DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 30, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania going into the Pennsylvania 400 on August 5.

 

POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Enersys Chevrolet)

  •     Seven top fives, 17 top 10s
  •     Average finish of 16.0
  •     Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best
  •     Driver Rating of 88.6, 12th-best
  •     1,241 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  •     1,849 Laps in the Top 15 (64.3%), eighth-most
  •     581 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  •     Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  •     Average finish of 15.5
  •     Average Running Position of 10.6, fourth-best
  •     Driver Rating of 105.8, third-best
  •     299 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.966 mph, third-fastest
  •     2,029 Laps in the Top 15 (74.8%), seventh-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

  •     Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
  •     Average finish of 13.6
  •     Driver Rating of 97.1, sixth-best
  •     169 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.626 mph, seventh-fastest

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  •     Five wins, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s; two poles
  •     Average finish of 10.4
  •     Average Running Position of 10.3, third-best
  •     Driver Rating of 100.3, fourth-best
  •     106 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.770 mph, fourth-fastest
  •     2,159 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), third-most
  •     660 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

  •     Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  •     Average finish of 9.3
  •     Series-best Average Running Position of 8.6
  •     Series-best Driver Rating of 117.6
  •     Series-high 426 Fastest Laps Run
  •     Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 160.346 mph
  •     2,043 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7%), sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet)

  •     Five top fives, eight top 10s
  •     Average finish of 14.0
  •     Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
  •     Driver Rating of 90.8, ninth-best
  •     Series-high 1,324 Green Flag Passes
  •     630 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  •     Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
  •     Average finish of 8.8
  •     Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
  •     Driver Rating of 106.7, second-best
  •     213 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.987 mph, second-fastest
  •     Series-high 2,278 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%)
  •     686 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  •     One win, three top fives, five top 10s; two poles
  •     Average finish of 17.7
  •     Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best
  •     Driver Rating of 89.3, 11th-best
  •     176 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  •     1,267 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  •     Three top fives, 10 top 10s
  •     Average finish of 13.9
  •     Average Running Position of 13.6, eighth-best
  •     Driver Rating of 89.3, 10th-best
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.439 mph, ninth-fastest
  •     638 Quality Passes, fifth-most

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

  •     20 top fives, 34 top 10s; three poles
  •     Average finish of 11.1
  •     Average Running Position of 11.9, sixth-best
  •     Driver Rating of 94.8, eighth-best
  •     81 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.648 mph, fifth-fastest
  •     2,055 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), fifth-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 94.9, seventh-best
  •     1,193 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  •     2,190 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), second-most
  •     Series-high 715 Quality Passes

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot Back To School Chevrolet)

  •     Two wins, 10 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles
  •     Average finish of 11.5
  •     Average Running Position of 11.9, seventh-best
  •     Driver Rating of 99.3, fifth-best
  •     80 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  •     1,278 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  •     Average Green Flag Speed of 159.636 mph, sixth-fastest
  •     2,075 Laps in the Top 15 (72.2%), fourth-most
  •     658 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Chase Contenders

 The Top 10 

Following Race 20 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles  Rank Last Week Season Drive Rating
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 731 1 0 2 102.0
2. Matt Kenseth  717 1 1 1 104.1
3. Greg Biffle 709 1 2 3 104.8
4. Jimmie Johnson 704 3 1 4 109.8
5. Denny Hamlin 667 2 2 5 100.5
6. Kevin Harvick 653 0 0 6 92.0
7. Martin Truex Jr.  653 0 1 8 96.1
8. Tony Stewart  652 3 0 7 90.5
9. Brad Keselowski 649 3 0 10 93.6
10. Clint Bowyer 643 1 0 9 90.2

  ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Kyle Busch (1 win)           588         34. David Reutimann          263
12. Carl Edwards                  582         35. David Stremme          145
13. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      579         36. Brian Vickers             135
14. Ryan Newman (1 win)      573         37. J.J. Yeley                  127
15. Jeff Gordon                    564         38. Ken Schrader             100
16. Paul Menard                   564         39. Michael McDowell        94
17. Joey Logano (1 win)         544         40. Josh Wise                   84
18. Marcos Ambrose             519         41. Michael Waltrip            75
19. Jamie McMurray             508         42. Stephen Leicht             67
20. Jeff Burton                     505         43. Terry Labonte             66
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        475         44. Tony Raines               61
22. Aric Almirola                   472         45. Brendan Gaughan        50
23. Bobby Labonte                427         46. Scott Speed                42
24. Regan Smith                   403         47. Scott Riggs                 34
25. AJ Allmendinger              400         48. Boris Said                   15
26. Kurt Busch                     394         49. Bill Elliott                     14
27. Mark Martin                    374         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
28. Casey Mears                  368         51. Robby Gordon             11
29. David Ragan                   338         52. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. David Gilliland                 328         53. Stacy Compton             5
31. Travis Kvapil                   305         54. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                293         55. Mike Skinner                 2
33. David Blaney                  276         56. Chris Cook                   2
                                                        57. Kelly Bires                    2

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

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

1

0

5

9

1

16.7

85.0

 

2

Matt Kenseth

25

0

0

3

10

0

13.9

89.3

 

3

Greg Biffle

19

0

1

2

4

2

17.6

85.9

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

21

2

2

9

15

0

8.8

106.7

 

5

Denny Hamlin

13

2

4

8

9

0

9.3

117.6

 

6

Kevin Harvick

23

0

0

5

8

2

14.0

90.8

 

7

Martin Truex Jr.

13

0

0

1

4

0

15.7

80.8

 

8

Tony Stewart

27

2

2

10

19

2

11.5

99.3

 

9

Brad Keselowski

5

0

1

1

1

0

16.6

75.1

 

10

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

1

6

0

15.7

79.2

 

11

Kyle Busch

15

1

0

4

5

3

18.3

86.5

 

12

Carl Edwards

15

0

2

5

7

0

13.6

97.1

 

* – Based on last 15 races at Pocono Raceway.

The Wild Card Standings Following: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

13

579

-64

2

Kyle Busch

1

11

588

-55

3

Ryan Newman

1

14

573

-70

4

Joey Logano

1

17

544

-99

5

Carl Edwards

0

12

582

-61

6

Jeff Gordon

0

15

564

-79

7

Paul Menard

0

16

564

-79

8

Marcos Ambrose

0

18

519

-124

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

508

-135

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

505

-138

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

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.
  •     The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.

Notebook

  •     There have been 69 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; 17 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.
  •     31 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.
  •     48 of 69 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.
  •     14 of 69 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. Joey Logano is the most recent driver to win from the pole earlier this season.
  •     Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 12 Pocono victories.
  •     Mark Martin leads all drivers in top fives (20) and top 10s (34), but has yet to win at Pocono. His best finish was second, seven times (most recently last June). In June, Martin set the record for most runner-up finishes at a track without winning.
  •     Jimmie Johnson (8.7) and Denny Hamlin (9.3) are the only active drivers to average a top 10.
  •     Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Joey Logano (06/10/2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
  •     Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono Raceway winner: Harry Gant (06/17/1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).

 

Pocono Raceway Data

  • Race #: 21 of 36 (08-05-12)
  • Track Size: 2.5-miles
  • Race Length: 160 laps / 400 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………………………. 117.6
  2. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 106.7
  3. Kurt Busch………………………….. 105.8
  4. Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.3
  5. Tony Stewart…………………………. 99.3
  6. Carl Edwards………………………… 97.1
  7. Ryan Newman……………………….. 94.9
  8. Mark Martin…………………………… 94.8
  9. Kevin Harvick………………………… 90.8
  10. Matt Kenseth………………………… 89.3
  11. Kasey Kahne………………………… 89.3
  12. Jeff Burton…………………………… 88.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) at Pocono Raceway.

 

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner:

  • Joey Logano, Toyota (172.055 mph, 52.309 sec., 08-06-11)

 

2011 race winner:

  • Brad Keselowski, Dodge (137.878 mph, 3:37:35, 08-07-11)

 

Track qualifying record:

  • Joey Logano, Toyota (179.598 mph, 50.112 sec., 06-10-12)

 

Track race record (500 miles):

  • Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet (145.384 mph, 3:26:21, 06-12-11)

 

NASCAR in Pennsylvania

    There have been 103 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond

69

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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