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By the Numbers: NASCAR long on history at Pocono, Texas

June 08, 2012, ,

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29 -- This week's Truck race marks the 29th at Texas, most of any track in series history.

56 -- Cup races at Pocono have been won from the first two rows 56 percent of the time (38 of 68) and 65 percent (44 of 68) from the top six. The pole winner has won 13 times.


Breakout Number

2 -- Two drivers have combined to win the past six June races at Texas Motor Speedway: Todd Bodine (4) and Ron Hornaday (2). Overall, Bodine is a six-time winner at Texas, most by a driver at a track in series history; Hornaday has won three times, including last June when he became the older winner (52 years, 11 months, 21 days) in track history.


Track Tidbits

4 -- Brendan Gaughan holds the record for most consecutive wins at one track with four at Texas. He won both races in 2002 and '03; in 10 subsequent races at TMS, he only has one finish better than 14th: a runner-up effort in November 2007. Gaughan, who scored his first career win at TMS in June 2002, hasn't won a series race since his victory at Texas in October 2003.

4 -- The driver who has led the most laps at Texas has failed to win 17 of the 28 races, but has won four of the past five.

8 -- Eight of the past 12 races at Texas have ended in a green-white-checkered finish, and nine overall.

Recent Trends

3 -- A driver has scored his first career pole in three of the past four June races: Justin Marks (2008), Austin Dillon (2010) and James Buescher (2011). Dillon, who became the youngest pole winner (20 years, 1 month, 7 days) in track history and second-youngest in series history, finished third for his first career top-five. Buescher, the only one of the three entered in this week's race, swept the pole in 2011.

5 -- Johnny Sauter has had issues in five of the six races this season, beginning at Daytona where he was leading at the end of regulation but was wrecked on a second green-white-checkered restart; he finished 24th (all other problems were mechanical in nature). In last June's race at Texas, Sauter was leading when he was black-flagged for changing lanes on the final restart; he finished 22nd. Sauter finished seventh at Texas in November 2011; in his only problem-free race this year, he finished fourth, at Rockingham.

6 -- Ty Dillon holds a rookie record with top-10 finishes in the first six races of the season. Texas holds a rookie mark when in 1997, Kenny Irwin, Boris Said and Rick Crawford) finished 1-2-3, the only time in series history rookies have swept the top three. Three rookies have won at Texas: Irwin, Travis Kvapil (2001) and Brendan Gaughan (both races in 2002). Dillon scored his first career top-10, a third-place finish in November 2011, at TMS.


Breakout Number

9 -- Jeff Gordon has scored top-10s in nine of the past 11 races at Pocono Raceway, including a win last June. His next top-10 will be the 400th of his career. Gordon ranks fifth on the all-time list: 4. Dale Earnhardt (428); 6. Darrell Waltrip (390). Gordon, the all-time laps leader at Pocono, is 43 shy of becoming the first to reach 1,000 laps led.


Track Tidbits

1 -- The final lead change took place in the last 10 laps only once in the past 19 races Pocono: Jeff Gordon passed Carl Edwards with nine to go in June 2007. There have been five last-lap passes at Pocono, but none since 2000 (both races).

6 -- Mark Martin has six runner-up finishes at Pocono, tied for the Cup record for most second-place finishes at a track without a win: Bobby Allison (Martinsville). Martin has made 50 starts at Pocono, and leads all drivers in both top-fives (19) and top-10s (33), although his last top-five came in July 2005 and he has only two top-10s in the past six races there.

9 -- Nine of the past 10 pole winners at Pocono finished in the top three, all but Joey Logano, who finished 26th in August 2011, the last driver on the lead lap. Logano became the youngest pole winner (21 years, 2 months, 13 days) in track history.

Recent Trends

3 -- The leader of the most laps has not won the past three Pocono races and only two of the past seven, both by Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski led 19 laps in August 2011, the fewest laps led by the winner in the past 20 races at Pocono.

3 -- Richard Petty Motorsports has scored three top-10s in the past three races, including both cars at Dover, after having just one in the first 10 races. Aric Almirola posted RPM's best finish of the season, sixth at Dover, with recently appointed crew chief Mike Ford. Ford is tied with Tim Brewer for the most wins at Pocono by a crew chief, with five: four came with Denny Hamlin; one with Bill Elliott.

9 -- There have been 73 cautions in the first 13 races of 2012, the fewest through 13 races since 1979 when there were nine fewer (64). There were nine cautions combined in the two 2011 races at Pocono (four in June), the fewest in a season since 1997 when there were eight.

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