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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 02: William Byron, driver of the #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 02, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, going into the doubleheader weekend that includes the Pocono Organics 325 on Saturday, June 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and the Pocono 350 on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

490

13

2

1

11

6

10

0

2

Joey Logano

467

13

2

3

13

3

6

0

3

Ryan Blaney

465

13

1

1

6

7

7

1

4

Chase Elliott

458

13

1

5

10

6

8

2

5

Brad Keselowski

441

13

2

2

12

5

9

2

6

Denny Hamlin

428

13

3

3

18

7

8

1

7

Martin Truex Jr

424

13

1

2

7

2

6

1

8

Alex Bowman

419

13

1

4

9

2

4

0

9

Kyle Busch

378

13

0

0

0

6

7

1

10

Kurt Busch

369

13

0

0

0

3

9

1

11

Jimmie Johnson

353

13

0

1

1

2

6

0

12

Aric Almirola

337

13

0

0

0

2

5

0

13

Clint Bowyer

328

13

0

14

William Byron

319

13

0

1

1

0

4

1

15

Matt DiBenedetto

312

13

0

0

0

1

3

0

16

Tyler Reddick #

306

13

0

1

1

1

3

0

17

Erik Jones

305

13

0

0

0

3

5

0

18

Austin Dillon

282

13

0

0

0

1

4

0

19

Chris Buescher

266

13

0

0

0

1

3

0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

263

13

0

1

1

3

3

1

21

Bubba Wallace

258

13

0

0

0

0

2

0

22

John Hunter Nemechek #

238

13

0

0

0

0

2

0

23

Michael McDowell

225

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

Christopher Bell #

210

13

0

0

0

0

3

0

25

Ryan Newman

204

10

0

0

0

0

1

0

26

Cole Custer #

199

13

0

0

0

0

1

0

27

Ty Dillon

184

13

0

0

0

0

1

0

28

Corey LaJoie

182

13

0

0

0

0

1

0

29

Ryan Preece

158

13

0

0

0

0

0

1

30

Matt Kenseth

131

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

Pocono Raceway-1 Data
Season Race #: 14 of 36 (06-27-20)
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: 130 laps / 325 miles
Stage 1 Length: 25 Laps
Stage 2 Length: 52 Laps
Final Stage: 53 Laps

Pocono-1 Qualifying/Race Data
2019 Pocono-1 pole winner:
William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
173.494 mph, 51.875 secs.
June 1, 2019

2019 Pocono-1 race winner:
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Average Speed: 134.718 mph,
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 58 Mins, 9 Secs.
June 2, 2019

Pocono Raceway-2 Data
Season Race #: 15 of 36 (06-28-20)
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: 140 laps / 350 miles
Stage 1 Length: 30 Laps
Stage 2 Length: 55 Laps
Final Stage: 55 Laps

Pocono-2 Qualifying/Race Data
2019 Pocono-2 pole winner:
Kevin Harvick
Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
174.058 mph, 51.707 secs.
July 28, 2019

2019 Pocono-2 race winner:
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Average Speed: 133.804 mph
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 59 Mins, 22 Secs.
July 28, 2019

Pocono Raceway Loop Data
Top 10 Driver Ratings
Denny Hamlin………………………… 105.1
Erik Jones……………………………… 103.6
Kurt Busch…………………………….. 100.7
Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 99.1
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 98.6
Chase Elliott…………………………….. 98.2
Kyle Busch………………………………. 95.4
Brad Keselowski………………………. 94.7
Joey Logano……………………………. 89.3
William Byron…………………………… 88.3
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

Top 10 Average Running Positions
Erik Jones……………………………… 8.880
Denny Hamlin………………………. 10.288
Chase Elliott…………………………. 11.098
Kurt Busch…………………………… 11.553
Jimmie Johnson……………………. 12.012
William Byron……………………….. 12.023
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 12.356
Daniel Suarez………………………. 12.880
Ryan Newman……………………… 12.946
Brad Keselowski…………………… 13.091
Note: Average Running Position is compiled from 2005-2019 races (30 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

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

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, 14 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.828, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.553, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.7, third-best
  • 381 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3,653 Laps in the Top 15 (72.5%), third-most
  • 1,085 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 15.633, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.133, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.4, seventh-best
  • 322 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 3,616 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), fourth-most
  • 1,018 Quality Passes, sixth-most

William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet)

