Statistically speaking: a look at Pocono

This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400. Pocono is a unique track, and is often referred to as the “Tricky Triangle,” due to its odd three-turn, triangle layout.

Joey Logano won last year’s June race at Pocono, but for Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s since moved on to Penske Racing to drive the No. 22. The last time the circuit visited Pocono Raceway was August 2012. Jeff Gordon celebrated in victory lane after that race. Among active drivers, Gordon leads the way with six wins at the track. Denny Hamlin has four.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of NASCAR’s finest have fared at Pocono (stats provided by NASCAR Media Group):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· One win, two top fives, four top 10s

· Average finish of 17.5

· Average Running Position of 14.6, 12th-best

· Driver Rating of 87.1, 13th-best

· 92 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 1,274 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.009 mph, 11th-fastest

· 1,930 Laps in the Top 15 (64.9%), eighth-most

· 616 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· Seven top fives, 17 top 10s

· Average finish of 16.2

· Average Running Position of 14.5, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 87.1, 12th-best

· 1,301 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

· 1,854 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 10th-most

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 16.1

· Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 103.7, third-best

· 300 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.544 mph, third-fastest

· 2,068 Laps in the Top 15 (73.5%), seventh-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s

· Average finish of 13.2

· Average Running Position of 14.9, 13th-best

· Driver Rating of 97.4, sixth-best

· 169 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.284 mph, sixth-fastest

· 1,867 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), ninth-most

· 595 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Six wins, 18 top fives, 28 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 10.2

· Average Running Position of 10.3, third-best

· Driver Rating of 100.9, fourth-best

· 110 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· 1,244 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.425 mph, fourth-fastest

· 2,231 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), third-most

· 692 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 10.7

· Series-best Average Running Position of 9.1

· Series-best Driver Rating of 115.1

· Series-high 430 Fastest Laps Run

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 160.936 mph

· 2,105 Laps in the Top 15 (82.0%), fifth-most

· 559 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· Five top fives, eight top 10s

· Average finish of 14.1

· Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best

· Series-high 1,380 Green Flag Passes

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.000 mph, 12th-fastest

· 1,835 Laps in the Top 15 (61.7%), 11th-most

· 640 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 9.0

· Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best

· Driver Rating of 107.6, second-best

· 223 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.687 mph, second-fastest

· Series-high 2,376 Laps in the Top 15 (79.9%)

· 725 Quality Passes, second-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 16.8

· Average Running Position of 13.8, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 91.4, ninth-best

· 192 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· 1,304 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.219 mph, eighth-fastest

· 1,835 Laps in the Top 15 (61.7%), 11th-most

· 645 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Three top fives, 10 top 10s

· Average finish of 14.3

· Average Running Position of 13.1, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 90.7, 10th-best

· 1,203 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.162 mph, ninth-fastest

· 1,820 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), 13th-most

· 661 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)

· 20 top fives, 34 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 11.1

· Average Running Position of 12.2, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 94.4, eighth-best

· 93 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.311 mph, fifth-fastest

· 2,100 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), sixth-most

· 600 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 12.4

· Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 95.4, seventh-best

· 1,232 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.068 mph, 10th-fastest

· 2,287 Laps in the Top 15 (77.0%), second-most

· Series-high 750 Quality Passes

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 11.3

· Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 98.6, fifth-best

· 80 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

· 1,340 Green Flag Passes, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 160.272 mph, seventh-fastest

· 2,138 Laps in the Top 15 (71.9%), fourth-most

· 685 Quality Passes, fourth-most

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