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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, going into the doubleheader weekend that includes the Pocono Organics CBD 325 on Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 on Sunday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Pocono Raceway-1 Data
Season Race #: 18 of 36 (06-26-21)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet
Race Length: 130 laps / 325 miles
Stage 1 Length: 25 Laps
Stage 2 Length: 52 Laps
Final Stage: 53 Laps

Pocono-1 Qualifying/Race Data

2020 Pocono-1 pole winner:

None – Starting Lineup was determined by Random Draw. Aric Almirola started from the first starting position.

2020 Pocono-1 race winner:

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Average Speed: 134.467 mph,

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 25 Mins, 1 Sec.

June 27, 2020

Pocono Raceway-2 Data
Season Race #: 19 of 36 (06-27-21)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet
Race Length: 140 laps / 350 miles
Stage 1 Length: 30 Laps
Stage 2 Length: 55 Laps
Final Stage: 55 Laps

Pocono-2 Qualifying/Race Data

2020 Pocono-2 pole winner:

None – Starting Lineup was determined by Inverting The Field. Ryan Preece started from the first starting position.

2020 Pocono-2 race winner:

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Average Speed: 122.879 mph

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 50 Mins, 54 Secs.

June 28, 2020

Pocono Raceway Qualifying / Race Records

Track qualifying record:

Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

183.438 mph, 49.063 secs.

August 1, 2014

Track race record (200 laps):

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

145.384 mph, (03:26:21)

June 12, 2011

At Pocono Raceway:

 HISTORY

  • 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 Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was on August 4, 1974, and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge, 115.593 mph).
  • The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
  • 2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles.
  • Prior to 2012, all NASCAR Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
  • There have been 86 NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
  • 2020 marked the first season the NASCAR Cup Series held a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway.

STARTS

  • A total of 357 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 260 have competed in more than one Cup Series race at Pocono.
  • Ricky Rudd leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Pocono Raceway with 55.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 40 starts at Pocono Raceway.
  • A total of 34 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have made their series debut at Pocono Raceway.
  • The most recent and only active drivers to make their series debut at Pocono are James Davison (June 27, 2020) and Bubba Wallace (June 11, 2017).
  • David Pearson (six starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono Raceway with a 4.667.
  • Denny Hamlin (32 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.400.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Start Races
1 David Pearson 4.667 6 1 Denny Hamlin 7.400 30
2 Denny Hamlin 7.400 30 2 Kurt Busch 10.128 39
3 Cale Yarborough 7.556 18 3 Brad Keselowski 11.000 22
4 Alan Kulwicki 7.769 13 4 Kyle Busch 11.313 32
5 Benny Parsons 8.667 21 5 Ryan Newman 11.474 38
6 Neil Bonnett 8.941 17 6 Joey Logano 11.833 24
7 Mark Martin 9.741 54 7 Ryan Blaney 13.300 10
8 Bobby Allison 9.857 21 8 Chase Elliott 13.600 10
9 Tim Richmond 9.857 14 9 Erik Jones 14.625 8
10 Kurt Busch 10.128 39 10 Martin Truex Jr 14.700 30

POLES

  • A total of 46 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • 12 of the 46 Pocono Raceway Cup Series pole winners are active this weekend.
Rank Active Pole Winners Poles
1 Kyle Busch 4
2 Denny Hamlin 3
3 Joey Logano 2
4 Kurt Busch 2
5 Ryan Newman 2
6 Brad Keselowski 1
7 Daniel Suarez 1
8 Kevin Harvick 1
9 Kyle Larson 1
10 Martin Truex Jr 1
11 Ryan Blaney 1
12 William Byron 1
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (1984, 1985 sweep, 1995 and 2002) and Ken Schrader (1989, 1992, 1993 sweep and 1995) lead the series in poles at Pocono Raceway with five each.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers at Pocono Raceway with four poles (Spring 2010, Fall 2015, 2017 sweep).
  • Buddy Baker won the inaugural pole at Pocono Raceway in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
  • Of the 46 pole winners at Pocono, only six have won consecutive poles: Bill Elliott (1984-85), Mark Martin (1990-91), Ken Schrader (1993 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep), Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012) and Kyle Busch (2017 sweep).
  • Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Pocono with three; fall 1984 and both races in 1985.
  • Youngest Cup Series Pocono pole winner: Joey Logano (August 7, 2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (June 10, 1984 – 49 years, 5 months, 19 days).
  • Four drivers have posted their first-career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Pocono Raceway: Harry Gant (1979), Casey Mears (2004), Kyle Larson (2014) and Daniel Suarez (2018).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Pocono Raceway; led by Chevrolet with 34, followed by Ford (18), Toyota (9), Dodge (8), Pontiac (6), Buick (2), American Motors Company and Oldsmobile (each have one).

