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DateSunday, Aug. 3SitePocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Track2.5-mile triangle-shaped trackCapacity76,812 (Grandstand Seating)
AnnouncersRadioMotor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time1 p.m. ETLaps160
Pick to WinPick to Win - Brad KeselowskiDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 14
Defending ChampionKasey KahneRunner UpJeff Gordon
Last Year's Pole WinnerJimmie Johnson (finished 13)  


Qualifying RecordsDenny Hamlin, June 2014 (181.415 mph)Race RecordJeff Gordon, June 2011 (145.384 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2013 Finish

1Kasey Kahne18
6Brad Keselowski11
2Jeff Gordon22
7Joey Logano6
3Kurt Busch5
8Kyle Busch2
4Ryan Newman4
9Tony Stewart20
5Dale Earnhardt Jr25
10Greg Biffle7

Facts and Figures

Average Speed129.009 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 6 mins., 2 secs.
Margin of Victory1.392Caution Flags9for 35 laps
Lead Changes27 among 14 driversPole WinnerJimmie Johnson (180.654 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2013Kasey KahneChevrolet129.009 mph
2012Jeff GordonChevrolet139.249 mph
2011Brad KeselowskiDodge137.878 mph
2010Greg BiffleFord132.246 mph
2009Denny HamlinToyota126.396 mph
2008Carl EdwardsFord130.567 mph
2007Kurt BuschDodge131.627 mph
2006Denny HamlinChevrolet132.626 mph
2005Kurt BuschFord125.283 mph
2004Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet126.271 mph
2003Ryan NewmanDodge127.705 mph
2002Bill ElliottDodge125.809 mph
2001Bobby LabontePontiac134.590 mph
2000Rusty WallaceFord130.662 mph
1999Bobby LabontePontiac116.982 mph
1998Jeff GordonChevrolet(134.660 mph
1997Dale JarrettFord142.068 mph
1996Rusty WallaceFord144.892 mph
1995Dale JarrettFord134.038 mph
1994Geoff BodineFord136.075 mph
1993Dale EarnhardtChevrolet133.343 mph
1992Darrell WaltripChevrolet134.058 mph
1991Rusty WallacePontiac115.459 mph
1990Geoff BodineFord124.007 mph
1989Bill ElliottFord117.847 mph
1988Bill ElliottFord122.866 mph
1987Dale EarnhardtChevrolet121.745 mph
1986Tim RichmondChevrolet124.218 mph
1985Bill ElliottFord134.008 mph
1984Harry GantChevrolet121.351 mph
1983Tim RichmondPontiac114.818 mph
1982Bobby AllisonBuick115.496 mph
1981Darrell WaltripBuick119.- mph
1980Neil BonnettMercury124.395 mph
1979Cale YarboroughChevrolet115.207 mph
1978Darrell WaltripChevrolet142.540 mph
1977Benny ParsonsChevrolet128.379 mph
1976Richard PettyDodge115.875 mph
1975David PearsonMercury-.179 mph
1974Richard PettyDodge115.593 mph

Past Pole Winners

2013Jimmie Johnson13
2012Juan Pablo Montoya20
2011Joey Logano26
2010Tony Stewart2
2008Jimmie Johnson3
2007Dale Earnhardt Jr2
2006Denny Hamlin1
2005Jamie McMurray11
2004Casey Mears18
2003Ryan Newman1
2002Bill Elliott1
2001Todd Bodine43
2000Tony Stewart26
1999Mike Skinner10
1998Ward Burton34
1997Joe Nemechek21
1996Mark Martin9
1995Bill Elliott5
1994Geoffrey Bodine1
1993Ken Schrader6
1992Davey Allison33
1991Alan Kulwicki16
1990Mark Martin6
1989Ken Schrader7
1988Morgan Shepherd6
1987Tim Richmond29
1986Harry Gant30
1985Bill Elliott2
1984Bill Elliott3
1983Tim Richmond1
1982Cale Yarborough26
1981Darrell Waltrip1
1980Cale Yarborough3
1979Harry Gant15
1978Benny Parsons29
1977Darrell Waltrip3
1976Cale Yarborough25
1975Bobby Allison31
1974Buddy Baker2

Last Race Results

Crown Royal Presents John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (July 27)

SiteIndianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, IndianaMiles400
Laps160Pole WinnerKevin Harvick (finished 8)
Time of Race2 hrs., 39 mins., 41 secs.Average Speed150.297 mph
Margin of Victory2.325 secs.Caution Flags4 for 16 laps
Lead Changes  
Lap Leaders: Harvick 1, J. Gordon 2-21, Logano 22-31, Kahne 32-37, Larson 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.
Winner: Jeff Gordon
Second: Kyle Busch
Third: Denny Hamlin
Fourth: Matt Kenseth
Fifth: Joey Logano

Entry List

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/
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

Leading Contenders

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---------------------------
The 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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