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Pocono 400

Status: Final Pocono Raceway

Race Capsule

Pocono Raceway
  • What:

    Race 14 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • When:

    June 10, 2012 1:18 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    160

  • Track Length:

    2.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,018,078

Drivers to Watch

Joey Logano 16th, 55 points out of the top 10.
Carl Edwards 12th, 15 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week to fall out of the top 10.
Paul Menard 15th, 41 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Kyle Busch Busch dropped one spot to ninth in the standings following Sunday's race at Dover. The gap between Busch and points leader Greg Biffle also widened from 62 to 80 points. However, Busch is just one point behind eighth-ranked Tony Stewart and is one point ahead of 10th-ranked Clint Bowyer.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin dropped back one spot to fourth place after Sunday's race at Dover. He's 22 points behind series leader Greg Biffle, and 12 points behind 3rd-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mark Martin 24th, 122 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Improved by one position in the standings after Sunday's race at Dover, regaining third place after falling to fourth after the Coca-Cola 600 the week before. Earnhardt is 10 points behind series leader Greg Biffle and 9 points behind second-ranked Matt Kenseth.
Marcos Ambrose 19th, 84 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Kasey Kahne 14th, 40 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Has now moved up 17 spots in seven races.
Jamie McMurray 22nd, 94 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week.
Jeff Gordon 21st, 94 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Greg Biffle At 486 points, remains in first place in the Sprint Cup Series for the 11th consecutive week. Leads Roush Fenway Racing teammate and second-ranked Matt Kenseth by just 1 point, Biffle's smallest lead since he assumed the Cup series points edge, and third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 10 points.
Matt Kenseth This year's Daytona 500 winner has been in second place for the last four weeks. He is just 1 point behind Roush Fenway Racing teammate and series points leader Greg Biffle and 9 points ahead of third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer climbed two spots in the standings and back into the top 10. He's 81 points behind Sprint Cup series leader Greg Biffle but just 1 point behind 9th-ranked Kyle Busch.
Juan Pablo Montoya 20th, 93 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week.
Ryan Newman 13th, 39 points out of the top 10.
AJ Allmendinger 23rd, 113 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Jeff Burton 18th, 83 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Kevin Harvick Harvick remained in seventh position for the second straight week following Sunday's race at Dover. He's 46 points behind series leader Greg Biffle and just one point behind 6th-ranked Martin Truex Jr.
Tony Stewart After dropping three places in the standings after Charlotte, Stewart regained one of those spots at Dover, pushing him back to eighth place. However, the gap between Stewart and points leader Greg Biffle went from 65 to 79 points, and he's 33 points behind seventh-ranked Kevin Harvick.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex remained in sixth spot for the second consecutive week after Dover. He slightly closed the gap on points leader Greg Biffle from 49 to 45 points, but the margin behind fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson grew from one to 12 points.
Jimmie Johnson Johnson remained in fifth place for the third consecutive week, even after winning Sunday's race at Dover. However, he did close the gap on points leader Greg Biffle, going from 48 behind to 33 back, and he's 11 points behind 4th-ranked Denny Hamlin.
Aric Almirola 17th, 76 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Brad Keselowski 11th, only five points out of the top 10.