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The 2018 Gander Outdoors 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on July 29, 2018 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Contested over 164 laps -- extended from 160 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) superspeedway, it was the 21st race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Gander Outdoors 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 21 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date July 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)
Location Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 164 laps, 410 mi (656 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 132.460 miles per hour (213.174 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 50.851
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 52
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.7/1.8 (Overnight)[10]
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)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway 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 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
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
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
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell 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 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 51.439 seconds and a speed of 174.965 mph (281.579 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.439 174.965
2 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.449 174.931
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 51.605 174.402
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

 
Final practice

Joey Logano was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 51.029 seconds and a speed of 176.370 mph (283.840 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 51.029 176.370
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.039 176.336
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 51.310 175.404
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

 
Qualifying for the race

Daniel Suárez scored the pole for the race with a time of 50.851 and a speed of 176.988 mph (284.835 km/h) after Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch were both disqualified after failing post-qualifying inspection.[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.087 50.986 50.633
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.688 51.316 50.723
3 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.477 51.219 50.851
4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.498 51.207 50.853
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 51.507 51.234 50.969
6 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.538 50.971 50.993
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.624 51.312 51.012
8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.267 50.942 51.023
9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 51.307 51.217 51.050
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.579 51.224 51.103
11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.528 51.271 51.112
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.777 51.263 51.184
13 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.193 51.322
14 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 51.381 51.356
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.648 51.398
16 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.446 51.498
17 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 51.511 51.504
18 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 51.946 51.530
19 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.641 51.534
20 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.787 51.540
21 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 51.544 51.553
22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 51.922 51.595
23 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.983 51.654
24 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 51.834 52.168
25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.990
26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.023
27 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 52.118
28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 52.174
29 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.241
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 52.319
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 52.517
32 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 53.313
33 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 53.323
34 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 53.346
35 15 Gray Gaulding Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 53.557
36 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 53.767
37 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 53.976
38 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 54.276
39 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 54.286
40 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 54.652
Official qualifying results
  • Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch will start from the rear after both cars failed post-qualifying inspection, leaving Daniel Suárez as the polesitter.[14] Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, William Byron, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kasey Kahne also failed post-qualifying inspection. All 13 cars that failed the post-qualifying inspection will start at the rear and they lined up based on owner points.
  • Gray Gaulding practiced and qualified the No. 15 for Ross Chastain who was in Iowa for the Xfinity Series race. Chastain will start at the rear due to Driver Change.

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage one results[permanent dead link]

Stage 2 Laps: 50

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 3
9 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 2
10 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results[permanent dead link]

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 60

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 47
2 3 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 41
3 20 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 43
4 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 52
5 8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 32
6 6 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 32
7 11 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 49
8 16 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 164 29
9 13 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 31
10 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 164 35
11 21 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 39
12 18 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 164 28
13 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 164 24
14 27 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 164 23
15 14 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 164 22
16 26 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 164 21
17 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 164 25
18 23 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 164 19
19 29 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 164 18
20 10 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 164 25
21 17 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 164 16
22 30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 164 15
23 4 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 164 20
24 28 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 164 13
25 19 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 164 12
26 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 164 11
27 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 164 10
28 33 23 J. J. Yeley (i) BK Racing Toyota 164 0
29 32 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 163 8
30 24 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 162 7
31 36 99 Kyle Weatherman StarCom Racing Chevrolet 161 6
32 38 7 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 161 5
33 22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 153 4
34 37 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 148 3
35 35 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 146 0
36 40 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 142 0
37 25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 123 1
38 9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 121 9
39 34 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 95 1
40 39 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 77 0
Official race results[permanent dead link]

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 10 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 29
  • Red flags: 1 for 10 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds
  • Average speed: 132.460 miles per hour (213.174 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and two-time Pocono winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the 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: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pocono Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Gander Outdoors 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Pocono final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (July 28, 2018). "Kevin Harvick tops Erik Jones in Saturday's first practice at Pocono". Motorsport.com. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (July 28, 2018). "Joey Logano tops Harvick in final practice at Pocono". Motorsport.com. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: Motorsport Network. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Gelston, Dan (July 28, 2018). "Harvick goes for 1st career Pocono Raceway win from the pole". Associated Press. Long Pond, Pennsylvania: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Daniel Suarez elevated to Pocono pole after Nos. 4 and 18 fail inspection". July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.


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