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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
Capacity: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ESPN
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)
Defending champion: Kasey Kahne
Runner up: Jeff Gordon
Pole winner: Jimmie Johnson (180.654 mph)
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
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
Race: Crown Royal Presents John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard (July 27)
Site: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
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
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.
#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
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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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