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Pocono 500 pre-race notes

By admin | June 6, 2009

By Richard Allen

*Qualifying was rained out for this race. The starting lineup was set by owner points. This is the second time this year(the other at Martinsville) qualifying has been washed out.

*Three drivers(Derrike Cope, Tony Raines and Mike Wallace) did not make the race due to the rainout.

*This track began hosting two Sprint Cup races per year in 1982. Since that time, the winner of the Pocono 500 has gone on to win the Pennsylvania 500 six times.

*Jimmie Johnson was fastest in Saturday’s first practice session.

*Denny Hamlin was fastest in Saturday’s final practice session.

*Tony Stewart spun in practice and damaged the nose of his car. He was forced to a backup car and will have to start the Pocono 500 from the rear of the field.

*Robby Gordon will have to start from the rear of the field due to a driver change from Saturday’s practice. Travis Kvapil practiced the car on Saturday.

*Two drivers, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, were scheduled to compete in the Nationwide race in Nashville.

*Tony Stewart was scheduled to race in The Dream at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.

*Robby Gordon was scheduled to race in the Baja 500 in Mexico on Saturday.

*There is a 20% chance of afternoon showers in the area for Sunday.

*There have been four races at Pocono cut short due to rain. The most recent was the Pocono 500 in 2007.

*Robby Gordon won the Baja 500.

*Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race in Nashville.

*Tony Stewart finished 6th in ‘The Dream’ at Eldora Speedway.

*Joey Logano won the ARCA race at Pocono on Saturday.

*This will be the first race to be televised by TNT in 2009.

This page will be updated as events warrant.

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