Good Sam RV Insurance 500


Good Sam RV Insurance 500
Good Sam RV Insurance 500
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Venue Pocono Raceway
Sponsor Good Sam Club
First race 1974
Distance 500 miles (804.672 km)
Laps 200
Previous names Purolator 500 (1974-1976)

Coca-Cola 500 (1977-1980)

Mountain Dew 500 (1981-1982)

Like Cola 500 (1983-1984)

Summer 500 (1985-1987)

AC Spark Plug 500 (1988-1990)

Miller Genuine Draft 500 (1991-1995)

Miller 500 (1996)

Pennsylvania 500 (1997-2007)

Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (2008-2010)

Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (2011)

The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 is the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car races held at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, the other being the Pocono 500. Starting in 2007, the race was moved from its traditional July date into August, swapping dates with the Brickyard 400.

In 2008, Sunoco, the official NASCAR fuel supplier, based in Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia region of the American Red Cross, agreed to sponsorship of the race and charity events to benefit the American Red Cross South Pennsylvania-Philadelphia region.[1] It marked the first time since 1996 that the event carried a title sponsor.

Camping World will take over title sponsorship of sponsorship through its Good Sam Club in 2011.[2]

On August 10, 2011, it was announced that the race would be shortened to 400 miles, beginning in 2012.[3]

Contents

Past winners

NASCAR/USAC Acme Super Saver 500 (exhibition race)

NASCAR

Year Date Driver Car Make Winner's Prize
(USD)
Distance
Laps/Miles(Km)
Average Speed
(mph)
Race Time
Purolator 500
1974 August 4 Richard Petty Dodge $17,000 192 / 480 (772.485) 115.593 4:09:09
1975 August 3 David Pearson Mercury $15,725 200 / 500 (804.672) 111.179 4:29:50
1976 August 1 Richard Petty Dodge $20,640 200 / 500 (804.672) 115.875 4:18:54
Coca-Cola 500
1977 July 31 Benny Parsons Chevrolet $15,475 200 / 500 (804.672) 128.379 3:53:41
1978 July 30 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $20,890 200 / 500 (804.672) 142.54 3:30:28
1979 July 30 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $21,465 200 / 500 (804.672) 115.207 4:20:24
1980 July 27 Neil Bonnett Mercury $19,915 200 / 500 (804.672) 124.395 4:01:10
Mountain Dew 500
1981 July 26 Darrell Waltrip Buick $23,640 200 / 500 (804.672) 119.111 4:11:52
1982 July 25 Bobby Allison Buick $24,200 200 / 500 (804.672) 115.496 4:19:45
Like Cola 500
1983 July 24 Tim Richmond Pontiac $27,430 200 / 500 (804.672) 114.818 4:21:17
1984 July 22 Harry Gant Chevrolet $34,605 200 / 500 (804.672) 121.351 4:07:21
Summer 500
1985 July 21 Bill Elliott Ford $41,750 200 / 500 (804.672) 134.008 3:43:52
1986 July 20 Tim Richmond Chevrolet $46,805 150 / 375 (603.504) 124.218 3:01:08
1987 July 19 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet $55,875 200 / 500 (804.672) 121.745 4:06:25
AC Spark Plug 500
1988 July 24 Bill Elliott Ford $53,200 200 / 500 (804.672) 122.866 4:04:10
1989 July 23 Bill Elliott Ford $58,400 200 / 500 (804.672) 117.847 4:14:34
1990 July 22 Geoffrey Bodine Ford $58,500 200 / 500 (804.672) 124.07 4:01:48
Miller Genuine Draft 500
1991 July 21 Rusty Wallace Pontiac $34,100 179 / 447.5 (720.181) 115.459 3:52:33
1992 July 19 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $63,445 200 / 500 (804.672) 134.058 3:43:47
1993 July 18 Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet $66,795 200 / 500 (804.672) 133.343 3:44:59
1994 July 17 Geoffrey Bodine Ford $103,270 200 / 500 (804.672) 136.075 3:40:28
1995 July 16 Dale Jarrett Ford $72,970 200 / 500 (804.672) 134.038 3:43:49
Miller 500
1996 July 21 Rusty Wallace Ford $59,165 200 / 500 (804.672) 144.892 3:27:03
Pennsylvania 500
1997 July 20 Dale Jarrett Ford $104,570 200 / 500 (804.672) 142.068 3:31:10
1998 July 26 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $162,770 200 / 500 (804.672) 134.66 3:42:47
1999 July 25 Bobby Labonte Pontiac $139,385 200 / 500 (804.672) 116.982 4:16:27
2000 July 23 Rusty Wallace Ford $125,745 200 / 500 (804.672) 130.662 3:49:36
2001 July 29 Bobby Labonte Pontiac $189,427 200 / 500 (804.672) 134.59 3:42:54
2002 July 28 Bill Elliot Dodge $193,401 175 / 437.5 (704.088) 125.809 3:28:39
2003 July 27 Ryan Newman Dodge $180,575 200 / 500 (804.672) 127.705 3:54:55
2004 August 1 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $276,950 200 / 500 (804.672) 126.271 3:57:35
2005 July 24 Kurt Busch Ford $261,275 203 / 507.5 (816.742) 125.283 4:03:03
2006 July 23 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet $230,100 200 / 500 (804.672) 132.626 3:46:12
2007 August 5 Kurt Busch Dodge $212,108 200 / 500 (804.672) 131.627 3:47:55
Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
2008 August 3 Carl Edwards Ford $241,875 200 / 500 (804.672) 130.567 3:49:46
2009 August 3 Denny Hamlin Toyota $238,798 200 / 500 (804.672) 138.515 3:57:21
2010 August 1 Greg Biffle Ford $205,850 200 / 500 (804.672) 132.246 3:46:51
Good Sam RV Insurance 500
2011 August 7 Brad Keselowski Dodge $201,408 200 / 500 (804.672) 137.878 3:37:35
  • 1974 & 1991: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1979 & 2009: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 1986: Race shortened to due to rain and heavy fog.
  • 2002: Race shortened to due to darkness and incoming rain after two lengthy red flags (one for track repair, the second for rain).
  • 2005: Race extended to due to a Green-white-checker finish.