WINS

  • A total of 38 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Pocono Raceway.
  • 10 of the 38 NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Raceway winners are entered this weekend.
Pocono Active Winners Wins Seasons
Denny Hamlin 6 2020, 2019, 2010, 2009, 2006 sweep
Kyle Busch 3 2019, 2018, 2017
Kurt Busch 3 2016, 2007, 2005
Martin Truex Jr 2 2018, 2015
Kevin Harvick 1 2020
Ryan Blaney 1 2017
Chris Buescher 1 2016
Joey Logano 1 2012
Brad Keselowski 1 2011
Ryan Newman 1 2003
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon (1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2011 and 2012) and Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep, 2009, 2010, 2019, 2020) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Pocono with six victories each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in 1974.
  • 24 different drivers have multiple series wins at Pocono Raceway; including four active drivers: Denny Hamlin (six), Kurt Busch (three), Kyle Busch (three) and Martin Truex Jr. (two).
  • Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway:
    • Bobby Allison (1982 sweep and Spring 1983)
    • Bill Elliott (1985 sweep)
    • Tim Richmond (1986 sweep and spring 1987)
    • Bobby Labonte (1999 sweep)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep)
    • Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep and 2009-2010)
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014 sweep)
    • Kyle Busch (2018-2019)
  • Youngest Cup Series Pocono winner: Joey Logano (June 10, 2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Pocono winner: Harry Gant (June 17, 1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
  • A total of four NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Pocono Raceway: Ryan Blaney (06/11/2017), Chris Buescher (08/01/16), Denny Hamlin (06/11/06) and Jeremy Mayfield (06/21/98).
  • 16 of the 86 (19%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been won from the pole (14) or first starting position (two); the most recent was Kyle Busch on July 30, 2017.
  • The two NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono that were won from the first starting position after qualifying was cancelled were Tony Stewart (2009) and Jimmie Johnson (2013).
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (16) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series – a 19% winning percentage.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Pocono Raceway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 16 18.60% 13 4 4.65%
2 10 11.63% 14 2 2.33%
3 10 11.63% 15 2 2.33%
4 9 10.47% 16 2 2.33%
5 4 4.65% 18 2 2.33%
6 2 2.33% 19 1 1.16%
7 2 2.33% 22 2 2.33%
8 3 3.49% 23 1 1.16%
9 4 4.65% 27 2 2.33%
10 1 1.16% 28 1 1.16%
11 3 3.49% 29 1 1.16%
12 2 2.33%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 18.60% 16
Winning from the Front Row: 30.23% 26
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 56.98% 49
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 70.93% 61
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 8.14% 7
  • Denny Hamlin (2006) is the only active driver to win at Pocono in his first appearance.
  • Aric Almirola leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 17.
  • A total of 26 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono with 17: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 32 victories; followed by Ford with 24, Toyota (10), Dodge (seven), Pontiac (six), Buick (four), Mercury (two) and Oldsmobile (one).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 38 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven second-place finishes.
  • Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Pocono with five each.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Mark Martin 7 1 Kevin Harvick 5
2 Jeff Gordon 6 2 Kurt Busch 5
3 Kevin Harvick 5 3 Brad Keselowski 4
4 Kurt Busch 5 4 Kyle Busch 2
5 Richard Petty 5 5 Daniel Suarez 1
Denny Hamlin 1
Erik Jones 1
Kyle Larson 1
Ryan Newman 1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 77 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top fives at Pocono with 20 each.
  • Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top fives at Pocono with 14 each.Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)
Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Jeff Gordon 20 1 Kevin Harvick 14
Mark Martin 20 Kurt Busch 14
3 Bill Elliott 14 3 Denny Hamlin 13
Harry Gant 14 4 Brad Keselowski 10
Kevin Harvick 14 5 Kyle Busch 9
Kurt Busch 14 Ryan Newman 9

