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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Pocono Race Info

THE RACE: Pocono 400
TRACK: Pocono Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #14 of 36

Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018 in Long Pond, PA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:12 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 RaceDay: 12:30pm/et on FS1

Television Race Coverage: FS1, 2:00pm/et

Practices:
Friday, June 1, 11:35am-12:25pm/et, TV-FS2;
Saturday, June 2, 11:00am-12:20pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 1 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS2;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, June 4 at 3:00 am/et on FS1

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

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 31
6:30 PM-8:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, June 1
8:30 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, June 2
10:00 AM-3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00-AM 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, June 3
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING)
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE (160 LAPS, 400 MILES)

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 2017: see the Pocono Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Lt. General Steven Rudder, Deputy Commandant Aviation USMC, Lt. General Todd Semonite, Commanding General, Army Corp of Engineers, Major General Warren Berry, Deputy Commander Air Force Material Command, Major General Anthony Carrelli The Adjutant General Pa. National Guard, TAG
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Lt. General Steven Rudder, Deputy Commandant Aviation USMC
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Joint Forces Color Guard, Washington, D.C.
Invocation: Bill Mauldin, MRO
National Anthem: US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, from Washington, DC
Flyover: TBA

Saturday Pocono Notebook: Kyle Busch's NASCAR track sweep is a done deal-for now; Change in team and emphasis has improved Kevin Harvick's qualifying; David Ragan tests "All-Star package," favors it for certain tracks[More](6-2-2018)

Friday Pocono Notebook: Martin Truex Jr. makes nostalgic return to native New Jersey; As Dale Jr.'s successor, Alex Bowman feels pressure form a different source; Christopher Bell finds a way to embrace NASCAR Xfinity package for Pocono.[More](6-1-2018)

What to Watch for: Pocono Raceway: Kyle Busch Challenging Harvick for 2018 Supremacy; Halfway to the Playoffs; Who's in Danger?; Can Harvick Break Through at Pocono?; Denny Hamlin Trying to Leave His Mark on Pocono; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Pocono.[More](6-1-2018)

Pocono Weekend Preview: Blaney returns to the site of his first Cup win; the XFINITY Series returns to Pocono with a new aero package.[More](5-31-2018)

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

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


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Martin Truex Jr. asserts himself with convincing victory at Pocono: Taking charge of Sunday's Pocono 400 by staying out under caution on Lap 140 of 160, reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. pulled away after a restart with seven laps left to win the race and inject himself emphatically into the title conversation.[More](6-3-2018)

Truex won the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The win is his second win of 2018, second win at Pocono and 17th career win.
#42-Kyle Larson finished 2nd followed by #18-Kyle Busch, #4-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brad Keselowski, #12-Ryan Blaney, #10-Aric Almirola, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #22-Joey Logano, and #9-Chase Elliott.
Pole winner, #12-Blaney led the first 11 laps and ran within the top-10 most of the day before landing sixth.
Stage 1 was won by Truex.
Stage 2 was won by Harvick, finished fourth and led the most laps at 89.
There were 11 lead changes among 7 drivers and 6 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 139.535mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

MENCS at Pocono
- Martin Truex Jr. 17th career MENCS win, ties Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner for 51st all-time
- Truex Jr.: 14th MENCS win over last 3 seasons, most in the series (1 more than Kyle Busch)
- Truex Jr.: 2nd Pocono win (ties his most at any track); 2nd straight top 5 at track (3 in his first 23 starts at track
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd; 4th 2nd-place finish since last win (career: 5 wins, 17 2nd-place finishes)
- Kyle Busch: finished 3rd; 7.6 Avg finish this season would be his best career mark by more than 3 spots (previous best: 10.8 in 2015 championship season)
- Kevin Harvick: finished 4th; led race-high 89 laps; 909 laps led this season surpasses last season's total (850)
- Harvick: winless in 35 career starts at Pocono; 1 of 2 active tracks where he's failed to win (7 starts at Kentucky)
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 8th; 8.9 Avg finish in his last 7 races (21.4 in his first 7 races this season)
- 11 lead changes in race are fewest in a Pocono race since July 1998 (10 in race won by Jeff Gordon)
(ESPN Stats & Info)

