NASCAR’s preliminary entry lists for Pocono Raceway

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NASCAR heads north this weekend for two races at Pocono Raceway with the Cup and Xfinity Series.

Cup teams will cap off the weekend with the Pocono 400.

Here are the entry lists for each race.

Cup – Pocono 400

There are 39 entries for the race, including Cole Custer.

The Xfinity Series driver is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s No. 51 Chevrolet for the second time this season. He made his series debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Derrike Cope is entered in StarCom Racing’s No. 99 Chevrolet.

Ryan Blaney won this race last year over Kevin Harvick for his first career win. Kyle Busch won the July race, also beating Harvick.

Click here for the entry list.




JUNE 3, 2018



    Chevrolet established a winning tradition at Pocono Raceway in 1977 when Benny Parsons took the brand to Winner’s Circle for the first time at the ‘Tricky Triangle’.  Since then, Chevrolet has gone on to record 31 more victories for a total of 32, making the Bowtie Brand the most successful manufacturer at the 2.5-mile venue.
    Chevrolet’s Kyle Larson set the Pocono track qualifying record during his rookie season (2014) by posting a lap of 183.438 mph in his Chevrolet SS race car.  Not only did he set the track qualifying record, which stands to this day, but it was also Larson’s first career Monster Energy Cup Series pole award.
    Not only does Chevrolet lead the way in the wins category at Pocono Raceway, career-long Chevrolet driver and 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Gordon, owns the most victories around the ‘Tricky Triangle’ with six wins to his credit.  Hendrick Motorsports, which has a 35-year partnership with the Chevrolet brand, has the most victories of any organization at Pocono with 17 wins to their credit.

  • TUNE-IN:
    The Pocono 400 is scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m., ET. with live coverage on FoxSports1, MRN, and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.


  • Chevrolet has won 39 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 776 wins and 696 poles in MENCS competition
  • Chevrolet drivers have won 32 of 80 races at Pocono Raceway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
    • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1, has three victories at Pocono Raceway (’04 – TWICE & ‘13)
    • Kasey Kahne, No. 95 FDNY Foundation Camaro ZL1, has two wins at Pocono Raceway (’08 & ’13)
    • Ryan Newman, No. 31 Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Camaro ZL1, has gone to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway once (’03)
  • A Chevrolet driver has won one of the last four races at Pocono Raceway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Pocono Raceway 33 times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 163 top-five and 343 top-10 finishes at Pocono Raceway
  • A Chevrolet has led 6,572 laps (43.5% of possible 15,247 laps) at Pocono Raceway


  • Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway Area at Pocono Raceway
  • Fans can check out great a great assortment of Chevrolet vehicles at the Team Chevy Display including: Military-wrapped Camaro Coupe, Safety & Technology wrapped Equinox Premier, Traverse High Country, Silverado Centennial Edition, Corvette Grand Sport, Bolt EV Premier, Malibu Hybrid
  • At the Chevrolet Display, fans can view the No, 48 Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1 show car and the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 used to unveil the 2018 race car in Detroit last season, as well as, a fully accessorized Camaro 2SS 1LE
  • Also, on display is a Chevrolet R07 racing engine complete with electronic fuel injection. Fans can also see a sample of engines, parts and accessories available for purchase from Chevrolet Performance at their local Chevrolet dealer
  • Other activities at the Team Chevy Racing Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids


  • Friday, June 1st
  • Saturday, June 2nd
  • Sunday, June 3rd
  • Chevrolet Display Hours of Operation: Fri. June 1st – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sat. June 2nd – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sun. June 3rd – 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


“Pocono has been a pretty solid track for our team over the years, and it’s a place I look forward to racing. The track has a lot of character with the three different corners, and I think it suits my style of being able to get in a rhythm and hit your marks lap after lap. With the Pennsylvania Posse fans around the area, there’s always a good showing of sprint car fans, so it’s cool to see those folks out supporting a NASCAR race.”

“With the three different style turns at Pocono, you really have to have your car handling right in all three to be successful there. It’s a wild track and we can hit speeds of 200 mph down the front stretch. Turn 3 is very important and can help with lap time significantly for qualifying. In the last few outings at Pocono we have had some really hard crashes so I’m hoping that is behind us.”

“Pocono is very unique.  It’s one of a kind.  It’s kind of fun to go somewhere that is different than all the other places we go. I think the Tunnel Turn is pretty challenging.  Especially since they paved it, it has just gotten really fast.  It’s probably the most challenging corner.”

“I like Pocono. I enjoy Pocono.  It’s been another fun place and unique with the shifting and things that we do there we don’t do at other places.  I like that challenge, it’s something that we don’t do and obviously road courses we do, but it’s just different.  I enjoy racing there.

