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DATE: Sunday, August 7th
SITE: Pocono Raceway (1974) -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval- 3,740 feet (Frontstretch); 3,055 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 100,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 38th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/1:19 p.m. (et) Green Flag
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Biffle
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: 172.533 m.p.h. (Kasey Kahne, 2004)
RACE RECORD: Rusty Wallace, 1996 (144.892 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,945,083 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $205,850; 2nd Place - $216,848; 3rd Place - $162,373
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Greg Biffle126Jeff Gordon4
2Tony Stewart17Mark Martin10
3Carl Edwards258Jeff Burton8
4Kevin Harvick149Martin Truex Jr28
5Denny Hamlin310Jimmie Johnson6
2010 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.246 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 46 minutes, 51 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.598 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (171.393 m.p.h.)
Past Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Greg Biffle (12th) -- Ford -- 132.246 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (6th) -- Toyota -- 126.396 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (15th) -- Ford -- 130.567 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kurt Busch (2nd) -- Dodge -- 131.627 m.p.h.
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 132.626 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kurt Busch (2nd) -- Ford -- 125.283 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.271 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1st) -- Dodge -- 127.705 m.p.h.
2002 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Dodge -- 125.809 m.p.h.
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (11th) -- Pontiac -- 134.590 m.p.h.
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Ford -- 130.662 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (4th) -- Pontiac -- 116.982 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- (134.660 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (4th) -- Ford -- 142.068 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (13th) -- Ford -- 144.892 m.p.h. (race record)
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (15th) -- Ford -- 134.038 m.p.h.
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1st) -- Ford -- 136.075 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 m.p.h.
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.058 m.p.h.
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (10th) -- Pontiac -- 115.459 m.p.h.
1990 -- Geoff Bodine (4th) -- Ford -- 124.007 m.p.h.
1989 -- Bill Elliott (14th) -- Ford -- 117.847 m.p.h.
1988 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 122.866 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 121.745 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.218 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 134.008 m.p.h.
1984 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 121.351 m.p.h.
1983 -- Tim Richmond (1st) -- Pontiac -- 114.818 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (4th) -- Buick -- 115.496 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 119.111 m.p.h.
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2nd) -- Mercury -- 124.395 m.p.h.
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 115.207 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.540 m.p.h.
1977 -- Benny Parsons (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 128.379 m.p.h.
1976 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Dodge -- 115.875 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Mercury -- 111.179 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Dodge -- 115.593 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Purolator 500 (1974-76), Coca-Cola 500 (1977-80),
Mountain Dew 500 (1981-82), Like Cola 500 (1983-84), Summer 500
(1985-87), AC Spark Plug 500 (1988-90), Miller 500 (1991-96),
Pennsylvania 500 (1997-2008), Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
(2009-10).
 
Past Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Tony Stewart -- 2nd
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3rd
2007 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2nd
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2005 -- Jamie McMurray -- 11th
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 18th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1st
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 43rd
2000 -- Tony Stewart -- 26th
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 10th
1998 -- Ward Burton -- 34th
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 21st
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9th
1995 -- Bill Elliott -- 5th
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1st
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 6th
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 33rd
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 16th
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 6th
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 7th
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 6th
1987 -- Tim Richmond -- 29th
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 30th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 1st
1982 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26th
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 3rd
1979 -- Harry Gant -- 15th
1978 -- Benny Parsons -- 29th
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25th
1975 -- Bobby Allison -- 31st
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Brickyard 400 (July 31st)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Indiana
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Paul Menard
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Regan Smith
FOURTH: Jamie McMurray
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: David Ragan (Finished 23rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 50 minutes, 30 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.762 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.725 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LAP LEADERS: D. Ragan - pole; K. Kahne 1-24; J. Gordon 25-26; M. Kenseth 27;
L. Cassill 28; K. Kahne 29-51; D. Blaney 52; D. Earnhardt Jr.
53-59; J. Gordon 60-80; J. Johnson 81; P. Menard 82; J. Gordon
83-94; K. Kahne 95; P. Menard 96-104; M. Kenseth 105-113; B.
Keselowski 114-130; C. Bowyer 131-132; J. Gordon 133; D. Ragan
134; T. Stewart 135-144; P. Menard 145-151; J. McMurray 152-156;
P. Menard 157-160.
Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy/Quaker State
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
16 *Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/gunbroker.com
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
35Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY)Chevrolet/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Tornados
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Erik Darnell (Beach Park, IL)Chevrolet/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Reese Towpower/Highland
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Toyota/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
77Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Dodge/Speed Energy
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts Ortho
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Greg Biffle---27th4th17th24th23rd13th15thWon
Tony Stewart7th37th35th7th7th6th2nd10th2nd
Carl Edwards---------4th39th21stWon18th3rd
Kevin Harvick6th12th32nd6th5th17th4th12th4th
Denny Hamlin------------Won3rd23rdWon5th
Jeff Gordon12th36th5th13th3rd4th10th8th6th
Mark Martin13th41st2nd3rd19th9th8th7th7th
Jeff Burton16th6th34th37th9th11th21st21st8th
Martin Truex Jr------------10th22nd15th19th9th
Jimmie Johnson15th15thWon12th6th5th3rd13th10th
Ryan Newman5thWon13th5th18th7th14th14th12th
Paul Menard---------------26th42nd26th13th
Clint Bowyer------------41st8th6th3rd15th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------16th40th2nd16th
David Reutimann---------------41st30th29th17th
Matt Kenseth8th13th8th36th14th14th11th11th18th
Kasey Kahne------3rd27th31st27th7th6th19th
Brad Keselowski------------------------20th
Regan Smith------------------25th---21st
Jamie McMurray---28th30th11th20th40th9th20th22nd
Kyle Busch---------39th12th12th36th16th23rd
Joey Logano---------------------27th25th
Dale Earnhardt Jr37th3rd25th32nd43rd2nd12th28th27th
Kurt Busch2nd2nd26thWon2ndWon38th9th33rd
Brian Vickers------14th14th4th29th28th6th---
 