Notable moments

  • The 1974 ACME Super Saver 500 was run on April 24, 1974. Buddy Baker won the pole and Ron Keselowski won the race. Keselowski is the brother of Bob and uncle of Brad (Bob's son).
  • NASCAR shortened its races in the first half of 1974 due to the energy crisis; the crisis had passed and in July races, including Pocono, were put back to their full distance.
  • Pocono was not listed on the original 1974 NASCAR schedule; a 300 mile race at Trenton Speedway was listed in several issues of Stock Car Racing magazine, notably the magazine's June 1974 issue. The Trenton date was subsequently switched to Pocono.
  • Pocono broke 40 official lead changes in seven of the first nine NASCAR-sanctioned Pennsylvania 500s (1975-7, 1979–80, 1982-3).
  • David Pearson's 1975 win came amid controversy; his Mercury, sponsored by race sponsor Purolator filters, was leaking oil in the form of smoke throughout the race's final ten laps but NASCAR waited until two laps to go to wave a black flag at him, by which time it was too late, since drivers are allowed to stay out for three laps before heeding a black flag. Under current NASCAR rules, if a black flag is waved within the final five laps (offside (illegal pass before crossing start-finish line on start or restart), out of bounds (below double yellow line on restrictor plate tracks or cutting a chicane), or inappropriate driving), and the driver does not respond, he will be assessed a time penalty that will be calculated into final results (often a penalty that moves the driver to the last car on the lap they were running, or a lap penalty).
  • The next year, 1976, Pearson led 14 times for 124 laps but blew a tire with two to go, giving Petty the win. Bobby Allison, nursing injuries sustained in a short track crash in Elko, MN weeks earlier, battled for the lead in the first 40 laps but during a pitstop took off with unsecured left side tires; they fell off in the track's Tunnel Turn. The lead changed 47 times among eight drivers.
  • The 1977 running was sponsored by Coca Cola. Darrell Waltrip won the pole, his first on a superspeedway (photos from the race were used by Sports Illustrated in an October piece on Waltrip). The lead changed 46 times among seven drivers as Benny Parsons held off a late charge from Richard Petty for the win.
  • The 1979 running saw the most lead changes (55) in the track's history. Dale Earnhardt suffered serious injuries on Lap 93 when his Chevrolet shot into the boilerplate wall in Turn Two. Darrell Waltrip pitted under a late yellow for tires, dropping him from third to seventh; the race never restarted and Waltrip's pitstop cost him 19 points; he would lose the 1979 season championship by 11 points. (Currently, if a caution period exists with two laps remaining, the race a two-lap sprint; if during the first two-lap sprint a caution period occurs during the first lap, there will be a second attempt; if it occurs during the first lap again, a third attempt will be made. At any time during the third attempt there is a caution, the race is over.)
  • In 1980 Petty broke his neck in a huge crash in Turn Two with Waltrip and Chuck Bown. Neil Bonnett escaped with the win on the final lap as Buddy Baker forearmed alongside up high but Cale Yarborough pushed Bonnett into the lead and Baker and Cale banged together. The lead changed 50 times among ten drivers.
  • Dale Earnhardt's chest injury in 1979 was followed by a leg injury in a tumble in Turn One with Tim Richmond in 1982; the crash pierced the boilerplate retaining wall, requiring 40 laps under caution to repair. The race was a ferocious affair as the lead changed 46 times and on several laps changed three times in one lap. Richard Petty ran low on gas in the final laps and Darrell Waltrip ran out on the final lap, securing the win for Bobby Allison.
  • Richmond won the Pennsylvania 500 in 1983 and 1986; in 1986 he was involved in a crash in Turn Two with Richard Petty; he drove backwards to pit road and lost a lap, then got it back when Earnhardt crashed twice in a span of ten laps; he got four tires with five to go, then passed six cars before winning in a wild three-abreast finish with Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine. Neil Bonnett suffered an arm injury on the restart after Richmond's wreck; Morgan Shepherd spun in the Tunnel Turn and several cars plowed into the scene; Bonnett slid into the inside guardrail, flopped onto his side, and landed on four wheels.
  • The track's boilerplate wall was pierced three times in 1989 - in June Geoff Bodine broke his leg (and didn't find this out until days later) in Turn One; in July Jimmy Horton pierced the wall in Turn Two; during the lengthy yellow for repairs a jack rabbit got onto the speedway near the start-finish line; it escaped initial attempt at capture by the track safety crew but was caught unharmed minutes later and released into the nearby forest. Later in the race in One Greg Sacks and Lake Speed hammered the wall in One and Sacks took a wild tumble reminiscent of Earnhardt's 1982 flip. The boilerplate was replaced by concrete in 1990. Geoff Bodine and Rusty Wallace battled on and off throughout the 500, but Bill Elliott ran both down in the final 20 laps; Bodine spun out of second with 15 to go, then with seven to go Wallace skidded through the Tunnel Turn and Elliott took the win, tying him with Richmond for most wins at Pocono.
  • Bodine won the Pennsylvania 500 twice, in 1990 driving for Junior Johnson and in 1994 driving the car formerly owned by Alan Kulwicki. His 1990 win came in a spirited contest; the lead changed four times on Lap 117 between Bodine and Davey Allison and three times on Lap 180 between Bodine, Allison, and Rusty Wallace.
  • Dale Jarrett scored his first win for Robert Yates in the 1995 race; he won it again in 1997. The 1995 running was the most competitive (37 lead changes among 13 drivers) since 1983 and once again the lead changed twice a lap on several laps.
  • Jeremy Mayfield who won in June at Pocono, was well on his to a season sweep of Pocono in 2000. He and teammate Rusty Wallace were battling for the lead in the final laps, when on the final lap, Mayfield blew a tire going into the tunnel turn, allowing Wallace to squirt by and score the upset.
  • Bill Elliott became Pocono's first five-time winner in 2002's Pennsylvania 500.
  • Denny Hamlin won in 2009 after rain postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. Pocono had debuted NASCAR's double-file restart rule in June; in August it helped Hamlin gain positions with the leaders sometimes racing four abreast.
  • Greg Biffle took two tires on the race's final pit stop to grab the lead; his victory snapped a 64-race winless streak. It also came in the first Cup race following a plane crash that left team owner Jack Roush hospitalized.[4] Elliott Sadler, a day removed from winning the Camping World Trucks Series debut at Pocono, was involved in an enormous melee behind the crash of Kurt Busch; Sadler was spun out and punched the inside guardrail so savagely it ripped the engine out of his car and threw it several hundred feet (the crash was only caught on camera partially as ESPN cameras were trained on Busch). The race itself began with a 100-lap period under green during which Jimmie Johnson put half the field a lap down, but a caution at Lap 124 set up a wild second half with several bouts of four-abreast racing up front. It marked the first Cup win of 2010 for Ford, and the first since Jamie McMurray won at Talladega for Roush on November 1, 2009 in the 26 car.
  • Brad Keselowski, after being in a horrible testing crash at Road Atlanta earlier in the week, breaking his left foot and hurting his right foot and back as a result, held off Kyle Busch over the final 19 laps to win his second race of 2011. The race was almost called after 124 laps due to rain, but was restarted. On the final lap Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch made contact on the backstretch when Johnson drove into him. The two exchanged heat in an argument on pit road after the race.

