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By the Numbers: Pocono

June 05, 2013, Staff report,

Vital stats for the Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart

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Track: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., 2.5 miles, asphalt surface, 14-degree banking in Turn 1, 8-degree banking in Turn 2, 6-degree banking in Turn 3.  Frontstretch is 3,740 feet, backstretch is 3,055 feet and shortstretch is 1,780 feet. Nicknamed the Tricky Triangle.

Time/TV: The Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Wal-Mart, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 9. TV: TNT (coverage starts  at 12:30 p.m. ET), Radio: MRN

Trailblazers: The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono was held on Aug. 4, 1974, and won by Richard Petty. Mark Martin leads the series with 20 top-five finishes and 34 top-10 finishes at Pocono.

0.126 seconds is the closest margin of victory in the Sprint Cup Series at Pocono since the advent of electronic scoring. That came at the July 23, 2000, race, when Rusty Wallace beat Jeff Burton.

3/4 is the distance, in miles, Pocono Raceway was when it opened in 1968. Three years later, the track was extended to its current distance of 2.5 miles.

1 active driver posted his first career win at Pocono: Denny Hamlin.

4 active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Dover: Mark Martin (fall 1990 and spring 1991), Ken Schrader (1993 sweep), Denny Hamlin (2006 sweep) and Joey Logano (fall 2011 and spring 2012).

6 is the amount of wins at the track for Jeff Gordon, the most all-time.


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9.0 is the average finishing position at Pocono for Jimmie Johnson, the best mark among active drivers.

14 of the 70 (20.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2012.

17 days after his 22nd birthday, Joey Logano won at Pocono in 2012, making him the youngest winner in track history.

21 years, two months and 14 days was the age of Joey Logano when he became the youngest Pocono pole winner in 2011.

23 of the 70 (32.8%) Cup races at Pocono have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and nine from second-place.

26 is the number of victories at the track for Chevrolet, the most among all manufacturers. Ford is next with 21.

29 is the deepest in the field that a race winner has started; Carl Edwards won from that position in the spring of 2005.

49 years, five months and 19 days was the age of David Pearson when he became the oldest Pocono pole winner in 1984.

50 years, five months and seven days was Harry Gant’s age when he became the oldest winner with his victory in 1990.

54 starts at Pocono by Terry Labonte, the most among drivers still competing on the NASCAR circuit.

55 starts at Pocono by Ricky Rudd, the most all-time.

70 races in NASCAR’s premier series have been held at Pocono Raceway. The track held one race from 1974-81 and two races per year since.

115.1 is Denny Hamlin’s Driver Rating at Pocono, the best among active drivers.

144.122 mph was the speed of Buddy Baker’s inaugural Coors Light Pole at the track in 1974.

179.598 mph was the speed of Joey Logano’s record Coors Light Pole run in 2012.

311 drivers have competed in at least one Cup race at the Tricky Triangle.

400 miles is the length of the race. The first time that distance was used was 2012. Previously, races were 500 miles.

965 laps led by Jeff Gordon at the track leads all active drivers.


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