Mover of the Week
Regan Smith - Started in the 27th position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Martin Truex Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Greg Biffle) - Finished 7th
 
NOTES:
Greg Biffle is the defending champion, but "Speed Racer" is getting all the headlines.

Jeff Gordon is getting older, as he turns 40 this week, but the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion is far from being over the hill in winning races and possibly another title. No present would suit Gordon better than a win at Pocono Raceway this weekend.

Gordon won at Pocono in June, tying Bill Elliott for most victories at this track with five. He also picked up career win No.84, which matched him with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third on the series' all-time race winners list.

Last season, Biffle ended a 64-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series by taking the then-called Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Biffle was not a factor for most of the race, but a late-race pit strategy helped the Roush Fenway Racing driver in the late-stages. During the final round of stops, Biffle and crew chief Greg Erwin gambled by taking two tires only.

Sam Hornish Jr. claimed the lead when he opted to stay out on the track. Just after the final restart with 21 laps remaining, Biffle passed Hornish and then led from there. He held off Tony Stewart, the pole sitter, by 3.6 seconds for his 15th career Sprint Cup victory, but his first since September 2008 at Dover.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are three-time winners this season, however they rank third and fourth on the points list respectively. Carl Edwards owns the top spot with just one win and 13 top-10 finishes, but his lead is quite slim, as he stands just 11 points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, 12 clear of Harvick and 16 in front of Busch. Throw Kenseth in, as he's tied with Busch, while Kurt Busch is sixth, just 18 back.

Denny Hamlin's 50-race winless streak was bittersweet in 2009. Hamlin, who recorded his fifth career Sprint Cup title, had lost his 91-year-old grandmother just three days prior.

Hamlin, who put on a dominating performance with 91 laps led, passed Clint Bowyer with 10 laps remaining. He then held off Juan Pablo Montoya by 0.869 of a second for his first victory since March 2008 at Martinsville.

Carl Edwards capitalized on a late-race pit strategy to win the 2008 running of this race. Edwards last pitted with 35 laps remaining and had just enough fuel remaining to score his second win at the 2.5-mile triangular track. It was his fourth victory of the season and the 11th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Edwards, who captured the Pocono 500 in 2005, defeated Tony Stewart by almost four seconds. Edwards started 15th on the grid and led six times for 53 laps, including the final 14. Pole sitter Jimmie Johnson finished third, while Mark Martin, who placed eighth, led for a race-high 55 laps.

Kurt Busch won the 2007 race with a dominating performance. Busch led 175 of 200 laps and crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr for his first Cup victory of that season and the 16th of his career. Busch, who now totals 23 career titles, has finished first or second at this race five times in the past nine years.

In 2006, pole sitter Hamlin dominated the race, leading for 151 laps, as he posted his second career Sprint Cup title, both at Pocono. Hamlin, who led five times during the race, reclaimed the lead on lap 181 of the scheduled 200-lap race and held on to edge 2005 winner Kurt Busch by 1.510 seconds.

In the 67 previous races at Pocono, the pole sitter has won 13. Six of those wins came in the second race and the last coming in 2006. 48 of 67 Pocono races have been won from a top-10 start. When Carl Edwards won in 2005, he came for the 29th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.

Jimmie Johnson scored the double in 2004, as he raced to victory in both the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Johnson crossed the finish line 2.138 seconds ahead of runner-up Mark Martin to complete the season sweep at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Johnson led a race-high 124 laps en route to the victory after starting 14th on the grid.

In 24 years of twice-a-year racing at Pocono (since 1982) a sweep has occurred only six times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Johnson (2004) and Hamlin (2006).

Bill Elliott is the only driver to repeat as champion of the race in back-to- back years when he titled here in 1988-89. Overall, Elliott captured this race four times, the last coming in 2002 and is a five-time champion and pole sitter at Pocono.

Denny Hamlin won his first two races at Pocono, claiming both victories from the pole in 2006. Since then, Hamlin added the fall 2009 Pocono race and the spring 2010 race to his resume. Hamlin is the last driver to record the yearly double.

Although he has recorded four straight top-10 finishes at this race, Mark Martin has not fared well at Pocono Raceway. In fact, Pocono is one of just four current tracks that Martin has never won on. Martin has finished second six times at PR, but overall, he's 0-for-48.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the August 14th running of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Juan Pablo Montoya won last year's race there.

08/05 14:15:46 ET

As of August 5, 2011, at 02:16 PM ET