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2017 Overton's 400

The 2017 Overton's 400, was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 30, 2017 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Contested over 160 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 21st race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2017 Overton's 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 21 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30)
Location Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 141.080 miles per hour (227.046 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 50.175
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 74
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1), Mike Bagley (2) and Kyle Rickey (3)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway (formerly Pocono International Raceway), also known as the Tricky Triangle, is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond. It is the site of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held just weeks apart in early June and late July/early August, one NASCAR Xfinity Series event in early June, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in late July/early August, and two ARCA Racing Series races in early June and late July/early August. From 1971 to 1989, and again since 2013, the track has also hosted an Indy Car race, currently sanctioned by the IndyCar Series and run in August.

Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is run by the Igdalsky siblings Brandon and Nicholas, both of whom are third-generation members of the family-owned Mattco Inc, started by Joseph II and Rose Mattioli. Mattco also owns South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

Outside of the NASCAR races, Pocono is used throughout the year by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and motorcycle clubs as well as racing schools. The triangular oval also has three separate infield sections of racetrack – North Course, East Course and South Course. Each of these infield sections use a separate portion of the tri-oval to complete the track. During regular non-race weekends, multiple clubs can use the track by running on different infield sections. Also some of the infield sections can be run in either direction, or multiple infield sections can be put together – such as running the North Course and the South Course and using the tri-oval to connect the two.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Toyota
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Stephen Leicht BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Matt Kenseth was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 51.114 seconds and a speed of 176.077 mph (283.368 km/h).[10]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.114 176.077
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.149 175.957
3 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 51.307 175.415
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 50.898 seconds and a speed of 176.824 mph (284.571 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.898 176.824
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.163 175.908
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.239 175.647
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 50.175 and a speed of 179.372 mph (288.671 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.526 50.629 50.175
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 50.872 50.729 50.317
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.003 50.974 50.552
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.215 50.606 50.635
5 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50.988 50.802 50.682
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.245 50.948 50.708
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.344 51.001 50.801
8 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.948 50.856 50.844
9 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 51.125 51.034 50.869
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 51.401 51.022 50.986
11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 51.200 51.065 51.046
12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.184 51.024 51.206
13 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.439 51.116
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.504 51.167
15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.389 51.236
16 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.141 51.296
17 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 51.487 51.356
18 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.141 51.375
19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.393 51.446
20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.310 51.576
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.418 51.576
22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.455 51.577
23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.500 51.684
24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.508 52.108
25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 51.563
26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.567
27 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.615
28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.906
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 52.056
30 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 52.098
31 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.435
32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 52.450
33 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.507
34 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 52.581
35 15 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 53.228
36 83 Stephen Leicht BK Racing Toyota 55.445
37 55 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Toyota 57.440
38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag at 3:20 p.m. The field didn't complete a full lap when rounding the third turn, Matt Kenseth got loose and spun, triggering an eight-car wreck that brought out the first caution.[13] Aric Almirola took the worst damage on his way to a last-place finish.[14]

Back to green on the eighth lap, cars started hitting pit road to short-pit the first stage on Lap 15. Busch pitted from the lead on Lap 22, as did Erik Jones after a four-lap stint in front. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the next 11 circuits, before diving onto pit road on Lap 37, cycling the lead to Kenseth. He didn't hold the lead for long, however, as Busch passed him going into Turn 1 to take the lead on Lap 42 and drove on to win the first stage that concluded on Lap 51. He opted to pit under the stage break, while Kenseth stayed out to retake the lead. Teammate Denny Hamlin restarted from the tail-end of the field for speeding.

Second stageEdit

On fresher tires, Busch powered by the outside of Kenseth in Turn 3 to return to the lead on the Lap 56 restart. When the field came back through Turn 3 a lap later, Jimmie Johnson spun, after contact with teammate Kasey Kahne, and hit the wall, bringing out the third caution.[15]

The race restarted on Lap 62. A drive-shaft piece that came from Kyle Larson's car brought out the fourth caution on Lap 70. Hamlin stayed out to get the race lead, but was relegated to second on the restart, bumping up Austin Dillon, for not maintaining pace car speed.

It made no difference, however, as Hamlin regained the lead going into Turn 1 on the Lap 75 restart. He led the next 15 laps, before Martin Truex Jr. got to his inside exiting Turn 1 and took the lead heading down the Long Pond Straightaway. Truex was among a slew of cars that that opted to short-pit for the position to win towards the end of the second stage on Lap 98, handing the lead to Clint Bowyer, who won the stage on Lap 101. Truex resumed his place up front when Bowyer pitted.

Final stageEdit

The race restarted on Lap 106. Cars started hitting pit road for their final pit stop with 37 laps to go.[16] Race leader Truex pitted with 34 to go, handing the lead to Busch, who had yet to pit. He did so with 25 to go, handing the lead to Brad Keselowski.[17] When he stopped five laps later, the lead cycled to Hamlin. During the cycle, Joey Logano was hit with a pass through penalty for speeding, and a stop and go penalty for pitting to service his car during his pass through.[18]

With 17 to go, Kevin Harvick took the lead from Hamlin going into Turn 1.[19] But Busch caught Harvick going into Turn 3, bumped him out of the racing groove and drove on to victory.[20]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 7
5 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 6
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 5
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2
10 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 9
3 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 6
6 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 4
8 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 3
9 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 2
10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 50
2 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 43
3 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 160 43
4 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 37
5 11 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 160 48
6 7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 44
7 8 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 30
8 9 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 160 29
9 15 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 28
10 13 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 28
11 12 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 31
12 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 25
13 18 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 31
14 20 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 29
15 22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 160 30
16 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 25
17 30 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 159 20
18 17 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 159 21
19 27 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 159 18
20 19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 159 20
21 26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 159 16
22 33 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 159 15
23 28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 159 15
24 32 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 159 13
25 34 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 159 12
26 3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 159 16
27 10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 159 10
28 24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 159 9
29 31 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 158 8
30 5 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 158 13
31 35 15 Gray Gaulding (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 157 6
32 36 83 Stephen Leicht BK Racing Toyota 153 5
33 16 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 148 6
34 37 55 Derrike Cope Premium Motorsports Toyota 85 3
35 14 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 57 2
36 38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 24 1
37 29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 1 1
38 25 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 0 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 5 for 21
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 50 minutes and 7 seconds
  • Average speed: 141.080 miles per hour (227.046 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen and Dale Jarrett had the call from the regular booth for the race. Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the new NBC's stock car smarts booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color Commentator Dale Jarrett
Stock Car Smarts Booth Analyst: Jeff Burton
Stock Car Smarts Booth Analyst: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turn 1: Dave Moody
Turns 2: Mike Bagley
Turn 3: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Pocono Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Overton's 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Kyle Busch wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway". Associated Press. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: AP Sports. Associated Press. July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
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  14. ^ Jensen, Tom (July 30, 2017). "5 Takeaways from the Overton's 400 at Pocono Raceway". PopularSpeed.com. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: POPULAR SPEED. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  15. ^ Spencer, Reid (July 30, 2017). "Jimmie Johnson's hex at Pocono holds with DNF". NASCAR.com. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: NASCAR Wire Service. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Walsh, Scott (July 30, 2017). "Kyle Busch finally wins at Pocono, takes Overton's 400". The Scranton Times-Tribune. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: Times-Shamrock Communications. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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  20. ^ Gelston, Dan (July 30, 2017). "Kyle Busch ends winless season with Cup victory at Pocono". Associated Press. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved July 30, 2017.


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