DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 4, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania going into the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR on June 10.

 

POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Jeff Burton (No. 31 RCR Chevrolet)

  • Seven top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.1
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, 11th-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 1,165 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.614 mph, 13th-fastest
  • 1,751 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), eighth-most
  • 544 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • Four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.8, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.6, 12th-best
  • 1,121 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 1,721 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), 10th-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Kellogg’s Ford)

  • Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.8
  • Driver Rating of 98.4, sixth-best
  • 168 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.903 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,701 Laps in the Top 15 (62.7%), 12th-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

  • Five wins, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 10.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.1, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.8, fourth-best
  • 95 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 1,108 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.996 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,063 Laps in the Top 15 (76.0%), second-most
  • 610 Quality Passes, fourth-most 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

  • Four wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 9.7
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.3
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 118.6
  • Series-high 409 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 159.622 mph
  • 1,953 Laps in the Top 15 (84.5%), sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet)

  • Five top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.0
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.4, ninth-best
  • Series-high 1,234 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.631 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 1,724 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), ninth-most
  • 599 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 9.0
  • Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 107.0, second-best
  • 206 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.230 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 2,194 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%)
  • 642 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.0
  • Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.5, 10th-best
  • 161 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 1,186 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.714 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,639 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), 13th-most
  • 556 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Three top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.2
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.3, 13th-best
  • 1,112 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.626 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 588 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • 19 top fives, 33 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 11.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.3, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.2, eighth-best
  • 79 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.870 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 1,900 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0%), seventh-most
  • 535 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 HAAS Automation Chevrolet)

  • One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.7
  • Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.8, seventh-best
  • 1,110 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.653 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,046 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), third-most
  • Series-high 657 Quality Passes

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.5, fifth-best
  • 80 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 1,188 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.882 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,977 Laps in the Top 15 (72.8%), fifth-most
  • 617 Quality Passes, third-most

Chase Contenders

  The Top 12

Following Race 13 of 36

 

Driver  Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Drive Rating
1. Greg Biffle  486 1 2 1 107.1
2. Matt Kenseth     485 1 0 2 104.2
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  476 0 0 4 98.6
4. Denny Hamlin     464 2 1 3 101.2
5. Jimmie Johnson   453 2 0 5 109.0
6. Martin Truex Jr.    441 0 1 6 97.5
7. Kevin Harvick     440 0 0 7 97.0
8. Tony Stewart   407 2 0 9 91.0
9. Kyle Busch  406 1 0 8 97.3
10. Clint Bowyer 405 0 0 12 87.8
11. Brad Keselowski  400 2 0 11 94.3
12. Carl Edwards  390 0 1 10 85.4

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Ryan Newman (1 win)      366         32. Travis Kvapil              184
14. Kasey Kahne (1 win)        365         33. David Reutimann        175
15. Paul Menard                   364         34. Dave Blaney              173
16. Joey Logano                   350         35. David Stremme          103
17. Aric Almirola                   329         36. J.J. Yeley                   90
18. Jeff Burton                     322         37. Michael McDowell        67
19. Marcos Ambrose             321         38. Brian Vickers               66
20. Juan Pablo Montoya        312         39. Brendan Gaughan         50
21. Jeff Gordon                    311         40. Ken Schrader               47
22. Jamie McMurray             311         41. Terry Labonte              42
23. AJ Allmendinger              292         42. Tony Raines                41
24. Mark Martin                    283         43. Josh Wise                  41
25. Regan Smith                   282         44. Michael Waltrip           26
26. Kurt Busch                     275         45. Stephen Leicht            23
27. Bobby Labonte                266         46. Scott Riggs                 20
28. Casey Mears                  234         47. Hermie Sadler III          13
29. David Ragan                   222         48. Scott Speed                12
30. David Gilliland                 206         49. Bill Elliott                      7
31. Landon Cassill                187         50. Robby Gordon               6

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Pocono Raceway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

18

0

1

2

4

2

17.2

86.1

 

2

Matt Kenseth

24

0

0

3

9

0

14.2

87.3

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

24

1

0

5

8

1

17.0

82.0

 

