The Pocono 400 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The race is the first of two Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway, with the other being the Pennsylvania 400. First held as a 500-mile (800 km) race during the 1982 season, it served as a replacement for the 400-mile (640 km) race at Texas World Speedway. Starting in 2012, the race distance was reduced to 400 miles.
The Pocono 400 is recognized as one of NASCAR's most competitive raceways. The track features three curves, each with its own degree of banking. The track design produces fender to fender action and 200 mph. The most unusual track layout on the NASCAR schedule. Pocono Raceway has a massive front straight that often sees cars going four, five and six wide before they funnel down into turn one.
The triangle-shaped track has three different corner lengths and bankings making it very difficult to set up a car and to drive well. Pocono is, in a word, unique. But for as difficult as it is to set up and drive Pocono frequently hosts some great racing with races often decided within the last couple of laps.
There are other 2.5-mile race tracks in America, but there is no other track like Pocono Raceway. First, it’s a triangular oval. There are only three turns, each connected by a straightaway of varying lengths. The longest straightaway, the frontstretch, stretches 3,740 feet long and leads into Turn 1, a 14-degree turn that is like a turn you’d find on a superspeedway. From there, a 3,055-foot straightaway connects to the “tunnel turn,” an 8-degree turn over the tunnel leading into the track’s infield that drivers say is like a turn they find on short tracks. Because of the speeds and the angle that drivers must approach that turn, the “tunnel turn” is widely considered one of the most difficult in NASCAR. After that, it’s 1,780 feet to Turn 3, a 6-degree turn that has a road-course feel for the drivers. Put all of those things together and you’ve got Pocono Raceway, a track that has challenged NASCAR’s best since the first Cup race there in 1974.
Pocono Race Winners
2018 Pocono 400 winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2017 Axalta presents the Pocono 400 winner: Ryan Blaney
2016 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 winner: Kurt Busch
2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2014 Pocono 400 Winner
Dale Earnhardt Jr. went by Keselowski off of Turn 2, but then he saw his engine temps rise because of debris and ignored it for his 2nd win in 2017.
2013 Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart Winner
Jimmie Johnson NASCAR victory at Pocono is his third of the season. He lead 128 of 160 laps and easily beating Greg Biffle for his 63rd career victory and third at Pocono (but first since 2004).
2012 Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR Winner
Joey Logano was the man to beat on the new pavement at Pocono Raceway. Logano nudged Mark Martin out of the way with five laps remaining to take his second career NASCAR victory.
Sunday's race was more interesting than a typical Sunday at Pocono with 19 lead changes among 10 drivers and seven cautions for 35 laps. Logano led a race-high 49 laps and NASCAR handed out 22 citations for speeding on pit road.
2011 5-hour Energy 500 Race Winner
Jeff Gordon got his second win of 2011 at Pocono Raceway. The 2011 5-Hour Energy 500, for the 84th win of his career, tying Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for third in all-time career wins. Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the Top 5.
2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Race Winner
Hamlin won for the fourth time in the last nine races on the so-called "Tricky Triangle" at Long Pond and got his 12th career victory in NASCAR's top series, holding on to the lead during a wild, green-white checkered finish to take the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch finished second and Tony Stewart was third.
2009 Pocono 500 Race Winner: Tony Stewart
While Hamlin was on his way to the finish line, an eight-car crash on the last lap brought a mangled, messy finish to a race that had been clean for most of the day.
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