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M&M's Fan Appreciation 400
Pocono Raceway.svg
NASCAR Cup Series
VenuePocono Raceway
LocationLong Pond, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Corporate sponsorMars, Incorporated
First race1974 (1974)
Distance400 miles (643.738 km)
Stage 1: 30
Final 2 Stages: 65 each
Previous namesPurolator 500 (1974–1976)
Coca-Cola 500 (1977–1980)
Mountain Dew 500 (1981–1982)
Like Cola 500 (1983–1984)
Summer 500 (1985–1987)
AC Spark Plug 500 (1988–1990)
Miller Genuine Draft 500 (1991–1995)
Miller 500 (1996)
Pennsylvania 500 (1997-2007)
Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (2008–2010)
Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (2011)
Pennsylvania 400 (2012, 2016)
GoBowling.com 400 (2013–2014)
Windows 10 400 (2015)
Overton's 400 (2017)
Gander Outdoors 400 (2018)[1]
Gander RV 400 (2019)
Pocono 350 (2020)
Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 (2021)
Most wins (driver)Jeff Gordon
Denny Hamlin (6)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (10)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (15)
Circuit information
Length2.5 mi (4.0 km)

The M&M's Fan Appreciation 400 is a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Starting in 2022, it is the only Cup Series race at the track after the other Cup Series race at Pocono, the Pocono Organics CBD 325, was removed from the Cup Series schedule in favor of a race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The race has been held sometime in mid-to-late July or early August each year except for 1971 when it was held in September, 1974 when it was held in April, and 2020 and 2021 when it was held in June a doubleheader with the other Cup Series race at Pocono. Chase Elliott is the defending winner of the event.


The race received its date in 1974 with some last minute planning, after failing to an agreement with the Trenton Speedway in New Jersey, Bill France called up Joe Mattioli about a race being held at Pocono and the first NASCAR Cup Series race was held, the first winner was Richard Petty. He led 152 of the 192 laps ran as the race was called for rain with 8 laps to go.

In 1982, NASCAR added a second date to the schedule at Pocono for early June, for a period of time, the two races were only separated as little as five weeks on the schedule. Before the double headers, the races were held seven weeks apart.

Starting in 2007, the race was moved from its traditional July date into August, swapping dates with the Brickyard 400. This was because ESPN wanted to have their broadcast start off at Indianapolis over Pocono.

In 2008, Sunoco, the official NASCAR fuel supplier, based in Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia region of the American Red Cross, agreed to sponsorship of the race and charity events to benefit the American Red Cross South Pennsylvania-Philadelphia region. It marked the first time since 1996 that the event carried a title sponsor. Camping World took over title sponsorship of sponsorship through its Good Sam Club in 2011.

The race was a 500-mile (804.672 km), 200 lap event from its inception in 1974, through the 2011 race. On August 10, 2011, it was announced that both Pocono races would be shortened to 400 miles (643.738 km), beginning in 2012.[2]

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, through its marketing arm Strike Ten Entertainment, signed on as the entitlement sponsor for the 2013 and 2014 races. In 2015, Microsoft signed a one-year deal to title the event with its new Windows 10 update, and in 2016 the race returned as the Pennsylvania 400. In early-July 2017, the Marine and Watersport franchise Overton's, which is owned by Camping World, signed a three-year deal to sponsor Pocono's second race weekend through 2019, which included not only the Cup race being renamed the Overton's 400, but the 150-mile Camping World Truck Series race being known as the Overton's 150. However, on February 6, 2018, it was announced that Gander Outdoors (another company owned by Camping World) would sponsor the Cup Series races, the Gander Outdoors 400, as well as the Truck Series race, the Gander Outdoors 150.[3] The Overton's sponsorship was transferred to the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series races at Chicagoland Speedway in 2018.