4

Denny Hamlin

12

2

4

7

8

0

9.7

118.6

 

5

Jimmie Johnson

20

2

2

8

14

0

9.0

107.0

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

12

0

0

1

4

0

15.3

81.9

 

7

Kevin Harvick

22

0

0

5

8

2

14.0

91.4

 

8

Tony Stewart

26

2

2

9

18

2

11.8

99.5

 

9

Kyle Busch

14

1

0

4

5

2

17.4

87.6

 

10

Clint Bowyer

12

0

0

1

5

0

16.5

78.6

 

11

Brad Keselowski

4

0

1

1

1

0

16.3

78.7

 

12

Carl Edwards

14

0

2

5

7

0

13.8

98.4

 

* – Based on last 14 races at Pocono Raceway

 

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 Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 68 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
  • There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
  • This season will mark the first time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono will be scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
  • Buddy Baker won the first pole.
  • There have been 38 different pole winners, including David Pearson who won the pole there in June 1984 but did not race; 16 drivers have more than one pole there.
  • The pole has been swept just three times: Bill Elliott (1985), Ken Schrader (1993) and Denny Hamlin (2006).
  • Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
  • 30 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Jeff Gordon, each 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 (1982, ’83) and Tim Richmond (1986, ’87) each won three consecutive races at Pocono.
  • 47 of 68 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.
  • 13 of 68 races have been won from the pole, Bill Elliott (1985, 2002) and Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) are the only drivers to have done it twice. Tony Stewart is the most recent driver to win from the pole in 2009.
  • Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 12 Pocono victories.
  • Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (19) and top 10s (33), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, six times (most recently in August 2004). Martin is tied with Bobby Allison for most runner-up finishes at a track without winning. Allison also had six at Martinsville.
  • Jimmie Johnson (9.0) and Denny Hamlin (9.7) are the only active drivers to average a top 10.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Jeff Gordon (06/16/1996 – 24 years, 10 months, 12 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Harry Gant (06/17/1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).

 

Pocono Raceway Data

  • Race #: 14 of 36 (06-10-12)
  • Track Size: 2.5 miles
  • Race Length: 200 laps / 500 miles
  • Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
  • Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
  • Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 3,740 feet
  • Backstretch:  3,055 feet
  • Shortstretch: 1,780 feet

 Top 12 Driver Rating at Pocono

  1. Denny Hamlin………………………. 118.6
  2. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 107.0
  3. Kurt Busch………………………….. 105.8
  4. Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.8
  5. Tony Stewart…………………………. 99.5
  6. Carl Edwards………………………… 98.4
  7. Ryan Newman……………………….. 94.8
  8. Mark Martin…………………………… 93.2
  9. Kevin Harvick………………………… 91.4
  10. Kasey Kahne………………………… 89.5
  11. Jeff Burton…………………………… 89.2
  12. Kyle Busch…………………………… 87.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Pocono.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Kurt Busch, (171.579 mph, 52.454 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Matt Kenseth, (125.578 mph, 05-15-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne, (172.533 mph, 52.164 seconds, 06-11-04)
  • Track race record: Jeff Gordon, (145.384 mph, 06-12-11)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Jeff Gordon

2011

98.8

5th

Denny Hamlin

2010

115.9

1st

Tony Stewart

2009

102.4

3rd

Kasey Kahne

2008

74.2

20th

Jeff Gordon

2007

88.0

13th

Denny Hamlin

2006

None/1st start

None

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Pocono (last six spring races).

NASCAR in Pennsylvania

There have been 102 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond

68

Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Bloomsburg

1

Heidelberg Raceway

Pittsburgh

4

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne

17

Lincoln Speedway

New Oxford

7

New Bradford Speedway

Bradford

1

Pine Grove Speedway

Shippenville

1

Reading Fairgrounds

Reading

2

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg

1

  • 138 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
  • There are three race winners from Pennsylvania in NASCAR’s three national series:
  • Driver

    NSCS

    NNS

    NCWTS

    Dick Linder

    3

    0

    0

    Jimmy Spencer

    2

    12

    1

    Mark Donohue

    1

    0

    0

 

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