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.

Trackhouse Racing picks up additional sponsorship from Kubota


Trackhouse Racing announced Friday that it has picked up additional sponsorship for drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez from Kubota Tractor Corp. for the 2023 season.

Kubota sponsored Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet last October at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is expanding its sponsorship to six races for the new season.

Chastain will race with Kubota sponsorship at Auto Club Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami. Suarez’s Chevrolet will carry Kubota livery at Texas Motor Speedway.

MORE: Friday 5: Legacy seeks breakout year in 2023

The team also announced that a $10,000 donation will be made to Farmer Veteran Coalition for each Kubota-sponsored race in which Chastain finishes in the top 10. The FVC assists military veterans and current armed services members who have an interest in farming.

“The sponsorship from Kubota is especially meaningful to me because it allows me to use my platform to shine a bright light on agriculture and on the men and women who work so hard to feed all of us,” said Chastain, whose family owns a Florida watermelon farm.


Friday 5: Legacy MC seeks to stand out as Trackhouse did in ’22


While the celebration continued after Erik Jones’ Southern 500 victory last September, executives of what is now Legacy MC already were looking ahead.

“(September) and October, decisions we make on people are going to affect how we race next (February), March and April,” Mike Beam, team president, told NBC Sports that night.

Noah Gragson had been announced as the team’s second driver for 2023 less than a month before Jones’ win. 

But bigger news was to come. 

The team announced Nov. 4 that Jimmie Johnson would become a co-owner, lifting the profile of a team that carries Richard Petty’s No. 43 on Jones’ cars.

As February approaches and racing resumes, a question this season is how far can Legacy MC climb. Can this team mimic the breakout season Trackhouse Racing had last year?

“I think everybody looks for Trackhouse for … maybe the way of doing things a bit different,” Jones told NBC Sports. “Obviously, starting with the name. We’ve kind of gone that same direction with Legacy MC and then on down from there, kind of how a program can be built and run in a short amount of time.

“There’s some growth in the back end that we still have to do to probably be totally to that level, but our goal is definitely to be on that same trajectory that Trackhouse was over the last two seasons.”

Trackhouse Racing debuted in 2021 with Daniel Suarez. He finished 25th in the points. The organization added Ross Chastain and several team members from Chip Ganassi Racing to form a two-car team last year. Chastain won two races and finished second in the points, while Suarez won once and was 10th in the standings. 

Legacy MC co-owner Maury Gallagher purchased a majority interest in Richard Petty Motorsports in December 2021 and merged the two teams. Jones won one race and placed 18th in points last year. Ty Dillon was winless, finishing 29th in points and was replaced by Gragson after the season. 

“Legitimately, we were a pretty new team last year coming in,” Jones said. “There were a handful of Richard Petty Motorsports guys who came over, but, for the most part, it was a brand new team.

“I think what we built in one year and done is similar to Trackhouse in their first year. I think maybe even we were a step ahead of where they were in their first year.”

Legacy MC looks for more with Jones, Gragson and Johnson, who will run a limited schedule this year. Johnson will seek to make the Daytona 500 field.

Jones said Johnson has infused the team with energy. Gragson has been trying to soak up as much as he can from Johnson.

Gragson told NBC Sports that having Johnson as a teammate is “going to be an incredible opportunity for a young guy like myself, first year in the Cup series, a rookie, to be able to lean on a seven-time champion.

“Incredible person, friend, mentor that Jimmie has become for myself. He’s probably going to be pretty over me by the time we get to the Daytona 500 because I just keep wearing him out with questions and trying … pick his brain.”

2. Kyle Busch’s impact

Car owner Richard Childress says that Kyle Busch already is making an impact at RCR.

Busch joins the organization after having spent the past 15 seasons driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet for RCR this year.

He took part in a World Racing League endurance race at Circuit of the Americas in December with Austin Dillon and Sheldon Creed. The trio won one of those races.

“I was down there for that, just watching how (Busch) gets in there and works with everybody,” Childress said. “He’s a racer. He wants to win. That’s what I love about him.”

Childress sees the influence Busch can have on an organization that has won six Cup titles — but none since Dale Earnhardt’s last crown in 1994 — and 113 series races.

“He brings a lot of experience and knowledge,” Childress said of Busch. “I think he’ll help Austin a lot in his career. I think he can help our whole organization from a standpoint of what do we need … to go faster.

Dillon told NBC Sports that the team has changed some things it does in its meetings based on feedback from Busch. Dillon also said that he and Busch have similar driving styles — more similar than Dillon has had with past teammates. 

“I think as we go throughout the year and he gets to drive our race cars, he’ll have some new thoughts that he’ll bring,” Dillon said of Busch. “I think we’re already bringing some new thoughts to him, too.”

3. New role for Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick, entering his final Cup season, has joined the Drivers Advisory Council, a move Joey Logano said is important for the group.

“Kevin is necessary to the sport, even post-driving career,” Logano told NBC Sports. “He’s necessary for our sport’s success. Kevin sees it and does something about it. 

“He’s always been vocal, right? He’s always been very brash, and like, boom in your face. That’s what people love about Kevin Harvick. Something I like about him as well is that you know where you stand. You know where the weaknesses are. 

“He’s going to push until something happens. That’s great. There’s nothing wrong with that. Having him on the Advisory Council now for the drivers, his experience, but also his willingness to push, is important.”

Jeff Burton again will lead the group as Director of the Council. The Board of Directors is: Harvick, Logano, Kyle Petty, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Corey LaJoie, Kurt Busch and Tom Buis.

