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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Party In The Poconos 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania going into the Party In The Poconos 400 on June 9.
POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Rite Aid/Ace Ford)
·         One win, two top fives, four top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.5
·         Average Running Position of 14.6, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.1, 13th-best
·         92 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,274 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.009 mph, 11th-fastest
·         1,930 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9%), eighth-most
·         616 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cheerios Chevrolet)
·         Seven top fives, 17 top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.2
·         Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 87.1, 12th-best
·         1,301 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         1,854 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 10th-most
Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 16.1
·         Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 103.7, third-best
·         300 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.544 mph, third-fastest
·         2,068 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), seventh-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)
·         Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.2
·         Average Running Position of 14.9, 13th-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.4, sixth-best
·         169 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.284 mph, sixth-fastest
·         1,867 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), ninth-most
·         595 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 AARP Credit Cards from Chase Chevrolet)
·         Six wins, 18 top fives, 28 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.2
·         Average Running Position of 10.3, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.9, fourth-best
·         110 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         1,244 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.425 mph, fourth-fastest
·         2,231 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), third-most
·         692 Quality Passes, third-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota)
·         Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 10.7
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 9.1
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 115.1
·         Series-high 430 Fastest Laps Run
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 160.936 mph
·         2,105 Laps in the Top 15 (82.0%), fifth-most
·         559 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)
·         Five top fives, eight top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.1
·         Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
·         Series-high 1,380 Green Flag Passes
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.000 mph, 12th-fastest
·         1,835 Laps in the Top 15 (61.7%), 11th-most
·         640 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s/Monsters University Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 9.0
·         Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 107.6, second-best
·         223 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.687 mph, second-fastest
·         Series-high 2,376 Laps in the Top 15 (79.9%)
·         725 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.8
·         Average Running Position of 13.8, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.4, ninth-best
·         192 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,304 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.219 mph, eighth-fastest
·         1,835 Laps in the Top 15 (61.7%), 11th-most
·         645 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·         Three top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.3
·         Average Running Position of 13.1, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.7, 10th-best
·         1,203 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.162 mph, ninth-fastest
·         1,820 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), 13th-most
·         661 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
·         20 top fives, 34 top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 11.1
·         Average Running Position of 12.2, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 94.4, eighth-best
·         93 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.311 mph, fifth-fastest
·         2,100 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most
·         600 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 12.4
·         Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.4, seventh-best
·         1,232 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.068 mph, 10th-fastest
·         2,287 Laps in the Top 15 (77.0%), second-most
·         Series-high 750 Quality Passes
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 11.3
·         Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 98.6, fifth-best
·         80 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         1,340 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 160.272 mph, seventh-fastest
·         2,138 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), fourth-most
·         685 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 12
Following Race 13 of 36
                                                                                Rank        Season
                                                                                Last          Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 473 2 1 1 111.7
2. Carl Edwards 443 1 0 2 91.5
3. Clint Bowyer 423 0 0 4 95.7
4. Matt Kenseth 399 3 2 3 116.4
5. Kevin Harvick 399 2 0 7 95.1
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 398 0 0 6 92.7
7. Kasey Kahne 392 1 0 5 102.1
8. Brad Keselowski 375 0 0 10 90.3
9. Kyle Busch 374 2 2 11 105.4
10. Paul Menard 371 0 0 8 77.7
11. Jeff Gordon 361 0 0 15 89.2
12. Aric Almirola 354 0 0 12 76.9
ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
13. Greg Biffle 353 30. David Gilliland 219
14. Martin Truex Jr. 343 31. Dave Blaney 219
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 343 32. David Reutimann 190
16. Tony Stewart 338 33. J.J. Yeley 187
17. Kurt Busch 337 34. David Stremme 178
18. Joey Logano 335 35. Travis Kvapil 136
19. Jamie McMurray 332 36. AJ Allmendinger 122
20. Ryan Newman 323 37. Michael McDowell 76
21. Jeff Burton 323 38. Scott Speed 75
22. Juan Pablo Montoya 307 39. Timmy Hill 71
23. Marcos Ambrose 294 40. Michael Waltrip 63
24. Mark Martin 271 41. Terry Labonte 52
25. Casey Mears 259 42. Ken Schrader 29
26. Denny Hamlin 249 43. Scott Riggs 7
27. David Ragan 238 44. Brian Keselowski 4
28. Bobby Labonte 238
29. Danica Patrick 231

 

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Top 12 at Pocono Raceway

Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Jimmie Johnson 22 2 2 9 15 0 9.0 107.6
2 Carl Edwards 16 0 2 5 8 0 13.2 97.4
3 Clint Bowyer 14 0 0 1 7 0 15.1 79.9
4 Matt Kenseth 26 0 0 3 10 0 14.3 90.7
5 Kevin Harvick 24 0 0 5 8 2 14.1 89.6
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 26 1 0 5 9 1 17.3 86.1
7 Kasey Kahne 18 2 1 4 6 2 16.8 91.4
8 Brad Keselowski 6 0 1 2 2 0 14.5 79.0
9 Kyle Busch 16 1 0 4 5 4 19.2 84.6
10 Paul Menard 12 0 0 0 2 1 20.8 64.9
11 Jeff Gordon 40 2 6 18 28 5 10.2 100.9
12 Aric Almirola 2 0 0 0 0 0 23.0 63.7

