Driver Handicaps: Pocono

Pocono

Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured his first Pocono win in June and Brad Keselowski led a race-high 95 laps in that event up until trash got on the grille of his Ford. (Photo: Getty Images)

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MRN.com's detailed notes and statistics to help you set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Who's HOT at Pocono
• Three-time winner Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with more than one start with an 8.7 average finish.
• Jeff Gordon leads all drivers in wins (6) and laps led (974).
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off his third straight top five after scoring the win in June.
• Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart lead all drivers with more than one start with a 6.8 average finish in the five races since the track was resurfaced.
• Brad Keselowski, winner of the 2011 August race, led 95 laps and finished second in June.
• Joey Logano has posted three top 10s, including a win, in the last five races.
• Four-time winner Denny Hamlin, who will be without his crew chief, has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races.
• Kasey Kahne has one win and a runner-up finish in the last two August races, respectively.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Pocono
• Rookie Kyle Larson finished fifth in his first Pocono start in June. Both Larson and Austin Dillon will compete in Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono. 
• Kurt Busch (10.8), Clint Bowyer (10.8), Jamie McMurray (13.2), Greg Biffle (13.4) , Kevin Harvick (14.0) and Martin Truex Jr. (14.0) each rank in the top 10 in average finish among drivers that have raced in all five races since Pocono was resurfaced.
• Carl Edwards has posted a 7.0 average finish in the last four August races at Pocono.
• Kyle Busch has posted an 8.7 average finish in his last three Pocono starts.

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Qualifying Facts - Note: This will be the second time "Knockout" Qualifying will be held

*Poles
*Best Starting Avg. 
Races Won from Starting Pos.
Denny Hamlin - 3
Denny Hamlin - 6.2
Pole - 15 times
Jimmie Johnson - 3
Jimmie Johnson - 9.1
Top Five - 44 times
Five Drivers with 2
Kasey Kahne - 10.0
Top 10 - 51 times
  Ryan Newman - 10.3
Top 15 - 64 times
  Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon - 11.0
Worst - 29th, one time

* - Must be entered in the GoBowling.com 400.

2014 Top "Knockout" Qualifying Performers (*18 Races)

Driver Poles Final Rounds
Brad Keselowski 3 14
Kevin Harvick 4 13
Denny Hamlin 2 10
Kyle Busch 2 9
Joey Logano 1 16
Jimmie Johnson 1 11
Carl Edwards 1 10
Jamie McMurray 1 9
Tony Stewart 1 9
Matt Kenseth 1 5
Jeff Gordon 0 13

*Qualifying was rained out at Richmond, shortened at Daytona (July).

*Best Average Finish at Pocono

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
2
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch
3.0
4.
Ryan Newman
5.5
6
Ryan Newman
6.5
8
Jeff Gordon
6.9
10
Jimmie Johnson
7.4

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Pocono Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005 - 2014, 19 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Denny Hamlin
1. Denny Hamlin
1. Jimmie Johnson - 9.8
2. Jimmie Johnson
2. Kyle Larson
2. Jeff Gordon - 10.2
3. Austin Dillon
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kurt Busch - 10.4
4. Kurt Busch
4. Kurt Busch
4. Denny Hamlin - 10.8
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Kasey Kahne
5. Ryan Newman - 11.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 2723
1. Ryan Newman - 851
1. Denny Hamlin - 109.0
2. Jeff Gordon - 2626
2. Tony Stewart - 840
2. Jimmie Johnson - 108.7
3. Ryan Newman - 2598
3. Jeff Gordon - 827
3. Kurt Busch - 105.5
4. Tony Stewart - 2549
4. Jimmie Johnson - 819
4. Jeff Gordon - 101.8
5. Kurt Busch - 2521
5. Kevin Harvick - 744
5. Tony Stewart - 98.9

*Must be entered in the GoBowling.com 400.
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Ratings: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Pocono, view the GoBowling.com 400 Pre-Race Loop Data Book (pdf)

