono Race Info page - Weather section.(8-1-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Pocono: The selections of pit stalls for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #14-Stewart chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 25, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 3rd pit stall, no opening in front or back of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #12-Keselowski, who starts 11th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-31-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, August 1, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et on ESPN2; green flag approx 1:18pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 2 at 2:30am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 4 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Pocono:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring Chassis #1004 will be making its third start of the season at Pocono. Jamie McMurray drove the chassis just six weeks prior at Michigan finishing 24th. This chassis was also used at Texas Motor Speedway where McMurray started 15th and finished 30th after being caught in a nine-car on-track incident.
    #2-Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their "PRS-712" Miller Lite "Vortex" Dodge this weekend at Pocono. The team debuted the car at Dover in May, where Busch started 12th and finished 19th. This weekend's Pocono battle will be its second race. The backup car for this weekend is the "PRS-715" Dodge, the car Busch named "Charger" after winning the March race with it in its debut.
    #5-Mark Martin: Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-550 for Sunday's race at Pocono. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to an 11th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. .
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-613 Last ran the Sprint Showdown – finished seventh; Backup: RK-633 Last ran Michigan. The Wheeling, WV Center (SLIC - 2600) in the Mid-Atlantic District has been selected as the UPS Maximum Center for the Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Race at Pocono Raceway. The Wheeling Center is recognized for maintaining outstanding results on the Balanced Scorecard in 2010 and in the district for 2009. The center consistently demonstrated strong results in every area of package operations including production, safety, service, and growth.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the The FedEx team will unload Chassis JGR 279 this weekend in Pocono. JGR 267 will serve as the backup. The #11 FedEx Office Toyota will carry the numbers 0730 on the b-post this weekend at Pocono Raceway in recognition of the FedEx Office team located in Birmingham (Ala.). The Birmingham/Inverness team was recently named 2010 FedEx Office Group of the year for FY 2010, and is leading the annual President's Club program, which recognizes results in combined performance areas of sales, profit dollars, turnover and customer service.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-733 during Sunday's 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway. This is a brand new chassis to the #12 team.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-515: This car is a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, but it was essentially rebuilt since failing to qualify for the November 2008 race at Texas. Prior to Texas, Chassis No. 14-515 made two starts, with its debut coming in August at Michigan. There, Tony Raines qualified 30th and finished 31st. The car was then tested Sept. 9 at Kentucky Speedway in preparation for its next start at Kansas. Raines was again at the wheel, qualifying 25th and finishing 23rd. The All-Star Race at Charlotte marked Chassis No. 14-515's third career start, but first of 2009 and first with Stewart at the controls. The non-points race displayed a marked change for the car, as Stewart wheeled Chassis No. 14-515 into the lead on lap 98, where he held the point for the final two circuits around the 1.5-mile oval to take the car's first victory as well as the first win of any kind for Stewart-Haas Racing. The car saw track time again June 1-2 when it participated in a Goodyear tire test at Indianapolis. Last year's Brickyard 400 was the car's first point-paying start of 2009, where it qualified seventh and led two laps before finishing a solid third. It sat idle until getting a new body and a trip to the wind tunnel in preparation for its sixth career start this past May at Darlington Raceway. There, it started 24th and finished 23rd when the race ended. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-515 returns to the track this weekend at Pocono.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-644 (Last raced at Michigan)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 277: This is a brand new race car that will turn its first competitive laps in Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500..
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 Air Force Ford Fusion team has prepared chassis No. 283 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran earlier this season at Darlington and Michigan.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Team is taking chassis #278 this weekend for the 200-lap event at Pocono Raceway. This is another new chassis in The Home Depot Team stable. The back-up car is chassis #247 which Logano drove to a 10th-place finish at Dover, and at the Pocono race in June where he ran in the top five until the late-race incident. The Home Depot associates from store # 3919 from Quail Springs, Okla. The store number will ride along with Logano on the rear quarter panel of The Home Depot Toyota this weekend for the Pennsylvania 500. It is fitting the Quail Springs store is featured this week on the car, although it is located in the northern part of Oklahoma City, the street address is...Pennsylvania Ave.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Built new for 2010, Harvick raced this chassis at Pocono in June, where he started 22nd and finished fourth.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 317 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built brand new for 2010, this Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 298. This Chevrolet, built new in 2010, made its debut at Atlanta in March, where Bowyer finished 23rd following a late-race contact that cut down his left-rear tire. In May, Bowyer was in line for another solid finish at Dover but, on the final pit stop of the day, he left his stall with the jack wedged underneath the #33 machine, resulting in a pit road penalty, the loss of a lap and a less-than-desired 17th-place finish. Most recently, started on the outside row and led 59 laps en route to a ninth-place finish in this #33 Impala the last time at Pocono in June. Bowyer's Chevy will sport a different paint scheme for the second consecutive weekend as the white, blue and maroon colors of The Hartford adorn the #33 for the second of three races in which the Hartford, Conn.,-based corporation will be featured as the primary sponsor. The Hartford's final race as primary sponsor the October 10th race at Auto Club Speedway.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie will bring Chassis #910 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Montoya last drove this chassis at the first Pocono event where he qualified seventh and finished eighth. Earlier in the season the chassis was used at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where Montoya finished in the 37th-position after being involved in an altercation while running in the top-10.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 294 for this weekend's event at Pocono Raceway. The team last utilized this chassis for the event at Michigan where Allmendinger finished 11th. It was also run at Charlotte where the team finished 14th.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: last piloted primary chassis No. 592 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.Back up chassis No. 553 has collected three wins in four starts - the last coming at Auto Club Speedway in February.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 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. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at Pocono in June where he notched a 19th-place finish after qualifying third. Starting this week, Mountain Dew kicks off the Paint the 88 program. Kroger consumers and Earnhardt fans can visit www.Paintthe88.com to create and submit their favorite custom paint out. Earnhardt will select one special paint scheme for the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet he will drive in Phoenix.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 653 for this weekend's event. This is the same chassis the Menards team ran at Darlington Raceway earlier this season.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 team will be unloading chassis RK-639 this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards raced at Charlotte in May and finished 16th.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(7-31-2010)

