Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;
Straights: Front - 3740 feet; Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet; North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
Last repaved: early 2012
Grandstand Seating: 70,000
Three Different Turns at Pocono:
Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway
Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile
June 2016 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 125.490mph, started 9th
August 2016 Race Winner: #34-Chris Buescher, 127.581mph, started 22nd
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990
Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 0 months, 7 days, 6/10/2012
1st Race 400 mile Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/12/2011, 145.384mph
1st Race 500 mile Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph
2nd Race Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892
Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2004, 112.129mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th
Different Race Winners: 35
June 2016 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 181.726mph, finished 3rd
July 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 179.244mph, finished 28th
Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, August 1, 2014, 183.438mph
Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 2 months, 13 days, 8/6/2011
Different Pole Winners: 41
Most Wins: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Bill Elliott; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most 2nd Place Finishes: 7 - Mark Martin (no wins)
Most Top 5s: 20 - Mark Martin & Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 34 - Mark Martin; 32 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 56 - 7/30/1979
Fewest Lead Changes: 10 - 7/26/1998
Most Leaders: 16, Three times, most recently 6/13/2004
Fewest Leaders: 4 - Three times, most recently, 6/9/1985, and 6/9/2013
Most Cautions: 13 - 6/17/1990 and 7/24/2005
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/1978
Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/2004
Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/1978
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened to 106 laps]
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/1982
Most Running at the Finish: 42, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened]
Fewest Running at the Finish: 18, 7/25/1982
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 142, Cale Yarborough, 7/4/1968
Most Laps Led [500 miles]: 175, Kurt Busch, 8/5/2007
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Bobby Labonte, 7/29/2001
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 32 - Chevy; 22 - Ford; 7 - Dodge 7; 6 - Pontiac; 4 - Buick; 4 - Toyota; 2 - Mercury; 1 - Oldsmobile.
Up front is best at Pocono: In the 78 Sprint Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 25 times and the top ten 55 times.
* Darrell Waltrip won the pole in July 1985 and started 1st
Bill Elliott started 2nd and won, 18 days later NASCAR disallowed
the pole due to illegal fuel additive.
Drivers who have swept both Pocono races in the same season:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2014
Denny Hamlin, 2006
Jimmie Johnson, 2004
Bobby Labonte, 1999
Tim Richmond, 1986* and spring 1987
Bill Elliott, 1985
Bobby Allison, 1982* and spring 1983)
* won three in a row
Chris Buescher wins at Pocono: #34-Chris Buescher won the rain-delayed Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Pocono, and 1st career win. This is the second win for Front Row Racing. The race was called with 22 laps remaining after fog rolled into the track that made it impossible to continue. Buescher had stayed out under green and was in the lead when the caution fell with 28 laps to go. He led 12 of the 138 laps. The race was red flagged for more than an hour before the race was called.
The race was run on Monday after rain postponed it Sunday.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #7-Smith, #4-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, and #41-Busch.
Pole sitter, #78-Truex, Jr. hit the wall early in the race after a tire went down from a broken valve stem. He finished 38th.
Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr., finished 28th.
There were 19 lead changes among 11 drivers and 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 127.581 mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: None
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-1-2016)
Pocono is first track to have two rainouts in the same year: Pocono Raceway made history in 2016 in a way that no track would ever want to make it. For the first time in NASCAR history, a track had both of its races postponed. For a track that saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. sweep both of its races in 2014 (a track promoter's and many fans' dream), it got the promoter's and fans' bad dream in 2016. "It's awful luck," said Pocono Raceway president Brandon Igdalsky after the rainout. "Kyle Busch gets the great [pole/race sweep] record last week and we get the awful record this week -- way to go, good for us. At the end of the day, I literally feel so awful for the fans that were here. We had a great crowd. I just hope they all come back [Monday]." Pocono, while having a little bit of a rap for bad weather, did not have a rainout since August 2009 before this June's race was postponed for a day.
What could make matters worse for Pocono races in the future are the 3:00pm/et starts for the races at the track next year. The race was postponed Sunday at 2:43 p.m. ET because it had taken three hours to dry the track earlier. With sunset at about 8:20pm, there wasn't enough time to dry the track and get it started -- NASCAR's policy is not to start a race that it couldn't reasonably get the full race (about three hours) in as long as it didn't rain. With the 3:00pm starts next year in hopes of attracting a bigger television audience, any rain delay could result in a rain-shortened race or postponed race.
