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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Pocono 400

hi-res-96727aa949570ab30cf9f616df8578df_crop_northDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, going into the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2019 Driver Standings – Top 30
Rank Drivers Points Starts Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Poles G/L
1 Kyle Busch 528 13 3 5 20 7 12 0 0 1
2 Joey Logano 522 13 1 5 10 7 9 0 1 -1
3 Chase Elliott 478 13 1 2 7 5 6 1 2 1
4 Kevin Harvick 478 13 0 3 3 5 9 2 3 -1
5 Brad Keselowski 459 13 3 4 19 5 6 0 0 0
6 Martin Truex Jr 448 13 3 2 17 5 8 1 0 1
7 Denny Hamlin 434 13 2 1 11 6 8 1 0 -1
8 Kurt Busch 406 13 0 0 0 3 8 0 0 0
9 Ryan Blaney 376 13 0 2 2 4 4 2 1 1
10 Alex Bowman 373 13 0 0 0 3 4 1 0 2
11 Clint Bowyer 370 13 0 0 0 4 7 2 0 -2
12 Aric Almirola 360 13 0 0 0 1 7 2 1 -1
13 Daniel Suarez 334 13 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0
14 Jimmie Johnson 324 13 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 2
15 William Byron 316 13 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 4
16 Kyle Larson 311 13 0 1 1 1 4 4 0 -1
17 Erik Jones 309 13 0 0 0 3 5 1 0 -3
18 Ryan Newman 305 13 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 -1
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 303 13 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2
20 Paul Menard 290 13 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
21 Austin Dillon 284 13 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 -3
22 Chris Buescher 256 13 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1
23 Ty Dillon 240 13 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 -1
24 Ryan Preece # 187 13 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0
25 Daniel Hemric # 179 13 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
26 Matt DiBenedetto 168 13 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 -1
27 David Ragan 166 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Corey LaJoie 155 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Bubba Wallace 141 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
30 Michael McDowell 134 13 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0

Pocono Raceway Data
Season Race #: 14 of 36 (06-02-19)
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 and 2 Length: 50 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 60 Laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Pocono

Denny Hamlin……………………… 104.0
Chase Elliott……………………….. 103.2
Kurt Busch…………………………. 102.8
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.4
Erik Jones………………………….. 100.2
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 97.7
Brad Keselowski……………………. 94.7
Kyle Larson………………………….. 94.3
Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.7
Ryan Newman………………………. 89.6

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races
(28 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2018 pole winner:
Ryan Blaney, Ford
176.897 mph, 50.877 secs, 06-01-18

2018 race winner:
Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
139.535 mph, (02:52:00), 06-03-18

Track qualifying record:
Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
183.438 mph, 49.610 secs, 08-03-14

Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet
145.384 mph, (03:26:21), 06-12-11

POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • One win, one top five, three top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.667, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.795, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.6, 10th-best
  • 17 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
  • 634 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3), 11th-most
  • 190 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Three wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.37, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.251, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 102.8, third-best
  • 380 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3492 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1), fifth-most
  • 1028 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 16.393, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.66, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.7, ninth-best
  • 244 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3329 Laps in the Top 15 (68.3), ninth-most
  • 940 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • One top five, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 12, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.79, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.2, second-best
  • 51 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 840 Laps in the Top 15 (89.2), series-most
  • 258 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Four wins, ten top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 12.615, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.642, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 104, series-best
  • 465 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 3534 Laps in the Top 15 (79.1), third-most
  • 966 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang)

  • 12 top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.036, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.734, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.7, sixth-best
  • 251 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 3302 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7), 10th-most
  • 1105 Quality Passes, series-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 13.071, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.958, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.4, fourth-best
  • 288 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 3522 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3), sixth-most
  • 1097 Quality Passes, third-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry)

  • Two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.25, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.596, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.2, fifth-best
  • 29 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 542 Laps in the Top 15 (84.2), second-most
  • 155 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • One win, nine top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.722, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.27, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, seventh-best
  • 163 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 1803 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8), 12th-most
  • 599 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1)

  • Two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.21, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.3, eighth-best
  • 28 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 1198 Laps in the Top 15 (75.7), fourth-most
  • 396 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.5, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.252, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.7, 12th-best
  • 108 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 1862 Laps in the Top 15 (55.4), 13th-most
  • 662 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang)

  • One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.75, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.672, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
  • 38 Fastest Laps Run, 11h-best
  • 3350 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7), eighth-most
  • 1103 Quality Passes, second-mostaaa

