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Pocono 500

Status: Final Pocono Raceway

Race Capsule

Pocono Raceway
  • What:

    Race 16 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • When:

    June 11, 2006 2:10 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    500.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,841,521

Drivers to Watch

Kasey Kahne Finished seventh at Dover one week after capturing the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600, his third victory this season; remained sixth in the standings with 1,715 points, just three behind Tony Stewart; rebounded nicely from three consecutive runs outside the top 20; has registered five top-five finishes and eight top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited Victory Lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; ran 27th in this event last season and has one top-five finish in four starts here.
Jeff Burton Placed fourth at Dover on Sunday and climbed to seventh in the standings with 1,615 points; has finished inside the top 10 in six of his last seven starts, including a fourth-place finish at Talladega on May 1; ran 19th in this event last season; has six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s in 24 starts at this track but has not placed inside the top 10 in his last four starts here.
Jeff Gordon Placed 12th at Dover, his fourth finish outside the top 10 in his last five starts; fell two spots to ninth in the standings with 1,583 points; bounced back nicely from disappointing performance at Richmond by finishing second at Darlington; has just four top-five finishes and five top-10s through 13 races this season; ran ninth in this race last season; two-time winner of this race has fared well at this track, registering three victories, 12 top-five finishes and 18 top-10s in 26 career starts.
Greg Biffle Registered his fourth straight top-10 finish Sunday in the Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover International Raceway; climbed to 12th in the Nextel Cup standings with 1,487 points through 13 races; defending series runner-up captured his first victory of the season at the Dodge Charger 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 13; struggled over the first nine races this season, registering just two top-10 finishes; struggled to disappointing 30th-place finish in this event last season and has only one top-five finish in six starts at this track.
Kyle Busch Bounced back nicely from disappointing 38th-place finish at Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte by placing fifth Sunday at Dover; remained 10th in the standings with 1,572 points; ran seventh at Darlington to register his second consecutive top-10 finish; has four top-five finishes and seven top-10s; finished inside the top 12 in five straight races from February 26-April 2; reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year ran fourth in this event last season but placed 39th in the Pennsylvania 500 on July 24.
Jimmie Johnson Rebounded from slow start at Dover to place sixth, his series-leading 10th top-10 finish; ran second at Coca-Cola 600 and won the Nextel All-Star Challenge to continue his dominance of the circuit; leads the standings with 2,011 points, just 74 ahead of Matt Kenseth; captured the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 to retake the standings lead from Kenseth; ran seventh at Phoenix and fell to second in the standings for just the second time in nine weeks this season; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories among five finishes inside the top six; won the season-opening Daytona 500 and captured the checkered flag two weeks later at Las Vegas; ran sixth in this event last season and won both Nextel races at this track in 2004.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ran 10th at Dover and climbed to fourth in the standings with 1,729 points; captured the checkered flag at Richmond, his first victory of the season that snapped a string of 27 starts without a victory; has placed inside the top 11 in five consecutive races; struggled to disappointing 33rd-place finish in this event last season and has three top-five finishes and four top-10s in 12 career starts here.
Mark Martin Consistent veteran driver ran ninth at Dover to record his eighth top-10 finish this season; registered a season-best fourth-place finish at Charlotte; remained third in the standings with 1,795 points, 216 behind Johnson and 142 behind Roush Racing teammate Kenseth; has placed outside of the top 15 only once; has 19 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s in 38 career starts at this track.
Matt Kenseth Captured the checkered flag at Dover on Sunday and climbed within 74 points of Johnson for the standings lead; finished fifth at Charlotte and was runner-up to Kahne at Texas; leads the circuit with eight top-five finishes through 13 races; struggled to a 24th-place finish at Martinsville after crashing on a restart in the 493rd lap; appeared primed for a victory at Bristol before being bumped by Kurt Busch in lap 495 and fading to third; ran 32nd in this race last season, finishing six laps off the pace; has two top-five finishes and five top-10s in 12 career starts here.
Carl Edwards Ran 14th at Dover a week after placing third at Charlotte; remained 14th in the standings with 1,454 points, 118 outside of the top 10; has rebounded nicely from a slow start this season, registering four top-five finishes in his last six starts; finished seventh at Richmond to record his third consecutive top-10 finish; won this event last season and ran fourth at the Pennsylvania 500.