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Joey Logano
1. Jeff Gordon
1. Jeff Gordon - 9.5
2. Brad Keselowski
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Joey Logano - 10.0
3. Kevin Harvick
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kevin Harvick - 11.6
4. Jeff Gordon
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 12.0
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Clint Bowyer
5. Brad Keselowski - 12.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Joey Logano - 4666
1. Jeff Gordon - 1311
1. Jeff Gordon - 106.2
2. Jeff Gordon - 4563
2. Joey Logano - 1300
2. Kevin Harvick - 104.0
3. Brad Keselowski - 4490
3. Denny Hamlin - 1289
3. Joey Logano - 103.6
4. Matt Kenseth - 4414
4. Kasey Kahne - 1211
4. Brad Keselowski - 102.9
5. Kevin Harvick - 4319
5. Kurt Busch - 1201
5. Jimmie Johnon - 101.3

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Early In a Run: *Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kasey Kahne
Pete Pistone: Jeff Gordon
Dustin Long: Kasey Kahne 
John Singler: Joey Logano

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Pocono unless noted)

Jeff Gordon: Scored his series-leading sixth Pocono win in the 2012 August race.  He's coming off his second consecutive top 10 to lower his average finish to 8.4 in the five races with the current tire combination, which ranks fifth among all drivers.  This weekend, Gordon will return in the same car (chassis No. 869) that he won in at Kansas Speedway and finished eighth with at Pocono in June.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Coming off first Pocono win after leading 11 laps.  The victory marked his third straight top-five finish.  Earnhardt's 9.8 average finish in the last four races with the current tire combination ranks seventh among all drivers.  This weekend, Earnhardt will return in the same car (chassis No. 810) that he drove into Victory Lane at Pocono in June.

Brad Keselowski: Coming off fourth top 10 in eight starts after leading 95 laps until debris got on the grille late in the race.  Keselowski, who won the 2011 August race, has the sixth-best average finish (9.2) in the five races with the current tire combination.  This weekend, Keselowski will return in the same car (chassis No. 912) that he finished 10th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth: Pocono hasn't been the best of tracks for Kenseth since joining Joe Gibbs Racing, posting finishes of 25th, 22nd and 25th in his three track starts with the team.  His 10 top-10 finishes all came with Roush Fenway Racing, with the last coming in June 2012.

Jimmie Johnson: Dominated the 2013 June race for his third win at Pocono.  Johnson's 220 laps led in the five races with the current tire combination far surpass all drivers.  His 7.6 average finish in that span ranks fourth among all drivers and his 8.7 overall average finish is a series best among drivers with multiple starts.  This weekend, Johnson will return in the same car (chassis No. 879) that he won with at Dover International Speedway in June.

Kyle Busch: Rebounded from a disappointing 2012 season at Pocono to finish in the top 10 in both races last year.  Since winning the pole for the 2010 June race, Busch has done fairly well - finishing in the top 10 five times, including two runner-up showings.  In June of this year, Busch started sixth and finished 12th.

Ryan Newman: Has finished sixth or better in his last four starts at Pocono to help give him a 6.8 average finish in the five races with the current tire combination.  Earlier this season, Newman tested at Pocono in preparation for his first track start with Richard Childress Racing in June, when he finished seventh.  This weekend, Newman will be returning in the same car (chassis No. 462) that he last finished 11th with at Kansas Speedway.

Carl Edwards: Last of two Pocono wins came in this event in 2008.  Edwards failed to finish in the top 10 last season and his average finish took a big hit this June after an accident relegated him to 41st.  This weekend, Edwards will return in the same car he raced in June.

Joey Logano: Finished in the top 10 in his first two Pocono starts with Team Penske last season. Logano started seventh in June of this year but finished 40th due to an engine failure.  Logano, who won the 2012 June race with Joe Gibbs Racing, did have the third-best average finish in the four races with the current tire combination leading up to the DNF in June.  This weekend, Logano will return in the same car (chassis No. 911) that he finished 12th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Clint Bowyer: Has posted a 10.8 average finish in five Pocono starts with Michael Waltrip Racing. Bowyer tested prior to the June race at Pocono and finished 11th in that event.  This weekend, Bowyer will return in the same car (chassis No. 809) he raced at Pocono in June.

Kevin Harvick: Started fourth and finished 14th in his first Pocono start with Stewart-Haas Racing in June.  His last of nine top 10s came in the 2013 June race.  This weekend, Harvick will return in the same car (chassis No. 846) that he last finished 17th with at Dover International Speedway.

Kyle Larson: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished fifth in his first Sprint Cup start at the track.  Larson won the ARCA race at Pocono in June and this weekend, he will run the Camping World Truck Series race as well.

