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Date: Sunday, June 8

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pa

Track: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track

Laps: 160

Miles: 400

Capacity: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 33rd

On TV: TNT

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Jeff Gordon, 2011 (145.384 mph)

Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, August 2013 (180.654 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson

Runner up: Greg Biffle

Pole winner: None - due to inclement weather

Top 10:

1. Jimmie Johnson (Start: 1)

2. Greg Biffle (13)

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr (6)

4. Tony Stewart (19)

5. Ryan Newman (23)

6. Kyle Busch (8)

7. Kurt Busch (20)

8. Denny Hamlin (17)

9. Kevin Harvick (5)

10. Joey Logano (21)

Average speed: 144.202 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 46 mins., 26 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.208 secs.

Caution flags: 6 for 19 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 4 drivers

Past winners

2013 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 144.202 mph

2012 Joey Logano, Toyota, 131.004 mph

2011 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 145.384 mph

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 136.303 mph

2009 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 138.515 mph

2008 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 125.209 mph

2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 136.887 mph

2006 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 131.656 mph

2005 Carl Edwards, Ford, 129.177 mph

2004 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 112.129 mph

2003 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 134.892 mph

2002 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 143.426 mph

2001 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 134.389 mph

2000 Jeremy Mayfield, Ford, 139.741 mph

1999 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 118.898 mph

1998 Jeremy Mayfield, Ford, 117.809 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.828 mph

1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.104 mph

1995 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 137.720 mph

1994 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 128.801 mph

1993 Kyle Petty, Pontiac, 138.005 mph

1992 Alan Kulwicki, Ford, 144.023 mph

1991 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 122.666 mph

1990 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 120.600 mph

1989 Terry Labonte, Ford, 131.320 mph

1988 Geoff Bodine, Chevrolet, 126.147 mph

1987 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 122.166 mph

1986 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 113.279 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 138.974 mph

1984 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 138.164 mph

1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 128.636 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 113.57 9mph

Last race

Race: FedEx 400 (June 1)

Site: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Del.

Miles: 400

Laps: 400

Finish line order: Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 23 mins., 52 secs.

Average speed: 123.172 mph

Margin of victory: 0.885 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 41 laps

Lead changes: 18 among 6 drivers

Lap leaders: B. Keselowski - pole; Kyle Busch 1-81; J. Johnson 82-126; C. B. Keselowski - pole; Kyle Busch 1-81; J. Johnson 82-126; C. Bowyer 127; J. Johnson 128-139; K. Harvick 140-158; M. Kenseth 159; K. Harvick 160-164; M. Kenseth 165-177; J. Johnson 178-222; M. Kenseth 223; J. Johnson 224-240; M. Kenseth 241; J. Johnson 242-322; M. Kenseth 323; J. Johnson 324-361; B. Keselowski 362; C. Bowyer 363-366; J. Johnson 367-400.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna/Cushman

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Redds

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/RK Motors Charlotte

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Zest

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Dollar General

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Burger King

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Moen

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Wix Filters

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/TBA

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Theme Park Connection

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Nathan's Famous

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Clorox

#48 * Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/Jacor 4 Jets

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Kelloggs/Cheez-It

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Jimmie Johnson 6 10 42 6 7 5 4 4 Won
Greg Biffle 30 6 30 15 11 28 27 24 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 33 14 12 4 27 19 6 8 3
Tony Stewart 29 3 5 35 Won 3 21 3 4
Ryan Newman 34 11 2 18 5 14 9 12 5
Kyle Busch 4 22 8 43 22 2 3 30 6
Kurt Busch 22 2 16 8 37 6 2 7
Denny Hamlin Won 6 3 38 Won 19 5 8
Kevin Harvick 8 13 11 13 24 4 5 14 9
Joey Logano 23 13 11 Won 10
Jeff Gordon 9 34 Won 14 4 32 Won 19 12
Jamie McMurray 10 18 29 20 13 36 33 10 13
Clint Bowyer 21 10 39 12 9 16 6 15
Brad Keselowski 21 23 18 16
Carl Edwards Won 25 14 9 2 12 37 11 18
Matt Kenseth 32 5 9 7 16 17 8 7 25
Paul Menard 28 25 29 16 14 9 30
Kasey Kahne 27 7 22 Won 15 27 12 29 36

Notes

The Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway is the 14th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile racetrack, Pocono Raceway held the first race on its 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track in 1971. The track was repaved during the fall of 2011.

Pocono has 14 degrees of banking in turn 1, 8 degrees in turn 2 and 6 degrees in turn 3. The length of the shortstretch is 1,780 feet, and the backstretch is 3,055 feet. The frontstretch measures 3,740 feet.

There have been 72 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Pocono. The track hosted one event each season from 1974-81 and then two per year since then. Sprint Cup returns to this track on the first weekend in August.

Richard Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Pocono, the Purolator 500, on August 4, 1974.

Ricky Rudd holds the track record for most starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon's 42 starts is tops among those drivers entered for this weekend's race.

Gordon holds the record for most victories at Pocono with six. His most recent win there came in August 2012.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Pocono with 15, followed by Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske with nine each. Jimmie Johnson (June race) and Kasey Kahne (August event) gave Hendrick Motorsports a season-sweep at this track last year.

Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader share the record for most pole wins at Pocono with five each.

The race winner at Pocono has started from the pole 15 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it one year ago.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Pocono occurred on July 23, 2000 when Rusty Wallace beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.126 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Dover is 29th, accomplished by Carl Edwards in June 2005.

Denny Hamlin is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Pocono. Hamlin won at this track on June 11, 2006. He followed up with another victory there six weeks later.

Casey Mears is the only active driver who claimed his maiden pole in the series at Pocono (Aug. 1, 2004).

No driver on the entry list for this race made his or her Cup debut at Pocono.

Joey Logano holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Pocono. He took the checkered flag there on June 10, 2012 when he was 22 years and 17 days old. When Harry Gant was 50 years, 5 months and 7 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 17, 1990.

The next race is the June 15 Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle won last year's event there.

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