“The strategy at Pocono is a lot   like road courses and what not.  I don’t know that it’s any more strategy there than anywhere else.  Everywhere has kind of become a bit of a strategy game and playing the cards at all the tracks, even at a place like Bristol.  I think it can definitely be interesting to see how that plays out, but there are other places too that are the same way.”

“Pocono is definitely unique it’s a place to kind of get you ready for the road course because you are going to be doing a little shifting there.  I enjoy Pocono, the high speeds, high paced track.  Turn 2 there is always tough.  You’ve got to carry some speed to set-up your entry to Turn 3, but the long straightaways are what matter.  So, if you can get off the corners with the long straights you will be running well.”


“I think on the restarts at Pocono, you spend more time looking out the mirror trying to figure out what the guys behind you are doing to time themselves to lay back to get a gap, so they can get a run on you. Transmission wise, it’s not ideal … second, third and fourth gear there getting into Turn 1. A lot of guys are a little bit different so that make the timing on the restarts a challenge as well as getting caught up going four or five wide.”

“Pocono is a little different; I haven’t run there in the Cup car, so the shifting will be different from Xfinity. Pocono has always been a fun place to go to – I had a win there in the Truck Series, and it’s a different, unique racetrack – every corner is different. I’m looking forward to running there in the UniFirst Chevy for the first time, and hopefully having a good result with them.”

“Hell, I’m not good at any of them (the three Turns at Pocono).  That is one of my worst tracks, but we had a good day that day.  We had a good weekend.  The atmosphere and just the moment making my debut in the top level here.  I remember that day very well. I remember every lap. I remember every speeding penalty I had.  I think it was about 15, but to be able to come away with it and fast forward it a year later and get to go back and revisit all that I’m excited about it.  We had a good balance, we had a good car for that weekend. My mistakes kind of took us away from what we really had.  We will go back there next week and see if we can better that program.”

“With stage racing, the way the strategy works is really different. Pocono has always had a strange strategy, but the stage racing makes it a lot different. If you’re within a certain time with the leader, you can pit and stay on the lead lap. It’s a question of if you’re running up front, do you stay out for stage points or pit early enough to get back out there and be ahead in track position as the next stage starts. I think where you’re running on the racetrack to stay on the lead lap is one of the biggest challenges. You have to figure out what’s the most important thing to you. Like a lot of race tracks we go to, because the surface is so flat and it makes it harder to pass, track position is everything. If you can get up front in the first eight to ten laps, it makes the rest of the race a lot easier. We’ll definitely be focused on that in the Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1.”


“Pocono Raceway is called ‘Tricky Triangle’ for a reason. Ideally, I want to be great in all three corners. However, if I’m not, I think Turn 2 is the one you can give up more than the others, just based on the straightaway after. Turn 3 is the one you really have to hit perfect every run. It’s a huge straightaway coming out of there.”



Chevrolet NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Statistics


Manufacturers Championships

Total (1949 – 2015): 39

First title for Chevrolet: 1958

Highest number of consecutive titles: 13 (2003-2015)


Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015


Drivers Championships

Total (1949 – 2016): 31

First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)

Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005 – ’11)


Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016


Event Victories

            Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – (in 2007)


2018 STATISTICS:                                                                                                     

Wins: 1

Poles: 2

Laps Led: 524
Top-five finishes: 14

Top-10 finishes: 35


Total Chevrolet race wins: 776 (1949 – to date)

Poles Won to Date: 696
Laps Led to Date: 231,325

Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,946

Top-10 Finishes to Date: 8,103


Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 – To-Date


            GM: 1,111

Chevrolet: 776

Pontiac: 155

Oldsmobile: 115

Buick: 65


            Ford: 765

            Ford: 665

Mercury: 96

Lincoln: 4


            Chrysler: 466

Dodge: 217

Plymouth: 190

Chrysler: 59


Toyota: 116




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Xfinity – Pocono Green 250

There are 41 entires for the race, meaning one team won’t qualify.

There are three full-time Cup drivers entered with Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Paul Menard, who will drive Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford in his first Xfinity start of the year.

Brad Keselowski won this race last year over Justin Allgaier.

Click here for the entry list.

NASCAR penalizes Erik Jones, Legacy MC for L1 violation


NASCAR has docked Erik Jones and Legacy Motor Club 60 points and five playoff points each, suspended crew chief Dave Elenz two races and fined him $75,000 for the L1 violation discovered this week at the R&D Center. The team was found to have modified the greenhouse.

The penalty drops Jones from 26th to 30th in the standings heading into Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway.

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“We have been diligently working with NASCAR regarding the penalty and are working internally to determine the course of action in response,” said Joey Cohen, vice president, race operations for Legacy MC, in a statement. “We will announce that decision within the timeframe determined by the NASCAR Rule Book.”

Cohen will serve as interim crew chief during Elenz’s suspension.

Jones’ car was among those brought to NASCAR’s R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, after last weekend’s race at WWT Raceway.

