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Pre-Race Notes and Quotes: Pocono

Hendrick Motorsports | Race Preview Published 7/30/2014
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RACE: GoBowling.com 400
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
TRACK: Pocono Raceway
LENGTH: 2.5-mile tri-oval
TV: ESPN (Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN Radio (Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET)

News & Notes

POINTS AFTER INDIANAPOLIS: After recording his 14th top-10 finish of the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. retained his second-place ranking in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship standings. He trails teammate Jeff Gordon by 24 points with six races remaining until the 16-car field is set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

2014 STATISTICS: After 20 races in the 2014 season, the driver of the No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet SS has earned two wins, nine top-five finishes and 14 top-10s. Earnhardt is tied for first in both top-five and top-10 finishes.

AT POCONO: In 29 Sprint Cup starts at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded one win, one pole position, eight top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He has completed 97.2 percent of all the laps he's attempted (5,276 laps of 5,427 total) and has led a total of 164 laps at the 2.5-mile track. Earnhardt, the most recent race winner at Pocono, has had a third-place average finish over the last three races.

POCONO POLE POSITION: Earnhardt earned his Sprint Cup pole position at Pocono in August 2007 and went on to lead eight laps there for a second-place finish.

CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a win at Pocono Raceway in June.

PEPSI HEADQUARTERS: PepsiCo's Purchase, New York, headquarters is located 125 miles east of Pocono Raceway. The company, which sponsors Earnhardt's car with its Diet Mountain Dew and AMP Energy brands, has been located in Purchase since 1970.

HENDRICK AT POCONO: Most recently, Earnhardt went to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway earlier this season. Hendrick Motorsports has had a winner in at least one race at Pocono in each of the past four years, including a season sweep in 2013 thanks to Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne. In total, Hendrick Motorsports has 16 wins, 61 top-five finishes and 106 top-10s in 201 starts at the 2.5-mile triangle.

30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Quotes

DALE EARNHARDT JR.: “It seems like guys that run well there can sort of sustain it. I've seen guys sweep there, or at least have opportunities to sweep and come close. I like the track. We have run well there since the repave, and I anticipate us being competitive again.”

Standings
After Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +6 Jeff Gordon 4044 0
2 +1 Ryan Newman 4041 -3
3 -2 Joey Logano 4040 -4
4 +1 Matt Kenseth 4039 -5
5 -1 Denny Hamlin 4037 -7
6 -- Carl Edwards 4024 -20
7 +1 Brad Keselowski 4013 -31
8 -6 Kevin Harvick 4011 -33
9 -- Kyle Busch 2230 -1814
10 +2 AJ Allmendinger 2198 -1846
11 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2196 -1848
12 -2 Jimmie Johnson 2186 -1858
Full Standings