Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Pocono 400

The Tricky Triangle hosts their first race this weekend with the Pocono 400. With three different turns, this track require great skill and focus. Turn one is modeled after Trenton Speedway, turn two is modeled after Indianapolis Motor speedway, and turn three is modeled after The Milwaukee Mile.

Pocono Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2.5 Mile Tri-Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 160 (400 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 50
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 100
  • Turns 1 banking: 14°
  • Turns 2/Tunnel Turn banking: 8°
  • Turns 3 banking: 6°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,740 feet
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 3,055 feet
  • Short Stretch (between Turn 2 and Turn 3)
    • Length: 1,780
  • Pit Road Speed: 55mph

Pocono 400 Trends of the Race

These figures include when the Pocono race was 200 laps/500 miles

  • Overtime: 2 (2005, 2019)
  • Caution Finishes: 4 (2004, 2005, 2007, 2010)
  • Rain Shortened: 1 (2007)

Trending of the past 5 Spring races:

  • 2012 was when the race went from 200 laps/500 miles to 160 laps/400 miles
  • Margin of Victory 1.023 seconds
  • 8 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 32
    • Final Caution: Lap 143 (17 laps to go)
  • 27 drivers on the lead lap

Pocono 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 3.2
  • Average laps lead: 38 laps (23.8% of the race)
  • 38.5% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 128 (80% of the race) by Jimmie Johnson in 2013
    • He went on to win that race

Pocono 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 6.5
    • Carl Edwards started from P29 in 2005, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1
  • 69.2% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 84.6% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 64.1 laps (40.0% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead 11 laps (6.9% of the race) in 2014
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Jimmie Johnson led 128 laps (80.0% of the race) in 2013
  • There have been 10 different race winners from 7 different teams since 2004
    • Jimmie Johnson & Denny Hamlin lead the field with 2 wins a piece
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the field with 5 wins

Pocono 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

 

Jimmie Johnson added win 83 to his impressive resume; that win tied him for sixth overall with Cale Yarborough on the NASCAR wins list. Could Johnson tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip this weekend in the Pocono 400? Or can another driver flex their speed and muscles on the Tricky Triangle?

Pocono 400 Predictions & Analysis

 

Chase Elliott once again tops the list for the Pocono 400; and Kyle Larson is right there with him. Another young driver up there is Daniel Suarez, but veteran Jimmie Johnson might have something to say about these young kids being at the top.

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

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