Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pocono Driver Chassis Selections: Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

by Jeff Wackerlin
MotorRacingNetwork.com

1. Kevin Harvick: Fifth-best average finish (11.4) in the five races with the COT; Equaled best finish (fourth) and led first laps (5) in 19 starts in June; Will return in the same car that he raced in June.

2. Jeff Gordon: 10th-best average finish (13.6) in the five races with the COT; Four-time winner; Leader in laps led with 879; 10.7 average finish in 35 starts; 32nd-place finish in June ended streak of three consecutive top 10s.

3. Denny Hamlin: Ninth-best average finish (13.2) in the five races with the COT; Coming off fourth win in nine starts; Swept both races in 2006; Leads all drivers with a 8.6 average finish.

4. Jimmie Johnson: Leads all drivers with a 6.8 average finish in the five races with the COT; Has led 146 laps with the COT; Last of two wins came in 2004 when he swept both events; Won the pole for the 2008 August race; Has finished seventh or better on five of the last six races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 592) that he finished 37th with at Charlotte in May.

5. Kurt Busch: 19.6 average finish in the five races with the COT; Finished sixth in June; Has scored one win and six top 10s in nine starts with Penske; Also won in 2005 with Roush; Has led 371 laps and posted 10 top 10s in 19 starts; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 712) that he finished 19th with at Dover in May.

6. Kyle Busch: 23.8 average finish in the five races with the COT; Coming off best finish (second) after leading 32 laps from the pole in June; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 277) in the Sunoco Red Cross 500.

7. Jeff Burton: Seventh-best average finish (12.6) in the five races with the COT; Finished seventh in June for 16th top 10 in 33 starts; Five of his top 10s have come with Richard Childress Racing; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 317) in the Sunoco Red Cross 500.

8. Matt Kenseth: Sixth-best average finish (11.4) in the five races with the COT; Last of eight top 10s came in the June 2008 event in seventh; Finished 17th in June for worst finish since this event in 2005; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 644) that he finished 14th with at Michigan in June.

9. Tony Stewart: Third-best average finish (10.2) in the five races with the COT; 4.7 average finish in three starts with Stewart-Haas; Won the 2009 June race in his track debut with SHR; Posted one win and 14 top 10s in previous 20 starts with Joe Gibbs Racing; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 515) that he finished 23rd with at Darlington in May.

10. Carl Edwards: Second-best average finish (8.4) in the five races with the COT; Second in laps led with the COT with 158; Last of two wins came in this event in 2008; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 639) that he finished 16th with at Charlotte in May. 

11. Greg Biffle: Coming off second DNF in 15 starts with a 28th-place finish; 16.4 average finish in the five races with the COT; Last of two top 10s came in the 2006 June race; Will be back in the same car (chassis No. 696) that he finished third with last weekend at Indianapolis.

12. Clint Bowyer: 13.8 average finish in the five races with the COT; Scored best finish in nine starts last year in this event in third; Finished ninth in June for fifth top 10; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 298) that he led 59 laps with in June after starting second. 

13. Mark Martin: Coming off worst finish (29th) in the last 12 races after a crash; 14.6 average finish in the five races with the COT; Last top 10 in three starts with Hendrick Motorsports came in this event last year in seventh; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 550) that he led 10 laps and finished 11th with at Indianapolis last weekend.

14. Dale Earnhardt Jr: Finished fourth in track debut with Rick Hendrick in first COT event at track; 18.0 average finish in five events with team; Five top fives and six top 10s in 21 starts with an average finish of 17.5; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 584) that he finished 19th with at Pocono in June. 

15. Ryan Newman: Eighth-best average finish (13.0) in the five races with the COT; 11.0 average finish in three starts with Stewart-Hass; Best finish with SHR came in the 2009 June race in fifth; Posted six top 10s in previous 14 starts with Penske Racing.

16. Jamie McMurray: Finished 36th in first track start with Chip Ganassi since 2005; Last top-10 finish (ninth-place) came with Roush racing in second event in 2008; 21.7 average finish in 15 starts with three top-10s; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 1004) that he finished 24th with at Michigan in June.

