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NASCAR Statistical Advance: Analyzing the GoBowling.com 400

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania going into the GoBowling.com 400 on August 4 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio).

POCONO-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
·       One win, three top fives, five top 10s
·       Average finish of 16.7
·       Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best
·       Driver Rating of 87.8, 13th-best
·       97 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·       1,347 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 160.563 mph, 11th-fastest
·       2,083 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%), eighth-most
·       659 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most
Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)
·       Two wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·       Average finish of 15.8
·       Average Running Position of 10.9, fourth-best
·       Driver Rating of 103.8, third-best
·       304 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 161.085 mph, third-fastest
·       2,219 Laps in the Top 15 (74.7%), sixth-most
·       618 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Youth Foundation Chevrolet)
·       Six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·       Average finish of 16.7
·       Driver Rating of 88.0, 12th-best
·       60 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
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STATISTICAL ADVANCE
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)
·       Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
·       Average finish of 13.5
·       Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best
·       Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best
·       175 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 160.838 mph, fifth-fastest
·       2,002 Laps in the Top 15 (63.9%), ninth-most
·       620 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
·       Six wins, 18 top fives, 28 top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 10.2
·       Average Running Position of 10.5, third-best
·       Driver Rating of 100.0, fourth-best
·       111 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·       1,319 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 160.928 mph, fourth-fastest
·       2,337 Laps in the Top 15 (74.6%), third-most
·       721 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·       Four wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 10.5
·       Series-best Average Running Position of 9.1
·       Series-best Driver Rating of 113.8
·       Series-high 434 Fastest Laps Run
·       Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 161.419 mph
·       2,244 Laps in the Top 15 (82.3%), fifth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·       Five top fives, nine top 10s
·       Average finish of 13.9
·       Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
·       Driver Rating of 90.2, 10th-best
·       1,440 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 160.562 mph, 12th-fastest
·       1,955 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 10th-most
·       671 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Planes Chevrolet)
·       Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 8.7
·       Average Running Position of 9.3, second-best
·       Driver Rating of 110.0, second-best
·       259 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 161.266 mph, second-fastest
·       Series-high 2,536 Laps in the Top 15 (81.0%)
·       741 Quality Passes, second-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·       One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 17.8
·       Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
·       243 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·       Average Green Flag Speed of 160.816 mph, seventh-fastest
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·       Three top fives, 10 top 10s
·       Average finish of 14.7
·       Average Running Position of 12.9, eighth-best
·       Driver Rating of 90.7, ninth-best
·       687 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
·       20 top fives, 34 top 10s; three poles
·       Average finish of 11.2
·       Average Running Position of 12.6, seventh-best
·       Driver Rating of 93.1, eighth-best
·       2,126 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), seventh-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet)
·       One win, eight top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 12.0
·       Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best
·       Driver Rating of 95.4, seventh-best
·       2,379 Laps in the Top 15 (76.0%), second-most
·       Series-high 774 Quality Passes
Tony Stewart (No. 14 GoDaddy Chevrolet)
·       Two wins, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s; two poles
·       Average finish of 11.0
·       Average Running Position of 12.0, sixth-best
·       Driver Rating of 98.8, fifth-best
·       1,418 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·       2,291 Laps in the Top 15 (73.1%), fourth-most
·       737 Quality Passes, third-most
Chase Contenders
The Top 10
Following Race 20 of 36
                                                                       Rank         Season
                                                                                             Last           Driver
Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 740 4 1 1 115.7
2. Clint Bowyer 665 0 0 2 93.2
3. Carl Edwards 655 1 1 3 92.6
4. Kevin Harvick 648 2 0 4 92.9
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 616 0 1 5 94.9
6. Matt Kenseth 615 4 2 6 111.9
7. Kyle Busch 610 2 3 7 102.5
8. Greg Biffle 565 1 0 8 80.9
9. Kasey Kahne 564 1 0 10 100.5
10. Jeff Gordon 559 0 0 12 87.4

 

