Pocono Raceway Fast Facts: Party in the Poconos 400
Welcome to Race Day for the Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Pocono Raceway.
Pocono is the only track in NASCAR with three turns. Each of Pocono’s corners was modeled after a famous turn at another track:
• Turn 1 was modeled after the now-defunct Trenton (N.J.) Speedway;
• Turn 2 was modeled after Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and
• Turn 3 was modeled after the Milwaukee Mile.
The first Sprint Cup race at Pocono took place Aug. 4, 1974 and was won by Richard Petty.
In 1991, on Lap 18, the Champion Spark Plug 500 was delayed by a chicken on the track. Yes, you read that correctly: a chicken on the track.
Pocono is also the only track in NASCAR to have a race halted because a drunk fan ran onto the track during green-flag racing. It happened in the 1993 Champion Spark Plug 500.
In 2010, the track began construction of a 25-acre solar farm, with some 40,000 solar modules. It is now the largest solar-powered sports facility in the world.
Today’s event will be the 71st NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Pocono.
Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader here in race victories, with six.
Jimmie Johnson has the best all-time average finish here, 9.000.
Denny Hamlin has four victories at Pocono, including a sweep of both races from the pole in his rookie season of 2006. His most recent Pocono victory came in June 2010.
The late Tim Richmond also won four times at Pocono. Richmond and Bobby Allison are the only two drivers to win three consecutive Sprint Cup races at this track.