"At least with the 3 o'clock start, we're going to know early if we're not going to get the track dry," Igdalsky said. "That's the good thing about it. I'm curious to see how the 3 o'clock is going to work out. I've got my feelings both ways on that one. I agree to an extent, and I disagree to an extent. ... I was a little bit hesitant towards it but we'll see what it means. Our fans have been right down the middle."(ESPN.com)(8-1-2016)
Guy Fieri named Grand Marshal at Pocono: Chef, restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning television host Guy Fieri will serve as Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400, Sunday July 31 at Pocono Raceway. Fieri owns Guy Fieri's Mount Pocono Kitchen in the Mount Airy Casino Resort in nearby Mount Pocono, as well as Guy Fieri's Chophouse in Atlantic City, amongst others. He is also the star of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and "Guy's Grocery Games" on Food Network., Fieri will provide the "Star Your Engines" command prior to the start of the Pennsylvania 400.(Pocono Raceway)(7-26-2016)
Pocono Raceway, NASCAR win lawsuit on fan's death: A Pennsylvania jury ruled Monday for Pocono Raceway and NASCAR in lawsuits brought against both by the widow of a fan killed and others injured in lightning strikes at the track on Aug. 5, 2012. The case was heard in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Brian Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, Pa., was killed when he was struck by lightning in the parking lot behind the frontstretch grandstands. A second strike also hit the parking lot. Ten fans were injured. The three lawsuits alleged that if the race had been stopped when a severe storm warning was first issued, it would have provided sufficient time for those struck to have found proper shelter. The Trial Work Sheet in the case for all three lawsuits showed that even though the jury ruled for the defendants, it found Pocono Raceway negligent. However, on the question if "the negligence of Pocono International Raceway was a factual cause of any harm to ... Brian Zimmerman," the jury checked the box "No." The jury also voted that way in the other two cases brought by fans injured by lightning. The jury also stated it did not find NASCAR negligent in all three cases.(NBC Sports)(7-13-2016)
Pocono race officials announced: Charlie Shaver, Chairman & CEO of Axalta Coating Systems, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway Sunday, June 5. Shaver, his daughter Caroline and Axalta Coating Systems Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Joe McDougall, as well as his daughter Julia, will give the "start your engines" command. The Air Force Rock Band will perform the National Anthem prior to Sunday's race. The green flag for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for 1:00pm/et. Alyssa Golden will sing the National Anthem for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250, with Crystal Day handling the responsibility for the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards #AnywhereIsPossible 200. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack will serve as the Grand Marshal and give the command for the Pocono Green 250 while Josh Torres will handle both of those on Friday.(Pocono Raceway)(6-2-2016)
Solutions Events Services To Assist In Parking, Traffic at Pocono Raceway: In an effort to ensure a safe and timely entrance and exit for all fans, drivers and race teams members, Pocono Raceway has partnered with Solutions Event Services for parking assistance during its race weekends. Solutions Events Services, a national industry leader, specializes in large events, including air shows, golf tournaments and sporting events. "We are always looking to safely improve our fans experience at Pocono Raceway," said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. "This is another way we can do that. We know that no one wants to sit in traffic and we are doing all we can to speed up the exit process." Solutions Events Services will utilize multiple lanes to enter and exit the racetrack and cone off lanes to limit when fans are forced to merge. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is finalizing plans on a widening project of Route 115 that they hope will begin later this year or early next, a several-year project between Long Pond Road and Route 903 in Tunkhannock Township. "The Pennsylvania State Police do a tremendous job when our fans reach Route 115," said Igdalsky. "With the expertise of Solutions, we are confident we can speed up the exit process." In 2015, the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened Exit 87, an E-Z Pass Only Interchange connecting the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to State Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County which alleviated some traffic problems.
