Pocono 400

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"Pocono 500" and "Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500" redirect here. For the IndyCar races that used those names, see Pocono 500 (Indycar).
Pocono 400
Venue Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
First race 1982
Distance 400 miles (643.737 km)
Laps 160
Previous names Van Scoy Diamond Mine 500 (1982-1985)
Miller High Life 500 (1986-1989)
Miller Genuine Draft 500 (1990)
Champion Spark Plug 500 (1991-1993)
UAW-GM Teamwork 500 (1994-1996)
Pocono 500 (1997-2009)
Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 (2010)
5-hour Energy 500 (2011)
Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR (2012)[1]
Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart (2013)
Pocono 400(2014-present)

The Pocono 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania; it is the first of two Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, with the other being the Gobowling.com 400. The Pocono 400 replaced a 400-mile race at Texas World Speedway on NASCAR's schedule beginning with the 1982 season. It was moved to the former USAC Marlboro Championship Trail date in June, displacing the Indy cars to August. The Pocono 400 will air on NASCAR on FOX in 2015.

The race was a 500 mile event from its inception in 1982, through the 2011 race. Both Pocono races were shortened to 400 miles in 2012, and presently run at that length.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1982 June 6 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 4:24:08 113.579 Report
1983 June 12 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 3:53:13 128.636 Report
1984 June 10 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:08 138.164 Report
1985 June 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:35:48 138.974 Report
1986 June 8 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:24:50 113.279 Report
1987 June 14 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:05:57 122.166 Report
1988 June 19 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:58:21 126.147 Report
1989 June 18 Terry Labonte Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:48:27 131.32 Report
1990 June 17 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 200 500 (804.672) 4:08:25 120.6 Report
1991 June 16 Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:04:34 122.666 Report
1992 June 14 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:28:18 144.023 Report
1993 June 13 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:23 138.005 Report
1994 June 12 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:52:55 128.801 Report
1995 June 11 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:50 137.72 Report
1996 June 16 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:35:40 139.104 Report
1997 June 8 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:34:33 139.828 Report
1998 June 21 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 4:14:39 117.809 Report
1999 June 20 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 4:12:19 118.898 Report
2000 June 19* Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:34:41 139.741 Report
2001 June 17 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:43:14 134.389 Report
2002 June 9 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:29:10 143.426 Report
2003 June 8 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:42:24 134.892 Report
2004 June 13 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:27:33 112.129 Report
2005 June 12 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 201* 502.5 (808.695) 3:53:24 129.177 Report
2006 June 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:47:52 131.656 Report
2007 June 10 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 106* 265 (426.476) 1:57:15 135.608 Report
2008 June 8 Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:59:36 125.209 Report
2009 June 7 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:36:35 138.515 Report
2010 June 6 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 204* 510 (820.765) 3:44:30 136.303 Report
2011 June 12 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:26:21 145.384 Report
2012* June 10 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 400 (643.737) 3:03:12 131.004 Report
2013 June 9 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 2:46:26 144.202 Report
2014 June 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 2:52:07 139.44 Report
  • 2000: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2005 & 2010: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
  • 2007: Race shortened due to rain/darkness.
  • 2012: Race distance changed from 500 to 400 miles in length. First ever 400-miler at Pocono.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Jeff Gordon 1996, 1997, 2007, 2011
2 Bobby Allison 1982, 1983
Tim Richmond 1986, 1987
Terry Labonte 1989, 1995
Jeremy Mayfield 1998, 2000
Tony Stewart 2003, 2009
Denny Hamlin 2006, 2010
Jimmie Johnson 2004, 2013

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
11 Hendrick Motorsports 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013-2014
5 Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2012
3 Penske Racing 1994, 1998, 2000
2 DiGard Motorsports 1982, 1983
Robert Yates Racing 2001, 2002

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
16 Chevrolet 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013-2014
9 Ford 1985, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
2 Buick 1982, 1983
Pontiac 1993, 1999
Toyota 2010, 2012
1 Oldsmobile 1990
Dodge 2008

Notable races[edit]

  • 1982: Dale Earnhardt flipped over Tim Richmond going into Turn 1, and suffered a neck injury that he hid until the end of the season. Because of a 1984 Busch Clash crash involving Ricky Rudd where he hid his injuries, NASCAR changed rules later that season mandating medical clearance from NASCAR officials before racing.
  • 1988: Bobby Allison reported a flat tire before the race, he tried to complete 1 lap, but he did not. Driving into the Tunnel Turn, Allison blew the tire and slammed the Outside wall. To make things worse, Jocko Maggiacomo T-Bone'd Allison in the drivers side door, and Allison suffered career ending injuries.
  • 2000: Jeremy Mayfield, had a run on Dale Earnhardt and he intimidated Dale out of the lead giving Mayfield the win. It was a popular win among the fans and Mayfield said in his Victory Lane interview that he wanted to "rattle his cage".
  • 2006: Denny Hamlin becomes the first rookie to sweep at Pocono.
  • 2009: Tony Stewart becomes the first owner-driver to win since Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in 1997. It was also the first race in NASCAR's history to introduce double file restarts.
  • 2012: 22 year-old Joey Logano muscles his way past his mentor, 53 year-old Mark Martin to score his second Cup win (first in a race that wasn't truncated) on a freshly repaved Pocono Raceway, snapping a 104 race winless skid. Joey started on the pole with a new track record, led 49 of the 160 laps, and won by about a second to win the first scheduled 400 mile long race at Pocono. Mark Martin for the seventh time in his career, finished second at The Tricky Triangle.
  • 2013: Qualifying was rained out, so points leader Jimmie Johnson started on the pole. Johnson dominated the race, leading 128 laps, and held off Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the last laps to snap a nine year winless Pocono streak. On a darker note, this marked the last NASCAR race for Jason Leffler before he was killed later that week in a sprint car accident at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
  • 2014: Brad Keselowski dominated the race, leading 95 of 160 laps, but Dale Earnhardt, Jr. passed him with four laps to go to take the victory. Earnhardt, Jr. became the fourth straight different driver in the Hendrick Motorsports team to win at Pocono, after Jeff Gordon in August 2012, and Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne in the June and August 2013 races respectively.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2014[3] TNT Adam Alexander Wally Dallenbach
Kyle Petty
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009 Bill Weber
2008
2007
2006 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000 TNN Eli Gold Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995 Mike Joy
1994
1993 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1992
1991
1990 Showtime
PPV
Dave Despain Lyn St. James
Phil Parsons
1989 Lyn St. James
Gary Nelson
1988 FNN
SCORE
Pat Patterson Bob Latford
1987 SETN Eli Gold Jerry Punch
1986 Mike Joy
1985 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1984
1983 Mizlou Ken Squier Donnie Allison
1982 Dave Despain Dick Brooks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Renamed Pocono race reflects Twitter partnership". Track Release. NASCAR. June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pocono downshifting to 400 miles in 2012". Staff Report. USA Today. August 10, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "TNT to Provide "All-Access" Pass to 2013 NASCAR Summer Series". Turner Sports. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 

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