NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Pennsylvania 400 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, August 5th
SITE: Pocono Raceway (1974) -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval- 3,740 feet (Frontstretch); 3,055 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 100,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 39th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 26th)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kasey Kahne, 2004 (172.533 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Joey Logano, 2012 (131.004 m.p.h., 400-mile race)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,906,691 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $201,408; 2nd Place - $213,091; 3rd Place - $162,000
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski136Jeff Gordon31
2Kyle Busch117Carl Edwards4
3Kurt Busch58Greg Biffle9
4Jimmie Johnson189Dale Earnhardt Jr19
5Ryan Newman1210Paul Menard7
2011 Pennsylvania 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.878 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 37 minutes, 35 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.791 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (172.055 m.p.h.)
Past Pennsylvania 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (13th) -- Dodge -- 137.878 m.p.h.
2010 -- Greg Biffle (12th) -- Ford -- 132.246 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (6th) -- Toyota -- 126.396 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (15th) -- Ford -- 130.567 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kurt Busch (2nd) -- Dodge -- 131.627 m.p.h.
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 132.626 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kurt Busch (2nd) -- Ford -- 125.283 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.271 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Dodge -- 127.705 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Dodge -- 125.809 m.p.h.
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (11th) -- Pontiac -- 134.590 m.p.h.
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Ford -- 130.662 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (4th) -- Pontiac -- 116.982 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- (134.660 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (4th) -- Ford -- 142.068 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (13th) -- Ford -- 144.892 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (15th) -- Ford -- 134.038 m.p.h.
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1st) -- Ford -- 136.075 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 m.p.h.
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.058 m.p.h.
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (10th) -- Pontiac -- 115.459 m.p.h.
1990 -- Geoff Bodine (4th) -- Ford -- 124.007 m.p.h.
1989 -- Bill Elliott (14th) -- Ford -- 117.847 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 122.866 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 121.745 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.218 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 134.008 m.p.h.
1984 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 121.351 m.p.h.
1983 -- Tim Richmond (1st) -- Pontiac -- 114.818 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (4th) -- Buick -- 115.496 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 119.111 m.p.h.
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2nd) -- Mercury -- 124.395 m.p.h.
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 115.207 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.540 m.p.h.
1977 -- Benny Parsons (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 128.379 m.p.h.
1976 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Dodge -- 115.875 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Mercury -- 111.179 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Dodge -- 115.593 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Purolator 500 (1974-76), Coca-Cola 500 (1977-80),
Mountain Dew 500 (1981-82), Like Cola 500 (1983-84), Summer 500
(1985-87), AC Spark Plug 500 (1988-90), Miller 500 (1991-96),
Pennsylvania 500 (1997-2008), Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
(2009-10), Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (2011). Race changed from 500 to
400 miles in 2012.
 
Past Pennsylvania 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Joey Logano -- 26th
2010 -- Tony Stewart -- 2nd
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2007 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2nd
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2005 -- Jamie McMurray -- 11th
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 18th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 43rd
2000 -- Tony Stewart -- 26th
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 10th
1998 -- Ward Burton -- 34th
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 21st
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9th
1995 -- Bill Elliott -- 5th
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1st
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 6th
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 33rd
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 16th
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 6th
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 7th
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 6th
1987 -- Tim Richmond -- 29th
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 30th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 1st
1982 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26th
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 3rd
1979 -- Harry Gant -- 15th
1978 -- Benny Parsons -- 29th
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25th
1975 -- Bobby Allison -- 31st
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard (July 29th)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Greg Biffle
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FIFTH: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (Finished 6th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 54 minutes, 19 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 137.680 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.758 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-26; Kyle Busch 27-28; J. Johnson 29-41; D. Hamlin 42;
B. Keselowski 43-45; J. Johnson 46-71; J. Gordon 72; M. Kenseth
73; B. Labonte 74; L. Cassill 75; B. Keselowski 76-89; J. Johnson
90-95; B. Keselowski 96-100; J. Johnson 101-125; Kyle Busch 126;
L. Cassill 127; G. Biffle 128-131; J. Johnson 132-160.
Pennsylvania 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil One
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Enersys
32John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Ford/Zaxby
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Mod Space
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Automotive Lift Institute
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
91Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/TBA
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
98Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Ford/traqm.com
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Brad Keselowski---------------------20thWon
Kyle Busch------39th12th12th36th16th23rd2nd
Kurt Busch2nd26thWon2ndWon38th9th33rd3rd
Jimmie Johnson15thWon12th6th5th3rd13th10th4th
Ryan NewmanWon13th5th18th7th14th14th12th5th
Jeff Gordon36th5th13th3rd4th10th8th6th6th
Carl Edwards------4th39th21stWon18th3rd7th
Greg Biffle27th4th17th24th23rd13th15thWon8th
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd25th32nd43rd2nd12th28th27th9th
Paul Menard------------26th42nd26th13th10th
Tony Stewart37th35th7th7th6th2nd10th2nd11th
Martin Truex Jr---------10th22nd15th19th9th12th
Kevin Harvick12th32nd6th5th17th4th12th4th14th
Denny Hamlin---------Won3rd23rdWon5th15th
Matt Kenseth13th8th36th14th14th11th11th18th16th
Jeff Burton6th34th37th9th11th21st21st8th17th
Clint Bowyer---------41st8th6th3rd15th18th
Marcos Ambrose------------------34th39th20th
Jamie McMurray28th30th11th20th40th9th20th22nd22nd
David Reutimann------------41st30th29th17th24th
Joey Logano------------------27th25th26th
Kasey Kahne---3rd27th31st27th7th6th19th28th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------16th40th2nd16th32nd
 
