Axalta presents the Pocono 400

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Axalta presents the Pocono 400
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Venue Pocono Raceway
Location Long Pond, Pennsylvania, United States
Corporate sponsor Axalta Coating Systems
First race 1982
Distance 400 miles (640 km)
Laps 160 (Stage 1: 50
Stage 2: 50
Stage 3: 60)
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)
Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 (2015–2016)
Most wins (driver) Jeff Gordon (4)
Most wins (team) Hendrick Motorsports (11)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (18)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns 3

The Axalta presents the Pocono 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The race is the first of two NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway, with the other being the Overton's 400. First held as a 500-mile (800 km) race during the 1982 season, it served as a replacement for the 400-mile (640 km) race at Texas World Speedway. Starting in 2012, the race distance was reduced to 400 miles.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1982 June 6 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 4:24:08 113.579 Report
1983 June 12 22 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 3:53:13 128.636 Report
1984 June 10 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:08 138.164 Report
1985 June 9 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:35:48 138.974 Report
1986 June 8 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:24:50 113.279 Report
1987 June 14 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:05:57 122.166 Report
1988 June 19 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:58:21 126.147 Report
1989 June 18 11 Terry Labonte Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:48:27 131.32 Report
1990 June 17 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 200 500 (804.672) 4:08:25 120.6 Report
1991 June 16 17 Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:04:34 122.666 Report
1992 June 14 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:28:18 144.023 Report
1993 June 13 42 Kyle Petty SABCO Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:23 138.005 Report
1994 June 12 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:52:55 128.801 Report
1995 June 11 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:50 137.72 Report
1996 June 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:35:40 139.104 Report
1997 June 8 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:34:33 139.828 Report
1998 June 21 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 4:14:39 117.809 Report
1999 June 20 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac (2) 200 500 (804.672) 4:12:19 118.898 Report
2000 June 19* 12 Jeremy Mayfield Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:34:41 139.741 Report
2001 June 17 28 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford (7) 200 500 (804.672) 3:43:14 134.389 Report
2002 June 9 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:29:10 143.426 Report
2003 June 8 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:42:24 134.892 Report
2004 June 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:27:33 112.129 Report
2005 June 12 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 201* 502.5 (808.695) 3:53:24 129.177 Report
2006 June 11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:47:52 131.656 Report
2007 June 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 106* 265 (426.476) 1:57:15 135.608 Report
2008 June 8 9 Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:59:36 125.209 Report
2009 June 7 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:36:35 138.515 Report
2010 June 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 204* 510 (820.765) 3:44:30 136.303 Report
2011 June 12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:26:21 145.384 Report
2012* June 10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 400 (643.737) 3:03:12 131.004 Report
2013 June 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 2:46:26 144.202 Report
2014 June 8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 2:52:07 139.44 Report
2015 June 7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 2:58:45 134.266 Report
2016 June 6* 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 3:11:15 125.49 Report
2017 June 11 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 160 400 (643.747) 2:48:40 142.292 Report

Notes[edit]

  • 2000 and 2016: Race was moved back from Sunday to Monday due to rain
  • 2005 and 2010: Race was extended due to a NASCAR overtime finish
  • 2007: Race was shortened due to rain and darkness
  • 2012: Race distance was reduced from 500 miles to 400 miles

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

No. of 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]

No. of 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
Stewart-Haas Racing 2009, 2016

Manufacturer wins[edit]

No. of wins Manufacturer Years won
18 Chevrolet 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
10 Ford 1985, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2017
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 one, 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 the rules later that season mandating medical clearance from NASCAR officials before racing.
  • 1988: Bobby Allison reported a flat tire before the race, tried to complete a lap, but he did not. Driving into the tunnel turn, Allison blew the tire and slammed the outside wall. Then, Jocko Maggiacomo T-boned Allison in the driver's side door and Allison suffered career-ending injuries.
  • 2009: Tony Stewart became the first owner-driver to win since Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in 1998. It was also the first race in NASCAR's history to introduce double-file restarts.
  • 2010: On the Long Pond straightaway, Kasey Kahne spun across the track on the last lap and went airborne, collecting Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and others. Denny Hamlin won the race, which had been delayed for several hours due to rain.
  • 2012: Twenty-two-year-old Joey Logano muscled his way past his mentor, 53-year-old Mark Martin, to score his second win (first in a race that was not truncated), on a newly repaved Pocono Raceway, snapping a 104-race winless streak. Logano started on the pole with a new track record, led 49 of the 160 laps, and won by about a second.
  • 2014: Brad Keselowski dominated the race, leading 95 of 160 laps, but Earnhardt Jr. passed him with four laps to go to take the victory when Keselowski tried to use the lapped car of Danica Patrick to clean trash from his grille.
  • 2015: Martin Truex, Jr. dominated the race, leading 97 of 160 laps en route to his victory. The race was aired on Fox Sports Television for the first time on FS1 after eight years on TNT, Brad Keselowski, running seventh, made an unscheduled stop on lap 21. Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Paul Menard were tagged for speeding on pit road. Kenseth and Logano were forced to serve drive-through penalties. Menard was given a stop-go penalty for speeding in the pits, then had to come a second time for speeding again. He cut down his left-front tire and came down pit road for a third time. Truex, Jr. made his first pit stop on lap 29 and handed the lead to Edwards. Edwards pitted on lap 30 and handed the lead to Kasey Kahne, who made his stop on lap 32. Then the lead was given back to Kevin Harvick.[3]
  • 2017: Ryan Blaney won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race after passing Kyle Busch with 10 laps to go and holding off Kevin Harvick for the final nine laps of the race.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1982 Mizlou Dave Despain Dick Brooks
1983 Ken Squier Donnie Allison
1984 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1985
1986 SETN Mike Joy Jerry Punch
1987 Eli Gold
1988 FNN
SCORE
Pat Patterson Bob Latford
1989 Showtime
PPV
Dave Despain Gary Nelson
Lyn St. James
1990
1991 ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett
1992 Benny Parsons
Ned Jarrett
1993
1994 TNN Mike Joy Buddy Baker
Dick Berggren
1995
1996 Eli Gold
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007 TNT Bill Weber Wally Dallenbach
Kyle Petty
2008
2009
2010 Adam Alexander
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015 FS1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2016 Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Gordon
2017

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. ^ "2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400". Sprint Cup Series. Season 67. Long Pond, Pennsylvania. June 14, 2015. Event occurs at 1:21 p.m. Fox Sports. Fox Sports 1. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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