Statistical Advance: 5-hour ENERGY 500 at Pocono Raceway

June 10, 2011 No Comments

Pocono Raceway Data

Track Size: 2.5 mile (200 laps/500miles)
· 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


· 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.
· There have been 66 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway.
· There was one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
· All NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been scheduled for 500 miles.
· Buddy Baker won the first pole.
· There have been 36 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.
· Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
· 29 different drivers have won races at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott, with five victories; 20 drivers have won more than once there.
· 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.
· Rick Hendrick leads all car owners with 11 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).
· Denny Hamlin (8.2) and Jimmie Johnson (9.5) are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish.

Driver Rating at Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin 119.2
Jimmie Johnson 105.9
Tony Stewart 102.4
Kurt Busch 101.8
Jeff Gordon 98.8
Carl Edwards 98.6
Mark Martin 96.4
Brian Vickers 93.9
Ryan Newman 93.9
Kevin Harvick 91.4

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (12 total) at Pocono.

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: Kyle Busch, (169.485 mph, 53.102 seconds)
2010 race winner: Denny Hamlin, (136.303 mph, 6-6-10)
Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne (172.533 mph, 52.164 seconds, 6-11-04)
Track race record: Rusty Wallace (144.892 mph, 7-21-96)

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