Posts tagged: Pocono

Jun 13 2011

Nascar Penalizes Kyle Busch and the 18 Team

No, this isn’t for the speeding incident that Kyle Busch had a few weeks ago, Nascar has penalized crew chief Dave Rogers $25,000, Kyle Busch 6 driver points and Joe Gibbs six owner points because of rule infractions discovered in a post race inspection this past Sunday.

The No. 18 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.8.1B (body height requirements — car failed to meet the minimum front car heights) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. Source:NASCAR penalizes No. 18 team for Pocono issues

Anybody know why they chose six championship points?

Aug 05 2007

Kurt Busch Dominates at Pocono

Kurt Busch wins the Pennsylvania 500
Kurt Busch dominated the race today in Pocono, continuing the good runs he usually has there, finishing second in both races last year. This was about as good of a race as you can get at Pocono, which usualy seems like a boring race to me for whatever reason. The rest of the top five were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson.

Kurt Busch dominated from the opening lap and raced his way back into championship contention, cruising to his first victory in 51 races Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

The race did not include Robby Gordon, who was suspended by NASCAR early Sunday morning for his conduct at the Busch Series race in Montreal a day before.

Busch, who had surged to 13th in the standings entering the Pennsylvania 500, led all but 25 laps and made his second career Pocono victory look easy. The 175 laps led was a Pocono record.

Not even a lug nut problem on pit road under caution late in the race and a hard-charging Earnhardt affected him very much. His No. 2 Dodge was clearly the car to beat all day. Source: Busch dominant at Pocono, overtakes Junior in points for Chase

Here is how they finished:
1 2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 195/10 200 Running
2 1 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 175/5 200 Running
3 6 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 165/0 200 Running
4 11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/0 200 Running
5 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 155/0 200 Running
6 24 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 150/0 200 Running
7 4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 151/5 200 Running
8 15 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World
/ RVs.com 147/5 200 Running
9 25 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 138/0 200 Running
10 8 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 134/0 200 Off Track
11 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 130/0 200 Running
12 3 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 132/5 200 Running
13 20 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Combos 124/0 200 Running
14 37 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 126/5 200 Running
15 17 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV / “Rush Hour 3″ 118/0 199 Running
16 9 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 115/0 199 Running
17 23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 112/0 199 Running
18 21 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 114/5 199 Running
19 32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 111/5 199 Running
20 19 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 103/0 199 Running
21 29 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 100/0 199 Running
22 12 16 Greg Biffle Ford “Dog the Bounty Hunter” / Dish Network 97/0 199 Running
23 13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 99/5 199 Running
24 16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 91/0 199 Running
25 34 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 88/0 199 Running
26 35 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Energizer / Menards 85/0 199 Running
27 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 82/0 199 Running
28 10 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 84/5 199 Off Track
29 28 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 76/0 199 Running
30 26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 78/5 198 Running
31 43 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 70/0 198 Running
32 14 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 67/0 198 Running
33 36 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 64/0 197 Running
34 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 61/0 197 Running
35 27 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 58/0 197 Running
36 41 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 55/0 197 Running
37 30 7 P.J. Jones Ford MAPEI / Menards 52/0 197 Running
38 39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 49/0 194 Running
39 33 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 46/0 191 Running
40 22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 43/0 177 Out of Race
41 31 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 40/0 159 Out of Race
42 40 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 37/0 151 Out of Race
43 38 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 34/0 109 Out of Race

Jun 17 2007

Nascar Videos from Pocono

Here are a bunch of videos from last weeks race in Pocono.

This one is a nice race recap. It is pretty much the whole race in 9 minutes and fifty seconds.

This video talks about the timing of the caution for rain and the non throwing of the caution when Jimmie Johnson’s tire went down, then it talks about the malfunction of Jeff Gordon’s jet causing a scare and the possibility of Sam Hornish driving for Penske.

Jun 11 2007

Jeff Gordon Wins in Pocono

Jeff Gordon wins rain shortened race in Pocono
When it’s your year, it’s just your year. Jeff Gordon and Steve Letarte made a gutsy call, staying out when most everyone else pitted, to put them off pit cycle with the rest of the lead cars, and it wound up paying off with their fourth win of the season. As the rain started to come down, Ryan Newman was closing on Jeff Gordon, had it been raining on a different section of the track, Jeff might’ve finished in second and Ryan could’ve won it, either way, a gutsy call would’ve been rewarded with a nice finish. This is the fourth time Jeff has lucked out and won a rain shortened race.