Logano, Petty, Dillon, Suarez, LaJoie and Busch all return. Buis, a board member of Growth Energy after having previously been the company’s CEO, joins the drivers group and provides a business background. 

4. Finding one’s voice

Chase Briscoe’s contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing means he could be the longest tenured driver there in the near future.

The 28-year Briscoe enters his third Cup season at SHR, but the landscape is changing. This will be Kevin Harvick’s final season in Cup. Ryan Preece is in his first season driving in Cup for the team. Aric Almirola was supposed to have retired last year but came back. How long he remains is to be determined.

Those changes could soon leave Briscoe as the team’s senior driver.

“It’s a role that is crazy, truthfully, to think about because that could be me in the next year or two, being I wouldn’t say that flagship guy, but being a leader as far as the drivers go in an organization,” Briscoe said.

“Truthfully, I feel like that’s something I want to be. I’ve always enjoyed that kind of leader, team building type of stuff. So, yeah, if that role is kind of placed on me naturally, then that’s one that I would love to have and try to do it to the best of my ability. I feel like that’s a role that you don’t choose, it kind of chooses you.”

Briscoe, who won the spring Phoenix race and made the playoffs last year, said that he’s becoming more comfortable speaking up in team meetings. 

“I look back, especially on my rookie year, we’d go into our competition meeting on Tuesday and, truthfully, I wouldn’t really talk much,” he said. “I would say kind of what we thought for the weekend, but outside of that I would just kind of sit there and listen.  

“This past year, I definitely talked a lot more, and I’d bring up ideas and kind of say things I wanted to get off my chest, where in the past I wouldn’t have done that. I feel like as I’ve gotten more confident in myself and my position, I’ve gotten to the point where I speak my mind a little bit more and, I guess, be a little bit more of a leader.”

5. Busch Clash field

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Feb. 5 Busch Clash. No surprise, the entry list features only the 36 charter teams. Those teams are required to be entered.

With 27 cars in the feature — which is expanded by four cars from last year’s race — there’s no guarantee a non-charter car could make the field. That’s a lot of money to go across country and face the chance of missing the main event.

The Daytona 500 field has four spots for non-charter cars. With that race’s payoff significantly more, it will attract at least five cars for those spots: Jimmie Johnson (Legacy MC), Zane Smith (Front Row Motorsports), Chandler Smith (Kaulig Racing), Austin Hill (Beard Motorsports) and Travis Pastrana (23XI Racing). Helio Castroneves confirmed Thursday that he will not enter the 500. He had been in talks with the team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Helio Castroneves rules out Daytona 500

Helio Castroneves Daytona 500
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Helio Castroneves might be at the 2023 Daytona 500, but the four-time Indy 500 winner won’t be in a race car.

During a news conference Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Castroneves confirmed in response to a question from NBC Sports that he essentially has ruled out attempting to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Feb. 19 season opener.

As recently as last Thursday at Rolex 24 Media Day, Castroneves, 47, said he still was working on trying to piece together a deal.

The Brazilian had been negotiating with the Cup team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather and would have been in an “open” entry that lacked guaranteed entry to the Great American Race. That potentially would leave him in the precarious position of needing to make the race on qualifying speed or a qualifying race finish (as action sports star Travis Pastrana likely might need in his Cup debut).

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“Unfortunately for me, lack of experience, no testing,” Castroneves said. “A lot of things. I believe it would be a little bit tough throwing myself in such a short notice, and to go in a place that you’ve got to race yourself into it. So as of right now, yes, it’s not going to happen.

“But we did have an opportunity. We just got to elaborate a little bit more to give me a little more experience on that. So there is more things to come ahead of us, but as of right now, I want to focus on the IndyCar program as well and (the Rolex 24 at Daytona).”

Castroneves, who has a residence in Key Biscayne, said he still might attend the Daytona 500

“I might just come and see and watch it and continue to take a look and see what’s going to be in the future,” he said.

Castroneves enters Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona having won the event the past two years. He made his signature fence-climb after winning last year with Meyer Shank Racing, which he will be driving for full time in the NTT IndyCar Series this year. He became the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in history in his 2021 debut with Meyer Shank Racing.

The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion also has indicated an interest in Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car that aims to place international drivers in a Cup ride (such as Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen International last year). Team co-owner Justin Marks recently tweeted Trackhouse wouldn’t field the Project 91 car at the Daytona 500.

After winning the 2022 Superstar Racing Experience opener, SRX CEO Don Hawk had promised he would help secure a Daytona 500 ride for Castroneves.

Castroneves has been angling for a NASCAR ride for years, dating to when he drove for Team Penske from 2000-20. After winning the Rolex 24 last year, he said he had been lobbying Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart for help with getting in a Cup car.

Though Castroneves is out, Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern reported that Mayweather’s The Money Team Racing still is considering IndyCar driver Conor Daly for its seat.

Fire at Reaume Brothers Racing shop injures three


A Thursday fire at the Reaume Brothers Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, injured three individuals, according to Mooresville (North Carolina) Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters were dispatched to the shop, which is scheduled to field entries for driver Mason Massey in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire department extinguished the blaze quickly. The department stated on its Facebook page that one individual was transported to Lake Norman Regional hospital for smoke inhalation, and another was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. with burn injuries. A third was treated and released.

The team stated Thursday night on social media that Taylor Collier and Devin Fokin had been treated and released. The team stated that Taylor was treated for smoke inhalation and Fokin was treated “for serious burns.”

The Mooresville Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. The fire department said the shop sustained “significant fire damage.”

In a tweet, the team said it is determining the extent of damage to the building. “More importantly,” it said, “a few of our team members did sustain injuries during the fire and are being transported for medical treatment.”