17. Kasey Kahne: Won the 2008 June race from the pole after leading 69 laps; Finished fifth in this event last year after leading 35 laps; Fourth-best average finish (11.0) in the five races with the COT; Still holds track qualifying record, which was set in this event in 2004 during rookie season.

18. David Reutimann: 19.2 average finish in the five races with the COT; Finished third in the 2009 June race for only top 10 in seven starts.

19. Joey Logano: 21.0 average finish; 13th-place finish in June is best in three starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 278) in the Sunoco Red Cross 500.

20. Martin Truex Jr: 18.8 average finish in the five races with the COT; Two top 10s in nine starts came with the old car; Finished 25th in June in track debut with Michael Waltrip Racing.

21. AJ Allmendinger: Coming off first top 10 in six starts; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 294) that he finished 11th with at Michigan in June.

22. Juan Pablo Montoya: Coming off three consecutive top 10s; Second-place finish in this event last year is best in seven starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 910) that he finished eighth with at Pocono in June.

23. Paul Menard: Has yet to finish better than 15th in seven starts; Coming off best finish in 16th; Average finish is 27.4; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 653) that he finished 30th with at Darlington in May.

24. David Ragan: Only top 10 in seven starts came in this event in 2008 in fifth; 23.1 average finish; Will pilot the same car (chassis No. 670) that he finished seventh with in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte.

25. Brad Keselowski: Finished 21st in June in track debut; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 733) in the Sunoco Red Cross 500.

26. Scott Speed: 25.0 average finish in three starts; Coming off best finish in 20th.

27. Marcos Ambrose: 23.3 average finish in three starts; Only finish inside the top 25 came in the 2009 June race in sixth.

28. Elliott Sadler: 21.5 average finish in 23 starts with two top 10s; Finished 25th, 24th and 31st in three starts with Richard Petty Motorsports; Will return in same car (chassis No. 283) that he finished 21st with at Bristol in June.

29. Sam Hornish Jr: Best track on the circuit based on 18.6 average finish; 8.3 average finish in last three starts; Finished a NASCAR career-best fourth in this event last year.

30. Regan Smith: Coming off best finish in four starts in 18th; 26.0 average finish.








NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Number 14
Unofficial Race Results for the The Gillette Fusion Proglide 500 Presented By Target
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Pocono Raceway - Long Pond, PA - 2.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 204 Laps - 510 Miles - Purse: $4,945,083