This may be the surest sign yet that everything is falling into place this season for Jeff Gordon: Even the dark clouds hovering above him are bringing him luck.

With his brakes failing and Ryan Newman nipping at the No. 24′s bumper (watch video), Gordon was begging for the skies to open and let that rain start coming and not stop until he was in Victory Lane.

With dark clouds closing in and Gordon’s brakes on the fritz, crew chief Steve Letarte called the car into the pits for an early service call. Gordon relinquished the lead on the stop, but Letarte figured his driver would cycle back to the front after everyone else made their scheduled stops.

And he assumed it would start raining while Gordon was leading. It was a gamble, because the earlier pit stop had put Gordon off sequence with the rest of the field. If it didn’t rain quickly, he’d have to pit much earlier than everyone else and would fall deep into the field after the stop. Source: Gordon beats weather to win rain-shortened Pocono

Ryan Newman took it in stride saying his first win came in a situation almost exactly the same, a rain shortened race because it got to dark to race. Ryan has had eight poles since his last win, with a second last week and this week, they are on the rise, but just can’t seem to finish the good start they get almost every week.

With the new format for the chase this year, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are both sitting pretty, with four wins apiece, they will start the chase with forty bonus points ahead of anyone who hasn’t won a race. Denny Hamlin was not very happy about the race and about how the chase is turning out. They figure they should’ve won at least three races already, and this one probably makes four in their eyes, as Jeff did not have the best car, just the best call on a rainy afternoon. Will other teams start gambling more to try to even it up, or just play it safe to get in the chase? It’s starting to get interesting to say the least.

Here is how they finished:

1 18 24 Jeff Gordon
2 1 12 Ryan Newman
3 3 1 Martin Truex Jr.
4 12 25 Casey Mears
5 6 20 Tony Stewart
6 2 11 Denny Hamlin
7 34 01 Mark Martin
8 4 5 Kyle Busch
9 24 17 Matt Kenseth
10 5 07 Clint Bowyer
11 19 29 Kevin Harvick
12 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
13 10 31 Jeff Burton
14 32 99 Carl Edwards
15 33 13 Joe Nemechek
16 27 2 Kurt Busch
17 11 18 J.J. Yeley
18 31 10 Scott Riggs
19 26 43 Bobby Labonte
20 38 42 Juan Montoya
21 15 19 Elliott Sadler
22 8 9 Kasey Kahne
23 29 40 David Stremme
24 22 41 Reed Sorenson
25 35 45 Chad McCumbee
26 36 6 David Ragan
27 30 88 Ricky Rudd
28 21 15 Paul Menard
29 25 26 Jamie McMurray
30 41 16 Greg Biffle
31 42 14 Sterling Marlin
32 39 66 Jeff Green
33 20 4 Ward Burton
34 16 38 David Gilliland
35 9 83 Brian Vickers
36 17 96 Tony Raines
37 43 21 Bill Elliott
38 23 00 David Reutimann
39 28 84 A.J. Allmendinger
40 40 70 Johnny Sauter
41 37 7 Robby Gordon
42 7 48 Jimmie Johnson
43 14 22 Dave Blaney

Jun 08 2007

My Pocono Predictions

Short and sweet, just gut picks for Pocono.

1. Jeff Gordon
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Tony Stewart
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Brian Vickers

Jun 08 2007

Ryan Newman Claims Pole in Pocono, Third Straight

Ryan Newman qualified on the pole for the third time in a row, at 170.062 mph, this was the 41st pole of his career. He ended Denny Hamlin’s perfect streak there, Hamlin qualified second this time, but had the pole in the previous two races at Pocono and won both of them. Newman is the only good thing to happen to Roger Penske this week, with the pit road incident and fine for Kurt Busch, this had to help a little.

He has four poles overall this year with no wins. His best finish came Monday at Dover when he finished second behind Martin Truex Jr., and his last win came nearly two years ago.

