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Pocono 500

Status: Final Pocono Raceway

Race Capsule

Pocono Raceway
  • What:

    Race 17 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • When:

    June 10, 2007 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    500.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,940,543

Drivers to Watch

Denny Hamlin Finished fourth at Dover, his fifth top-five finish in his last eight races; rebounded from a 21st-place showing at Darlington to finish ninth at Charlotte; has six top-five finishes and eight top-10s this season and is fourth in the standings, 217 points behind Gordon; clearly has avoided a sophomore slump, placing inside the top 15 in 10 of the last 12 events; won both events at this track last season, his only two career victories.
Tony Stewart Placed just 40th at Dover thanks to a wreck involving Kurt Busch; ended a string of four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a sixth at Charlotte; has made noise off the track but has been quiet behind the wheel, failing to record a win and collecting just two top-five finishes over the first 13 races; one of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers, collecting eight top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other five events; finished third in this race last season and won this event in 2003.
Jimmie Johnson Was slowed by a late flat tire at Dover and finished 15th, his worst performance since running 38th at Texas on April 15; is second in the standings but still trails teammate Gordon by 152 points; captured his series-leading fourth victory of the season at Richmond and moved to second in the standings; finished second at Talladega to continue his fast start to the season; despite collecting eight top-five finishes, has been hurt by a pair of finishes outside the top 35; also has captured checkered flags at Las Vegas, Atlanta and Martinsville; placed 10th in this event last season and ran sixth in the summer race at this track; won both events at this track in 2004.
Jeff Burton Has struggled over his last six races, failing to place higher than 10th after finishing sixth or better in six of the first seven events this season; ran 12th at Dover and remained fifth in the standings, 355 points behind leader Jeff Gordon; has five top-five finishes and seven top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; ran ninth in this event last season and also placed ninth in the summer race at this track.
Jeff Gordon Ran ninth at Dover and owns a comfortable 152-point cushion atop the series standings; endured a crash two weeks ago at Charlotte en route to finishing 41st, his worst showing of the year; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth on NASCAR's all-time list; 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 (9) and top-10s (11); struggled to 34th place in this event last season but has three career victories at this track, the last of which came in 1998.
Matt Kenseth Placed fifth at Dover, his sixth top-five finish of the season; is third in the standings, 190 points behind Gordon and 38 in back of Johnson; The defending champion of this race; has been outstanding since struggling to 27th place at Daytona, running inside the top 11 in the next seven races; ran fifth in this event last season, one of his three career top-five finishes in 14 starts at this track.
Carl Edwards Quietly has made his way up the standings after getting off to a slow start this season; registered his best performance of the season by running third at Dover; has just two top-five finishes and four top-10s but is sixth in the standings thanks to placing 12th or better eight times; struggled to 25th in this race last season but won this event in 2005.