The Pennsylvania State Police also announced that traffic patterns will be altered on Sunday, June 5, see more at poconoraceway.com. Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(6-1-2016)
NASCAR hauler parade returns to Harrisburg, PA: House of Representatives' Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairmen Reps. John Payne (R-Dauphin) and Pat Harkins (D-Erie) invite Pennsylvania families and racing enthusiasts to attend the annual NASCAR Hauler Open House and Parade in Harrisburg on Thursday, June 2, starting at 10 a.m. Each year, the Motorsports Caucus works together with Pocono Raceway, Triad Strategies and the City of Harrisburg to bring this event to the capital city as a way to recognize the racing industry and the economic impact it has on the Commonwealth. The free event will begin with an open house at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex at 10 a.m., where fans will have the opportunity to walk through the trucks, take photos and interact with the hauler drivers. Prior to the parade, members of the Pennsylvania Motorsports Caucus will join Brandon Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, to recognize Motorsports Day and NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. from the Farm Show Complex. The route will include Commonwealth Avenue, Walnut Street and Third Street. Police will have the streets blocked off for fans to line up for the parade. The parade will roll by the back of the State Capitol Complex and on to Pocono Raceway, where the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 will be held June 3-5. Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-31-2016)
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Returns To Pocono Raceway, needs fans: Nathan's Famous will return to Pocono Raceway this summer to hold a regional qualifying event for the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest held on July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. Pocono Raceway fans are encouraged to sign-up to compete. One male and one female winner will earn a seat at Coney Island to challenge defending champions Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo. The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier will be held Sunday, June 5 at 11 a.m. in Fan Fare 2 behind the grandstands on the Nathan's Famous stage. The winner of the qualifier, one of 13 being held across the country, will gain entry to the annual finals at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 4. More info at poconoraceway.com. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-27-2016)
XFINITY race at Pocono will be the Pocono Green 250: The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Pocono Raceway, the Pocono Green 250, will highlight sustainability initiatives at the track and the work of its partners. Pocono Raceway's President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky, a board member of the Green Sports Alliance and winner of local, regional and national awards for his sustainability work, made the announcement. The Pocono Green 250 is set for Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. Pocono Raceway features a three megawatt solar farm that powers not only the facility but the local community as well. Pocono Raceway was the first facility to rely 100 percent on solar power generated onsite with the opening of the 25-acre Solar Farm across the street from the raceway in 2010. Pocono Raceway recently launched a partnership with Penn State University with an aggressive and ambitious goal to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. New food and beverage provider Spectra and Pocono Raceway are working with "Rock & Wrap It Up" on a food donation program to support local charities and food banks. A pilot program will begin this weekend with a local composting facility in an effort to divert even more bio waste from landfills. Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch have contributed recycling bins to the track in efforts to reduce the amount of recyclable items being thrown in the trash. Pocono Raceway also works hand-in-hand with NASCAR Green.(Pocono Raceway)(5-25-2016)
Pocono Raceway To Honor A Hero: Pocono Raceway will honor a hero during its July NASCAR Race, CEO & President Brandon Igdalsky announced today. The six-week competition will culminate with a $5,000 prize being presented to the chosen hero at pre-race driver introductions on Sunday, July 31. Submissions are now being accepted to nominate a hero and fans will have a say in who is honored as the winner. All fans are eligible to nominate who they believe is a hero, whether it be a volunteer, active community service member, someone who has overcome hardship or someone you think is deserving. Top consideration will be given to those heroes who are aligned with Pocono Raceway's core values of Integrity, Respect, Service, Sustainability, Growth and Community. On-line nominations will be accepted until July 5, 2016 at poconoraceway.com/hero.html. There is a 500-word limit for nominations. Members of the Pocono Fan Council, with input from Pocono Raceway, will select three finalists who will be invited to 'The Tricky Triangle' July 30-31 for the Pennsylvania 400. Fans will then have the chance to vote for who they believe should be the winner during an on-line voting period. The three finalists will be invited to Pocono Raceway and be featured at the track on Saturday. The winner will be announced on Saturday and presented a $5,000 check during driver introductions on Sunday. The selected Hero will then participate in a full slate of activities prior to and during the Pennsylvania 400. Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-25-2016)
Pocono having mascot tryouts: Are you fun, respectful and high energy with a flair for entertainment? Do you think you have what it takes to Pocono Raceway as its mascot, Tricky The Fox? You can prove it Saturday, May 21 when 'The Tricky Triangle,' holds open auditions in Victory Lane beginning at 10:00am. The inclement weather site will be inside the Mint Julep Club outside of Victory Lane. Those interested in the position will be asked to simulate driver introductions as part of the audition and then participate in a brief interview. Finalists will then perform at a local elementary school before a winner is chosen. Tricky The Fox represents Pocono Raceway not only on race weekends but also at a bevy of community events.(Pocono Raceway)(5-12-2016)
Austin Dillon & Kasey Kahne to meet in Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game: As part of their annual Team Dover vs. Team Pocono Celebrity Softball Game, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will go head-to-head for the fourth time on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, in Wilmington, Del. This event will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne, along with Todd Bodine, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Fox Sports 1 analyst. The rosters from each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities. The 2016 Dover Vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game will be the fourth meeting between these two tracks, with "The Monster Mile" having won two of the three games against the "The Tricky Triangle."
Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the May 3 matchup between the Blue Rocks and the visiting Frederick Keys. Reserve Box seats are $6 and Box/Upper Box seats are $7. Any fan who comes to the ticket window wearing NASCAR gear will also receive those special discounted prices. All children 12 and younger will receive free admission to the Blue Rocks' Fun Zone. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-302-888-BLUE or visit www.BlueRocks.com, using the promo codes POCONO and DOVER.