In mid-2019, NASCAR and Pocono Raceway announced that the track would host a doubleheader weekend on the last weekend of June. On Saturday, the Truck event that is usually held in July and the first Cup race that is usually held in early June would run on Saturday. On Sunday, the Xfinity race that is run in June and the second Cup race followed. During this period, the race was shortened from 400 to 350 miles.[4]

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau was the title sponsor of the race in 2021, with the name of the race being the "Explore the Pocono Mountains 350".[5] In 2022, the race returned to being 400 miles in length and M&M's (and parent company Mars, Incorporated) sponsored the race to highlight their last year as a NASCAR sponsor, and the name of the race was the "M&M's Fan Appreciation 400".[6]

Notable moments[edit]

2006 Pennsylvania 500
  • The 1973 ACME Super Saver 500 was one of four stock car races (1971–74) at Pocono under USAC sanction. The first three were won by Butch Hartman, Roger McCluskey, and Richard Petty. McCluskey's 1972 win came in a Plymouth Superbird and came when the race was run in conjunction with USAC's Schaefer 500 in late July when a hurricane postponed the IndyCar race.
  • The 1974 ACME Super Saver 500 was run on April 24, 1974. Buddy Baker won the pole and led nine laps but finished 20th with a burned valve. USAC stock car series regular Butch Hartman led 124 laps before his clutch failed with eight to go. Ron Keselowski won the race having led 61 laps total. Keselowski is the brother of Bob and uncle of Brad (Bob's son).
  • 1974: NASCAR shortened its races in the first half of 1974 due to the energy crisis; the crisis had passed and in July races, including Pocono, were put back to their full distance. Additionally, Pocono was not listed on the original 1974 NASCAR schedule; a 300-mile (480 km) race at Trenton Speedway was listed in several issues of Stock Car Racing magazine, notably the magazine's June 1974 issue. The Trenton date was subsequently switched to Pocono.
  • Pocono broke 40 official lead changes in seven of the first nine NASCAR-sanctioned Pennsylvania 500s (1975–77, 1979–80, 1982–83).
  • 1975: David Pearson's win came amid controversy; his Mercury, sponsored by race sponsor Purolator Filters, was leaking oil in the form of smoke throughout the race's final ten laps but NASCAR waited until two laps to go to wave a black flag at him, by which time it was too late, since drivers are allowed to stay out for three laps before heeding a black flag. Under current NASCAR rules, if a black flag is waved within the final five laps (offside (illegal pass before crossing start-finish line on start or restart), out of bounds (below double yellow line on restrictor plate tracks or cutting a chicane), or inappropriate driving), and the driver does not respond, he will be assessed a time penalty that will be calculated into final results (often a penalty that moves the driver to the last car on the lap they were running, or a lap penalty).
  • 1976: The next year, 1976, Pearson led 14 times for 124 laps but blew a tire with two to go, giving Petty the win. Bobby Allison, nursing injuries sustained in a short track crash in Elko, MN weeks earlier, battled for the lead in the first 40 laps but during a pitstop took off with unsecured left side tires; they fell off in the track's Tunnel Turn. The lead changed 47 times among eight drivers.
  • 1977: The 1977 running was sponsored by Coca-Cola. Darrell Waltrip won the pole, his first on a superspeedway (photos from the race were used by Sports Illustrated in an October piece on Waltrip). The lead changed 46 times among seven drivers as Benny Parsons held off a late charge from Richard Petty for the win.
  • 1978: The 1978 running saw the fewest cautions (1) in track history.[7][8] Darrell Waltrip edged David Pearson for the win.
  • 1979: The 1979 running saw the most lead changes (56) in track history as rain postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. Dale Earnhardt suffered serious injuries on Lap 93 when his Chevrolet shot into the boilerplate wall in Turn Two. Darrell Waltrip, driving an Al Rudd Chevrolet after he crashed in Saturday practice and the DiGard team couldn't use a backup car, pitted under a late yellow for tires, dropping him from third to seventh; the race never restarted and Waltrip's pitstop cost him 19 points; he would lose the 1979 season championship by 11 points.
  • 1980: Neil Bonnett escaped with the win on the final lap as Buddy Baker forearmed alongside up high but Cale Yarborough pushed Bonnett into the lead and Baker and Cale banged together. The lead changed 50 times among ten drivers. Meanwhile, Richard Petty crashed on lap 56 when the right front wheel snapped; Chuck Bown spun behind him and Darrell Waltrip T-boned Petty. Petty broke his neck but because he didn't want to be sidelined he hid his injury for months until an x-ray taken of him 4 weeks later found that the injury deteriorated over time. This resulted in officials making drivers be cleared by doctors after any kind of wreck no matter how hard the impacts are.
  • 1982: Dale Earnhardt's chest injury in 1979 was followed by a leg injury in a tumble in Turn One with Tim Richmond; the crash pierced the boilerplate retaining wall, requiring 40 laps under caution to repair. The race was a ferocious affair as the lead changed 46 times and on several laps changed three times in one lap. Richard Petty ran low on gas in the final laps and Darrell Waltrip ran out on the final lap, securing the win for Bobby Allison.
  • 1986: Richmond won the Pennsylvania 500 in 1983 and 1986; in 1986 he was involved in a crash in Turn Two with Richard Petty; he drove backwards to pit road and lost a lap, then got it back when Earnhardt crashed twice in a span of ten laps; he got four tires with five to go, then passed six cars before winning in a wild three-abreast finish with Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine. Neil Bonnett suffered an arm injury on the restart after Richmond's wreck; Morgan Shepherd spun in the Tunnel Turn and several cars plowed into the scene; Bonnett slid into the inside guardrail, flopped onto his side, and landed on four wheels.
