By the Numbers: Pocono
July 31, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Track: Pocono Raceway, 2.5 miles, asphalt surface, 14-degree banking in turn 1, 8-degree banking in turn 2, 6-degree banking in turn 3.
Time/TV: GoBowling.com 400, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 4. TV: ESPN (coverage starts at noon ET). Radio: MRN.
Trailblazers: NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural inductee Richard Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono, leading 152 of 192 laps in the rain-shortened Purolator 500. . ... Jeff Gordon is the winningest driver in NASCAR’s top series with six Pocono victories, one win more than Bill Elliott. ... The track began hosting two events annually for NASCAR’s premier series in 1982.
1 is the fewest amount of caution periods in a Pocono Raceway event, set in the 1978 Coca-Cola 500. Just three of the 200 laps were run under the yellow flag. The light number of cautions in the race, won by Darrell Waltrip, contributed to an average speed of 142.540 mph, a record pace that stood until 1992.
2 is the number of women who have competed at NASCAR’s top level at Pocono Raceway. Janet Guthrie raced there three times with a best finish of 11th in her debut on July 31, 1977. Danica Patrick finished 29th in her debut on the 2.5-mile track in June.
5 is the record for Pocono pole positions in a career, held by Ken Schrader. Schrader, who last won a Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award in 1999, has an average starting position of 14.2 at Pocono.
6 is the number of drivers to have swept both Pocono races in a single season. Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004) and Denny Hamlin (2006) are the sextet of sweepers at the Tricky Triangle. Johnson, who prevailed in the Party in the Poconos 400 in June, can become the first driver with multiple Pocono sweeps if he wins Sunday.
12 is the number of points separating eighth-place Greg Biffle and 13th-place Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Cup driver standings with six races remaining until the playoffs. The top 10 drivers and two Wild-Card entrants will be title-eligible once the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason begins Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway.
15 is the number of times a driver has won at Pocono after claiming the pole position.
53 is the number of career starts at Pocono for Mark Martin, the most of any driver all-time without a victory. The veteran, a three-time pole winner at Pocono, has seven second-place finishes among his track-record 20 top-fives.
56 lead changes is the all-time Pocono Raceway record, set in the 1979 Coca-Cola 500. Race winner Cale Yarborough was the beneficiary of the final lead change, taking control from Richard Petty with 11 laps remaining.
105 is the number of races in NASCAR’s premier series that have been held in Pennsylvania. Of those, 71 have been hosted by Pocono Raceway.
113.8 is the Pocono driver rating for Denny Hamlin, best of all active drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. Hamlin, a four-time winner at the Pennsylvania track, also leads the series in average running position (9.1) and fastest laps run (434).
965 laps led on the 2.5-mile track is the career tally of Jeff Gordon, who leads the all-time list at Pocono Raceway. Geoffrey Bodine, with 810 laps in front at Pocono, is next on the list, followed by Rusty Wallace (753), Jimmie Johnson (690) and Denny Hamlin (663).
3,740 feet is the length of the Pocono Raceway frontstretch, second in distance only to the Talladega Superspeedway back straight, which measures a NASCAR-longest 4,000 feet.
9,884 is the career number of laps completed at Pocono Raceway by Terry Labonte, a two-time winner at the Long Pond track. Labonte, who is not entered in Sunday’s event, would eclipse the 10,000-lap plateau by completing most of one more race (160 laps) at Pocono.