Austin Dillon: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished 17th in his first Sprint Cup start at the track.  Dillon will also race in the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday afternoon.  His Cup car will be the same one (chassis No. 475) that he finished 30th with at Michigan International Speedway after making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps.

Kasey Kahne: Scored second Pocono win in this event last year after leading 66 laps.  The victory was his second straight top-two finish in the August race.  In June of this year, he finished 42nd after an accident.  This weekend, Kahne returns in the same car (chassis No. 588) that he led 70 laps with last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Paul Menard: Has struggled as of late at Pocono with his best finish in the last three races coming in June, 26th place.  Menard's last of two top 10s came in the 2012 June race, ninth place.  This weekend, Menard will return in the same car (chassis No. 463) that he raced at Pocono in June.

Greg Biffle: Finished 16th in June, snapping a streak of two consecutive top 10s including a runner-up showing (to Jimmie Johnson) in the 2013 June race.  Biffle's win in the 2010 August race is one of four top 10s in the last seven races.  This weekend, Biffle will return in the same car (chassis No. 890) that he finished 14th with at Kentucky Speedway.

Brian Vickers: Tested earlier this season at Pocono and finished 19th in his first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing in June.  Vickers' last of five top 10s came in the 2009 August race with Red Bull Racing.

Tony Stewart: Last of his two Pocono wins came in the 2009 June race.  Stewart appeared to be on his way to his fifth straight top 10 in June of this yera but was hit with a pit road speeding penalty after leading 24 laps.  This weekend, Stewart will return in the same car (chassis No. 707) that he wound up finishing 13th with at Pocono in June.

Marcos Ambrose: Last of his two top 10s in 11 starts came in the 2012 June race, 10th place.  Ambrose started 29th and finished 24th in this year's first Pocono race.

Jamie McMurray: Coming off fifth top 10 in 23 starts, a 10th-place finish.

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Driver Stats at Pocono
Driver Races Avg Start Avg Finish *Driver Rating
Denny Hamlin 17 6.2 12.1 109.0
Jimmie Johnson 25 9.1 8.7 108.7
Kurt Busch 26 11.0 14.8 105.5
Jeff Gordon 43 11.5 10.0 101.8
Tony Stewart 31 12.9 11.0 98.9
Carl Edwards 19 16.8 14.8 96.0
Kyle Larson 1 14.0 5.0 96.0
Ryan Newman 25 10.3 11.5 95.8
Brad Keselowski 9 15.7 12.3 92.8
Kasey Kahne 21 10.0 18.2 91.5
D. Earnhardt Jr. 29 14.8 15.8 90.8
Kevin Harvick 27 18.5 14.0 90.7
Matt Kenseth 29 18.5 15.3 87.6
Greg Biffle 23 17.1 16.4 87.4
Kyle Busch 19 13.4 17.5 86.8
Brian Vickers 15 11.8 16.8 86.2
Joey Logano 11 12.7 17.8 85.8
Clint Bowyer 17 18.5 14.8 81.7
Martin Truex Jr. 17 18.7 14.9 81.5
Austin Dillon 1 11.0 17.0 73.7
Marcos Ambrose 11 16.7 21.7 72.4
Jamie McMurray 23 16.9 20.3 71.5
Aric Almirola 5 17.2 21.8 69.3
AJ Allmendinger 13 21.4 24.1 65.3
Justin Allgaier 1 24.0 27.0 65.0
Paul Menard 15 19.0 22.5 64.8
Michael Annett 1 30.0 20.0 58.6
Casey Mears 23 24.3 24.1 57.1
David Ragan 15 27.6 23.9 56.9
R. Stenhouse Jr. 3 20.3 25.0 56.4
Danica Patrick 3 26.7 33.7 55.4
Travis Kvapil 14 33.6 24.9 50.4
David Gilliland 15 30.9 30.4 49.5
Dave Blaney 28 28.9 26.7 47.9
Joe Nemechek 38 20.4 28.6 46.5
Reed Sorenson 12 29.3 32.2 46.3
Alex Bowman 1 34.0 31.0 41.4
Landon Cassill 8 29.9 32.6 41.4
Cole Whitt 1 40.0 30.0 41.2
Josh Wise 5 36.4 37.8 35.0
Ryan Truex 1 41.0 32.0 33.5
Johnny Sauter 2 40.5 38.0 28.9
Alex Kennedy 2 42.0 40.5 28.4
* Last 19 Races

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