  • 1989: The track's boilerplate wall was pierced three times in 1989 - in June Geoff Bodine broke his leg (and didn't find this out until days later) in Turn One; in July Jimmy Horton pierced the wall in Turn Two; during the lengthy yellow for repairs a jack rabbit got onto the speedway near the start-finish line; it escaped initial attempt at capture by the track safety crew but was caught unharmed minutes later and released into the nearby forest. Later in the race in One Greg Sacks and Lake Speed hammered the wall in One and Sacks took a wild tumble reminiscent of Earnhardt's 1982 flip. The boilerplate was replaced by concrete in 1990. Geoff Bodine and Rusty Wallace battled on and off throughout the 500, but Bill Elliott ran both down in the final 20 laps; Bodine spun out of second with 15 to go, then with seven to go Wallace skidded through the Tunnel Turn and Elliott took the win, tying him with Richmond for most wins at Pocono.
  • 1990: Bodine won the Pennsylvania 500 twice, in 1990 driving for Junior Johnson and in 1994 driving the car formerly owned by Alan Kulwicki. His 1990 win came in a spirited contest; the lead changed four times on Lap 117 between Bodine and Davey Allison and three times on Lap 180 between Bodine, Allison, and Rusty Wallace.
  • 1992: Darrell Waltrip picked up his penultimate victory after a race marred by a frightening crash involving Davey Allison when Allison and Waltrip's cars contacted, sending Allison skidding into the grass and later flipping repeatedly before resting on the car roof. As a result of the accident, this led to Allison losing the points lead for the first time that season; as Bill Elliott moved into the points lead after this race.
  • 1993: Dale Earnhardt won after a spirited affair; on several laps the lead changed twice to three times in a single lap between him, Ernie Irvan, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, and a surprising Brett Bodine. Following the race he was given a Robert Yates Racing No. 28 flag and flew it while slowly driving clockwise around the track, a tribute to Davey Allison who had died in a helicopter accident days earlier, and Alan Kulwicki, who had died in a plane crash in April.
  • 1995: Dale Jarrett scored his first win for Robert Yates in the 1995 race; he won it again in 1997. The 1995 running was the most competitive (37 lead changes among 13 drivers) since 1983 and once again the lead changed twice a lap on several laps.
  • 2000: Jeremy Mayfield who won in June at Pocono, was well on his way to a season sweep of Pocono in 2000. He and teammate Rusty Wallace were battling for the lead in the final laps, when on the final lap, Mayfield blew a tire entering the Tunnel Turn, allowing Wallace to squirt by and score the upset.
  • 2002: Bill Elliott became Pocono's first five-time winner. This race is also memorable for a wreck on the first lap, when Steve Park and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were sent into an old highway guardrail barrier on the straightaway, causing Park to flip violently. The race was shortened by 25 laps due to darkness caused by the repairs from the Park accident and a lengthy rain delay.
  • 2006: In his Rookie of the Year campaign, Denny Hamlin completed a season sweep of Pocono. Meanwhile, Hamlin's teammate, Tony Stewart was the center of controversy after an on-track altercation with Clint Bowyer, where Stewart flipped Bowyer the finger and then intentionally crashed Bowyer, collecting Carl Edwards. Stewart was held multiple laps down and penalized 25 points.
  • 2007: Kurt Busch dominated the 2007 race, leading a race record 175 laps. It was the final Pocono race before the debut of NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. In this race it is remembered for the fact that Robby Gordon was disqualified by NASCAR for his actions the previous day at the NBS race at Montreal. Robby Gordon Motorsports' backup driver, P. J. Jones took his place in the No. 7 chevy.
  • 2009: Denny Hamlin won the 2009 running after rain postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. Pocono had debuted NASCAR's double-file restart rule in June; in August it helped Hamlin gain positions with the leaders sometimes racing four abreast.
  • 2010: Greg Biffle took two tires on the race's final pit stop to grab the lead; his victory snapped a 64-race winless streak. It also came in the first Cup race following a plane crash that left team owner Jack Roush hospitalized.[9] Elliott Sadler, a day removed from winning the Camping World Trucks Series debut at Pocono, was involved in a violent melee also involving Kurt Busch; Sadler was spun out and punched the inside guardrail so savagely it ripped the engine out of his car and threw it several hundred feet (the crash was only caught on camera partially as ESPN cameras were trained on Busch). Minutes after the accident it was declared NASCAR's hardest wreck in history. The race itself began with a 100-lap period under green during which Jimmie Johnson put half the field a lap down, but a caution at Lap 124 set up a wild second half with several bouts of four-abreast racing up front. It marked the first Cup win of 2010 for Ford, and the first since Jamie McMurray won at Talladega for Roush on November 1, 2009, in the 26 car.
  • 2011: Brad Keselowski, after being in a horrible testing crash at Road Atlanta earlier in the week, breaking his left foot and hurting his right foot and back as a result, held off Kyle Busch over the final 19 laps to win his second race of 2011. The race was almost called after 124 laps due to rain but was restarted. On the final lap Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch made contact on the backstretch when Johnson drove into him. The two exchanged heat in an argument on pit road after the race. The race would wind up being the last 500-mile-long NASCAR race at the track, as announced a few days after that in 2012 both races at the track would be changed from 500 to 400-mile events.
