Pocono 400

Posted: June 08, 2012

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pa.

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: TNT; WNPV-AM (1440)

Race course: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Race distance: 400 miles/160 laps

Race forecast: Chance of thunderstorms, temperatures in the low 80s.

Last year's winner: Jeff Gordon

Last year's pole winner: Kurt Busch, 171.579 m.p.h.

Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne, 172.533 m.p.h. (June 2004)

Track facts: Pocono's repaved track is expected to lead to a new qualifying record. During Wednesday's testing, 22 drivers broke Kahne's record. Mark Martin was fastest at 175.380 m.p.h. . . . In winning last year, Gordon led for just 39 laps, including the last 19. Busch was runner-up; Kyle Busch was third. With Kurt Busch suspended by NASCAR for Sunday's race, David Reutimann will replace him in the No. 51 Chevrolet. . . . Brad Keselowski won the August race at the track. . . . Gordon and Bill Elliott are tied for the most wins (five) at Pocono. Denny Hamlin is a four-time winner. . . . Points leader Greg Biffle has one win (in August 2010) and another top-five finish at Pocono. Matt Kenseth, one point behind Biffle, is winlelss at the track but has three top-fives.

- Bill Fleischman

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