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Pocono Raceway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Busch 28 4 2 7 13 5 16.4 92.7
2 Joey Logano 20 2 1 4 7 1 17.5 88.7
3 Chase Elliott 6 0 0 1 5 0 12.0 103.2
4 Kevin Harvick 36 0 0 12 17 3 12.5 97.7
5 Brad Keselowski 18 1 1 9 10 1 11.7 94.7
6 Martin Truex Jr 26 1 2 5 10 1 14.9 87.1
7 Denny Hamlin 26 3 4 10 16 3 12.6 104.0
8 Kurt Busch 35 2 3 14 20 5 14.1 102.8
9 Ryan Blaney 6 1 1 1 3 0 11.7 89.6
10 Alex Bowman 6 0 0 1 1 0 23.8 60.1
11 Clint Bowyer 26 0 0 2 10 0 14.8 81.8
12 Aric Almirola 13 0 0 0 1 4 25.7 61.3
13 Daniel Suarez 4 1 0 1 2 0 12.0 87.8
14 Jimmie Johnson 34 3 3 11 20 4 12.1 100.4
15 William Byron 2 0 0 0 1 0 12.0 80.5
16 Kyle Larson 10 1 0 2 5 0 11.8 94.3

* – Based on last 28 races at Pocono Raceway (2005 – 2018).

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top Five Leaders In Loop Data:

Pocono Raceway (Loop Data Era: 2005-Present)

Driver Rating Average Running Position Laps in The Top 15
Drivers Driver Rating Drivers Avg. Running Pos. Drivers Laps in Top 15
Denny Hamlin 104.0 Chase Elliott 8.790 Denny Hamlin 3,534 (79.1%)
Chase Elliott 103.2 Erik Jones 9.596 Jimmie Johnson 3,522 (72.3%)
Kurt Busch 102.8 Denny Hamlin 10.642 Kurt Busch 3,492 (74.1%)
Jimmie Johnson 100.4 Kurt Busch 11.251 Ryan Newman 3,350 (68.7%)
Erik Jones 100.2 Jimmie Johnson 11.958 Kyle Busch 3,329 (68.3%)
Laps Led Quality Passes Fastest Laps Run
Drivers Laps Led Drivers Quality Passes Drivers Fastest Laps
Denny Hamlin 693 (15.5%) Kevin Harvick 1,105 Denny Hamlin 465 (10.4%)
Kurt Busch 545 (11.6%) Ryan Newman 1,103 Kurt Busch 380 (8.1%)
Jimmie Johnson 465 (9.5%) Jimmie Johnson 1,097 Jimmie Johnson 288 (5.9%)
Kyle Busch 325 (6.7%) Kurt Busch 1,028 Kevin Harvick 251 (5.1%)
Joey Logano 275 (8.2%) Denny Hamlin 966 Kyle Busch 244 (5.0%)

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was in 1974 – won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, on August 4, 1974.
  • The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
  • 2012 marked the first season the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles.
  • Prior to 2012, all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
  • There have been 82 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.

Starts

  • A total of 343 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 246 have competed in more than one.
  • Ricky Rudd leads the Monster Energy Series in starts at Pocono with 55.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in the series with 36 starts at Pocono.
  • A total of 33 different drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have made their series debut at Pocono Raceway, the most recent and only active driver to make his debut at Pocono is Bubba Wallace (June 11, 2017).
  • David Pearson (six starts) leads the Monster Energy Series in average starting position at Pocono Raceway with a 4.667.
  • Denny Hamlin (26 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.115.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Start Races Rank Active Drivers Average Start Race
1 David Pearson 4.667 6 1 Denny Hamlin 7.115 26
2 Denny Hamlin 7.115 26 2 Kurt Busch 10.229 35
3 Cale Yarborough 7.556 18 3 Daniel Suarez 10.250 4
4 Alan Kulwicki 7.769 13 4 Jimmie Johnson 11.059 34
5 Benny Parsons 8.667 21 5 Ryan Newman 11.147 34
6 Neil Bonnett 8.941 17 6 Joey Logano 11.200 20
7 Mark Martin 9.741 54 7 Brad Keselowski 11.444 18
8 Bobby Allison 9.857 21 8 Kyle Busch 11.964 28
9 Tim Richmond 9.857 14 9 Ryan Blaney 12.500 6
10 Kurt Busch 10.229 35 10 Chase Elliott 12.667 6