NASCAR cited the team for violating:

Section 14.1.C: Vehicles must comply with Section 14 Vehicle and Driver Safety Specifications of the NASCAR Rule Book at all times during an Event. Failure to comply will be subject to Penalty pursuant to Section 10 Violations and Disciplinary Action.

Section 14.1.D: Except in cases explicitly permitted in the NASCAR Rules, installation of additional components, repairs, deletions, and/or modifications to Next Gen Single Source Vendor-supplied parts and/or assemblies will not be permitted.

Section 14.1.2.B: All parts and assemblies must comply with the NASCAR Engineering Change Log.

NASCAR also announced penalties Wednesday in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Crew chief Andrew Abbott has been fined $5,000, Young’s Motorsports has been penalized 25 points and Chris Hacker has been docked 25 points for a violation with the team’s window net.

Crew chief Charles Denike has been fined $2,500 for a lug nut not properly installed on Christian Eckes‘ truck for TRICON Garage.

Kamui Kobayashi to make NASCAR debut with 23XI Racing at Indy

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LE MANS, France (AP) — Left out of the NASCAR celebration at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota used Wednesday at the track to showcase its own stock car program and the upcoming Cup Series debut for one of the top racers in the world.

Kamui Kobayashi will make his NASCAR debut on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with Toyota in August driving for 23XI Racing, the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

The announcement made Wednesday had several top NASCAR executives in attendance – including chairman Jim France – as Toyota found Le Mans to be the perfect backdrop to spotlight the one-race deal.

Toyota Gazoo, after all, has won Le Mans the last five consecutive years and Kobayashi, part of the 2021 winning effort, is team principal of the two-car organization that will try to make it six straight wins in the most prestigious endurance event in the world.

Toyota had initially felt jilted when NASCAR blindsided the industry last year by announcing it would bring its new Next Gen car to centenary Le Mans in a specialized category that showcases innovation, but the project was with Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports. Toyota was the first rival NASCAR manufacturer to complain, and NASCAR has since tried to include all its partners in this weekend’s celebration and France signed off on holding the Kobayashi announcement at Le Mans.

It allowed Toyota to display the Camry it races in NASCAR; Kobayashi will drive the No. 67 in the Aug. 13 race. This will be the second race for the No. 67 car for 23XI Racing. Travis Pastrana finished 11th in the car at this year’s Daytona 500.

“We’ve been working on this assignment actually for a couple of years and Kamui has become a friend and we understood it was his dream one day to race in NASCAR,” said David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. “With this great new Next Gen Toyota Camry TRD, the stars and planets started to align themselves and the next question became: Where should we announce this?

“It dawned on me with Kamui’s record of success, and being the team principal, to do it on this global stage at the biggest sports car race in the world.”

Kobayashi will be only the second Japanese driver to race in NASCAR’s top Cup Series and only the fifth to race in one of NASCAR’s top three national series. Kobayashi will be the first driver from Japan to race in the Cup Series in a Toyota, which entered NASCAR’s top series in 2007.

“It’s my dream, actually,” Kobayashi told The Associated Press. “It’s such a big sport in the United States and racing in Europe, I never had the chance or opportunity to race NASCAR. I think the opportunity will be challenging for myself because it is such a different category.

“But if I have success, I think it will make more opportunities for Japanese drivers. Toyota has been in NASCAR a long time, but there has never been any Japanese drivers for Toyota. That’s also why I say I appreciate this opportunity for myself.”

Kobayashi won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota in 2021 and hasn’t finished lower than third since 2018. He has six podium finishes in eight appearances in the iconic endurance race.

Toyota trails only Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari, Audi and Porsche for most wins at Le Mans. Porsche holds the record with 19 victories.

Kobayashi in 2021, after winning Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship title driving for Toyota Gazoo, was named team principal.

Kobayashi started his racing career karting in Japan but was discovered by Toyota while racing in Europe. He was named one of Toyota’s reserve Formula One drivers and made his debut during the 2009 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix. He raced in F1 through 2014 with one podium finish in 75 career starts.

Following his F1 career, Kobayashi returned to Japan and switched to the Super Formula Series, a class he still actively competes in. He’s since won the Rolex 24 at Daytona twice and was the anchor on an IMSA endurance sports car team in the United States for two seasons that was formed by seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

Kobayashi loves racing in the United States, but IMSA’s adoption of new regulations to make its top class eligible to compete at Le Mans created a conflict of interest between Kobayashi’s Toyota responsibilities and continuing to race in IMSA, where Toyota is not represented in the top class. Toyota does field a Lexus in a lower IMSA division and Kobayashi raced for Vasser Sullivan Racing last June in Canada to get a feel for the GT car.