Television broadcasters

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2011 ESPN Allen Bestwick Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2010 ESPN Marty Reid Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2009 ESPN Jerry Punch Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2008 ESPN Jerry Punch Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2007 ESPN Jerry Punch Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree
2006 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2005 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2004 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2003 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2002 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2001 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2000 TBS Allen Bestwick Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1999 TBS Ken Squier Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1998 TBS Ken Squier Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1997 TBS Ken Squier Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1996 TBS Ken Squier Buddy Baker and Dick Berggren
1995 TBS Ken Squier Mike Wallace
1994 TBS Ken Squier Barry Dodson
1993 TBS Ken Squier Neil Bonnett
1992 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1991 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1990 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1989 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1988 Showtime PPV
1987 SETN
1986 SETN[5] Mike Joy Jerry Punch
1985 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1984 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1983 Mizlou Ken Squier Buddy Baker
1982 Mizlou Rick Benjamin Dick Brooks
1981 NBC
1980 ABC Chris Economaki Jackie Stewart

References

  1. ^ Contacts:
  2. ^ http://www.nascar.com/races/tracks/poc/index.html
  3. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/nascar/2011-08-10-pocono-400-miles_n.htm
  4. ^ http://www.nascar.com/2010/news/headlines/cup/08/01/gbiffle.wins.pocono/index.html
  5. ^ Nascar Racing on TV in the 80s--SETN

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