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS
11. Tony Stewart 558 32. Dave Blaney 290
12. Martin Truex Jr. 554 33. JJ Yeley 277
13. Brad Keselowski 553 34. David Stremme 271
14. Kurt Busch 546 35. Travis Kvapil 253
15. Jamie McMurray 537 36. AJ Allmendinger 233
16. Ryan Newman 534 37. Michael McDowell 105
17. Aric Almirola 529 38. Michael Waltrip 102
18. Joey Logano 524 39. Scott Speed 91
19. Paul Menard 520 40. Timmy Hill 82
20. Jeff Burton 499 41. Terry Labonte 77
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 495 42. Ken Schrader 68
22. Marcos Ambrose 468 43. Boris Said 26
23. Juan Pablo Montoya 460 44. Ron Fellows 22
24. Casey Mears 420 45. Justin Marks 14
25. Denny Hamlin 388 46. Scott Riggs 10
26. Danica Patrick 364 47. Victor Gonzalez Jr. 7
27. David Gilliland 363 48. Tomy Drissi 6
28. David Ragan 352 49. Brian Keselowski 4
29. Mark Martin 335 50. Alex Kennedy 4
30. Bobby Labonte 303 51. Jacques Villeneuve 3
31. David Reutimann 294 52. Jason Leffler 1
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 23 2 3 10 16 0 8.7 110.0
2 Clint Bowyer 15 0 0 1 7 0 15.1 80.0
3 Carl Edwards 17 0 2 5 8 0 13.5 97.8
4 Kevin Harvick 25 0 0 5 9 2 13.9 90.2
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27 1 0 6 10 1 16.7 88.0
6 Matt Kenseth 27 0 0 3 10 0 14.7 90.7
7 Kyle Busch 17 1 0 4 6 4 18.4 85.9
8 Greg Biffle 21 0 1 3 5 2 16.7 87.8
9 Kasey Kahne 19 2 1 4 6 2 17.8 89.6
10 Jeff Gordon 41 2 6 18 28 5 10.2 100.0
11 Tony Stewart 29 2 2 12 21 2 11.0 98.8
12 Martin Truex Jr. 15 0 0 2 5 0 15.3 81.7
* – Based on last 17 races at Pocono Raceway.
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2013 Wild Card Standings Following Indianapolis
Pos Driver Wins Pts Pos Points Pts From 10th Starts Poles T5s T10s DNFs
1 Tony Stewart 1 11 558 -1 20 0 5 7 0
2 Martin Truex Jr. 1 12 554 -5 20 0 4 8 2
3 Ryan Newman 1 16 534 -25 20 1 3 9 5
4 Brad Keselowski 0 13 553 -6 20 1 6 9 1
5 Kurt Busch 0 14 546 -13 20 1 4 8 2
6 Jamie McMurray 0 15 537 -22 20 1 1 5 0
7 Aric Almirola 0 17 529 -30 20 0 1 5 3
8 Joey Logano 0 18 524 -35 20 0 5 9 2
9 Paul Menard 0 19 520 -39 20 0 0 4 1
10 Jeff Burton 0 20 499 -60 20 0 2 4 1
11 David Ragan 1 28 352 -207 20 0 1 1 3
The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
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 71 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, one race from 1974 through 1981, and two per year since.
·       2012 marked the first season the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono were scheduled for 400 miles. Prior to 2012 all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races were 500 miles at Pocono Raceway.
·       314 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 53.
·       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 Pocono: 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 (8/7/2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days).
·       Oldest Pocono pole winner: David Pearson (6/10/1984 – 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 14: Jeff Gordon (six),Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one).
·       Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Pocono; led by Chevrolet with 27 victories; followed byFord with 21.
·       15 of the 71 (21.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson earlier this season.
·       The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.
·       24 of the 71 (33.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and nine from second-place.
·       50 of the 71 (70.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·       Five of the 71 (7.0%) 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 6.333.
·       Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with an 8.652.
·       11 of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 53; followed by Jeff Burton with 39.
·       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 have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish 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 71 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 8/5/2012.
·       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.
·       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 41 starts.
·       Two female drivers have competed at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie andDanica Patrick.
 
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
Danica Patrick
30
29
6/9/2013
Pocono Raceway Data
Season Race #: 21 of 36 (08-04-13)
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…………………….. 113.8
Jimmie Johnson…………………. 110.0
Kurt Busch…………………………. 103.8
Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.0
Tony Stewart………………………… 98.8
Carl Edwards……………………….. 97.8
Ryan Newman………………………. 95.4
Mark Martin………………………….. 93.1
Matt Kenseth………………………… 90.7
Kevin Harvick……………………….. 90.2
Kasey Kahne………………………… 89.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 88.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.
Qualifying/Race Data
2012 pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 176.043 mph, 51.124 secs. 8-3-12
2012 race winner: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.249 mph, (01:45:34), 8-5-12
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
NASCAR in Pennsylvania
·       There have been 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Pennsylvania.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond
71
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
·       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

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