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Party in the Poconos 400 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Pocono Raceway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 70.
  • First Sprint Cup race: August 4, 1974, won by Richard Petty.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: August 5, 2012, won by Jeff Gordon.
  • Won from pole: 14, last time by Joey Logano in 2012.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 43 times in 70 races (61%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 49 times (70%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 5 times (7%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 29th, by Carl Edwards in 2005.
  • Most laps led: 175, by Kurt Busch in 2007.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 4, by Bobby Labonte in 2001.

  • Track records:
    • Fastest race: 145.384 mph by Jeff Gordon in 2011.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 179.598 mph by Joey Logano in 2012.
    • Most lead changes: 56 in 1979.
    • Closest finish: Tim Richmond's .05 second margin over Ricky Rudd in 1986.
    • Most caution flags: 13 in 1990 and 2005.

  • From 2008-2012 a typical Pocono race had 19.3 lead changes, 6.4 cautions for 27.0 laps, and an average green-flag run of 21.5 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 26, Ford 21, Dodge 7, Pontiac 6, Buick 4, Toyota 3, Mercury 2, Oldsmobile 1.

  • Victories by owner: Rick Hendrick 13, Joe Gibbs 9, Roger Penske 7, DiGard 4, Junior Johnson 4, Harry Melling 4, Robert Yates 4, Jack Roush 4, Richard Childress 2, Michael Kranefuss 2, Petty Enterprises 2, Darrell Waltrip 2, Wood Brothers 2, all others 11.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Pocono races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Mark Martin (52 races) Mark Martin (52 races)
    Top 5: Dave Blaney (25) Jimmy Means (28)
    Top 10: David Gilliland (12) Jimmy Means (28)
    Pole: Bobby Labonte (40) Kyle Petty (50)
    Lap led: Paul Menard (12) J.D. McDuffie (22)
    Lead-lap finish: Josh Wise (2) Jimmy Means (28)


  • Top career marks at Pocono:
  •  Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (54) Ricky Rudd (55)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon (6) Jeff Gordon (6)
    Top 5s: Mark Martin (20) Mark Martin (20)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (34) Mark Martin (34)
    Poles: Ken Schrader (5) Ken Schrader (5)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (9,884) Terry Labonte (9,884)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (965) Jeff Gordon (957)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (43) Mark Martin (43)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Pocono (3 or more starts):

    1. Jimmie Johnson (9.0)
    2. Jeff Gordon (10.2)
    3. Denny Hamlin (10.7)
    4. Mark Martin (11.1)
    5. Tony Stewart (11.3)
    6. Ryan Newman (12.4)
    7. Carl Edwards (13.2)
    8. Kevin Harvick (14.1)
    9. Matt Kenseth (14.3)
    10. Brad Keselowski (14.5)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Pocono (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (34.7)
    2. Landon Cassill (32.2)
    3. J.J. Yeley (32.1)
    4. David Gilliland (30.4)
    5. Mike Bliss (29.9)
    6. David Stremme (29.4)
    7. Scott Speed (28.2)
    8. Joe Nemechek (28.0)
    9. Scott Riggs (27.4)
    10. Dave Blaney (26.0)


    Current top-10 drivers at Pocono:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 22 2 9 15 2 4138 562 9.3 9.0 107.6
    Carl Edwards 16 2 5 8 0 2826 212 19.0 13.2 97.4
    Clint Bowyer 14 0 1 7 0 2517 91 19.7 15.1 79.9
    Kevin Harvick 24 0 5 8 0 4368 5 19.8 14.1 89.6
    Matt Kenseth 26 0 3 10 0 4896 54 18.5 14.3 90.7
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 0 5 9 1 4796 151 15.0 17.3 86.1
    Kasey Kahne 18 1 4 6 2 3345 151 8.7 16.8 91.4
    Brad Keselowski 6 1 2 2 0 1062 27 19.5 14.5 79.0
    Kyle Busch 16 0 4 5 1 2705 63 14.9 19.2 84.6
    Paul Menard 12 0 0 2 0 2105 0 19.3 20.8 64.9

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Pocono: Kurt Busch (103.7), Jeff Gordon (100.9), Tony Stewart (98.6), Ryan Newman (95.4), Mark Martin (94.4), Jeff Burton (87.1), Greg Biffle (87.1), Brian Vickers (86.6), Joey Logano (84.5), Martin Truex, Jr. (82.3).