  • 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
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  • Happy Hour practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest, notes;
    #31-Burton 166.936
    #20-Logano 166.852
    #48-Johnson 166.769
    #83-Sorenson 166.735
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 166.448
    slowest: #64-Bodine 152.832 and #7-Jones 156.753
    no speed listed: #55-McDowell & #87-Nemechek [start-and-parkers]
    incident: #82-Speed spun at the end of practice and did damage to the right side of the car and will go to a backup car for Sunday's race.
    See speeds. average speeds,fastest 10 lap average, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(7-31-2010)

  • 1st Sat. practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest, notes;
    #24-Almirola/Gordon 167.942
    #48-Johnson 167.414
    #29-Harvick 167.333
    #31-Burton 167.115
    #16-Biffle 167.044
    slowest: #46-Yeley 159.736 and #34-Conway 160.999
    no speed listed: #7-Jones
    incident: Aric Almirola made a few laps of practice in the #24 Chevy of Jeff Gordon, Almirola is a stand-by for Gordon in case his wife goes into labor.....a few minutes into practice, #24-Almirola slid off turn 1, but saved the car.
    See speeds. average speeds, laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(7-31-2010)

  • Stewart wins pole at Pocono: #14-Tony Stewart won the Coors Pole for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway speed of 171.393mph for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 12th of his career. #42-Montoya will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #38-Newman, #48-Johnson, #43-Allmendinger, #31-Burton, #1-McMurray & #5-Martin.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #46-Yeley, #38-Kvapil, #87-Nemechek, #09-Cassill, #55-McDowell, #66-Blaney, #36-Mears and #64-Bodine [all but the #38 are likely to start and park within 50 laps]
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #26-Stremme & #13-Papis
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(7-30-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono:
    #14-Tony Stewart won the Coors Light Pole Award for the The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (37th Running) with a lap of 52.511 seconds, 171.393 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 413 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2010. His first pole of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
    This is his second pole in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2010 and his fourth in eight races at Pocono Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth in 21 races this season.
    #34-Kevin Conway (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-30-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, July 30, 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: 8:00pm/et and 3:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 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 #1-McMurray.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #31-Burton.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Mears with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Papis.
    See the full qualifying order on the Indianapolis Qualifying Page.(7-30-2010)

