NASCAR Pocono Sunday, June 4, 2017

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES POCONO STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Pocono races: 55 Ricky Rudd
  • Most Pocono wins: 6 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Pocono top 5 finishes: 20 Jeff Gordon & Mark Martin
  • Most Pocono top 10 finishes: 34 Mark Martin
  • Most Pocono laps led: 1040 Jeff Gordon
  • Most Pocono lead lap finishes: 45 Mark Martin
  • Most Pocono wins since repave (10 Races): 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Most Pocono 2nd-place finishes since repave: 3 Brad Keselowski (Winless)
  • Most Pocono top 3 finishes since repave: 4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Brad Keselowski
  • Most Pocono top 5 finishes since repave: 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Most Pocono top 10 finishes since repave: 7 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Best Pocono average finish since repave: 7.4 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • 35 Different winners in 78 Pocono Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races
  • POCONO 6/11/06: DENNY HAMLIN’S FIRST CAREER WIN
  • Kurt Busch ended 34-race winless streak at Pocono 6/16
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. only repeat winner last 11 Pocono races (2 Wins) – 9 Others 1 win each
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. only driver to win more than one Pocono 400-mile race – 2 Wins
  • Brad Keselowski: Only driver to finish top 5 both Pocono races last season
  • Brad Keselowski: 3 Straight Pocono top 3 finishes – Finished 2nd in 3 of last 6 races
  • 4 Finished top 10 both Pocono races last season: Kurt Busch, Edwards, Harvick & Keselowski
  • 9 Different winners last 9 Pocono June races
  • First Pocono win for 4 of last 6 winners
  • Pocono August 1 of 2 shortened races last season (Texas Nov.)
  • Youngest winner last season: Chris Buescher 23-years-old (Pocono Aug.)
  • Chris Buescher 1 of 2 to win a race last season after free-pass (Pocono Aug.) – Martin Truex Jr. Chicagoland
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 5 of last 9 Pocono races with 4 different drivers
  • 5 Different teams won last 5 Pocono races
  • Kurt Busch won last Pocono June race with interim crew chief – John Klausmeier
  • Kurt Busch: 3 Pocono wins with 3 different teams & 3 different manufacturers
  • Chase Elliott led most laps last Pocono June race (51) – Finished 4th
  • Joey Logano led most laps last 2 Pocono August races (97 & 38) – Finished 20th & 37th
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 9 of last 13 Pocono races including last 3
  • Leader of first lap won 17 of 78 Pocono races (22%)
  • 10 To go leader failed to win 17 of 78 Pocono races (22%)
  • Winner took lead for first time after lap 100 in 15 Pocono races
  • Winner took lead for final time with 8 or fewer laps to go in 5 of last 10 Pocono races
  • 6 Pocono races settled by last lap pass
  • Drivers won first race of the season in 28 of 78 Pocono races (36%)
  • First win of season for 3 of last 4 Pocono winners – Only win of season for Kurt Busch & Chris Buescher last season
  • No Toyota finished top 5 in 3 of last 4 Pocono races
  • Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin & Richard Petty only drivers to win Pocono in first try
  • Ricky Rudd won Pocono for first time in 44th try – Most of all drivers
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Pocono for first time in 29th try (6/14) – Won 2 of last 6 races
  • Matt Kenseth won Pocono for first time in 32nd try (8/15)
  • 3 Won first career race at Pocono – Jeremy Mayfield 6/98, Denny Hamlin 6/06 & Chris Buescher 8/16
  • Only 3 eventual champions failed to finish Pocono race: D. Waltrip 7/25/82, Kurt Busch 8/1/04 & Johnson 6/6/16
  • Pocono June last season first of four DNFs for champion Jimmie Johnson last season
  • Last to win a Pocono race & championship in same season: Jimmie Johnson 6/13 Winner & 2013 Champion
  • Driver starting 1st finished top 3 in 13 of last 22 Pocono races – 6 Wins
  • Driver starting 1st finished top 10 in 16 of last 22 Pocono races
  • 16 of 78 Pocono races won from 1st starting position
  • Worst official start position of Pocono winner: 29th – Carl Edwards (6/05)
  • (Tony Stewart won after starting in the back in a back-up car 6/09)
  • Most consecutive Pocono wins: 3 – Bobby Allison (6/82, 7/82 & 6/83) & Tim Richmond (6/86, 7/86 & 6/87)
  • Both Pocono races swept 7 times in same season – Last: 2014 by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Last to win back-to-back June races: Jeff Gordon (1996 & ’97) – Kurt Busch won last June race
  • Mid-race leader failed to win last 6 Pocono races
  • Denny Hamlin led Pocono at mid-race 5 times – Only 1 win after leading at mid-race
  • 7 Pocono races didn’t run full distance
  • 5 Rescheduled Pocono races – 5 Different winners
  • Both Pocono races last season were rescheduled
  • 3 Pocono overtime finishes – Leader at scheduled distance won all 3
  • Chevrolet leads all with 32 Pocono wins including 7 of last 9 races
  • 1 Ford win last 12 Pocono races – Chris Buescher 8/16
  • 3 Different manufacturers won last 3 Pocono races
  • 17 Hendrick Motorsports wins (Most all-time) by 7 different drivers
  • 10 Joe Gibbs Racing Pocono wins by 5 different drivers – Hamlin 4, B. Labonte 3, Kenseth 1, Logano 1 & Stewart 1
  • 9 Team Penske Pocono wins by 5 different drivers – R. Wallace 4, Mayfield 2, Kurt Busch 1, Keselowski 1 & Newman 1
  • 4 Roush Fenway Racing Pocono wins by 3 different drivers – Carl Edwards 2, Greg Biffle 1 & Kurt Busch 1
  • 2 Richard Childress Racing Pocono wins – Dale Earnhardt 7/87 & 7/93
  • 2 Stewart-Haas Racing Pocono wins – Tony Stewart 6/09 (First team win) & Kurt Busch 6/16
  • 2 Wood Brothers Racing Pocono wins – David Pearson 8/75 & Neil Bonnett 7/80