Poles

  • A total of 44 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Pocono; 11 of the 44 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (1984, 1985 sweep, 1995 and 2002) and Ken Schrader (1989, 1992, 1993 sweep and 1995) lead the series in poles at Pocono Raceway with five each.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers at Pocono Raceway with four poles (Spring 2010, Fall 2015, 2017 sweep).
  • Buddy Baker won the inaugural Buch Pole Award at Pocono Raceway in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
  • Of the 44 pole winners at Pocono, only six have won consecutive Busch poles: Bill Elliott (1984-85), Mark Martin (1990-91), Ken Schrader (1993 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep), Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012) and Kyle Busch (2017 sweep).
  • Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Pocono with three; fall 1984 and both races in 1985.
  • Youngest series Pocono pole winner: Joey Logano (August 7, 2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest series Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (June 10, 1984 – 49 years, 5 months, 19 days).
  • Four drivers have posted their first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch pole at Pocono Raceway: Harry Gant (1979), Casey Mears (2004), Kyle Larson (2014) and Daniel Suarez (2018).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 33, followed by Ford (17), Toyota (9), Dodge (8), Pontiac (6), Buick (2), American Motors Company and Oldsmobile (each have one).

Wins

  • A total of 37 different Monster Energy Series drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, 10 are entered this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the Monster Energy Series in wins at Pocono with six victories (1996, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2011 and 2012).
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active series drivers in wins at Pocono with four victories (2006 sweep, 2009 and 2010).
  • 24 different drivers have multiple series wins at Pocono Raceway; including five active drivers: Denny Hamlin (four), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kurt Busch (three), Kyle Busch (two) and Martin Truex Jr. (two).
  • Seven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway, including three consecutive by Bobby Allison (1982 sweep and Spring 1983) and Tim Richmond (1986 sweep and spring 1987).
  • Two of the seven drivers to win consecutive races at Pocono are active: Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep and 2009 fall and 2010 spring races).
  • Seven drivers in series history have swept Pocono in a single season – Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004), Denny Hamlin (2006) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014).
  • Youngest series Pocono winner: Joey Logano (June 10, 2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
  • Oldest series Pocono winner: Harry Gant (June 17, 1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
  • 14 of the 82 (17.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the Busch pole; the most recent was Kyle Busch in 2017.
  • Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono have been won from the first starting position after qualifying was cancelled; Tony Stewart (2009) and the most recent was Jimmie Johnson (2013).
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (16) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway – a 19.5% winning percentage.

Monster Energy Series Wins by Starting Positions at Pocono Raceway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 16 19.51% 12 2 2.44%
2 9 10.98% 13 4 4.88%
3 10 12.20% 14 2 2.44%
4 9 10.98% 15 2 2.44%
5 4 4.88% 16 2 2.44%
6 2 2.44% 18 2 2.44%
7 2 2.44% 22 2 2.44%
8 3 3.66% 23 1 1.22%
9 2 2.44% 27 2 2.44%
10 1 1.22% 28 1 1.22%
11 3 3.66% 29 1 1.22%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 19.51% 16
Winning from the Front Row: 30.49% 25
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 58.54% 48
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 70.73% 58
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 8.54% 7
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono is 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
  • A total of four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Pocono Raceway: Ryan Blaney (06/11/2017), Chris Buescher (08/01/16), Denny Hamlin (06/11/06) and Jeremy Mayfield (06/21/98).
  • Denny Hamlin (2006) is the only active driver to win at Pocono in his first appearance.
  • Kevin Harvick leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 36.
  • A total of 26 different organizations have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono with 17: Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 32 victories; followed by Ford with 23, Toyota (seven), Dodge (seven), Pontiac (six), Buick (four), Mercury (two) and Oldsmobile (one).