  • Friday practice for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over. after 90 scheduled minutes, the fastest, slowest, notes;
    #48-Johnson 168.944
    #11-Hamlin 168.602
    #39-Newman 168.577
    #18-Busch 168.486
    #14-Stewart 168.435
    slowest: #7-Jones 159.323 and #34-Conway 160.726
    incident: 5 minutes in to practice, #11-Hamlin spun and slid off turn 3, but didn't hit anything. #78-Smith scraped the right rear but no major damage. #7-Jones wacked the turn 1 wall, the crew will pull out a backup car.
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(7-30-2010)

  • Pocono practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #38-Travis Kvapil. 26th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 32nd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 35th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 36th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 37th
    #09-Landon Cassill, 39th
    #26-David Stremme, 40th
    #13-Max Papis, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #36-Casey Mears, 42nd
    #64-Todd Bodine, 43rd
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Pocono Practice Speeds Page.(7-30-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Landon Cassill (2009 race winner as owner)(39/20)
    #13-Max Papis (41/20)
    #26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(36/20)
    #36-Casey Mears (38/20)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (37/20)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/20)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/20)
    #64-Todd Bodine (46/10)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43/20)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/20)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,38,36,46,13,87,66
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 55, 64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(7-26-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Pocono [August 1]:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #71 team falls to 35th, but is 154 points ahead of #26.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1539, +203
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1510, +174
    34) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1509, +173
    35) #71-Cassill/TRG, 1439, 154 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 1336, 154 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1294, -196
    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.(7-25-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Indianapolis, race 20 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2920
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2736, -184
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2660, -260
    4) #48Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2659, -261
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2658, -262
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2630 -290
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 2615, -305
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2573, -347
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 2544, -376
    10) #99-Carl Edwards, 2496, -424
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2462, -458
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2446, -474
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2384, -536, 62 points out of the chase
    14) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2353, -567, -93
    15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2299, -621, -147
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray [2 wins], 2295, -625, -151
    17) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2290, -630, -156
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 17
    22) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2121, -799, -325
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(7-25-2010)

  • 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)

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  • 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

  • Four Current Race Tracks the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on that #5-Mark Martin has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Indianapolis: 0 for 16 with a best finish of 2nd in 8/1998 and 7/2009
    Pocono: 0 for 46 with six finishes of 2nd, last in 8/2004
    Homestead: 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2005
    Daytona: 0 for 50 with a best finish of 2nd in 2/2007
    (plus Martin ran five races at Nashville and four races at Riverside and didn't win)(7-4-2010)

  • June 2010 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 169.485, finished 2nd

  • 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 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 136.303mph, started 4th

  • 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, Denny Hamlin]

  • 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 65 Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 23 times and the top ten 46 times.

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14* [of 65 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 9
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8
  • 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 65 events (21.539%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 47 of 65 events (72.308%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 18 of 65 events (27.692%)

    * 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 65 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 36 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.
    · 47 of 65 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 (8.6) and Jimmie Johnson (9.5) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.
    · There have been 99 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

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Jamie McMurray AXE Twist #1 Team Schemes Page
    #7-P.J. Jones SpeedFactory.tv #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office (blue) #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Air Force #19 Team Schemes Page
    #33-Clint Bowyer The Hartford #33 Team Schemes Page
    #37-David Gilliland Gander Mountain #37 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman U.A. Army #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger Insignia HDTV #43 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Clorox-Kleenex #47 Team Schemes Page
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. PPG none...yet
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard CertainTeed/Menards #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Special paint for Hornish at Pocono: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing #77 PPG Dodge Charger, will sport a special paint scheme on his car this weekend at Pocono Raceway featuring PPG Automotive Refinish and PPG Olympic Paint. The #77 Dodge is also utilizing PPG’s environmentally friendly Envirobase High Performance waterborne paint. This is the same paint scheme that Hornish ran last August at Pocono where he secured a NASCAR career-best finish of fourth place.(Penske Racing), see the scheme form 2009 on ther #77 Team Schemes page.(8-1-2010)