Mover of the Week
Tony Stewart - Started in the 28th position and finished 10th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr
Darkhorse - Paul Menard
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jamie McMurray) - Finished 22nd
 
NOTES:
Four days after fracturing his left ankle in a crash while testing at Road Atlanta, Brad Keselowski overcame pain to win the August 2011 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Keselowski charged past Kyle Busch for the lead just after the fifth and final restart with 16 laps remaining. He then held off Busch at the finish by 0.8 seconds for his second win of the season and the third of his Sprint Cup career.

In August 2010, Greg Biffle ended a 64-race winless streak in the series by taking the checkered flag at Pocono. Biffle was not a factor for most of the race, but pit strategy in the late going helped the Roush Fenway Racing driver in scoring the victory. During the final round of stops, Biffle and then-crew chief Greg Erwin gambled by taking two tires only.

Sam Hornish Jr. claimed the lead when he opted to stay out on the track. Just after the final restart with 21 laps remaining, Biffle passed Hornish and then led from there. He held off Tony Stewart, the pole sitter, by 3.6 seconds for his 15th career Sprint Cup victory but his first since September 2008 at Dover.

Denny Hamlin's 50-race winless streak was bittersweet in 2009. Hamlin, who recorded his fifth career Sprint Cup title, had lost his 91-year-old grandmother just three days prior. Hamlin, who put on a dominating performance with 91 laps led, passed Clint Bowyer with 10 laps remaining. He then held off Juan Pablo Montoya by 0.869 of a second for his first victory since March 2008 at Martinsville.

Carl Edwards capitalized on a late-race pit strategy to win the 2008 running of this race. Edwards last pitted with 35 laps remaining and had just enough fuel remaining to score his second win at the 2.5-mile triangular track. It was his fourth victory of the season and the 11th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Edwards, who captured the Pocono 500 in 2005, defeated Tony Stewart by almost four seconds. Edwards started 15th on the grid and led six times for 53 laps, including the final 14. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson finished third, while Mark Martin, who placed eighth, led for a race-high 55 laps.

Kurt Busch won the 2007 race with a dominating performance. Busch led 175 of 200 laps and crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr for his first Cup victory of that season and the 16th of his career. Busch, who now totals 24 career titles, has finished first, second or third at this race five times in the past nine years.

In 2006, pole sitter Hamlin dominated the race, leading for 151 laps, as he posted his second career Sprint Cup title, both at Pocono. Hamlin, who led five times during the race, reclaimed the lead on lap 181 of the scheduled 200-lap race and held on to edge 2005 winner Kurt Busch by 1.510 seconds.

In the 69 previous races at Pocono, the pole sitter has won 14. Six of those wins came in the second race and the last coming in 2006. 49 of 69 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start. When Carl Edwards won in 2005, he came for the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.

Jimmie Johnson scored the double in 2004, as he raced to victory in both the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Johnson crossed the finish line 2.138 seconds ahead of runner-up Mark Martin to complete the season sweep at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Johnson led a race-high 124 laps en route to the victory after starting 14th on the grid.

In 25 years of twice-a-year racing at Pocono (since 1982) a sweep has occurred only six times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Johnson (2004) and Hamlin (2006).

Bill Elliott is the only driver to repeat as champion of the race in back-to- back years when he titled here in 1988-89. Overall, Elliott captured this race four times, the last coming in 2002 and is a five-time champion and pole sitter at Pocono.

Denny Hamlin won his first two races at Pocono, claiming both victories from the pole in 2006. Since then, Hamlin added the fall 2009 Pocono race and the spring 2010 race to his resume. Hamlin is the last driver to record the yearly double.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the August 12 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. Marcos Ambrose is the defending race winner.

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As of July 31, 2012, at 01:38 PM ET

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