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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 4
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pa.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
CAPACITY: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 40th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 2/3:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (finished 20)
LAPS: 160
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Joey Logano, 2012 (179.598 mph)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2011 (145.384 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jeff Gordon276Ryan Newman9
2Kasey Kahne47Carl Edwards17
3Martin Truex Jr.158Clint Bowyer19
4Brad Keselowski319Regan Smith11
5Tony Stewart2810Marcos Ambrose5
2012 GoBowling.com 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 139.249 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 34 secs. (rain-shortened, 245 miles)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (176.043 mph)
Past GoBowling.com 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Jeff Gordon (27) -- Chevrolet -- 139.249 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (13) -- Dodge -- 137.878 mph
2010 -- Greg Biffle (12) -- Ford -- 132.246 mph
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (6) -- Toyota -- 126.396 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (15) -- Ford -- 130.567 mph
2007 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Dodge -- 131.627 mph
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 132.626 mph
2005 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Ford -- 125.283 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (14) -- Chevrolet -- 126.271 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (1) -- Dodge -- 127.705 mph
2002 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Dodge -- 125.809 mph
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (11) -- Pontiac -- 134.590 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (2) -- Ford -- 130.662 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (4) -- Pontiac -- 116.982 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- (134.660 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (4) -- Ford -- 142.068 mph
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (13) -- Ford -- 144.892 mph
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 134.038 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 136.075 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 133.343 mph
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Chevrolet -- 134.058 mph
1991 -- Rusty Wallace (10) -- Pontiac -- 115.459 mph
1990 -- Geoff Bodine (4) -- Ford -- 124.007 mph
1989 -- Bill Elliott (14) -- Ford -- 117.847 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (2) -- Ford -- 122.866 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (16) -- Chevrolet -- 121.745 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.218 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 134.008 mph
1984 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Chevrolet -- 121.351 mph
1983 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 114.818 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (4) -- Buick -- 115.496 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Buick -- 119.111 mph
1980 -- Neil Bonnett (2) -- Mercury -- 124.395 mph
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 115.207 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 142.540 mph
1977 -- Benny Parsons (4) -- Chevrolet -- 128.379 mph
1976 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Dodge -- 115.875 mph
1975 -- David Pearson (2) -- Mercury -- 111.179 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 115.593 mph
 
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), Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (2011), Pennsylvania 400 (2012).
Race changed from 500 to 400 miles in 2012.
 
Past GoBowling.com 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 20
2011 -- Joey Logano -- 26
2010 -- Tony Stewart -- 2
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 3
2007 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2005 -- Jamie McMurray -- 11
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 18
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 1
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
2001 -- Todd Bodine -- 43
2000 -- Tony Stewart -- 26
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 10
1998 -- Ward Burton -- 34
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 21
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9
1995 -- Bill Elliott -- 5
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 6
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 33
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 16
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 6
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 7
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 6
1987 -- Tim Richmond -- 29
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 30
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1982 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 3
1979 -- Harry Gant -- 15
1978 -- Benny Parsons -- 29
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1976 -- Cale Yarborough -- 25
1975 -- Bobby Allison -- 31
1974 -- Buddy Baker -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard (July 28)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
MILES: 400
LAPS: 160
WINNER: Ryan Newman
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Kasey Kahne
FOURTH: Tony Stewart
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 36 mins., 22 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 153.485 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.657 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LAP LEADERS: R. Newman 1-29; J. Logano 30-30; J. Johnson 31-54; C. Edwards
55-55; J. Montoya 56-56; J. Gordon 57-61; J. Johnson 62-82; B.
Keselowski 83-86; J. Logano 87-96; J. Johnson 97-107; R. Newman
108-110; J. McMurray 111-115; J. Johnson 116-132; R. Newman
133-133; J. Gordon 134-139; D. Hamlin 140-143; K. Harvick
144-145; P. Menard 146-146; C. Bowyer 147-147; B. Keselowski
148-148; R. Newman 149-160.
GoBowling.com 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Redd's Apple Ale
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Toyota Let's Go Places
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's Peanut Butter
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24 *Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Tarkett
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/FXI Gutter Clear 365
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/TBA
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/GoBowling.com
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Planes
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
52Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Toyota/TBA
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jeff Gordon5133410866Won
Kasey Kahne32731277619282
Martin Truex Jr------102215199123
Brad Keselowski------------------20Won4
Tony Stewart357762102115
Ryan Newman13518714141256
Carl Edwards---43921Won18377
Clint Bowyer------4186315188
Mark Martin231998771312
Joey Logano---------------27252613
Jimmie JohnsonWon126531310414
Greg Biffle41724231315Won815
Kevin Harvick32651741241416
Matt Kenseth83614141111181623
Denny Hamlin------Won323Won51529
Kurt Busch26Won2Won38933330
Dale Earnhardt Jr2532432122827932
Kyle Busch---391212361623233
 
Mover of the Week
Martin Truex Jr. - started 38 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway is the 21st race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile racetrack, Pocono Raceway held the first race on its 2.5-mile tri-oval in 1971. The track was repaved during the fall of 2011.

Pocono has 14 degrees of banking in turn 1, 8 degrees in turn 2 and 6 degrees in turn 3. The length of the shortstretch is 1,780 feet, and the backstretch is 3,055 feet. The frontstretch measures 3,740 feet.

There have been 71 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Pocono. The track hosted one event each season from 1974-81 and then two per year since then. The series most recently competed there on the second weekend in June.

Richard Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Pocono, the Purolator 500, on Aug. 4, 1974.

Ricky Rudd holds the track record for most starts at Pocono with 55. Mark Martin's 53 starts is tops among those drivers entered for this weekend's race.

Jeff Gordon holds the record for most victories at Pocono. Gordon claimed his sixth win at this track one year ago. The race was shorted by 62 laps due to rain.

A driver has won both races at Pocono in the same season six times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999), Jimmie Johnson (2004) and Denny Hamlin (2006). Johnson won the Pocono 400 earlier this year.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Pocono with 14, followed by Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske with nine each.

Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader share the record for most pole wins at Pocono with five each.

The race winner at Pocono has started from the pole 15 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Johnson most recently did it in June.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Pocono occurred on July 23, 2000 when Rusty Wallace beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.126 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Dover is 29th, accomplished by Carl Edwards in June 2005.

Hamlin is the only active driver who scored his first career Cup victory at Pocono. He won at this track on June 11, 2006.

Casey Mears is the only active driver who claimed his maiden pole in the series at Pocono (Aug. 1, 2004).

No driver on the entry list for this race made his or her Cup debut at Pocono.

Logano holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Pocono. He took the checkered flag there on June 10, 2012 when he was 22 years and 17 days old. When Harry Gant was 50 years, 5 months and 7 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on June 17, 1990.

The next race is the Aug. 11 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Marcos Ambrose is the defending race winner.

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