  • McMurray to sport color changing AXE Twist scheme at Pocono: This weekend the #1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy of Jamie McMurray will welcome a new paint scheme with AXE Twist as the sponsor. AXE Twist was developed by world-renowned fragrance experts. Twist starts with fresh hints of citrus and lime, and then over time adds more depth with earthy notes of cedar and sandalwood. AXE Twist is available in a Deodorant Bodyspray, Deodorant Stick, Antiperspirant Stick and Shower Gel. Race fans can purchase AXE Twist at most food, drug, club and mass retail outlets. The #1 AXE Twist Chevy will feature a color-changing hood when it takes the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 1 at Pocono Raceway. The paint scheme is representative of the AXE Twist fragrance itself, which changes scents throughout the day. The vinyl used on the hood uses liquid crystals that can be accurately set to show color at specific temperatures and was specifically engineered to meet the exact temperature range needed to show changing colors on the hood of a NSCS car. For more information, visit www.theaxeeffect.com.(EGR) see images of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(7-28-2010)

  • Gander Mountain Sponsors Gilliland at Martinsville: Gander Mountain will be the primary sponsor of Front Row Motorsports' #37 Sprint Cup entry at the Martinsville Speedway on March 28. The car will be piloted by David Gilliland, currently 35th in driver point standings in the Sprint Cup Series. Gander Mountain became a sponsor because of the number of NASCAR fans who also enjoy the outdoors, according to Steve Uline, Gander Mountain's executive vice president of marketing. The company will also sponsor Gilliland's car for the August 1 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. "David Gilliland is an avid outdoorsman, as are many NASCAR fans," Uline said. "One of David's favorite pastimes outside of NASCAR is fishing. He understands Gander Mountain's 'We Live Outdoors' culture and is the perfect driver to help us take our message to race fans." Gander Mountain, with 119 stores in 23 states, is the nation's largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services. The company offers thousands of products in its online store and now includes free standard shipping. In addition, the site now offers a firearms department with a broad selection of ammunition, rifles, handguns, shotguns and accessories. Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (www.overtons.com) a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.(Front Row Motorsports/Breaking Limits), see images of the car on my #37 Team Schemes page.(3-22-2010)

  • The Hartford Renews Its Richard Childress Racing Sponsorship : The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., announced its 2010 sponsorship of Richard Childress Racing’s #33 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer. For the second straight year, the company is the primary sponsor of the #33 Chevy for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and an associate sponsor for the remaining events. “The RCR sponsorship is a wonderful experience for our customers and employees,” said Mitch Jawitz, Vice President, The Hartford. “This year, we plan to offer even more ways for NASCAR fans to get involved with the racing experience. Just like Bowyer’s pit crew, The Hartford team is fanatical about keeping our driver’s lives moving forward uninterrupted.” The Hartford’s #33 primary paint-outs will run at:
    Darlington Raceway on May 8
    Pocono Raceway on August 1 and the
    Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on October 10.

    Throughout the race season, the company, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, will highlight its bicentennial and provide opportunities for fans to engage with the Richard Childress Racing team. This will include contests, sweepstakes and giveaways, as well as exclusive promotions for members of The Hartford Racing Club. The Hartford will also be an associate sponsor of RCR driver #31-Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Both Bowyer and Burton will serve as spokespeople for The Hartford focusing on the auto insurance program. For more about The Hartford’s commitment to racing and The Hartford Race Club please visit www.thehartfordracing.com.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: Four Generals - Four star Air Force General, Roger A. Brady; three star Army Lieutenant General, William N. Phillips; two star National Guard Major General, Randall Marchi; and one star Air National Guard Brigadier General, Roy E. Uptegraff III
    Command to start engines: Brady, Phillips, Marchi, Uptegraff
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Phil DeRea, Pocono Chaplin
    National Anthem: Clark Luis
    Military Flyover: one B-52

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

  • Websites:
    Pococo Raceway
    Pocono Raceway - Facebook
    Pocono Raceway - Twitter
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Pocono Raceway
    Pocono's Best

  • July 2009: see my Pocono Race Info page

  • June 2010: see my Pocono Race Info page


  • Pocono may give up race date, in a few years: Pocono Raceway co-owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli told Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Thursday that he might be willing to give up one of his track’s two race dates, but not in the near future. In recent comments to Yahoo! Sports reporter Brant James, Mattioli implied that two races were now too many for some tracks, including Pocono. However, he said he will retain his two Sprint Cup Series dates until at least 2013, when new NASCAR television contracts take effect. Asked if Pocono will be part of a rumored 2001 schedule shakeup, Mattioli replied, “absolutely not.”(Sirius Speedway)(8-1-2010)