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • A total of 36 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished runner-up at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven second-place finishes.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Pocono with five.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Mark Martin 7 1 Kurt Busch 5
2 Jeff Gordon 6 2 Kevin Harvick 4
3 Kurt Busch 5 3 Brad Keselowski 3
4 Richard Petty 5 4 Kyle Busch 2
5 Harry Gant 4 5 Daniel Suarez 1
  Kevin Harvick 4   Kyle Larson 1
Rusty Wallace 4   Ryan Newman 1
  • A total of 74 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-five at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the series in top fives at Pocono with 20 each.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active Monster Energy Series drivers in top fives at Pocono with 14.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishing Positions at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Jeff Gordon 20 1 Kurt Busch 14
2 Mark Martin 20 2 Kevin Harvick 12
3 Bill Elliott 14 3 Jimmie Johnson 11
4 Harry Gant 14 4 Denny Hamlin 10
5 Kurt Busch 14 5 Brad Keselowski 9
  Ryan Newman 9
  • A total of 121 different Monster Energy Series drivers have finished in the top-10 at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono Raceway with 34 top 10s.
  • Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch lead all active Monster Energy Series drivers with 20 top-10 finishes each at Pocono.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Mark Martin 34 1 Jimmie Johnson 20
2 Jeff Gordon 32 2 Kurt Busch 20
3 Tony Stewart 24 3 Kevin Harvick 17
4 Bill Elliott 22 4 Denny Hamlin 16
5 Dale Earnhardt 22 5 Ryan Newman 15
  Ricky Rudd 22
  • Davey Allison leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.769 in 13 starts.
  • Erik Jones leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 11.250 in four starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Average Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Average Finish Races
1 Davey Allison 9.769 13 1 Erik Jones 11.250 4
2 Tim Richmond 9.857 14 2 Ryan Blaney 11.667 6
3 Skip Manning 10.000 2 3 Brad Keselowski 11.722 18
4 Jeff Gordon 10.170 47 4 Kyle Larson 11.800 10
5 Erik Jones 11.250 4 5 Chase Elliott 12.000 6
6 Mark Martin 11.352 54 6 Daniel Suarez 12.000 4
7 Ryan Blaney 11.667 6 7 William Byron 12.000 2
8 Brad Keselowski 11.722 18 8 Jimmie Johnson 12.147 34
9 Kyle Larson 11.800 10 9 Kevin Harvick 12.500 36
10 Chase Elliott 12.000 6 10 Denny Hamlin 12.615 26

Track Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway is the race on July 23, 2000, that was won by Rusty Wallace over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.126 second.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Pocono Raceway

Margin of Victory Date Race Winner Runner-Up
0.126 July 23, 2000 Rusty Wallace Jeff Burton
0.139 June 11, 2017 Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick
0.190 July 16, 1995 Dale Jarrett Jeff Gordon
0.228 August 3, 2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr Kevin Harvick
0.280 June 12, 1994 Rusty Wallace Dale Earnhardt

Last Five Margins of Victory at Pocono Raceway – June Races

Margin of Victory Date Race Winner Runner-Up
2.496 June 3, 2018 Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson
0.139 June 11, 2017 Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick
1.126 June 6, 2016 Kurt Busch Dale Earnhardt Jr
1.346 June 7, 2015 Martin Truex Jr Kevin Harvick
0.439 June 8, 2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr Brad Keselowski
  • There have been four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Pocono Raceway:

Last Five Margins of Victory at Pocono Raceway – June Races

Margin of Victory Date Race Winner Runner-Up
2.496 June 3, 2018 Martin Truex Jr Kyle Larson
0.139 June 11, 2017 Ryan Blaney Kevin Harvick
1.126 June 6, 2016 Kurt Busch Dale Earnhardt Jr
1.346 June 7, 2015 Martin Truex Jr Kevin Harvick
0.439 June 8, 2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr Brad Keselowski
  • Seven of the 82 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
Scheduled Date Scheduled No. Of Laps Actual No. Of Laps No. of Fewer Laps Winners
7/31/2016 160 138 -22 Chris Buescher
8/5/2012 160 98 -62 Jeff Gordon
6/10/2007 200 106 -94 Jeff Gordon
7/28/2002 200 175 -25 Bill Elliott
7/21/1991 200 179 -21 Rusty Wallace
7/20/1986 200 150 -50 Tim Richmond
8/4/1974 200 192 -8 Richard Petty
  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway six times; twice the driver who started first after qualifying was cancelled won from the first starting position.
Date Started First Due To Qualifying Cancelled Finishing Position
June 9, 2013 Jimmie Johnson 1
June 9, 2002 Sterling Marlin 4
June 6, 1982 Terry Labonte 5
June 7, 2009 Tony Stewart 1
August 3, 2009 Tony Stewart 10
  • A total of 127 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at Pocono Raceway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in laps led with 1,040 laps led in 46 starts.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in laps led at Pocono Raceway with 740 laps led in 34 starts.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Pocono Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Led Completed % Led Rank Active Drivers Led Completed % Led
1 Jeff Gordon 1040 8535 12% 1 Jimmie Johnson 740 5788 13%
2 Geoff Bodine 809 6799 12% 2 Denny Hamlin 693 4279 16%
3 Rusty Wallace 754 7510 10% 3 Kurt Busch 549 6047 9%
4 Jimmie Johnson 740 5788 13% 4 Kyle Busch 325 4459 7%
5 Denny Hamlin 693 4279 16% 5 Joey Logano 275 3330 8%
6 Darrell Waltrip 618 7404 8% 6 Martin Truex Jr 197 4397 4%
7 Kurt Busch 549 6047 9% 7 Kevin Harvick 187 6130 3%
8 Dale Jarrett 524 7481 7% 8 Ryan Newman 185 5979 3%
9 Richard Petty 497 4971 10% 9 Brad Keselowski 179 2920 6%
10 Dale Earnhardt 454 7053 6% 10 Clint Bowyer 96 4419 2%
  • Most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Pocono Raceway was 175 of 200 scheduled laps (87.5%) by race winner Kurt Busch on August 5, 2007.
  • Most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Pocono Raceway by a non-race winner was 154 of the scheduled 200 laps (77%) on June 9, 1985 by Geoff Bodine; he finished fourth.
  • Since reducing the race length to 400-miles in 2012, the most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Pocono Raceway is 128 of 160 scheduled laps (80%) on June 9, 2013 by race winner Jimmie Johnson.
  • Since reducing the race length to 400-miles in 2012, the most laps led in a single Monster Energy Series race at Pocono Raceway by a non-race winner is 100 of 160 scheduled laps (62.5%) on June 11, 2017 by Kyle Busch; he finished ninth.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 22 15 7/30/2017
Danica Patrick 24 16 6/11/2017
Danica Patrick 26 22 8/1/2016
Danica Patrick 33 32 6/6/2016
Danica Patrick 20 16 8/2/2015
Danica Patrick 22 37 6/7/2015
Danica Patrick 10 30 8/3/2014
Danica Patrick 16 37 6/8/2014
Danica Patrick 34 35 8/4/2013
Danica Patrick 30 29 6/9/2013
Averages 23.7 26.9
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 21 28 7/27/1980
Janet Guthrie 22 31 7/30/1978
Janet Guthrie 10 11 7/31/1977
Averages 17.7 23.3

