Stewart wins the pole

Tony Stewart was the fastest in qualifying on Friday, and he will start on the pole of Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 from Pocono Raceway.

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Despite being up front, Stewart is still not the favorite to win as Denny Hamlin still holds that honor.

Hamlin is a 7/2 favorite according to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com. Other short odds to win are Jimmie Johnson (4/1), Stewart (7/1), Kyle Busch (8/1), and Jeff Gordon (8/1).

Hamlin has four wins in Pocono and his average finish on the track is 8.6 and his driver rating is 119.1, which ranks tops in the series. Hamlin is currently third in the point standings, 260 behind Kevin Harvick for first place. Hamlin has a series-best five wins on the year. Hamlin will start third on Sunday.

Johnson has two wins on this track. His average finish is 9.5 while his driver rating is 103.7, which ranks second in the series. Johnson is tied with Hamlin with a series-best five wins on the year. Johnson is fourth in the standings, 261 points behind first. Johnson will start sixth in Sunday’s race.

Stewart won the pole on Friday and he has two wins at Pocono. Stewart has an average finish of 11.9 while his driver rating is 101.4, which ranks fourth in the series. Stewart is ninth in the series, 376 points outside of first. Stewart is winless on the year.

Busch is winless at Pocono with two top 5’s in his career on this track. He currently sits sixth in the standings, 290 points behind Harvick. Busch has two wins on the year and he will start 21st on Sunday.

Gordon has four wins to his credit at Pocono. His average finish at the track is 10.7 and his driver rating is 96.1. Gordon is second in the series, just 184 points outside of first. Gordon is winless on the year and he will start fourth on Sunday.

For complete odds on the Pennsylvania 500, see below.

Pennsylvania 500 Odds – Sunday, August 1 – Pocono Raceway

Denny Hamlin 7/2

Jimmie Johnson 4/1

Tony Stewart 7/1

Kyle Busch 8/1

Jeff Gordon 8/1

Kevin Harvick 10/1

Juan Montoya 15/1

Jeff Burton 15/1

Kurt Busch 20/1

Kasey Kahne 20/1

Clint Bowyer 20/1

Greg Biffle 20/1

Jamie McMurray 22/1

Mark Martin 25/1

Ryan Newman 25/1

Carl Edwards 30/1

Matt Kenseth 35/1

Joey Logano 35/1

David Reutimann 50/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 50/1

Martin Truex Jr 50/1

Field 30/1 

Qualifying Results

1 Tony Stewart (14)

2 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

3 Denny Hamlin (11)

4 Jeff Gordon (24)

5 Ryan Newman (39)

6 Jimmie Johnson (48)

7 A J Allmendinger (43)

8 Jeff Burton (31)

9 Jamie McMurray (1)

10 Mark Martin (5)

11 Brad Keselowski (12)

12 Greg Biffle (16)

13 Kurt Busch (2)

14 Kevin Harvick (29)

15 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

16 Kasey Kahne (9)

17 Joey Logano (20)

18 David Ragan (6)

19 Marcos Ambrose (47)

20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

21 Kyle Busch (18)

22 Bobby Labonte (71)

23 Paul Menard (98)

24 David Reutimann (00)

25 Carl Edwards (99)

26 Matt Kenseth (17)

27 Scott Speed (82)

28 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

29 Elliott Sadler (19)

30 J.J. Yeley (46)

31 Reed Sorenson (83)

32 Travis Kvapil (38)

33 Joe Nemechek (87)

34 Regan Smith (78)

35 Landon Cassill (09)

36 Michael McDowell (55)

37 David Gilliland (37)

38 Dave Blaney (66)

39 Casey Mears (36)

40 Clint Bowyer (33)

41 Kevin Conway (34)

42 P.J. Jones (7)

43 Todd Bodine (164)

44 David Stremme (26) DNQ

45 Max Papis (13) DNG

Pennsylvania 500 Race Info:

Date: Sunday, August 1

Start Time: 1:18PM ET

Course: Pocono Raceway

Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 500

TV: ESPN

Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

Radio: MRN/Sirius NASCAR Satellite

Defending Champ: Denny Hamlin

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Posted: 7/30/10 8:48PM ET

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