Every week Beyond The Flag will present the NASCAR Fast Facts which will have a handful of fun factoids that will help you prepare for the upcoming race. This Sunday the circuit is heading to the Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400.
The race can be seen live on TNT with coverage beginning at 12:30 PM ET. The green flag is expected to wave at approximately 1:18 PM ET. Last season Jimmie Johnson found his was to victory lane during this event. Johnson is looking to win this third consecutive race after winning last week in Dover and two weeks ago in Charlotte. If the chase started today Johnson would be the No. 1 seed. If Johnson wins this weekend it would go a long way in securing the No. 1 seed for the chase.
Fun Factoids about the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway:
- Denny Hamlin’s third Pocono pole ties him with Jimmie Johnson for the most among active drivers.
- Joey Logano is the youngest driver to ever win at Pocono Raceway, he was 22 years old.
- Jeff Gordon has six Pocono wins which is the most of any other driver.
- Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have a combined 10 wins at Pocono, Earnhardt Jr. is winless there.
- 1/3 of all Pocono races have been won from the starting row.
- 70 percent of all Pocono races have been won from someone starting in the top-10.
- In 2005 Carl Edwards won after starting 29th which is the deepest a Pocono winner has ever started.
- In 42 Pocono starts, Jeff Gordon has 29 top-10 finishes.
- Denny Hamlin leads the series in average starting position with a 6.500.
- Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finishing position with 8.833.
- Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win at Pocono in their first appearances there.
Aside from Jimmie Johnson it would be wise to keep an eye on Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Johnson’s HMS teammates have also run well in their careers at Pocono and could be a factor this weekend. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin could also be a factor on Sunday given his recent success at the track and how fast his car looked during qualifying on Friday. Fans should also keep tabs on Matt Kenseth; he may not have qualified well but he has been running very well the past several weeks.
Be sure to check back with Beyond The Flag for our staff predictions.