Jun 6, 2014; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon (24) during qualifying for the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Statistically speaking: a look at Pocono Raceway


This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its first of two summer visits to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., for Sunday’s Pocono 400. Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner of the race, and he also heads to Pocono on a two-race winning streak as the victor of the two most recent Sprint Cup races — last weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and the week before at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

With his second-straight win last weekend, Johnson joined Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano as the three drivers with multiple wins, 13 races into the season. Each driver has two. In all there are 10 different drivers who have won, so far, this season. Other winners include Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch.

Drivers atop the winners’ chart at Pocono are drivers already with wins this season. Gordon leads active drivers with six Pocono victories, followed by Hamlin with four and Johnson with three trips to victory lane. But there are drivers still looking for their first wins of 2014 who have experience winning at Pocono, such as Kasey Kahane and Tony Stewart, each with a couple of victories at the track.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of today’s top drivers have fared throughout their careers at Pocono Raceway (stats provided by NASCAR Statistical Services):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· One win, three top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 16.4

· Average Running Position of 14.2, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 88.1, 12th-best

· 97 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· 1,434 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.042 mph, 12th-fastest

· 2,221 Laps in the Top 15 (67.5%), seventh-most

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

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 15.2

· Average Running Position of 10.6, third-best

· Driver Rating of 104.7, third-best

· 306 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.616 mph, third-fastest

· 2,378 Laps in the Top 15 (75.9%), fifth-most

· 674 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Seven top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 16.3

· Average Running Position of 14.8, 12th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best

· 63 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.073 mph, 10th-fastest

· 1,995 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6%), 11th-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

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

· Average finish of 13.3

· Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 97.3, sixth-best

· 176 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.300 mph, sixth-fastest

· 2,117 Laps in the Top 15 (64.3%), eighth-most

· 663 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Six wins, 19 top fives, 29 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 10.0

· Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best

· Driver Rating of 101.1, fourth-best

· 125 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· 1,396 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.473 mph, fourth-fastest

· 2,481 Laps in the Top 15 (75.4%), third-most

· 778 Quality Passes, third-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

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

· Average finish of 12.6

· Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 109.1, second-best

· Series-high 434 Fastest Laps Run

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 161.830 mph

· 2,257 Laps in the Top 15 (78.2%), sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· Five top fives, nine top 10s

· Average finish of 14.0

· Average Running Position of 14.1, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 89.6, ninth-best

· 1,564 Green Flag Passes, second-most

· 2,042 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), 10th-most

· 712 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Three wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 8.8

· Series-best Average Running Position of 9.7

· Series-best Driver Rating of 109.3

· 271 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.731 mph, second-fastest

· Series-high 2,610 Laps in the Top 15 (79.3%)

· 775 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 17.0

· Average Running Position of 14.6, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 92.8, eighth-best

· 296 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· 1,407 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.404 mph, fifth-fastest

· 1,988 Laps in the Top 15 (60.4%), 12th-most

· 701 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Three top fives, 10 top 10s

· Average finish of 14.9

· Average Running Position of 13.4, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 89.6, 10th-best

· 1,405 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.143 mph, ninth-fastest

· 706 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 11.7

· Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 96.4, seventh-best

· 1,409 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.157 mph, eighth-fastest

· 2,527 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), second-most

· Series-high 823 Quality Passes

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

· Two wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 11.0

· Average Running Position of 11.9, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 98.5, fifth-best

· 83 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 1,524 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 161.293 mph, seventh-fastest

· 2,416 Laps in the Top 15 (73.4%), fourth-most

· 792 Quality Passes, second-most

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