June 10, 2018
Pocono 400 (2014)
Long Pond, PA
First race: 1982
Distance: 400 Miles (643.737 km)
Distance: 501 miles (806.281 km)
Pocono 400 event comes in early June every year, now called the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, formerly Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target. The world’s best stock car drivers battle on the triangular, 2.5 mile track of Pocono Raceway.
Pocono Raceway is recognized as one of NASCAR's most competitive raceways. The track features three curves, each with its own degree of banking. The track design produces fender to fender action and 200 mph photo finishes in Pocono, Pa.
The 2.5 mile tri-oval track at Long Pond is as unique of a venue as it gets on the Sprint Cup Series. And with the longest straightaway on the schedule, the Pocono 500 is sure to bring plenty of lead changes.
Pocono Raceway itself takes the best features of several other tracks and combines them into one challenging piece of asphalt. The result is a track of varying turn radius and banking angles, enough to keep everyone on their toes (or on their feet) for the entire race.
Pocono's funky design, with three different turns and three different lengths of straights, offers one heck of a test for even the most seasoned of racing veterans.
When it comes to a challenging track, probably none presents more potential headaches for a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief and driver than the Keystone State's Pocono Raceway. The track opened in 1971 and the Mattioli family brought in Indy cars and USAC stock cars while dreaming of hosting NASCAR's premiere series.
In 1974, after nine years of absence, the top guns of NASCAR returned to do battle in Pennsylvania. In 1982, Pocono added a second Cup event to the schedule and fans were treated to another dose of side-by-side, sometimes seven-wide, racing down the long front straight off turn 3 just six weeks apart.
Dale Earnhardt was injured while leading during the second event of 1979 and was out of commission until the Richmond race that September. In 1987, Tim Richmond, terminally ill with AIDS, won his 4th Pocono race. The next year, 1988, on the first lap of the second event, Bobby Allison was caught up in a turn 2 incident that ended his driving career and nearly cost him his life.
2017 Axalta Presents Pocono 400 Winner: Ryan Blaney
2016 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Winner: Kurt Busch
2015 Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
2014 Poconos 400 Winner
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the 2014 Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway passing leader Brad Keselowski with five laps remaining.
2013 Party in the Poconos 400 Winner
Jimmie Johnson dominates Pocono Raceway and won 2013 Party in the Poconos beating Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds.
2012 Pocono 400 Winner
oey Logano dominated at Pocono, winning the pole and taking his second career victory and first since 2009.
2011 5-hour Energy 500
Jeff Gordon led three times for 39 laps, taking the lead for good on Lap 182 and beating runner-up Kurt Busch to the finish line by a comfortable 2.965 seconds.
2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Winner
Denny Hamlin wins the rain delayed race at Pocono. Hamlin has done it again at Pocono Raceway as the Chesterfield, VA driver picked up his second straight and fourth overall track victory Sunday 13th in the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target.
2009 Pocono 500 Winner
Tony Stewart won Pocono 500 in June 7, 2009.