Gates for the softball game will open at 3:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:00 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Dillon and Kahne will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 6:35 p.m. baseball game. Throughout the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races being held on Sunday, May 15 (Dover) and Sunday, June 5 (Pocono). All dates, times and attendees are subject to change without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are sponsors of this promotional event.(4-18-2016)
Pocono Raceway, Penn State Working To Eliminate Waste: The goals for Pocono Raceway are set extremely high, especially when it goes to green initiatives. That's why the 2.5-mile raceway has partnered with Penn State University. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky started a project last year with Penn State to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. Meaning that a majority of the waste produced during Pocono's operating season will be diverted from landfills. Already the first motorsports facility to operate on solar power thanks to its massive three megawatt solar farm, Pocono Raceway is now trying to eliminate waste. Last year, students from Penn State began a partnership at Pocono Raceway. They surveyed fans, explored materials management, identified persistent patterns in fan behavior and learned about sustainability-related infrastructure. The research showed that fans, especially at Pocono Raceway, were concerned about wastefulness and environmental responsibility. The study noted that fans are searching for better options for waste management. Among the immediate changes implemented were additional recycling containers. Working with Pocono Raceway partner Coca-Cola, the raceway is now blanketed with recycling bins. Pocono Raceway, Penn State and new food and beverage provider Spectra will also focus on the goal of near-zero waste. Meetings with area resorts and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau have begun exploring options to manage biomass with composting or anaerobic digestion as a possible solution.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2016)
Pocono Raceway, GEICO Establish Partnership: Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced that GEICO will be the Official RV and Recreational Insurance sponsor of 'The Tricky Triangle.' The multi-year deal aligns Pocono Raceway with GEICO and adds to the insurance companies motorsports offering. As part of the agreement, GEICO will have branded naming rights to GEICO RV and Camping Registration, GEICO Motorcycle Parking and GEICO Family Camping. In addition, GEICO will have a large presence during race weekends at Pocono Raceway and will rely on its street team to identify the best campsite and present the "Golden Gecko" to the winner. Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(4-18-2016)
Pocono Raceway opening infield Bark Park: In conjunction with National Pet Day, Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has announced the creation of the Pocono Raceway Bark Park, the first dog park at a national motorsports facility. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park will be housed in the infield at Pocono Raceway, near the Infield Fan Center along Earnhardt Road. The 100-feet by 100-feet facility will be open to all dogs in the infield and feature a secure gate, obstacles and size-appropriate exercise areas. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park is free of charge and open to all fans who have secured an infield camping spot. Fans who have purchased an infield camping spot can buy a limited-edition Pocono Raceway dog tag. The dog tag will allow fans an extra two hours of access and entry into the "Best in Show" contest. The "Best in Show" contest will be held at the Pocono Raceway Bark Park with the winning dog announced during the Infield Block Party Saturday night of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and having a photo taken with Pocono Raceway's beloved mascot Tricky The Fox.(Pocono Raceway)(4-12-2016)
Pocono Raceway sets JR Nation Camping Experience: In honor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series' first race at Pocono Raceway on June 4, Pocono and JR Motorsports have paired up to create the inaugural JR Nation Camping Experience at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania speedway. This exclusive partnership between Pocono Raceway and JR Motorsports allows a limited number of camping spots at the JR Nation Camping Experience in the infield. Fans can purchase an exclusive weekend camping spot at the branded JR Nation area inside 'The Tricky Triangle' by going to www.poconoraceway.com/jrnation. JR Nation Camping is part of the "JRM On Tour 2016," a year-long marketing initiative that rewards fans with free merchandise throughout the season's 33-race schedule. A camping spot as part of JR Nation Camping is $200 and includes infield access and all of the benefits associated with camping at Pocono Raceway. Those who purchase a spot for JR Nation Camping will be given a commemorative "JRM On Tour 2016" t-shirt and are eligible to be selected to participate in the inaugural JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest, which includes cash prizes and bragging rights. The JR Nation Campsite Decorating contest will reward creativity for Best Dale-Gate Party Campsite; Best Use of Lights; Best Patriotic Campsite and an overall winner for Best & Most Creative JR Nation Fan Campsite. All camping guests will have access to the JR Nation Camping Experience. As part of the festivities, JR Motorsports NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers - including Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Alex Bowman -- will participate in an autograph session and Kelly Earnhardt Miller will participate in a question-and-answer session. JR Motorsports partners will be on hand throughout the weekend for giveaways and prizes.(Pocono Raceway)(4-6-2016)