 NASCAR in Pennsylvania

  • There have been 151 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Pennsylvania.
Tracks in Pennsylvania
Track Name City Monster Energy Xfinity Gander Outdoors Total Races First Year
Pocono Raceway Long Pond 82 3 9 94 1974
Nazareth Speedway Nazareth 0 17 6 23 1988
Langhorne Speedway Langhorne 17 0 0 17 1949
Lincoln Speedway New Oxford 7 0 0 7 1955
Heidelberg Raceway Pittsburgh 4 0 0 4 1949
Reading Fairgrounds Reading 2 0 0 2 1958
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Bloomsburg 1 0 0 1 1953
New Bradford Speedway Bradford 1 0 0 1 1958
Pine Grove Speedway Shippenville 1 0 0 1 1951
Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg 1 0 0 1 1954
Totals 116 20 15 151
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Pennsylvania was the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event held on September 11, 1949 at Langhorne Speedway and won by Curtis Turner (Oldsmobile).

Pennsylvania Drivers In NASCAR

  • 147 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
  • Three of the 147 Pennsylvania drivers have won in NASCAR’s premiere series.
Driver Monster Energy Xfinity Gander Outdoors Totals
Dick Linder 3 0 0 3
Jimmy Spencer 2 12 1 15
Mark Donohue 1 0 0 1
Totals 6 12 1 19
Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Starts            
William Byron   Has: 49   Needs: 1
To become the 290th driver all-time to make 50 or more series starts.
Ross Chastain   Has: 49   Needs: 1
To become the 290th driver all-time to make 50 or more series starts.
Wins            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 83   Needs: 1
To tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 54   Needs: 1
To tie Rusty Wallace for ninth on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 45   Needs: 1
To tie Buck Baker for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 33   Needs: 4
To tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Kurt Busch   Has: 30   Needs: 2
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 30   Needs: 2
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Joey Logano   Has: 22   Needs: 1
To tie Ricky Rudd for 34th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 22   Needs: 1
To tie Ricky Rudd for 34th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Busch Poles            
Ryan Newman   Has: 51   Needs: 3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 36   Needs: 1
To tie Geoff Bodine for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Fred Lorenzen for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 30   Needs: 1
To tie Kyle Busch and Fonty Flock for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.

 

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Laps Led            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 18,771   Needs: 229
To become the ninth driver in the series to lead 19,000 laps.
Kyle Busch   Has: 16,533   Needs: 467
To become the 10th driver in the series to lead 17,000 laps.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 13,363   Needs: 637
To become the 11th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 14,000 laps.
Kurt Busch   Has: 9,552   Needs: 448
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 9,341   Needs: 659
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 7,994   Needs: 6
To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 7,080   Needs: 920
To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.
Joey Logano   Has: 5,483   Needs: 517
To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

 

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