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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 2017 Race Info

THE RACE: Overton's 400
TRACK: Pocono Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #21 of 36

Date: Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Long Pond, PA
Title Sponsor: Overton's
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on NBCSN

Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, July 29, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday July 29, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

Qualifying for positions 1-40, SUNDAY, July 30 at 11:30 am/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, July 31 at TBA pm/et on NBCSN;

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, July 28
5:30 - 8:30 PM MENCS FAN FEST (INFIELD BLOCK PARTY AREA)
6:00 - 8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Saturday, July 29
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, July 30
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
1:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:20 PM MENCS AREA) DIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Pocono Raceway Track News, Stats & Links page

June 2017: see the Pocono Race Info page
July 2016: see the Pocono Race Info page

Track Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
Track/Race Length: 2.5 tri-oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
Stage 1 ends lap 50; Stage 2 end lap 100; Final stage lap 160
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pace Car Speed: 65mph
Fuel Window: 33-36 laps

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Peter Hagemann, Vice President of E-Commerce Overton's
Command to start engines: Peter Hagemann
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: US Army Recruiting Services Color Guard
Invocation: Nick Terry
National Anthem: Robin Smith
Flyover: KC-135 from the 108th New Jersey ARW, McGuire AFB

Sunday Pocono Notebook: Pocono jinx clobbers Jimmie Johnson again; Bowyer picks up stage win with contrarian strategy; Truex sacrifices stage win for chance to win race.[More](7-30-2017)

Saturday Pocono Notebook: Earnhardt looks to Pocono and Michigan as best winning chances; Addition of Blaney will add depth to Team Penske; Truex rues losing tire changers to suspension[More](7-29-2017)

Pocono/Iowa Friday Notebook: When it comes to patience, Ryan Truex has an excellent role model; The turns at Pocono are always a compromise; Ryan Preece hopes to ride momentum at Iowa[More](7-28-2017)

Pocono/Iowa Weekend Preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr. attempts to secure playoff spot at Pocono; Byron hopes to continue dominant run at Iowa; Consistent Gragson making playoff push.[More](7-27-2017)

What to watch for: Pocono: Can Kyle Get 1st at Pocono? Will Hendrick Win 250? Another First-Time Winner at Pocono? Another Upset in the Works at Pocono? Who's Hot and Who's Not - Pocono Edition[More](7-27-2017)

A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway- , see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Pocono

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Pocono, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Pocono page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Kyle Busch breaks 36-race winless drought with Pocono victory: Barely more than three hours after the Pocono crowd greeted Kyle Busch with a chorus of boos during driver introductions, Kyle Busch made converts of the fans in the grandstands - at least a large portion of them - with a spectacular burnout after his long-awaited victory in the Overton's 400. Benefitting from a splendid pit call by crew chief Adam Stevens, Busch charged through the field after his final stop and pulled away to beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the finish line by a whopping 6.178 seconds, breaking a career-long 36-race drought and giving Toyota its 100th victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](7-30-2017)

Kyle Busch won the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of 2017, 1st win at Pocono, and 39th career win. He started from the pole, won the first stage, led 53 laps on the day and broke the longest winless streak of his career. It had been 36 races since he won at Indianapolis last July.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd then #78-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer (won the second stage), #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #20-Kenseth, and #24-Elliott.
#78-Truex Jr. driver points lead increases to 85 points over #42-Larson.
There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers and a record 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 141.080mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

MENCS at Pocono Recap:
- Kyle Busch: 1st win this season and 1st overall in over a year (July 2016 at Indianapolis)
- Kyle Busch: 39th career Cup Series win
- Kyle Busch: snaps longest winless streak of career (36 races)
- Kyle Busch: led 1,040 laps entering race, 2nd-most in MENCS this season
- Kyle Busch: 1st win at Pocono; has won at every MENCS track in his career except Charlotte
- Kyle Busch: win at Charlotte in October would make him 4th driver to win at every track on Cup Series season schedule (Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, David Pearson)
- Kyle Busch: 22nd track he's won at on NASCAR Cup series, most among active drivers
- Toyota: 100th MENCS win for manufacturer; Kyle Busch has 35 of those, most of any driver
- Daniel Suárez: finished 7th for 3rd straight top-10 finish; 4 top-10s in first 18 races for rookie
- Brad Keselowski: finished 5th; 11th top-5 finish this season, most in MENCS
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 35th; 8th straight race not finishing 9th or better
- Dale Earnhardt Jr: finished 12th; 8th top-15 finish in 21 races this season
(ESPN Stats & Info)

Race Fast Facts - Pococo
Kyle Busch won the 44th Annual Overton's 400, his 39th victory in 447 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at Pocono Raceway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 34 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2017.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 85 points over Kyle Larson.
Busch's victory marked the 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win for Toyota
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(7-30-2017)

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [3 wins], 823
2) #42-Kyle Larson [2], 738, -85
3) #4-Kevin Harvick [1], 726, -97
4) #18-Kyle Busch [1], 723, -100
5) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 649, -174
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Pocono, race 21 of 36, 5 more races until the playoffs]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 3 wins
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 2 wins
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins
5) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2 wins
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win
7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 1 wins
10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win
11) #31-Ryan Newman, 1 win
12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win
13) #3-Austin Dillon, 1 win
currently in on points
14) #24-Chase Elliott, 616, +39 ahead of 17th
15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 615, +38
16) #20-Matt Kenseth, 594, +17
currently outside the playoffs
17) #14-Clint Bowyer, 577, -17 behind 16th
18) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win but can't be used for playoffs], 525, -69
19) #77-Erik Jones, 469, -125