Race logo used in 2012 and 2016
  • 2012: Tragedy marred the first 400-mile (640 km) August Pocono race, shortened by rain; a heavy thunderstorm ended the race well short of the distance and lightning struck the northern parking lot; one spectator was killed and nearly a dozen others injured.[10][11] Rain had delayed the start some two hours,[12] and Denny Hamlin fought with pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya for the lead. Jimmie Johnson would lead the most laps but would wreck with Matt Kenseth on Lap 91, giving Jeff Gordon the victory, as well as his sixth victory at Pocono, the most at the track.[13][better source needed]
  • 2013: The new Generation 6 car saw a very competitive race with 27 lead changes among 14 drivers. Jimmie Johnson won the pole, and dominated the first quarter of the race, but he ended up slipping to the back of the pack and a 13th-place finish after cutting a right front tire and hitting the outside wall on lap 78. Johnson was not alone, as David Stremme and David Gilliland also had right front tire troubles. Kasey Kahne dominated the second half of the race, leading 66 laps, and had built up a 7.5 second lead on teammate Jeff Gordon when a debris caution came out on lap 149, erasing Kahne's lead. Gordon managed to take the lead from Kahne on the next restart and led until Matt Kenseth spun to bring out another caution. On the resulting restart, Kahne retook the lead from Gordon and held off Gordon for the last two laps to win his second race of the season.
  • 2014: A 13 car wreck broke out on lap 117 when Denny Hamlin spun in the entrance to the Long Pond Straightaway and cars behind him tried to check up. June race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead with 14 laps to go and managed to build a 3.5 second lead over Kevin Harvick before a caution came out after Kurt Busch cut a tire. Despite the caution, he narrowly held off Harvick over a four-lap shootout to complete the first Pocono sweep since Hamlin's 2006 sweep. It was Earnhardt Jr.'s first sweep of a track in Cup competition since sweeping both Talladega races in 2002.
  • 2015: A red flag happened early in the race when Kasey Kahne slammed the inside wall lining pit road on lap 6. After a caution-riddled first half, the last 68 laps were run caution-free, leading drivers to play the fuel mileage game. With three laps to go, race leader Joey Logano ran out of gas while trying to stretch his tank, giving the lead to Kyle Busch, who himself ran out of fuel just after taking the white flag. Matt Kenseth, running 15 seconds behind Busch at the white flag, sped past the limping Busch to score his first Pocono win and second win of the season, thwarting Busch's attempts at being the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight Cup races.
  • 2016: The 2016 running was postponed to Monday after rain soaked the track, Chris Buescher grabbed his first win after the race was called due to fog in the area, A red flag happened late in the race with 22 laps to go. The race saw a spirited duel for the lead between Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon where Dillon led Lap 78 by a wheel; Larson got back around him in One, then on Lap 80 Dillon stormed underneath Larson in the short stretch; in Turn Three the two collided and Joey Logano shot three abreast in to the lead. Logano was later involved in a crash when Denny Hamlin passed him and Chase Elliott got underneath him in the Tunnel Turn and both crashed.
  • 2018: Darrell Wallace Jr.'s brakes failed, causing him to slide through the turn 1 grass, impacting the wall at a high speed. On the restart, Erik Jones tried making it 3 abreast, only for Kyle Busch to swing round the outside. He would go on to win the race.
  • 2019: Denny Hamlin tied Bill Elliott for second on the wins list among drivers at Pocono, winning for the fifth time. Jeff Gordon is the all-time winner at Pocono with six wins. However, two of Gordon's wins and one of Elliott's wins were truncated due to either darkness or rain. That means Gordon and Elliott both won four times at Pocono in which the race went the distance. Hamlin became the all-time winner in Pocono Raceway history when it comes to winning races that have gone the distance, with all five of his wins in events that went the distance or into overtime.
  • The race logo used for the 2020 race.
    2020: Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick swapped their finishing orders from the first Cup race in the doubleheader. After two red flags due to weather, several cautions for crashes, and impending darkness (Pocono doesn't have lights), Denny Hamlin tied Jeff Gordon for most all-time wins at Pocono with his sixth triumph. Pocono Raceway refers the race as the first "nighttime finish in the track's history." Race finished five minutes past sunset at 8:43 PM EST, with the sunset at 8:38 PM EST. This also marked the latest time of day a Cup race concluded in the track's history. Despite the delays and darkness, all 140 laps/350 miles were completed.
  • 2021: In an unpredictable race that had been led up to by Saturday's Cup race, Kyle Busch prevailed to become the winningest active driver with his 59th-career win. In the early part of the race, Busch's transmission kept slipping out of gear, and after a pit stop after Stage 2 he would have to ride the rest of the race in fourth gear. Coming down to fuel mileage, Keselowski led until he came down with 8 laps to go. William Byron inherited the lead thinking they had enough, but he didn't save enough and ran out coming to two laps to go. Denny Hamlin looked like he was going to get his seventh triumph at Pocono until he ran out coming to the white, giving Busch the lead. Busch, who pitted one lap later than the rest, was able to make it on gas with only fourth gear, and a burnt clutch for his fourth win at Pocono a comfortable seven seconds over Kyle Larson.