 

* – Based on last 16 races at Pocono Raceway.
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 Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974 – won by Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph, 08/04/1974.
·         The 2.5-mile track was repaved during the fall of 2011.
Notebook
·         There have been 70 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
·         2012 marked the first season that NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
·         311 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway; 218 in more than one.
·         Ricky Rudd leads the series in starts at Pocono with 55. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 54 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 52.
·         Buddy Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Pocono in 1974 with a speed of 144.122 mph.
·         39 drivers have Coors Light poles at Pocono, led by Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader with five each; followed byMark Martin with three.
·         Five drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Pocono. Bill Elliott holds the record for most consecutive poles at Pocono with three; fall 1984 and both races in 1985.
·         Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Mark Martin (fall 1990 and spring 1991),Ken Schrader (1993 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) and Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012).
·         Youngest Pocono pole winner: Joey Logano (08/07/2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
·         Oldest Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (06/10/1984 – 49 years, 5 months, 19 days).
·         31 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
·         Six 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).
·         Youngest Pocono winner: Joey Logano (6/10/2012 – 22 years, 0 months, 17 days).
·         Oldest Pocono winner: Harry Gant (6/17/1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).
·         Hendrick Motorsportshas the most wins at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 13: Jeff Gordon (six),Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (two), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
·         Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 26 victories; followed byFord with 21.
·         14 of the 70 (20.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2012.
·         The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (14) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.
·         23 of the 70 (32.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and nine from second-place.
·         49 of the 70 (70.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Five of the 70 (7.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Pocono was 29th, by Carl Edwards in the spring of 2005.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Pocono with seven; followed by Jeff Gordon, Kurt Buschand Richard Petty with five each.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20; followed by Jeff Gordon with 18.
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 34; followed by Jeff Gordon with 28.
·         Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 5.571.
·         Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.0.
·         11 of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Pocono Raceway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards won at Pocono in their first appearances.
·         Terry Labonte competed at Pocono Raceway 17 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·         Among the 13 active NSCS Pocono winners Terry Labonte (17), Greg Biffle (15) and Bobby Labonte (12) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
·         Mark Martin leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono without visiting Victory Lane at 52; followed by Jeff Burton with 38.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway was the July 23, 2000 race won by Rusty Wallace over Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.126 second.
·         There has been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting in green-white-checkered finishes at Pocono Raceway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): spring of 2005 (200/201); fall of 2005 (200/203); spring of 2010 (200/204).
·         Six of the 70 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/6/2010.
·         Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway four times; most recently the fall of 2009 race.
·         Casey Mears (8/1/2004) posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Pocono Raceway.
·         One active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver has posted his first career win at Pocono Raceway: Denny Hamlin(06/11/06).
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Pocono with 965 laps led in 40 starts.
·         One female driver has competed at Pocono in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie.
 
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Janet Guthrie
10
11
7/31/1977
Janet Guthrie
22
31
7/30/1978
Janet Guthrie
21
28
7/27/1980
NASCAR in Pennsylvania
·         There have been 104 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond
70
Langhorne Speedway
Langhorne
17
Lincoln Speedway
New Oxford
7
Heidelberg Raceway
Pittsburgh
4
Reading Fairgrounds
Reading
2
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
Bloomsburg
1
New Bradford Speedway
Bradford
1
Pine Grove Speedway
Shippenville
1
Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg
1
Nazareth Speedway
Nazareth
0
·         140 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Pennsylvania.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Dick Linder
3
0
0
Jimmy Spencer
2
12
1
Mark Donohue
1
0
0
Pocono Raceway Data
Season Race #: 14 of 36 (06-09-13)
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
Top 12 Driver Rating at Pocono
Denny Hamlin………………………. 115.1
Jimmie Johnson……………………. 107.6
Kurt Busch………………………….. 103.7
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 100.9
Tony Stewart…………………………. 98.6
Carl Edwards………………………… 97.4
Ryan Newman……………………….. 95.4
Mark Martin…………………………… 94.4
Kasey Kahne………………………… 91.4
Matt Kenseth………………………… 90.7
Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.6
Jeff Burton……………………………. 87.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner:
Joey Logano, Toyota, 179.598 mph, 50.112 secs. 6-8-12
 
2012 race winner:
Joey Logano, Toyota, 131.004 mph, (03:03:12), 6-10-12
 
Track qualifying record:
Joey Logano, Toyota, 179.598 mph, 50.112 secs. 6-8-12
 
Track race record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 145.384 mph, (03:26:21), 6-12-11

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