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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Pocono Race Info

THE RACE: Gander Outdoors 400
TRACK: Pocono Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #21 of 36

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Long Pond, PA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:48 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 Countdown to Green: 2:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:30pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, July 28, 9:00-9:50am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, July 28, 11:40am-12:30pm/et, TV-CNBC;

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, July 28 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

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

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

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)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, July 27
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, July 28
6:00 AM-8:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-9:50 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
11:40 AM-12:30 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:10 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Sunday, July 29
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 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 2018: see the Pocono Race Info page
July 2017: see the Pocono Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Marcus Lemonis, Chairman of Gander Outdoors, Camping World & Overton's & Mike Mackenzie, Cpt. Upper Darby Firefighters Local 2493, Gander Outdoors
Command to start engines: Marcus Lemonis & Mike Mackenzie
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Melissa Shelly, Gander Outdoors Store Manager
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: U.S. Air Force 314th Recruiting Squadron
Invocation: Monty Self, MRO
National Anthem: Porter & Sayles / Signed by: Seth Finnerty, Scranton School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Flyover: TBA

Sunday Pocono Notebook: Kevin Harvick's Pocono race was eventful-and disappointing; Alex Bowman leads Hendrick charge with career-best result; Erik Jones goes for the win-and finishes fifth.[More](7-29-2018)

Saturday Pocono Notebook: Contract extension means peace of mind for Bubba Wallace; Denny Hamlin thinks Pocono is ideal candidate for traction compound; Jimmie Johnson hopes to regain fortunate timing that launched his career.[More](7-28-2018)

Friday Pocono Notebook: For Brett Moffitt, winning provides a welcome comfort zone; Grant Enfinger looking for win to solidify Playoff prospects; Short Strokes.[More](7-27-2018)

What to Watch for: Pocono Raceway: Harvick Keeps on Winning; Dominance at the Top; Johnson Makes Start #600; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Pocono.[More](7-27-2018)

Pocono Weekend Preview: Past Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions try to join 'Big 3' in title conversation[More](7-26-2018)

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

#18-Kyle Busch won the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The win is his sixth win of 2018, second win at Pocono and 49th career win.
#19-Daniel Suarez finished 2nd followed by #88-Alex Bowman, #4-Kevin Harvick, #20-Erik Jones, #24-Willilam Byron, #9-Chase Elliott, #31-Ryan Newman, #41-Kurt Busch, and #11-Denny Hamlin.
Pole winner, Suarez led 29 laps before finishing second.
Stage 1 was won by #9-Elliott, finished 7th.
Stage 2 was won by #4-Harvick, finished 4th.
There were 13 lead changes among 10 drivers and 7 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 132.460 mph.
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).

Race Fast Facts - Pocono
Kyle Busch won the 45th Annual Gander Outdoors 400, his 49th victory in 483 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2018.
This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 28 races at Pocono Raceway.
Daniel Suarez (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Pocono Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2018.
Alex Bowman (third) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at Pocono Raceway.
William Byron (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 48 points over Kevin Harvick.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)((7-29-2018))

2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Pocono, race 21 of 36]
#18-Kyle Busch [6 wins], 891
#4-Kevin Harvick [6 wins - 5 can be used for playoffs], 843
#78-Martin Truex Jr. [4 wins], 762
#14-Clint Bowyer [2 wins], 677
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 690
#20-Erik Jones [1 win], 533
#3-Austin Dillon [1 win], 402
#41-Kurt Busch, 677 -214
#2-Brad Keselowski, 644, -247
#42-Kyle Larson, 626, -265
#11-Denny Hamlin, 618, -273
#12-Ryan Blaney, 612, -279, +172 pts ahead of 17th
#10-Aric Almirola, 587, -304
#9-Chase Elliott, 569 -322
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 547, -344
#88-Alex Bowman, 496, -395
Outside the top 16:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., -56 pts behind 16th
#21-Paul Menard, -56
#31-Ryan Newman, -88
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 Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway (lap 100/160):
#4-Harvick, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#9-Elliott, 9pts
#14-Bowyer, 8pts
#88-Bowman, 7pts
#42-Larson, 6pts
#48-Johnson, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#1-McMurray, 3pts
#12-Blaney, 2pts
#24-Byron, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 50) of the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway (lap 50/160):
#9-Elliott, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#4-Harvick, 9pts
#11-Hamlin, 8pts
#18-Busch, 7pts
#19-Suarez, 6pts
#14-Bowyer, 5pts
#2-Keselowski, 4pts
#41-Busch, 3pts
#88-Bowman, 2pts
#12-Blaney, 1pt

Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap back during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #34-McDowell, 16th
Caution 2: #17-Stenhouse, 22nd
Caution 3: #23-Yeley, 28th
Caution 4: #23-Yeley, 28th
Caution 5: #96-Earnhardt, 29th
Caution 6: #23-Yeley, 28th
Caution 7: #22-Logano, 26th

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

To the rear: #95-Kahne (Engine change), #15-Chastain (Driver change), #23-Yeley (Unapproved adjustments)

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 Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
With 40 cars running, pit stalls 41, 42, 43 are not in use.
Pole winner 19-Suarez chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner 11-Hamlin. took pit stall 31, with an opening in front of it.
#20-Jones, who starts 3rd, took the 25th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(7-29-2018)

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
Practice 2 Speeds
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
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

After disqualifications, Daniel Suarez claims pole position at Pocono Thanks to a double disqualification of two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' so-called "Big Three," Daniel Suarez earned the first Busch Pole Award of his career. In the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying at Pocono Raceway, Suarez navigated the 2.5-mile track in 50,851 seconds (176.988 mph) to claim the top starting position when the cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch failed post-qualifying inspection.[More](7-20-2018)

Suarez won the Busch pole for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with speed of 176.988mph for his first pole of 2018, the first of his career.
#4-Harvick had posted the fastest time at 177.750mph, but his time along with and second place qualifier #18-Busch, had their times disallowed following post-qualifying inspection. Five of the top-seven qualifiers had their times thrown out. In all, 13 of the 40 cars failed post-qualifying inspection.
#11-Hamlin will start second, followed by #20-Jones, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #9-Elliott, #41-Busch, #78-Truex, #31-Newman, and #88-Bowman.
#20-Jones was fastest in the second round with a speed of 176.672mph, will start eighth.
#4-Harvick was quickest in the first round with a speed of 176.170mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 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).(7-20-2018)

Pocono Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Daniel Suarez won the Busch Pole Award for the 45th Annual Gander Outdoors 400 with a lap of 50.851 seconds, 176.988 mph.
This is his first pole in 57 Monster Energy Series races.
Suarez is the first Mexican-born driver to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole.
This is his sixth top-10 start in 2018.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2018 and his 20th in 26 races at Pocono Raceway.
Erik Jones (third) posted his second top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th in 21 races this season.
(NASCAR Statistics)(7-20-2018)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#20-Jones 176.672
#24-Byron 176.571
#4-Harvick 176.519
#43-Larson 175.757
#2-Keselowski 175.723
the rest of the top 12: 19 1 22 3 9 11 18
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 41 78 48 31 21 12 10 88 14 43 6 95
(7-28-2018)

First Round of Qualifying for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
#4-Harvick 176.170
#41-Busch 175.805
#20-Jones 175.552
#2-Keselowski 175.415
#78-Truex 175.162
the rest of the top 24: 31 19 42 22 21 9 24 14 1 11 10 48 18 3 88 95 43 12 6
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 37 34 47 13 38 17 32 96 23 72 15 99 00 7 51 66
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
(7-28-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 4:10pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 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.

Qualifying Order for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #6-Kenseth.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #99-Weatherman.
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).(7-28-2018)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#22-Logano 176.370
#4-Harvick 176.336
#78-Truex 175.404
#10-Almirola 175.193
#48-Johnson 174.744
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 9 drivers): #4-Harvick 172.505
slowest: #39-Hill 160.740
notes: #42-Larson spin and made slight contact with the wall at the close of practice
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (7-28-2018)

First practice for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#4-Harvick 174.956
#20-Jones 174.931
#12-Blaney 174.402
#11-Hamlin 173.826
#14-Bowyer 173.404
most laps run: #88-Bowman, 22
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 2 drivers): #11-Hamlin 171.630
slowest: #51-McLeod 163.328
notes: Harvick, Hamlin, Byron, Buescher, McLeod, Sorenson, Hill had 15-minute practice holds
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Friday Practice speeds (pdf) (7-28-2018)

Entry List for the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #6-Kenseth, #7-Sorenson, #15-Chastain, #23-Yeley, #51-McLeod, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie, #96-TBA, #99-Weatherman.
Since only 40 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 Pocono(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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Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


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.(7-24-2018)


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