Party in the Poconos 400
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|Venue||Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|Distance||400 miles (643.737 km)|
|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)
The Party in the Poconos 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 race was a 500 mile event from its inception in 1982, through the 2011 race. On August 10, 2011, it was announced that the race would be shortened to 400 miles, beginning in 2012.
Past winners 
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|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|
- 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) 
|# 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|
Multiple winners (manufacturers) 
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|14||Chevrolet||1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011|
|9||Ford||1985, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005|
Notable races 
- 1982: Dale Earnhardt flliped 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.
- 1999: Dave Marcis took a wild ride after crashing into the Tunnel Turn after contact from Brett Bodine, Marcis flew 6 feet above the track before landing on all 4 wheels. Marcis was OK.
- 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".
- 2003: Ken Schrader, flips in Turn 1 and his car catches a fire in the rear, Schrader was uninjured. Also in the same race Jeff Green nails the opening on the Long Pond Straigtaway, Green was also uninjured.
- 2005: Carl Edwards wins in his first time at the track, only racing on video games at the track.
- 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.
- 2010: Kasey Kahne flies down the Long Pond Straightaway and becomes airborne collecting Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and others. Denny Hamlin wins in his fourth time at Pocono.
- 2011: Jeff Gordon wins his 84th career win tying him with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for 3rd all time.
- 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.
Television broadcasters 
- "Renamed Pocono race reflects Twitter partnership". Track Release. NASCAR. June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- Associated Press (April 9, 2013). "'Party in the Poconos' set for June 9". ESPN. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- "Pocono downshifting to 400 miles in 2012". Staff Report. USA Today. August 10, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2012.