  • Pocono Raceway announces Grand Marshals: This weekend’s racing action at Pocono Raceway will consist of the star drivers of three of the nation’s top motor sports series; the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. But before the green flag flies to start the August 1, Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, stars of a different sort will give the command to fire the engines…10 stars in fact. Four Generals (accounting for 10 stars) from various branches of the military will serve as Co- Grand Marshals for Sunday’s Sprint Cup event.
    Four star Air Force General, Roger A. Brady; three star Army Lieutenant General, William N. Phillips; two star National Guard Major General, Randall Marchi; and one star Air National Guard Brigadier General, Roy E. Uptegraff III, will give the command “Gentleman Start Your Engines” that will bring to life 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars. Gates open at 9:00AM Sunday with pre-race activities beginning at 11:00AM all leading upto the 1:00PM start of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Tickets are available by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting www.poconoraceway.com . Online purchasers have a print at home option. Tickets are also available at the gate.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2010)

  • Pocono Raceway Activates World's Largest Solar Powered Sports Facility: As the country begins to aggressively seek alternative energy sources, a significant new solar energy project is ready to flip the switch in what might be considered an unlikely place – a NASCAR racetrack in Long Pond, PA. Yet, considering the major sustainability programs being initiated throughout the NASCAR industry, the 3 megawatt ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system at Pocono Raceway is completely in step with a sport taking major strides to preserve the environment. The 25-acre solar installation, located adjacent to the 2.5-mile race track, is so large it’s visible from outer space. With its 40,000 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, it will become the primary electric energy source for the race track while adding electricity to the local power grid.
    The Pocono Raceway Solar Project, developed by enXco, and owned by Pocono Raceway, host of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series summer events, is located along Long Pond Road adjacent to the storied raceway on land that previously served fan parking needs but is no longer used due to a reconfiguration of other parking lots on the property.
    The installation consists of nearly 40,000 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 1,000 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway. Tickets are available for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting www.poconoraceway.com . Online purchasers have a print at home option. Tickets are also available at the gate.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2010)

  • Pocono Raceway going green with buses: To reduce the environmental impact of the thousands of NASCAR fans traveling into the Poconos for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 on August 1st , Pocono Raceway is continuing their “green” campaign by encouraging race fans to park their cars and ride in on special charter 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. Early morning departures from area park-and-ride locations will provide timely arrivals at the racetrack, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy the track’s festivities, shop its vendors, and utilize Pit/Paddock Passes. As a special treat for using this service, fans will also enjoy a lap around “The Tricky Triangle” upon arrival.
    Pocono Raceway, along with Martz Trailways and Destination Pocono, began this bus program two years ago. Last year’s four pick-up locations have exploded to eleven, covering the entire four-county Pocono region and New York City. This year, 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.
    Pocono Raceway is encouraging fans to contact Destination Pocono for their complete race planning. Area hotels are also partnering with Destination Pocono to offer complete weekend packages that include accommodations, race tickets, upgrades and bus seats. This means that fans can receive complete, one-stop race planning service when gearing up for the August 1, Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 . For more information, please visit www.DestinationPocono.com or call our toll-free number at 888-629-8050.(Pocono Raceway)(7-28-2010)

  • Sunoco Sponsors Pocono Race to Raise Money for Red Cross: The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter announced the launch of The Pocono Raceway Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience. Now through July 16th, fans can enter to win a wonderful grand prize which includes a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas and the chance to wave the “Green Flag” at the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race on August 1st. More info on my Racing Contest page, Proceeds from the race will go to Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s one-of-a-kind Red Cross House, which provides free of charge, food, clothing, and shelter to victims of disasters, like fires and floods.(Pocono Raceway)(7-19-2010)

  • Pocono looks to make fixes: Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said Pocono Raceway officials are looking at possible safety improvements in light of last weekend's crash by Kasey Kahne, where he nearly climbed over a cement wall that had no catchfence above it.(Roanoke Times)(6-14-2010)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    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 -- 14 psi; Left Rear -- 14 psi;
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 31 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-36 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Pocono this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while those for the Camping World Trucks will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Pocono in June . . . Cup teams also ran this combination at both races at Pocono last season . . . for the Camping World Truck Series, this combination has been run the last two seasons at Iowa Speedway . . . it was confirmed for Pocono at a Goodyear tire test at the track on May 17 . . . Truck Series drivers participating in that test were Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Mike Skinner and Jason White . . . 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.


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