FinStrCar#DriverSponsor
Manu
Laps
Run
PointsBonus
Pts
Driver
Rating
Total
Award
StatusTimes
Led
Laps
Led
1511Denny HamlinFedEx Freight Toyota20419510144.3$212,875Running588
2118Kyle BuschM&Ms Pretzel Toyota2041755124.7$220,854Running432
3614Tony StewartOld Spice/Office Depot Chevy20416598.2$163,146Running
42229Kevin HarvickShell/Pennzoil Chevy2041655113.2$153,249Running15
52548Jimmie JohnsonLowe's Chevy204155110.1$150,243Running
642Kurt BuschMiller Lite/Vortex Dodge204155581.5$146,196Running13
71331Jeff BurtonCaterpillar Chevy204146107.9$123,488Running
8742Juan Pablo MontoyaTarget Chevy20414293.8$117,654Running
9233Clint BowyerCheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy2041435119.7$88,150Running259
101743A J AllmendingerColeman Natural Foods Ford20413493$118,149Running
111977Sam Hornish Jr.Mobil 1 Dodge204135584.2$85,975Running116
122699Carl EdwardsKellogg's/Cheez-It Ford20412780.8$112,846Running
131220Joey LoganoHome Depot Toyota20412494$112,138Running
14939Ryan NewmanHaas Automation Chevy20412176.5$107,177Running
152900David ReutimannAaron's Dream Machine Toyota20411868.4$103,154Running
163398Paul MenardPittsburgh Paints/Menards Ford20411556.4$79,850Running
171517Matt KensethCrown Royal Black Ford20411276.1$116,399Running
182478Regan SmithFurniture Row Racing Chevy20410964.9$78,800Running
19388Dale Earnhardt Jr.National Guard/AMP Energy Chevy20410681.6$78,450Running
203182Scott SpeedRed Bull Toyota20410361.2$89,246Running
211112Brad KeselowskiNo. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge20410061.7$97,433Running
223838Travis KvapilLong John Silver's/Ice Flow Lemonade Ford2049746.6$90,483Running
232383Casey MearsRed Bull Toyota2049454.3$107,971Running
244326David StremmeAir Guard Ford2049152.6$82,900Running
252756Martin Truex Jr.NAPA Toyota2048875.6$68,625Running
26356David RaganUPS Ford2048554.5$76,975Running
2789Kasey KahneBudweiser Ford2038291.9$108,363Accident
282816Greg Biffle3M Ford2037977.2$75,675Accident
29145Mark MartinHendrickcars.com/GoDaddy.com Chevy2037666.2$85,025Accident
301647Marcos AmbroseLittle Debbie Toyota2037367$92,496Accident
312119Elliott SadlerStanley Ford2037052.8$72,725Running
321024Jeff GordonDuPont Chevy2036784.2$112,449Accident
333737David GillilandTaco Bell Ford2026438.9$80,421Running
342013Max PapisGEICO Toyota2006136.7$64,150Running
354234Kevin Conway #Extenze Ford1995834.4$66,000Running
36181Jamie McMurrayMcDonald's Chevy1675557.9$101,952Accident
373646JJ YeleyWhitney Motorsports Dodge405234.6$63,600Brakes
384171Bobby LabonteTRG Motorsports Chevy3254531.9$63,475Electrical11
393255Michael McDowellPRISM Motorsports Toyota274633.4$63,350Brakes
403466Dave BlaneyPRISM Motorsports Toyota244334.6$63,200Overheating
414036Geoff BodineTommy Baldwin Racing Chevy234031.5$63,045Rear Gear
423964Chad McCumbeeLittle Joe's Autos Toyota223727.3$62,890Rear Gear
433087Joe NemechekNEMCO Motorsports Toyota113427.5$63,276Transmission
Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 105,000, Denny Hamlin won the The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500, his 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
To start the race, no cars dropped to the rear of the field
Failed to Qualify: (2) 09 Terry Cook #, 7 Ted Musgrave.
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 44 Mins, 30 Secs.
Average Speed: 136.303 MPH
Margin of Victory: Caution
Caution Flags: 8 for 27 laps: Laps: 17-19 (Competition. [None]); 98-100 (Debris Turn 2 [1]); 155-158 (Debris Long Pond Straightaway [2]); 160-165 (#83 Spin Turn 1 [38]); 168-171 (#1, 6 Accident Turn 1 [83]); 176-178 (Debris Turn 3 [12]); 200-202 (#20, 29 Accident Turn 3 [12]); 205-205 ( [None]).
Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers: Kyle Busch 1-4; D. Hamlin 5-17; B. Labonte 18; Kyle Busch 19-37; C. Bowyer 38-77; D. Hamlin 78-79; C. Bowyer 80-98; Kyle Busch 99-100; K. Harvick 101-105; D. Hamlin 106-158; Kyle Busch 159-165; D. Hamlin 166-168; Kurt Busch 169-171; S. Hornish Jr. 172-187; D. Hamlin 188-204
Coors Light Pole Award : Kyle Busch, #18 169.485 mph
DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race : Kyle Busch, #18 crew chief Dave Rogers
Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap : Kyle Busch, #18 165.773 mph, Lap 2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Denny Hamlin, #11
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race : Kurt Busch, #2
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race : Kurt Busch, #2 S. Addington, 0.258 sec
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award : David Stremme, #26 19 places
Raybestos Rookie of the Race : Kevin Conway, #34
Sunoco Diamond Performance : Denny Hamlin, #11
Tissot Pit Road Precision : Kyle Busch, #18 242.809 seconds
WIX Filters Lap Leader : Denny Hamlin, #11 88 Laps

2 comments:

top pictures said...

nice post....

Fireballr7 said...

thanks for checking it out. There's a log on the side that has a list for each race this season which really helps as they come around to tracks for the second time.