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Pennsylvania 500

Status: Final Pocono Raceway

Race Capsule

Pocono Raceway
  • What:

    Race 24 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • When:

    August 5, 2007 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    500.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Still clinging to 12th and final spot for the "Chase for the Championship" by 13 points ahead of Kurt Busch; has finished 19th or worse over the past three races, including a 34th at the Brickyard and a 36th at Daytona; leaving the company his father founded to run for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008; has yet to win a race or a pole this season, but has three top-five's and seven top-10's; also has five finishes of 30th or lower; finished 12th here earlier this year and dead last in this event a year ago.
Denny Hamlin Finished 22nd at the Brickyard and remains second in the standings, 371 points behind Gordon; saw his lead over third-place Matt Kenseth dwindle to just six points; followed up his first win of the season at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; has avoided the sophomore slump by finishing out of the top-10 just six times in the past 16 races; has seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; finished second at Darlington and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; won both Pocono races last season as a rookie, and was sixth here earlier this year.
Jimmie Johnson Defending series champion continued his up-and-down season by finishing 39th at the Brickyard after a fiery crash on the heels of a 37th three weeks ago at Chicago; dropped two more spots in the standings to ninth; prior to past two poor showings finished 10th at Daytona after running fifth at New Hampshire; has posted victories this season at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and Richmond; despite collecting nine top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; finished 42nd in the first Pocono race this year, and was sixth in this event last season.
Jeff Gordon Finished third at the Brickyard for his eighth straight top-10 finish; owns a comfortable 371-point cushion atop the series standings despite being docked 100 points for failing post-qualifying inspections at Sonoma, where he ran seventh; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season and is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (6), top-five finishes (13) and top-10s (18); won the race at this track on June 10 and finished third at this event last year.
Jeff Burton Finished eighth at the Brickyard last week to remain fourth in the standings; has four top-10 finishes over the past five races, with the lone blip a 16th at Daytona; ran seventh at New Hampshire and third at Sonoma to end a stretch of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; trails series points leader Jeff Gordon by 443 points; has six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; finished 13th at the earlier race here, and was ninth at this event a year ago.
Kevin Harvick Finished seventh at the Brickyard to move up to seventh in the standings; has five top-10 finishes over his past six races, with the lone blemish a 34th at Daytona; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and 10 top-10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; has finished lower than 30th only twice this season; ran 11th at this track earlier this season and was fifth in this event a year ago.
Tony Stewart Won the Brickyard for his second consecutive victory of the season; moved up to fifth in the standings and sits 452 points behind Gordon; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; has turned his season around with six finished of sixth or better over the last eight races; remains one of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers, collecting 13 top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other six events; finished fifth at Pocono in June and was seventh at this race last year.
Matt Kenseth Posted fourth straight top-10 finish by placing 10th at the Brickyard; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, prior to the four straight top-10 results; remains third in the standings, 377 points behind Gordon, but climbed to within six behind second-place Denny Hamlin; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10s this season; finished ninth here in June, and was 14th at this event a year ago.