Race Fast Facts - Pocono
Martin Truex Jr. won the 37th Annual Pocono 400, his 17th victory in 455 Monster Energy NASCAR
Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Pocono Raceway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Pocono Raceway. It is his ninth
top-10 finish in 2018.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 27 races at Pocono Raceway.
William Byron (18th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 87 points over Kevin Harvick.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-3-2018)

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
#18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 624
#4-Kevin Harvick [5 wins - 4 can be used for playoffs], 537
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 534
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [2 wins], 487
#14-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 453
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 269
#2-Brad Keselowski, 474,150
#41-Kurt Busch, 447, -177
#11-Denny Hamlin, 437, -187
#42-Kyle Larson, 425, -199
#12-Ryan Blaney, 413, -211
#10-Aric Almirola, 406, -218
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 360, -264
#9-Chase Elliott, 334, -290
#20-Erik Jones, 322, -302
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 319, -305
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page
See 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)

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 100) of the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway (lap 100/160):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#19-Busch, 9pts
#14-Bowyer, 8pts
#78-Truex, 7pts
#9-Elliott, 6pts
#42-Larson, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#12-Blaney, 3pts
#48-Johnson, 2pts
#88-Bowman, 1pt

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

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #43-Wallace, 38th
Caution 2: #41-Busch, 19th
Caution 3: #38-Ragan, 16th
Caution 4: #37-Buescher, 17th
Caution 5: #51-Custer, 26th
Caution 6: #19-Suarez, 24th

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".

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
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results

Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 174.588
#4-Harvick 174.115
#78-Truex Jr. 173.953
#88-Bowman 173.658
#10-Almirola 173.568
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 21 drivers): #4-Harvick 172.693
slowest: #38-Cope 164.528
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (6-2-2018)

Ryan Blaney edges Kevin Harvick for Pocono pole: Just as he had done in winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last June, Ryan Blaney Kept Kevin Harvick behind him at Pocono Raceway when it mattered most. Blaney sped around the 2.5-mile triangular track in 50.877 seconds (176.897 mph) in Friday's knockout qualifying session to earn the top starting spot for Sunday's Pocono 400. [More](6-1-2018)

Ryan Blaney won the Busch pole for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 176.897mph for his 2nd pole of 2018, 1st at Pocono and 4th of his career. Blaney has never won from the pole.
#4-Harvick will start 2nd followed by #1-McMurray, #78-Truex, Jr., #18-Busch, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #14-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin, #9-Elliott, #3-Dillon.
#4-Harvick was quickest in the first round with a speed of 175.950mph and the second round with a speed of 176.236mph.
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).(6-1-2018)

Pocono Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney won the Busch Pole Award Pole Award for the 37th Annual Pocono 400 with a lap of 50.877 seconds, 176.897 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 104 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in five races at Pocono Raceway.
Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2018 and his 12th in 35 races at Pocono Raceway.
Jamie McMurray (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his fourth in 14 races this season.
William Byron (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(6-1-2018)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#4-Harvick 176.236
#18-Busch 176.015
#12-Blaney 175.723
#31-Newman 175.641
#9-Elliott 175.589
the rest of the top 12: 78 41 1 11 22 14 3
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 42 88 48 24 2 19 43 21 38 95 17 47
(6-1-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#4-Harvick 175.950
#42-Larson 175.805
#11-Hamlin 175.285
#41-Busch 175.213
#12-Blaney 175.203
the rest of the top 24: 78 11 22 2 9 14 24 1 48 88 18 19 2 21 31 43 22 95 3 38 17 47
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 20 6 37 51 13 34 15 32 00 10 72 23 7 99
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 38 entered.
(6-1-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:15pm/et.
Television (TV): FS2, 4:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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.

First practice for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 40 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 176.939
#88-Bowman 175.490
#14-Bowyer 175.486
#42-Larson 175.452
#4-Harvick 175.278
most laps run: #51-Custer, 19 laps.
slowest: #72-Whitt 163.669 & #99-Cope 162.890.
notes: The practice started about 10 minutes late after morning fog dampened the track.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (6-1-2018)

Entry List for the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Kenseth, #7-Yeley, #15-Chastain, #51-Custer, #55-Sorenson, #72-Whitt, #99-Cope.
Since only 39 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 Pocono(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

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Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Pocono Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Pocono Raceway page.(5-2-2018)


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