  • 2022: For the first time since 1981, this will be the only Cup race at Pocono in a season. They lost their June race (first race) to Gateway. After the conclusion of the race, race winner Denny Hamlin and 2nd-place finisher Kyle Busch were disqualified following a failed post-race inspection. This resulted in 3rd place driver Chase Elliott being declared the winner despite not leading a single lap during the event. It marked the first time since the DQ rule that was instituted in 2019 was used to determine a Cup Series winner. Xfinity and Truck events had ended like this numerous times. It was the first time since 1960 that the winner of a Cup race was disqualified, and the highest finishing car that passed was declared the winner.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (km)
NASCAR/USAC (points race for United States Auto Club stock car class)
1971 Sep 19 75 Butch Hartman Hartman's White & Autocar Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 4:28:02 116.76 Report
1972 July 30 3 Roger McCluskey Norm Nelson Plymouth 200 500 (804.672) 3:56:15 126.981 Report
1973 July 29 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:45:56 132.781 Report
1974 April 27 19 Ron Keselowski Robert Keselowski Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:49:44 130.577 Report
1974 August 4 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 192* 480 (772.485) 4:09:09 115.593 Report
1975 August 3 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 500 (804.672) 4:29:50 111.179 Report
1976 August 1 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 4:18:54 115.875 Report
1977 July 31 72 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:53:41 128.379 Report
1978 July 30 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:30:28 142.54 Report
1979 July 30* 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:20:24 115.207 Report
1980 July 27 21 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 500 (804.672) 4:01:10 124.395 Report
1981 July 26 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Buick 200 500 (804.672) 4:11:52 119.111 Report
1982 July 25 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 4:19:45 115.496 Report
1983 July 24 27 Tim Richmond Blue Max Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 4:21:17 114.818 Report
1984 July 22 33 Harry Gant Hal Needham Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:07:21 121.351 Report
1985 July 21 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:43:52 134.008 Report
1986 July 20 25 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 150* 375 (603.504) 3:01:08 124.218 Report
1987 July 19 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:06:25 121.745 Report
1988 July 24 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 4:04:10 122.866 Report
1989 July 23 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 4:14:34 117.847 Report
1990 July 22 11 Geoffrey Bodine Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 500 (804.672) 4:01:48 124.07 Report
1991 July 21 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Pontiac 179* 447.5 (720.181) 3:52:33 115.459 Report
1992 July 19 17 Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:43:47 134.058 Report
1993 July 18 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:44:59 133.343 Report
1994 July 17 7 Geoffrey Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:40:28 136.075 Report
1995 July 16 28 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:43:49 134.038 Report
1996 July 21 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:27:03 144.892 Report
1997 July 20 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:31:10 142.068 Report
1998 July 26 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:42:47 134.66 Report
1999 July 25 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 4:16:27 116.982 Report
2000 July 23 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:49:36 130.662 Report
2001 July 29 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:42:54 134.59 Report
2002 July 28 9 Bill Elliott Evernham Motorsports Dodge 175* 437.5 (704.088) 3:28:39 125.809 Report
2003 July 27 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:54:55 127.705 Report
2004 August 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:57:35 126.271 Report
2005 July 24 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 203* 507.5 (816.742) 4:03:03 125.283 Report
2006 July 23 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:46:12 132.626 Report
2007 August 5 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:47:55 131.627 Report
2008 August 3 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:49:46 130.567 Report
2009 August 3* 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 500 (804.672) 3:57:21 126.396 Report
2010 August 1 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:46:51 132.246 Report
2011 August 7 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:37:35 137.878 Report
2012* August 5 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 98* 245 (394.289) 1:45:34 139.249 Report
2013 August 4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 3:06:02 129.009 Report
2014 August 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 3:08:22 127.411 Report
2015 August 2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 400 (643.737) 3:01:36 132.159 Report
2016 August 1* 34 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 138* 345 (555.224) 2:42:15 127.581 Report
2017 July 30 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota* 160 400 (643.737) 2:50:07 141.08 Report
2018 July 29 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164* 410 (659.83) 3:05:43 132.46 Report
2019 July 28 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163* 407.5 (655.807) 2:59:22 133.804 Report
2020 June 28 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 140 350 (563.270) 2:50:54 122.879 Report
2021 June 27 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 140 350 (563.270) 2:26:49 143.036 Report
2022 July 24 9 Chase Elliott* Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 400 (643.737) 3:15:59 122.459 Report


