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Pennsylvania 400

Status: Final Pocono Raceway

Race Capsule

Pocono Raceway
  • What:

    Race 21 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • When:

    August 5, 2012 1:19 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    160

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,018,078

Drivers to Watch

Juan Pablo Montoya 21st, 168 points out of the top 10.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin remained in fifth place for the second straight week. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 64 points, is 37 points behind fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads sixth-ranked Kevin Harvick by 14 points.
Paul Menard 16th, 79 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Kasey Kahne 13th, 64 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week. Stands first in the wild card standings with two wins.
Marcos Ambrose 18th, 124 points out of the top 10.
Matt Kenseth This year's Daytona 500 winner dropped out of first place after holding that position for the previous six weeks. He trails new points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 14 points after Indianapolis and leads third-ranked Greg Biffle, his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, by 8 points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jumped one spot in the standings to take over the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time since 2004. He leads former points leader Matt Kenseth by 14 points and third-ranked Greg Biffle by 22 points.
Ryan Newman 14th, 70 points out of the top 10. Stands third in the wild card standings with one win.
Jimmie Johnson Johnson remained in fourth place for the third consecutive week even with his fourth win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, by 27 points and third-ranked Greg Biffle by 5 points and leads fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 37 points.
Regan Smith 24th, 240 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Greg Biffle Biffle, who led the points for 11 straight weeks earlier in the season, remained in third place for the third consecutive week. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 22 points and second-ranked and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth by eight points and leads fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 5 points.
Aric Almirola 22nd, 171 points out of the top 10.
Joey Logano 17th, 99 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week. Stands fourth in the wild card standings with one win.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex climbed two spots in the standings after Indianapolis -- the biggest jump of any driver in the top 10 -- into a tie for sixth place with Kevin Harvick. Truex trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 78 points, fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin by 14 points and leads eighth-ranked Tony Stewart by one point.
Jamie McMurray 19th, 135 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Carl Edwards 12th, 61 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week. Stands fifth in the wild card standings with no wins.
Mark Martin 27th, 269 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer dropped one spot in the standings after Indianapolis, falling to 10th place. He trails Sprint Cup series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 88 points and ninth-ranked Brad Keselowski by eight points, and leads 11th-ranked by 55 points.
Kyle Busch 11th, 55 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week. Stands second in the wild card standings with one win.
Kevin Harvick Harvick remained in sixth place for the second straight week. He's 78 points behind points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., is 14 points behind fifth-ranked Denny Hamlin, is tied for sixth with Martin Truex Jr., and is one point ahead of eighth-ranked Tony Stewart.
Jeff Burton 20th, 138 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Sam Hornish Jr. 25th, 243 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Jeff Gordon 15th, 79 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Tony Stewart Stewart fell one position in the standings to eighth place after Indianapolis. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 79 points, is just one point behind sixth-place (tied) Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., and is three points ahead of ninth-ranked Brad Keselowski.
Brad Keselowski Keselowski jumped up one spot to ninth after Indianapolis. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 82 points, eighth-ranked Tony Stewart by three points and leads 10th-ranked Clint Bowyer by six points.