  • One top five, three top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.250, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.023, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.0, 10th-best
  • 13 Fastest Laps Run, 17th-best
  • 458 Laps in the Top 15 (70.8%), 20th-most
  • 140 Quality Passes, 21st-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.250, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.098, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.2, sixth-best
  • 54 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 1,021 Laps in the Top 15 (80.7%), 12th-most
  • 306 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Five wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 11.964, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 10.288, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.1, series-best
  • 493 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 3,839 Laps in the Top 15 (80.1%), series-most
  • 1,020 Quality Passes, fifth-most

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

  • 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.300, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.356, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, fifth-best
  • 297 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 3,577 Laps in the Top 15 (68.8%), fifth-most
  • 1,154 Quality Passes, series-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 13.333, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.012, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.1, fourth-best
  • 293 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 3,740 Laps in the Top 15 (72.0%), second-most
  • 1,150 Quality Passes, second-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.333, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.880, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 103.6, second-best
  • 40 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 830 Laps in the Top 15 (85.8%), 13th-most
  • 218 Quality Passes, 17th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, 15 top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.536, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.126, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.7, 12th-best
  • 80 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,856 Laps in the Top 15 (58.6%), seventh-most
  • 970 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, 10 top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.050, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.091, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.7, eighth-best
  • 171 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 2,053 Laps in the Top 15 (62.5%), 11th-most
  • 662 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.818, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.813, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.3, ninth-best
  • 110 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 2,147 Laps in the Top 15 (58.2%), 10th-most
  • 734 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.900, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.946, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.3, 11th-best
  • 39 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best
  • 3,454 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%), sixth-most
  • 1150 Quality Passes, third-most

NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Pocono Raceway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

38

1

0

12

18

3

12.6

98.6

2

Joey Logano

22

2

1

4

8

1

16.8

89.3

3

Ryan Blaney

8

1

1

1

4

0

11.5

85.9

4

Chase Elliott

8

0

0

2

6

1

14.2

98.2

5

Brad Keselowski

20

1

1

10

12

1

11.0

94.7

6

Denny Hamlin

28

3

5

11

18

3

12.0

105.1

7

Martin Truex Jr

28

1

2

6

11

2

15.2

87.1

8

Alex Bowman

8

0

0

1

1

0

22.2

63.6

9

Kyle Busch

30

4

3

8

15

5

15.6

95.4

10

Kurt Busch

37

2

3

14

20

5

14.4

100.7

11

Jimmie Johnson

36

3

3

11

20

4

12.4

99.1

12

Aric Almirola

15

0

0

0

2

4

23.7

65.1

13

Clint Bowyer

28

0

0

3

11

0

14.3

83.1

14

William Byron

4

1

0

1

3

0

9.2

89.0

15

Matt DiBenedetto

10

0

0

0

0

4

29.6

42.1

16

Tyler Reddick

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0.0

* – Based on last 30 races at Pocono Raceway (2005 – 2019).

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 Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was on August 4, 1974, and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge, 115.593 mph).
  • The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
  • 2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles.
  • Prior to 2012, all NASCAR Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
  • There have been 84 NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
  • 2020 marks the first season the NASCAR Cup Series will hold a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway.

 

STARTS

  • A total of 350 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway; 251 have competed in more than one series race at Pocono.
  • Ricky Rudd leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Pocono Raceway with 55.
  • Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead all active series drivers with 38 starts at Pocono each.
  • A total of 33 different drivers in the 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 Richard Petty Motorsport’s Bubba Wallace (June 11, 2017).
  • David Pearson (six starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono Raceway with a 4.667.
  • Denny Hamlin (28 starts) leads all active series drivers in average starting position at Pocono with a 7.143.

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

7.143

28

2

Denny Hamlin

7.143

28

2

Daniel Suarez

9.500

6

3

Cale Yarborough

7.556

18

3

Erik Jones

10.000

6

4

Alan Kulwicki

7.769

13

4

Kurt Busch

10.405

37

5

Benny Parsons

8.667

21

5

Joey Logano

11.000

22

6

Neil Bonnett

8.941

17

6

Brad Keselowski

11.100

20

7

Daniel Suarez

9.500

6

7

Kyle Busch

11.400

30

8

Mark Martin

9.741

54

8

Jimmie Johnson

11.556

36

9

Bobby Allison

9.857

21

9

Ryan Newman

11.583

36

10

Tim Richmond

9.857

14

10

Chase Elliott

13.250

8

POLES

  • A total of 46 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series; 12 of the 46 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 46 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)
    • 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 Cup Series Pocono pole winner: Joey Logano (August 7, 2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (June 10, 1984 – 49 years, 5 months, 19 days).
  • Four drivers have posted their first-career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Pocono Raceway:
    • Harry Gant (1979),
    • Casey Mears (2004),
    • Kyle Larson (2014)
    • Daniel Suarez (2018). 
  • Eight different manufacturers have won a NASCAR Cup Series pole at Pocono Raceway; led by Chevrolet with 34, followed by Ford (18), Toyota (9), Dodge (8), Pontiac (6), Buick (2), American Motors Company and Oldsmobile (each have one).  