“It’d be nice to click off three wins in a row, not just three poles in a row,” Newman said. Source: Newman ends Hamlin’s run by taking Pocono pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 170.062 52.922 Leader
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 169.278 53.167 -0.245
3 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 168.710 53.346 -0.424
4 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 168.139 53.527 -0.605
5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 168.058 53.553 -0.631
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 167.998 53.572 -0.650
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 167.942 53.590 -0.668
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 167.436 53.752 -0.830
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 167.336 53.784 -0.862
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 167.274 53.804 -0.882
11 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 167.268 53.806 -0.884
12 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 166.976 53.900 -0.978
13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 166.957 53.906 -0.984
14 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 166.939 53.912 -0.990
15 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 166.936 53.913 -0.991
16 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 166.920 53.918 -0.996
17 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 166.917 53.919 -0.997
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 166.824 53.949 -1.027
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 166.648 54.006 -1.084
20 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters 166.568 54.032 -1.110
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 166.457 54.068 -1.146
22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 166.405 54.085 -1.163
23 00 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King 166.362 54.099 -1.177
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 166.319 54.113 -1.191
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 166.187 54.156 -1.234
26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 166.168 54.162 -1.240
27 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 166.119 54.178 -1.256
28 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 166.070 54.194 -1.272
29 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light Wide Mouth Can 165.981 54.223 -1.301
30 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 165.789 54.286 -1.364
31 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 165.715 54.310 -1.388
32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 165.670 54.325 -1.403
33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Haier 165.627 54.339 -1.417
34 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 165.411 54.410 -1.488
35 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Goody’s Cool Orange 165.383 54.419 -1.497
36 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 165.177 54.487 -1.565
37 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 165.141 54.499 -1.577
38 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 165.104 54.511 -1.589
39 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 163.782 54.951 -2.029
40 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 162.537 55.372 -2.450
41 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 161.178 55.839 -2.917
42 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Pep Boys – - -
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie Champion’s Provisional

The following drivers did not make the race:

44 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 165.691 54.318 -1.396
45 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 165.396 54.415 -1.493
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 164.944 54.564 -1.642
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 164.669 54.655 -1.733
48 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 164.078 54.852 -1.930
49 49 Mike Bliss Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 163.381 55.086 -2.164

Jul 31 2006

What about Tony Stewart?

Sorry, this is is about a week behind, sorry been busy.

What did everyone think of the big shindig with Stewart, Bowyer and Edwards at Pocono? It did look like Bowyer pinched him a little, but I don’t think he pushed him into the wall, and Tony retaliated right there, taking Bowyer and Edwars out of contention for the chase , probably. I think Tony deserves what he gets and more, I agree that someone needs to fill Earnhardt’s shoes and show these new drivers the ropes, talking about Sr not Jr, but you can’t just blatantly take out someone like that, maybe give them a couple new dents and a reason to visit pit road, but to just wreck them is way to strong. Tony needs to dish out what he says, because he saying one thing and doing another on the track.

He complained at Daytona about the rough driving and was the first to break the new rules Nascar set in place. The funniest thing that was said came from Edwards, he said I just can’t take it when someone takes me out and then flips me the finger, so i took him out in the pits.

From the Arizona Daily Star,

He wants another Earnhardt around, but he’s the logical choice to fill that void. He’s a winner on and off the track (remember, Stewart gives millions to charity and is revered for his generosity), he’s outspoken and has earned the right to be heard.

But he’s grown increasingly frustrated of talking all the time and not getting any results.
“I sit down and talk with them all week long, but the thing is they look at you like you got three heads,” he said. “They don’t pay attention and they don’t care.”

So he gets angry and does his talking on the race track _ and that’s not unlike Earnhardt, either. But if Stewart could just stick with one message, and find a consistent way to deliver it, he someday might be able to get his point across.

Until then, he’s just a hypocrite.

That hot reporter Jaynelle Ramon on the same paper is a little more upset with him saying,

So Clint Bowyer runs Tony into the wall and Tony decides to get back at him. In the process he takes out Carl Edwards who had nothing to do with the incident.

Instead of apologize to Carl after the race he basically said, “Well, he ran into me twice earlier in the race.”

I’m sorry, what?

He then brought out his old standby about some guys not understanding give-and-take and my favorite line about how some guys race hard but then get mad when other drivers race them hard back.

Has Tony ever looked in the mirror when he says that? He should.

Tony’s – and 99 percent of all the other drivers – 5-year-old kid, “He started it” line of defense is getting tired.

They all do it and I don’t even think they realize how infantile they sound.

She’s exactly right, they all do it and they all complain about it. NEXT!

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