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 100) of the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway (lap 100/160):
#14-Bowyer, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#2-Keselowski, 9pts
#10-Patrick, 8pts
#41-Busch, 7pts
#31-Newman, 6pts
#5-Kahne, 5pts
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 4pts
#6-Bayne, 3pts
#95-McDowell, 2pts
#47-Allmendinger, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 50)of the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway (lap 50/160):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 9pts
#4-Harvick, 8pts
#2-Keselowski, 7pts
#21-Blaney, 6pts
#1-McMurray, 5pts
#11-Hamlin, 4pts
#14-Bowyer, 3pts
#42-Larson, 2pts
#24-Elliott, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #27-Menard, 19th
Caution 3: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 12th
Caution 4: #95-McDowell, 18th
Caution 5: #37-Buescher, 27th
(7-30-2017)

Pocono Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
2:30pm: Driver introductions
3:00pm: Invocation by Nick Terry from MRO
3:01pm: National anthem by Robin Smith
3:02pm: Flyby by KC-135 from the 108th New Jersey ARW, McGuire AFB
3:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Peter Hagemann, Vice President of E-Commerce Overton's
3:18pm: Green Flag - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton's 400 - NBCSN MRN

See the starting lineup for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #33-Earnhardt (unapproved adjustments), #55-Cope (missed drivers meeting)

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
With qualifying held on Sunday this week, pit selection was based on qualifying results from Indianapolis.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (8,17,41) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Indianapolis pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
The second pit stall was taken by #4-Harvick, who started 2nd at Indianapolis.
#1-McMurray, who started 3rd last week, took the 31st stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who started 4th at Indianapolis.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-30-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

#18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 179.372mph for his 5th pole of 2017, 3rd at Pocono and 24th of his career. Busch has won 4 times from the 23 previous poles.
#78-Truex, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #14-Bowyer, #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, and #5-Kahne.
#11-Hamlin was fastest in the second round with a speed of 177.845mph, will start 4th.
#78-Truex, Jr. was fastest in the first round with a speed of 176.915mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(7-30-2017)

Pocono Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual Overton's 400 with a lap of 50.175 seconds, 179.372 mph.
This is his 24th pole in 447 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his fourth pole in 26 races at Pocono Raceway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2017 and his sixth in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
Jamie McMurray (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 17th in 21 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(7-30-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#11-Hamlin 177.845
#18-Busch 177.764
#78-Truex, Jr. 177.413
#21-Blaney 177.158
#19-Suarez 176.970
the rest of the top 12: 4 1 14 22 5 77 2
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 24 48 42 20 95 41 6 31 17 10 88 37
(7-30-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 176.915
#19-Suarez 176.651
#21-Blaney 176.512
#1-McMurray 176.460
#77-Jones 176.039
the rest of the top 24: 42 41 5 2 11 4 31 14 20 6 22 17 24 10 95 88 48 37 18;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 43 3 27 47 32 13 34 72 38 23 15 83 55 33
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 38 entered
(7-30-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for SUNDAY, July 30, 2017 at 11:30am/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 11:30am/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #3-Dillon.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(7-30-2017)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 505 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 176.824
#42-Larson 175.908
#1-McMurray 175.647
#11-Hamlin 175.415
#24-Elliott 175.261
slowest: #55-Cope 163.538 & #83-Leicht 163.041
Top 10 consecutive lap average (of 7 drivers): #18-Busch, 173.058mph
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-29-2017)

Saturday 1st practice for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#20-Kenseth 176.077
#42-Larson 175.957
#77-Jones 175.415
#18-Busch 175.360
#37-Buescher 174.774
slowest: Leicht 162.934 & #55-Cope 162.922
most laps run: $24-Elliott, 27
Top 10 consecutive lap average (of 3 drivers): #1-McMurray 172.280.
#83-Leicht spun during practice but did not hit anything.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(7-29-2017)

Entry List for the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #55-Cope*, #83-Leicht*.
The #51 team is not entered.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Set limits: Cup:
4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race;
Truck: 4 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4708; Right-side -- D-4710

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm);
Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 37 psi

Storyline - Pocono Poses Unique Challenge: Pocono Raceway has always been one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit, with its has three distinct corners. Each turn is based on a different race track - Turn 1 on the former Trenton Speedway, Turn 2 on Indianapolis Motor Speedway (where the Cup cars raced last weekend) and Turn 3 on The Milwaukee Mile. The challenge for Goodyear in bringing a tire set-up that matches up well with Pocono is that the track features long straightaways that produce high speeds, but is also relatively flat. Goodyear's tire set-up for Pocono features a left-side tire that helps the cars with grip, while the right-side tire features a hybrid construction with some characteristics of a short track tire (grip) and a speedway tire (durability).

"We tested at Pocono prior to last season's races there, just to keep up with the track since it has been about five years since it was re-paved, and this tire set-up came out of that test," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Pocono provides a challenge for tires because of its diverse conditions. Not only is it one of the fastest speedways at which we run, but it also requires us to bring enough grip for some of its other characteristics, namely the three distinct corners and the lack of banking."

Notes: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Pocono this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Cup teams ran at Pocono in June and twice last season . . . Cup teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4710) at Indianapolis last week . . . for the Trucks, they ran this same right-side tire but with a different left-side at Pocono last year . . . compared to what they ran in 2016, this left-side tire code (D-4708) features a compound change for more grip . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Pocono Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race