WINS

  • A total of 37 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, 11 are entered this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR Cup 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 five victories (2006 sweep, 2009, 2010 and 2019).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in 1974.
  • 24 different drivers have multiple series wins at Pocono Raceway; including five active drivers: Denny Hamlin (five), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kurt Busch (three), Kyle Busch (three) and Martin Truex Jr. (two).
  • Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Pocono Raceway:
    • Bobby Allison (1982 sweep and Spring 1983)
    • Bill Elliott (1985 sweep)
    • Tim Richmond (1986 sweep and spring 1987)
    • Bobby Labonte (1999 sweep)
    • Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep)
    • Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep and 2009-2010)
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014 sweep)
    • Kyle Busch (2018-2019)

 

  • Youngest Cup Series Pocono winner: Joey Logano (June 10, 2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
  • Oldest Cup Series Pocono winner: Harry Gant (June 17, 1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
  • 16 of the 84 (19%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been won from the pole (14) or first starting position (two); the most recent was Kyle Busch on July 30, 2017.
  • The two NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono that were won from the first starting position after qualifying was cancelled; Tony Stewart (2009) and 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 in the NASCAR Cup Series – a 19% winning percentage.

NASCAR Cup 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

10

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

3

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:

19.05%

16

Winning from the Front Row:

30.95%

26

Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:

58.33%

49

Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:

71.43%

60

Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:

8.33%

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 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 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 36.
  • A total of 26 different organizations have won in the 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 NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 32 victories; followed by Ford with 23, Toyota (nine), Dodge (seven), Pontiac (six), Buick (four), Mercury (two) and Oldsmobile (one).

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Runner-Up Finishes

  • A total of 37 different NASCAR Cup 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

4

4

Richard Petty

5

4

Kyle Busch

2

5

Harry Gant

4

5

Daniel Suarez

1

 

Kevin Harvick

4

 

Erik Jones

1

Rusty Wallace

4

 

Ryan Newman

1

Top-Five Finishes

  • A total of 75 different NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup Series drivers in top fives at Pocono with 14.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes 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

11

5

Kurt Busch

14

5

Brad Keselowski

10

 

Ryan Newman

9

Top-10 Finishes

  • A total of 122 different NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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

 

Kurt Busch

20

3

Tony Stewart

24

3

Denny Hamlin

18

4

Bill Elliott

22

 

Kevin Harvick

18

Dale Earnhardt

22

5

Kyle Busch

15

 

Ricky Rudd

22

 

Matt Kenseth

15

Ryan Newman

15

Average Finish

  • Erik Jones leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 8.333 in six starts.

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

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Erik Jones

8.333

6

1

Erik Jones

8.333

6

2

William Byron

9.250

4

2

William Byron

9.250

4

3

Davey Allison

9.769

13

3

Brad Keselowski

11.050

20

4

Tim Richmond

9.857

14

4

Ryan Blaney

11.500

8

5

Daniel Hemric

10.000

2

5

Denny Hamlin

11.964

28

6

Skip Manning

10.000

2

6

Jimmie Johnson

12.417

36

7

Jeff Gordon

10.170

47

7

Kevin Harvick

12.579

38

8

Brad Keselowski

11.050

20

8

Ryan Newman

13.139

36

9

Mark Martin

11.352

54

9

Daniel Suarez

13.333

6

10

Ryan Blaney

11.500

8

10

Chase Elliott

14.250

8

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 128 different 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 47 starts.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in laps led at Pocono Raceway with 743 laps led in 36 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

1,040

8,535

12%

1

Jimmie Johnson

743

6,111

12%

2

Geoff Bodine

809

6,799

12%

2

Denny Hamlin

726

4,602

16%

3

Rusty Wallace

754

7,510

10%

3

Kurt Busch

549

6,369

9%

4

Jimmie Johnson

743

6,111

12%

4

Kyle Busch

460

4,782

10%

5

Denny Hamlin

726

4,602

16%

5

Joey Logano

275

3,653

8%

6

Darrell Waltrip

618

7,404

8%

6

Kevin Harvick

249

6,452

4%

7

Kurt Busch

549

6,369

9%

7

Martin Truex Jr

197

4,651

4%

8

Dale Jarrett

524

7,481

7%

8

Ryan Newman

185

6,302

3%

9

Richard Petty

497

4,971

10%

9

Brad Keselowski

183

3,243

6%

10

Kyle Busch

460

4,782

10%

10

Matt Kenseth

100

6,754

1%

 

