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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 3
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
TRACK: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track
CAPACITY: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 41st
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 1/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 13)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Denny Hamlin, June 2014 (181.415 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, June 2011 (145.384 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kasey Kahne186Brad Keselowski11
2Jeff Gordon227Joey Logano6
3Kurt Busch58Kyle Busch2
4Ryan Newman49Tony Stewart20
5Dale Earnhardt Jr2510Greg Biffle7
2013 GoBowling.com 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.009 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 6 mins., 2 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.392
CAUTION FLAGS: 9for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 27 among 14 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (180.654 mph)
Past GoBowling.com 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kasey Kahne (18) -- Chevrolet -- 129.009 mph
2012 -- Jeff Gordon (27) -- Chevrolet -- 139.249 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (13) -- Dodge -- 137.878 mph
2010 -- Greg Biffle (12) -- Ford -- 132.246 mph
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (6) -- Toyota -- 126.396 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (15) -- Ford -- 130.567 mph
2007 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Dodge -- 131.627 mph
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 132.626 mph
2005 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Ford -- 125.283 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (14) -- Chevrolet -- 126.271 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Dodge -- 127.705 mph
2002 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Dodge -- 125.809 mph
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (11) -- Pontiac -- 134.590 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (2) -- Ford -- 130.662 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (4) -- Pontiac -- 116.982 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- (134.660 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (4) -- Ford -- 142.068 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (13) -- Ford -- 144.892 mph
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 134.038 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 136.075 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 mph
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Chevrolet -- 134.058 mph
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (10) -- Pontiac -- 115.459 mph
1990 -- Geoff Bodine (4) -- Ford -- 124.007 mph
1989 -- Bill Elliott (14) -- Ford -- 117.847 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Ford -- 122.866 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (16) -- Chevrolet -- 121.745 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.218 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 134.008 mph
1984 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Chevrolet -- 121.351 mph
1983 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 114.818 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (4) -- Buick -- 115.496 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 119.111 mph
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2) -- Mercury -- 124.395 mph
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 115.207 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 142.540 mph
1977 -- Benny Parsons (4) -- Chevrolet -- 128.379 mph
1976 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Dodge -- 115.875 mph
1975 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 111.179 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 115.593 mph
 
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), Pennsylvania 400 (2012).
Race changed from 500 to 400 miles in 2012.
 
Past GoBowling.com 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13
2012 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 20
2011 -- Joey Logano -- 26
2010 -- Tony Stewart -- 2
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2007 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2005 -- Jamie McMurray -- 11
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 18
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 43
2000 -- Tony Stewart -- 26
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 10
1998 -- Ward Burton -- 34
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 21
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9
1995 -- Bill Elliott -- 5
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 6
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 33
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 16
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 6
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 7
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 6
1987 -- Tim Richmond -- 29
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 30
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1982 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 3
1979 -- Harry Gant -- 15
1978 -- Benny Parsons -- 29
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25
1975 -- Bobby Allison -- 31
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Crown Royal Presents John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (July 27)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 8)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 39 mins., 41 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 150.297 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.325 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 16 laps
LAP LEADERS: Harvick 1, J. Gordon 2-21, Logano 22-31, Kahne 32-37, Larson
38-42, Dillon 43, Hamlin 44-54, Harvick 55-65, Hamlin 66-72,
Kahne 73-98, Bowyer 99-101, Kahne 102-126, J. Gordon 127-129,
Annett 130, Kahne 131-143, J. Gordon 144-160.
GoBowling.com 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Mobil 1
5 *Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Code 3
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/RK Motors Charlotte
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Toyota of Scranton
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
33Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/A&W Root beer Float/CSX
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/GoBowling.com
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Michael Baker Int'l
93Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kasey Kahne2731277619282Won
Jeff Gordon133410866Won2
Kurt BuschWon2Won389333303
Ryan Newman5187141412564
Dale Earnhardt Jr324321228279325
Brad Keselowski---------------20Won46
Joey Logano------------272526137
Kyle Busch3912123616232338
Tony Stewart77621021159
Greg Biffle1724231315Won81510
Carl Edwards43921Won1837711
Jimmie Johnson12653131041412
Clint Bowyer---418631518814
Kevin Harvick65174124141617
Matt Kenseth361414111118162322
Paul Menard------26422613101132
Denny Hamlin---Won323Won5152943
Brian Vickers14429286---39------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Denny Hamlin - started 27 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 14
 
NOTES:
The GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway is the 21st race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile racetrack, Pocono Raceway held the first race on its 2.5-mile tri-oval in 1971. The track was repaved during the fall of 2011.

Pocono has 14 degrees of banking in turn 1, 8 degrees in turn 2 and 6 degrees in turn 3. The length of the shortstretch is 1,780 feet, and the backstretch is 3,055 feet. The frontstretch measures 3,740 feet.

There have been 73 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Pocono. The track hosted one event each season from 1974-81 and then two per year since then. The series most recently competed there on the second weekend in June.

Richard Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Pocono, the Purolator 500, on Aug. 4, 1974.

Ricky Rudd holds the track record for most starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon's 43 starts is tops among those drivers entered for this weekend's race.

Gordon holds the record for most victories at Pocono with six. His most recent win there came in August 2012, a rain-shortened race. On July 27, Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a record fifth time.

A driver has won both races at Pocono in the same season six times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004) and Denny Hamlin (2006). Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400 earlier this year. It was Earnhardt's first victory at this track.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Pocono with 16, followed by Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske with nine each.

A Hendrick Motorsports driver has won the past four races at Pocono: Gordon (August 2012), Johnson (June 2013), Kasey Kahne (August 2013) and Earnhardt (June 2014).

Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader share the record for most pole wins at Pocono with five each.

The race winner at Pocono has started from the pole 15 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it in June 2013.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Pocono occurred on July 23, 2000 when Rusty Wallace beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.126 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Dover is 29th, accomplished by Carl Edwards in June 2005.

Hamlin is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Pocono. He won at this track on June 11, 2006.

Casey Mears is the only active driver who claimed his maiden pole in the series at Pocono (Aug. 1, 2004).

No driver on the entry list for this race made his or her Cup debut at Pocono.

Logano holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Pocono. He took the checkered flag there on June 10, 2012 when he was 22 years and 17 days old. When Harry Gant was 50 years, 5 months and 7 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 17, 1990.

The next race is the Aug. 10 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

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