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Date: Sunday, Aug. 3

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Site: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Track: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track

Laps: 160

Miles: 400

Capacity: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 41st

On TV: ESPN

Announcers:

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

Race record: Jeff Gordon, June 2011 (145.384 mph)

Qualifying record: Denny Hamlin, June 2014 (181.415 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kasey Kahne

Runner up: Jeff Gordon

Pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (180.654 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kasey Kahne (Start: 18)

2. Jeff Gordon (22)

3. Kurt Busch (5)

4. Ryan Newman (4)

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr (25)

6. Brad Keselowski (11)

7. Joey Logano (6)

8. Kyle Busch (2)

9. Tony Stewart (20)

10. Greg Biffle (7)

Average speed: 129.009 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 6 mins., 2 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.392

Caution flags: 9for 35 laps

Lead changes: 27 among 14 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 129.009 mph

2012 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.249 mph

2011 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 137.878 mph

2010 Greg Biffle, Ford, 132.246 mph

2009 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 126.396 mph

2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 130.567 mph

2007 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 131.627 mph

2006 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 132.626 mph

2005 Kurt Busch, Ford, 125.283 mph

2004 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.271 mph

2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 127.705 mph

2002 Bill Elliott, Dodge, 125.809 mph

2001 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 134.590 mph

2000 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 130.662 mph

1999 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 116.982 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, (134.660 mph

1997 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 142.068 mph

1996 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 144.892 mph

1995 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 134.038 mph

1994 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 136.075 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 133.343 mph

1992 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 134.058 mph

1991 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 115.459 mph

1990 Geoff Bodine, Ford, 124.007 mph

1989 Bill Elliott, Ford, 117.847 mph

1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 122.866 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 121.745 mph

1986 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 124.218 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 134.008 mph

1984 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 121.351 mph

1983 Tim Richmond, Pontiac, 114.818 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 115.496 mph

1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 119.111 mph

1980 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 124.395 mph

1979 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 115.207 mph

1978 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 142.540 mph

1977 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 128.379 mph

1976 Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.875 mph

1975 David Pearson, Mercury, 111.179 mph

1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 115.593 mph

Last race

Race: Crown Royal Presents John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (July 27)

Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana

Miles: 400

Laps: 160

Finish line order: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 39 mins., 41 secs.

Average speed: 150.297 mph

Margin of victory: 2.325 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 16 laps

Lead changes:

Lap leaders: Harvick 1, J. Gordon 2-21, Logano 22-31, Kahne 32-37, Larson Harvick 1, J. Gordon 2-21, Logano 22-31, Kahne 32-37, Larson 38-42, Dillon 43, Hamlin 44-54, Harvick 55-65, Hamlin 66-72, Kahne 73-98, Bowyer 99-101, Kahne 102-126, J. Gordon 127-129, Annett 130, Kahne 131-143, J. Gordon 144-160.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Alliance Truck Parts

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

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Mobil 1

#5 * Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

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

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

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

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

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

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Code 3

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

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

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#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/Axalta

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Toyota of Scranton

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

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

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

#33 Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/A&W Root beer Float/CSX

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#37 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/TBA

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

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.

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

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

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/GoBowling.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Michael Baker Int'l

#93 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TBA

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

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kasey Kahne 27 31 27 7 6 19 28 2 Won
Jeff Gordon 13 3 4 10 8 6 6 Won 2
Kurt Busch Won 2 Won 38 9 33 3 30 3
Ryan Newman 5 18 7 14 14 12 5 6 4
Dale Earnhardt Jr 32 43 2 12 28 27 9 32 5
Brad Keselowski 20 Won 4 6
Joey Logano 27 25 26 13 7
Kyle Busch 39 12 12 36 16 23 2 33 8
Tony Stewart 7 7 6 2 10 2 11 5 9
Greg Biffle 17 24 23 13 15 Won 8 15 10
Carl Edwards 4 39 21 Won 18 3 7 7 11
Jimmie Johnson 12 6 5 3 13 10 4 14 12
Clint Bowyer 41 8 6 3 15 18 8 14
Kevin Harvick 6 5 17 4 12 4 14 16 17
Matt Kenseth 36 14 14 11 11 18 16 23 22
Paul Menard 26 42 26 13 10 11 32
Denny Hamlin Won 3 23 Won 5 15 29 43
Brian Vickers 14 4 29 28 6 39
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon

Notes

The GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway is the 21st 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 tri-oval 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 73 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. The series most recently competed there on the second weekend in June.

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

Ricky Rudd holds the track record for most starts at Pocono with 55. Jeff Gordon's 43 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, a rain-shortened race. On July 27, Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a record fifth time.

A driver has won both races at Pocono in the same season six times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004) and Denny Hamlin (2006). Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400 earlier this year. It was Earnhardt's first victory at this track.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Pocono with 16, followed by Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske with nine each.

A Hendrick Motorsports driver has won the past four races at Pocono: Gordon (August 2012), Johnson (June 2013), Kasey Kahne (August 2013) and Earnhardt (June 2014).

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 in June 2013.

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.

Hamlin is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Pocono. He won at this track on June 11, 2006.

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.

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 Aug. 10 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

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