  • Most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by the race winner was 175 of 200 scheduled laps (87.5%) on August 5, 2007 by race winner Kurt Busch.
  • Most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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 NASCAR Cup 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.
  • The fewest laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway by the race winner is just two laps led on August 2, 2015 by Matt Kenseth; he started the race from the seventh starting position. Kenseth led one lap (88) earlier in the race and took the lead on the final lap to win the event.

TRACK SPECIFIC STATS

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

Top 10 Closest Margins of Victory at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Rank

Margin of Victory

Winner

Runner-Up

Date

1

0.126

Rusty Wallace

Jeff Burton

Sunday, July 23, 2000

2

0.139

Ryan Blaney

Kevin Harvick

Sunday, June 11, 2017

3

0.190

Dale Jarrett

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, July 16, 1995

4

0.228

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Kevin Harvick

Sunday, August 3, 2014

5

0.280

Rusty Wallace

Dale Earnhardt

Sunday, June 12, 1994

6

0.300

Rusty Wallace

Ricky Rudd

Sunday, July 21, 1996

7

0.307

Ryan Newman

Kurt Busch

Sunday, July 27, 2003

8

0.340

Bobby Labonte

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, June 20, 1999

9

0.340

Jeremy Mayfield

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, June 21, 1998

10

0.341

Denny Hamlin

Erik Jones

Sunday, July 28, 2019

 

  • There have been four NASCAR Cup Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Pocono.

NASCAR Overtime Races at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

NASCAR Overtime

Winner

Date

160

163

3

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, July 28, 2019

160

164

4

Kyle Busch

Sunday, July 29, 2018

200

204

4

Denny Hamlin

Sunday, June 6, 2010

200

203

3

Kurt Busch

Sunday, July 24, 2005

200

201

1

Carl Edwards

Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

 

  • Seven of the 84 series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.

Weather Shortened Races at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

Scheduled Date

Scheduled Laps

Actual Laps

No. of Fewer Laps

Winners

Sunday, July 31, 2016

160

138

-22

Chris Buescher

Sunday, August 5, 2012

160

98

-62

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, June 10, 2007

200

106

-94

Jeff Gordon

Sunday, July 28, 2002

200

175

-25

Bill Elliott

Sunday, July 21, 1991

200

179

-21

Rusty Wallace

Sunday, July 20, 1986

200

150

-50

Tim Richmond

Sunday, August 4, 1974

200

192

-8

Richard Petty

 

 

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway six times; twice the driver who started first after qualifying was cancelled won the event.

NASCAR Cup Series Races with Qualifying Cancelled at Pocono Raceway

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

FEMALE COMPETITOR STATS

  • Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.

Female Competitor Stats at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series

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.
  • Among the 10 tracks in Pennsylvania, Pocono Raceway has hosted the most NASCAR national series events.
  • The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Pennsylvania was the NASCAR Cup Series event held on September 11, 1949 at Langhorne Speedway and won by Curtis Turner (Oldsmobile).
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was on August 4, 1974, and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge, 115.593 mph).

NASCAR Tracks in Pennsylvania

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Truck

Total Races

Years

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond

84

4

10

98

1974

Nazareth Speedway

Nazareth

0

17

6

23

1953

Langhorne Speedway

Langhorne

17

0

0

17

1949

Lincoln Speedway

New Oxford

7

0

0

7

1949

Heidelberg Raceway

Pittsburgh

4

0

0

4

1955

Reading Fairgrounds

Reading

2

0

0

2

1988

Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Bloomsburg

1

0

0

1

1958

New Bradford Speedway

Bradford

1

0

0

1

1951

Pine Grove Speedway

Shippenville

1

0

0

1

1958

Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg

1

0

0

1

1954

Totals

118

21

16

155

PENNSYLVANIA DRIVERS IN NASCAR

  • A total of 148 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
  • Three of the 148 Pennsylvania drivers have won in NASCAR’s premiere series.

Pennsylvania Winners in NASCAR

Driver

Cup Wins

Xfinity Wins

Gander Truck Wins

Combined

Dick Linder

3

0

0

3

Jimmy Spencer

2

12

1

15

Mark Donohue

1

0

0

1

Totals

6

12

1

19

— NASCAR Media

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