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 125 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono Raceway with 34 top 10s.
  • Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 20 top-10 finishes each at Pocono.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Mark Martin 34 1 Denny Hamlin 20
2 Jeff Gordon 32 Kevin Harvick 20
3 Tony Stewart 24 Kurt Busch 20
4 Bill Elliott 22 4 Kyle Busch 16
Dale Earnhardt 22 5 Ryan Newman 15
Ricky Rudd 22

Average Finish

  • William Byron leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with an 9.667 in six starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Positions at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Driver Avg Finish Races Rank Active Driver Avg Finish Races
1 William Byron 9.667 6 1 William Byron 9.667 6
2 Davey Allison 9.769 13 2 Brad Keselowski 10.955 22
3 Tim Richmond 9.857 14 3 Denny Hamlin 11.267 30
4 Daniel Hemric 10.000 2 4 Erik Jones 11.375 8
5 Skip Manning 10.000 2 5 Kevin Harvick 12.025 40
6 Jeff Gordon 10.170 47 6 Kyle Larson 12.417 12
7 Brad Keselowski 10.955 22 7 Ryan Blaney 12.600 10
8 Denny Hamlin 11.267 30 8 Ryan Newman 13.316 38
9 Mark Martin 11.352 54 9 Chase Elliott 14.300 10
10 Erik Jones 11.375 8 10 Kurt Busch 14.462 39

 LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 128 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at Pocono Raceway.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Lap Leaders Led Completed % Led Races
1 Jeff Gordon 1,040 8,535 12.2% 47
2 Geoff Bodine 809 6,799 11.9% 42
3 Denny Hamlin 785 4,872 16.1% 30
4 Rusty Wallace 754 7,510 10.0% 44
5 Jimmie Johnson 743 6,381 11.6% 38
6 Darrell Waltrip 618 7,404 8.3% 45
7 Kurt Busch 584 6,639 8.8% 39
8 Dale Jarrett 524 7,481 7.0% 42
9 Richard Petty 497 4,971 10.0% 30
10 Kyle Busch 462 4,986 9.3% 32
Rank Active Lap Leaders Led Completed % Led Races
1 Denny Hamlin 785 4,872 16.1% 30
2 Kurt Busch 584 6,639 8.8% 39
3 Kyle Busch 462 4,986 9.3% 32
4 Joey Logano 286 3,916 7.3% 24
5 Kevin Harvick 277 6,722 4.1% 40
6 Martin Truex Jr 216 4,921 4.4% 30
7 Ryan Newman 198 6,571 3.0% 38
8 Brad Keselowski 196 3,513 5.6% 22
9 Kyle Larson 101 1,892 5.3% 12
10 Aric Almirola 67 2,252 3.0% 17
Chase Elliott 67 1,450 4.6% 10
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in laps led with 1,040 laps led in 47 starts.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in laps led at Pocono Raceway with 785 laps led in 30 starts.
  • Most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by the race winner was 175 of 200 scheduled laps (87.5%) on August 5, 2007, by race winner Kurt Busch.
  • Most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by a driver that did not win the race was 154 of the scheduled 200 laps (77%) on June 9, 1985, by Geoff Bodine; he finished fourth.
  • The fewest laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by the race winner is just two laps led on August 2, 2015, by Matt Kenseth; he started the race from the seventh starting position. Kenseth led one lap (88) earlier in the race and took the lead on the final lap to win the event.

TRACK SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is the July 23, 2000 race, that was won by Rusty Wallace over Jeff Burton with a margin of victory of 0.126 second.

Top 10 Closest Margins of Victory at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Rank Margin of Victory Winner Runner-Up Date
1 0.126 Rusty Wallace Jeff Burton Sunday, July 23, 2000
2 0.139 Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick Sunday, June 11, 2017
3 0.190 Dale Jarrett Jeff Gordon Sunday, July 16, 1995
4 0.228 Dale Earnhardt Jr Kevin Harvick Sunday, August 3, 2014
5 0.280 Rusty Wallace Dale Earnhardt Sunday, June 12, 1994
6 0.300 Rusty Wallace Ricky Rudd Sunday, July 21, 1996
7 0.307 Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Sunday, July 27, 2003
8 0.340 Bobby Labonte Jeff Gordon Sunday, June 20, 1999
9 0.340 Jeremy Mayfield Jeff Gordon Sunday, June 21, 1998
10 0.341 Denny Hamlin Erik Jones Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the largest margin of victory (MOV) in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is the August 2, 2015 race, that was won by Matt Kenseth over Brad Keselowski with a margin of victory of 9.012 seconds.
  • There have been four NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Pocono.