Many consider NASCAR’s Next Gen car to be very similar to the GT Lexus sports car that Kobayashi drove in IMSA last year, and that’s his closest experience to driving a stock car. He’ll be permitted to test with 23XI at a small track in Virginia ahead of the race at Indianapolis, and expects some time on the simulator.

Either way, he isn’t worried about seat time.

“I think I’m a guy who doesn’t need much practice, to be honest,” the 36-year-old Kobayashi told the AP. “I think once we jump in the car, we will be OK in a couple of laps. So I’m not really concerned about form.”

Drivers to watch at Sonoma Raceway


This weekend begins a key period for Cup drivers. Sunday’s race at Sonoma Raceway begins a stretch of four road course events in the next 10 races. The race to make the playoffs and to score playoff points is intensifying.


Tyler Reddick

  • Points position: 10th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Circuit of the Americas)
  • Past at Sonoma: Does not have a top 15 in two previous starts

Reddick has won three of the last five Cup races on road courses, but Sonoma has been his kryptonite. He has yet to lead a lap there. Reddick’s three road course wins have been at Road America, Indianapolis and COTA.

Chase Elliott

  • Points position: 28th
  • Best finish this season: 2nd (Fontana)
  • Past at Sonoma: Four top 10s, including a runner-up, in six starts

Elliott returns to the series after sitting out last weekend’s race at WWT Raceway due to suspension. He’s in a must-win situation to make the playoffs. Known for his prowess on road courses, Elliott’s last win at such a track came in 2021 at Road America. In the nine races at road courses since that win, Elliott has two runner-up finishes and six top 10s.

Kyle Busch

  • Points position: 7th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Fontana, Talladega I, WWT Raceway)
  • Past at Sonoma: Had six straight finishes of seventh or better before placing 30th last year

Busch is tied with William Byron for the most wins this season with three. Busch has placed in the top three in the last two road course races. He has led in five of the last seven Sonoma Cup races. He is a two-time Sonoma winner, taking the checkered flag in 2008 and ’15.


Denny Hamlin 

  • Points position: 8th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Kansas I)
  • Past at Sonoma: Five consecutive top 10s until finishing 31st last year

Hamlin has not had a top-10 finish at a road course in the Next Gen car. He has an 18.4 average finish at road courses since last season. His best finish at a road course in that time is 13th at the Charlotte Roval.

Ross Chastain

  • Points position: 5th
  • Best finish this season: 2nd (Dover)
  • Past at Sonoma: Two straight top-10 finishes

Chastain lost the points lead last weekend after his third consecutive finish outside the top 20. His fourth-place finish at Circuit of the Americas this season broke a streak of three consecutive finishes outside the top 20 at road courses.

Chris Buescher

  • Points position: 13th
  • Best finish this season: 3rd (Talladega I)
  • Past at Sonoma: His runner-up finish last year was his first top 10 there in six starts

Until last year, Sonoma had not been kind to Buescher. He enters this weekend have scored six consecutive top 10s at road courses.

NASCAR Power Rankings: William Byron, Kyle Busch rank 1-2


Kyle Busch moved closer to the top spot after his win Sunday at WWT Raceway, but William Byron keeps hold of No. 1 after another top-10 run.

The series heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend, the second race of the season on a road course.


(Previous ranking in parenthesis)

1. William Byron (1) — He goes into Sonoma with six consecutive top-10 finishes after his eighth-place result at WWT Raceway. Byron has led a series-high 717 laps this season.

2. Kyle Busch (4) — Recorded his third win of the season Sunday. He is tied with Byron for most wins this year. Busch scored 59 of a maximum 60 points and won his first stage of the year Sunday. He has 16 playoff points. Only Byron has more with 17 this season.

3. Kyle Larson (3) — His fourth-place finish continued his up-and-down season. In the last nine races, Larson has two wins, four top fives, a 20th-place result and four finishes of 30th or worse. He has led 588 laps this season, which ranks second this year to Byron.

4. Martin Truex Jr. (2) — His fifth-place finish is his sixth top 10 in the last eight races. He ranks third in laps led this year with 383.

5. Denny Hamlin (7) — Runner-up result at WWT Raceway is his fourth top 10 in the last seven races.

6. Ryan Blaney (10) — Followed Coca-Cola 600 win with a sixth-place run at WWT Raceway. He had an average running position of 2.6 on Sunday, second only to winner Kyle Busch’s average running position of 1.9.

7. Joey Logano (9) — Third-place finish is his second top 10 in the last four races.

8. Kevin Harvick (NR) — His 10th-place finish is his fourth consecutive finish of 11th or better.

9. Ross Chastain (6) — Lost the points lead after placing 22nd, his third consecutive finish outside the top 20.

10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (NR) — Headed for his eighth top 15 in a row until he was collected in a crash after the contact between Austin Cindric and Austin Dillon late in Sunday’s race.

Dropped out: Chase Elliott (5th), Tyler Reddick (8th)