Crunching The Numbers: Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway

Ahhhh – The Tricky Triangle! A 400-mile race, known as the Pocono 400 awaits the NASCAR teams this weekend. Ryan Blaney returns tothe location of his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory and would love to repeat! But, can he?

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

Up until 2012, the Pocono 400 was the Pocono 500. These stats are a combination of the lengths.

  • Overtime: 0 (at 400 miles)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0
  • 2017 Pocono 400 Winners
    • Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch
      • Finished P9
    • Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson
      • Finished P7
    • Race Winner: Ryan Blaney
      • No stage points

Trends of the past 5 Pocono 400:

  • Margin of Victory 0.852 seconds
  • 7 cautions
  • First Caution: Lap 42
  • Final Caution: Lap 141 (19 laps before the end)
  • 27 drivers on the lead lap

Trends of the past 6 Pocono 400 (when the race was shortened to 400 miles):

  • Margin of Victory 0.876 seconds
  • 7 cautions
  • First Caution: Lap 27
  • Final Caution: Lap 156 (4 laps before the end)
  • 27 drivers on the lead lap

Pocono 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 3.6
  • 35.7% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Average laps lead: 42.4 laps (26.5% of the race)
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter was 128 (80.0% of the race) by Jimmie Johnson in 2013
    • Johnson won the race

Pocono 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 6.4
    • Race winner’s median starting position: 3.5
    • Race winner’s mode starting position: 1
    • Carl Edwards started from P29 in 2005, the furthest back a Pocono 400 winner has started
  • 71.4% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 585.7% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 60.2 laps (37.6% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Ryan Blaney (driving for Wood Brother Racing) led 10 laps (6.3% of the race) in 2017
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Jimmie Johnson (driving for Hendrick Motorsports) led 128 laps (80.0% of the race) in 2013
  • The Pocono 400 has seen 11 unique winners from 8 different teams
    • Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson lead the active field with 2 wins each
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the field with 5 wins
  • Fun Facts
    • The last time a driver started outside the Top 10 in the Pocono 400 and won, was 2007. The average starting position of the race winner since then has been 3.6.

Pocono 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics


Since the Pocono 500 became the Pocono 400, Chevrolet has won 66.7% of the races, which is on par with the Pocono 500. However, this year, Chevrolet has had trouble finding victory lane, doing so only once with Austin Dillon in the Daytona 500.



Pocono 400 Predictions

Young Erik Jones might only have a single Pocono 400 start, but he made a lot of noise. Because of that performance, it throws him to the top of the prediction charts. However, with the seasons that Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are having, you can never truly count them out. Then, there’s Kyle Larson; his young driver loves fast tracks, and Pocono Raceway is definitely one of them!

Ashley Hobbs

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

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y'all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

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