Pocono Cup Doubleheader: What To Look For

Rush Hour at ISM Raceway

NASCAR Cup Series – Race 1

Next Race: Pocono Organics 325 in partnership with Rodale Institute

The Place: Pocono Raceway

The Date: Saturday, June 27

The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 325 miles (130 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 25),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 77), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 130)

2019 Race Winner: Kyle Busch

NASCAR Cup Series – Race 2

Next Race: Pocono 350

The Place: Pocono Raceway

The Date: Sunday, June 28

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 350 miles (140 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 85), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 140)

2019 Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

What To Watch For:

This weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader will be the first time in series history that it will run back-to-back races in consecutive days at the same track without qualifying races being involved. …

The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced on back-to-back days was on August 27-28, 1971 but the events took place at two different tracks – the first of the two races was at Columbia Speedway in Columbia, South Carolina on Aug. 27 and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty. The second race was at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina and won by Tiny Lund.

Opened in 1968 as a three-quarter-mile track, Pocono Raceway held the first race on the 2.5-mile track in 1971. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway was on August 4, 1974, and the event was won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (Dodge, 115.593 mph).

In total, Pocono Raceway has hosted 84 NASCAR Cup Series races producing 46 different pole winners and 36 different race winners. NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and Ken Schrader are tied for the series-most poles at Pocono with five each. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in wins at the 2.5-mile raceway with six victories. The youngest series race winner is Joey Logano (08/07/2011 – 21 years, 2 months, 14 days) and the oldest is Harry Gant (06/17/1990 – 50 years, 5 months, 7 days).

Of the 36 previous series Pocono winners, 11 are entered this weekend, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin with five victories; including winning the series’ most recent visit to Pocono last July. If Hamlin wins this weekend he can tie or surpass NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for the series-most wins at Pocono Raceway with six trophies. Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono Raceway with 17 victories – Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one) and Terry Labonte (one). Joe Gibbs Racing has the second-most series Pocono wins with 14 – Denny Hamlin (five), Kyle Busch (three), Bobby Labonte (three), Matt Kenseth (one), Joey Logano (one) and Tony Stewart (one).

A total of four NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Pocono Raceway: Ryan Blaney (06/11/2017), Chris Buescher (08/01/16), Denny Hamlin (06/11/06) and Jeremy Mayfield (06/21/98). Denny Hamlin (2006) is the only active driver to win at Pocono in his first appearance.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.