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Jul. 29, 2016
What to Watch: Friday
This weekend's TV Schedule can be found here.
by The Frontstretch Staff
Records and facts
In last year's race, fuel mileage was king in determining who would go to Victory Lane. Joey Logano led the most laps (97), but ended up finishing 20th. Matt Kenseth led two laps all day, but he took the lead on the final lap when teammate Kyle Busch ran out of gas and held on to win the Windows 10 400. Brad Keselowski was nine seconds back in second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Greg Biffle.
Jeff Gordon is the winningest driver in the history of Pocono Raceway with six victories, the most recent coming in the rain-shortened July race in 2012. Denny Hamlin has the most victories of full-time drivers at Pocono with four. They include a sweep during his rookie year in 2006. Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson are tied with three apiece, but Labonte is not entered this weekend. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch each have a pair of Pocono wins.
Behind Gordon on the all-time wins list at Pocono is Bill Elliott with five wins, then you have Hamlin, Darrell Waltrip and Tim Richmond with four each. Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Geoff Bodine and Bobby Allison have three each.
Track / Race Length: 2.5-mile tri-oval, 160 laps (400 laps)
Banking: 14 degrees in Turn 1, 8 degrees in Turn 2, 6 degrees in Turn 3.
Frontstretch: 3,740 ft., flat
Long Pond Straightaway: 3,055 ft., flat
North Straight: 1,780 ft., flat
Grandstand Seating: 70,000
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 65 mph
Opened: 1971 (first Cup race in 1974)
Remaining Pre-Race Schedule:
Practice No. 1: Friday, July 29, 11 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. on NBCSN
Qualifying: Friday, July 29 at 4:15 p.m. on NBCSN
Happy Hour: Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. on NBCSN
"I thought we had a really good car at Pocono earlier this summer. It was certainly one of our best days of the year I think. I thought for us to be able to contend and lead laps all day and have a car that could fight for the lead the majority of the day was great. I'm hoping we can take what we had and learn from there to try to make it better. I definitely have some things that I learned. Hopefully we can clean it up and try to do the best we can to give ourselves a chance to contend." - Chase Elliott
"Pocono is so unique, you've got three completely different corners and really long straightaways. Seems like every time we go there the tunnel turn gets faster and faster. You try and get the best balance for the three corners, but really the one corner that really produces passing is turn three coming onto the longest main straightway and then the braking down into turn one. I try to be the best I can in three, I don't want to give up time in one and the tunnel, so it's kind of a juggle as to what corner you can get your car really good at." - Greg Biffle
"My favorite corner at Pocono is honestly – it's probably – turn one. You can make up a lot of ground if you're good through there. It comes into a pretty good compression and you can drive off, down into the corner. If the car turns pretty well, you can pick up the throttle really hard. And while I like turn one, the most important corner is probably turn three, leading onto the front straightaway
"It's a neat place, definitely a unique track. It's still a place where I don't have a ton of experience. It's just an odd place to set the car up because the corners are so different. If you are really good in turn one, then maybe two and three are a little off. Or if you're good in three, maybe one and two are different. I will say that the straightaway is enormous. There's a lot of distance between turns three and one." - Danica Patrick
Phil Allaway is the Newsletter Manager and a Senior Writer for Frontstretch.com. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
by the Frontstretch Staff
by Kevin Rutherford
Q: The 2005 Pennsylvania 500 was a four-hour race with 13 cautions won by Kurt Busch. Kasey Kahne was in contention for a great finish until the GWC. What happened to cost him that finish?
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