NASCAR Overtime Races at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Scheduled Laps Actual Laps NASCAR Overtime Winner Date
160 163 3 Denny Hamlin Sunday, July 28, 2019
160 164 4 Kyle Busch Sunday, July 29, 2018
200 204 4 Denny Hamlin Sunday, June 6, 2010
200 203 3 Kurt Busch Sunday, July 24, 2005
200 201 1 Carl Edwards Sunday, June 12, 2005
  • Seven of the 84 series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.

Weather Shortened Races at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Scheduled Date Scheduled Laps Actual Laps No. of Fewer Laps Winners
Sunday, July 31, 2016 160 138 -22 Chris Buescher
Sunday, August 5, 2012 160 98 -62 Jeff Gordon
Sunday, June 10, 2007 200 106 -94 Jeff Gordon
Sunday, July 28, 2002 200 175 -25 Bill Elliott
Sunday, July 21, 1991 200 179 -21 Rusty Wallace
Sunday, July 20, 1986 200 150 -50 Tim Richmond
Sunday, August 4, 1974 200 192 -8 Richard Petty
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway six times; twice the driver who started first after qualifying was cancelled won the event.

NASCAR Cup Series Races with Qualifying Cancelled at Pocono Raceway

Date Started First Due To Qualifying Cancelled Finishing Position
June 9, 2013 Jimmie Johnson 1
June 9, 2002 Sterling Marlin 4
June 6, 1982 Terry Labonte 5
June 7, 2009 Tony Stewart 1
August 3, 2009 Tony Stewart 10

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Female Competitor Stats at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 22 15 7/30/2017
Danica Patrick 24 16 6/11/2017
Danica Patrick 26 22 8/1/2016
Danica Patrick 33 32 6/6/2016
Danica Patrick 20 16 8/2/2015
Danica Patrick 22 37 6/7/2015
Danica Patrick 10 30 8/3/2014
Danica Patrick 16 37 6/8/2014
Danica Patrick 34 35 8/4/2013
Danica Patrick 30 29 6/9/2013
Averages 23.7 26.9
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 21 28 7/27/1980
Janet Guthrie 22 31 7/30/1978
Janet Guthrie 10 11 7/31/1977
Averages 17.7 23.3

NASCAR IN PENNSYLVANIA

  • There have been 159 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Pennsylvania.
  • Among the 10 tracks in Pennsylvania, Pocono Raceway has hosted the most NASCAR national series events.
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Pennsylvania was the NASCAR Cup Series event held on September 11, 1949 at Langhorne Speedway and won by Curtis Turner (Oldsmobile).
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was on August 4, 1974, and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge, 115.593 mph).

NASCAR Tracks in Pennsylvania

Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Totals First Year
Pocono Raceway Long Pond 86 5 11 102 1974
Nazareth Speedway Nazareth 0 17 6 23 1988
Langhorne Speedway Langhorne 17 0 0 17 1949
Lincoln Speedway New Oxford 7 0 0 7 1958
Heidelberg Raceway Pittsburgh 4 0 0 4 1951
Reading Fairgrounds Reading 2 0 0 2 1958
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Bloomsburg 1 0 0 1 1953
New Bradford Speedway Bradford 1 0 0 1 1958
Pine Grove Speedway Shippenville 1 0 0 1 1951
Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg 1 0 0 1 1954
Totals 120 22 17 159

PENNSYLVANIA DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 149 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
  • Three of the 149 Pennsylvania drivers have won in NASCAR’s premiere series.

Pennsylvania Winners in NASCAR

Driver Cup Wins Xfinity Wins Gander Truck Wins Combined
Dick Linder 3 0 0 3
Jimmy Spencer 2 12 1 15
Mark Donohue 1 0 0 1
Totals 6 12 1 19

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