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Pocono 500 at a glance




Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500

Site: Long Pond, Pa.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, practice (Speed, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (TNT, noon-5:30 p.m.).

Track: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Tony Stewart raced to his first Cup points victory as an owner, coming from the rear of the field and gambling on fuel. Stewart became the first owner/driver to win a points race since Ricky Rudd at Martinsville in 1998.

Last week: Kurt Busch held off Jamie McMurray to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch also won the All-Star race the previous week at the track.

Fast facts: Kevin Harvick leads the season standings with 1,898 points, followed by Kyle Busch (1,869), Matt Kenseth (1,781), Jeff Gordon (1,760), Denny Hamlin (1,732), Kurt Busch (1,726) and four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson (1,694). ... Hamlin, tied with Kurt Busch and Johnson for the series victory lead with three, won the August 2009 race at the track. He also swept the 2006 Pocono races as a rookie. ... The series will return to Pocono on Aug. 1 for the Pennsylvania 500. ... Johnson will race Saturday in the Grand-Am series' Watkins Glen event. He will team with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the Bob Stallings Racing entry.

Next race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, June 13, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.


ARCA RE/MAX SERIES: Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200, Saturday (Speed, 4-6 p.m.), Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. Online:

U.S. AUTO RACING CLUB: Sprint Car, Thursday, New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, N.J., and Friday, Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, Pa. Online: