July 30, 2017
Long Pond, PA
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Event
First race: 1974
Distance: 500 miles (804.67 km)
Right after 2007, the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR race was moved from its traditional July date into August, swapping dates with the Allstate 400 at The Brickyard. Formerly called the Gobowling.com 400.
Most commonly known simply as the Pennsylvania 500, the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 is the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car races hosted at the famous Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania – the other race being the Pocono 500. Beginning with the 2007 date, the race was moved from its traditional spot on the schedule – usually in July – to August, thus swapping dates with the Brickyard 400.
Pocono Raceway is considered one of NASCAR's most competitive raceways. Pocono's unique 2.5 mile track features three turns, with different degrees of banking making it a tough track for any driver.
Pocono Raceway (formerly Pocono International Raceway) also known as the Tricky Triangle, is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond.
Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia. The truck series will begin racing at Pocono in the 2014 season.
It was with his victory in the 2002 Pennsylvania 500 when Bill Elliott became the race's first four-time winner, while also already holding the distinction of being the only driver to win in consecutive years, with his victories in 1985, 1988, 1989, and 2002. The other multiple-race winners include Darrel Waltrip (1978, 1981, 1992) and Rusty Wallace (1991, 1996, 2000) with three each, and Richard Petty (1974, 1976), Tim Richmond (1983, 1986), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1993), Jeff Bodine (1990, 1994), Dale Jarrett (1995, 1997), Bobby Labonte (1999, 2001), Kurt Busch (2005, 2007), and defending Pennsylvania 500 champ Denny Hamlin (2006, 2009), all with two wins under their belt.
2016 Pennsylvania 400 Winner: Chris Buescher
2015 Windows 10 400 Winner: Matt Kenseth
2014 GoBowling.com 400 Winner: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
2013 GoBowling.com 400 Winner
Kasey Kahne drove through victory lane when he passed Jeff Gordon with two laps to go to win the NASCAR 2013 GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway.
2012 Pennsylvania 400 Winner
Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, drove the victory lane in the 2012 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Gordon earned, with this NASCAR win, his 86th career victory.
2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Winner
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins 2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono. Keselowski had been involved in a serious accident in which he ended up with a fractured ankle and strained back. But he managed to achieve the lead for one of the two wild card berths into the 2011 “Chase for the Championship”.
2010 Pennsylvania 500 Winner
This is the first win for Greg Biffle since 2008 and in 64 starts. Tony Stewart was second and Roush driver Carl Edwards was third. The start of the 500-mile race was delayed by rain, then had two lengthy red flag stops that totaled nearly 50 minutes.
2009 Pennsylvania 500 Winner
Denny Hamlin won in 2009 after rain postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. Pocono had debuted NASCAR's double-file restart rule in June; in August it helped Hamlin gain positions with the leaders sometimes racing four abreast.