  • 1974, 1986, 1991, 2012, and 2016: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1979, 2009, and 2016: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2002: Race suspended twice (once due to track repair and once due to rain) and shortened due to darkness and incoming rain.
  • 2005, 2018, and 2019: Race extended due to NASCAR Overtime.
  • 2022: Chase Elliott declared winner after 1st and 2nd place finishers Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch were disqualified for illegal modifications to the front fascia.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Bill Elliott 1985, 1988, 1989, 2002
Denny Hamlin 2006, 2009, 2019, 2020
3 Richard Petty 1973, 1974, 1976
Darrell Waltrip 1978, 1981, 1992
Rusty Wallace 1991, 1996, 2000
Kyle Busch 2017, 2018, 2021
2 Tim Richmond 1983, 1986
Dale Earnhardt 1987, 1993
Geoffrey Bodine 1990, 1994
Dale Jarrett 1995, 1997
Bobby Labonte 1999, 2001
Kurt Busch 2005, 2007
Jeff Gordon 1998, 2012

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
10 Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
7 Hendrick Motorsports 1986, 1998, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2022
6 Team Penske 1991, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2011
3 Petty Enterprises 1973, 1974, 1976
Junior Johnson & Associates 1979, 1981, 1990
Melling Racing 1985, 1988, 1989
RFK Racing 2005, 2008, 2010
2 Wood Brothers Racing 1975, 1980
DiGard Motorsports 1978, 1982
Richard Childress Racing 1987, 1993
Robert Yates Racing 1995, 1997

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
15 Chevrolet 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2022
13 Ford 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2016
9 Dodge 1971, 1973, 1974, 1974, 1976, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2011
7 Toyota 2009, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
4 Pontiac 1983, 1991, 1999, 2001
2 Mercury 1975, 1980
Buick 1981, 1982
1 Plymouth 1972


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