Fire destroys inn owned by Pocono Raceway: A blazing fire, that required fire companies from four counties, did extensive damage Wednesday to the Blakeslee Inn in Tobyhanna Township. The inn and restaurants, which are on Route 940, are owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway, just a few miles from the inn. Brandon Igdalsky, the grandson of Pocono Raceway founder and the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, is now the president of Pocono Raceway. In the mid-2000s, Igdalsky ran the Blakeslee Inn before turning his full attention to the raceway. Crews from Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties fought the fire which started around 8:30 a.m. and was not contained until the afternoon. About 60 to 70 percent of the building was damaged, according to Tobyhanna Township Fire Chief Troy Counterman. Counterman said there were workers in the kitchen area of the restaurant, but everyone got out of the building safely. He said it appears that the fire started in the kitchen area, but the state police fire marshal was at the scene and will make the official determination of the cause of the fire.(Pocono Record)(2-5-2016)
Pocono Groundhog Day Special: Pocono Raceway's annual Groundhog Day Special is back. Not sure if Phil, Punxsutawney's weather prognosticator, will call for a longer winter or an early spring. However, the opportunity to win a signed top hat from two of the biggest names in racing might just suffice whether he sees his shadow or not. If you purchase a Pocono Raceway $50 Gift Card anytime through February 2, 2016, you will gain automatic entry to win an "Official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Top Hat" signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. More info at poconoraceway.com.(1-28-2016)
Pocono Raceway, NMPA Partner For Spirit Award: Pocono Raceway and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) have partnered for the annual presentation of the NMPA Pocono Spirit Award. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has renewed the 2.5-mile raceway's long-time sponsorship of the award. "This is a great way for us to recognize and honor those who go above and beyond," said Igdalsky. "My grandfather, 'Doc' Mattioli used to be a part of these awards and we are excited to reengage. What I love about these awards is that they focus heavily on strong character and people who really support racing." The NMPA Pocono Spirit Awards will be presented quarterly following a vote of the NMPA Membership with an overall winner announced in January at the organization's annual awards banquet. The honor is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.(Pocono Raceway)(1-16-2015)
Pocono extends wall at pit road entrance UPDATE: Four laps into the August Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway last season, Kasey Kahne went for a wild ride that ended with a hard hit into the inside wall of pit lane. The impact of the #5 Chevrolet sent helmets of crew members flying and people scattering from the pit stall. No one was injured. The early crash was the third time that weekend a vehicle spun off Turn 3 and slid onto pit road. The first came Saturday in practice with Jeb Burton. Then Ray Black Jr. hit the inside wall in the Camping World Truck Series. Kahne's crash caused damage to the wall that needed to be repaired, leading to the race being red flagged. NASCAR and track officials said last year they were working on extending that wall. Pocono Raceway President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky tweeted a picture to show such an accident won't happen again. The picture shows a longer wall has been installed at the entrance to pit road, right where Kahne's car went sliding through. Pocono Raceway would not reveal Friday how long the addition is but planned to make an announcement about it and other changes next week.(NBC Sports)(1-9-2016)
UPDATE: Pocono Raceway has added additional SAFER Barriers and extended the pit wall as part of enhancements made at the 2.5-mile track, President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky announced. The pit wall has been lengthened 100 feet and 6,600 feet of SAFER Barrier has been added, Igdalsky said. An additional 5,100 feet of SAFER Barrier will be installed prior to the 2017 season when all outside walls, including straightaways will be covered, he added. "We are always looking to make our track safer for drivers, teams and fans and these enhancements do just that," said Igdalsky. "As cars and technology change and evolve, so do tracks. We are adapting to ensure Pocono Raceway is as safe as possible. We will continue to monitor races and technology and aggressively add safety measures where appropriate." A mild fall and late start to cold temperatures allowed Pocono Raceway Superintendent George Ewald and his staff to complete the large majority of the work.(Pocono Raceway)(1-13-2016)
Pocono Raceway's George Ewald Earns NASCAR Excellence Award: Pocono Raceway Vice President and Superintendent George Ewald was honored by NASCAR Monday when he collected the Excellence in Track Services Award for career contributions in the area of track services. NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell presented the award to Ewald during the 2016 NASCAR Summit. Ewald, who is in his 46th year of working at Pocono Raceway, has been the Superintendent of the 2.5-mile speedway since the mid-1970s. He started working at Pocono Raceway in the maintenance department in 1970 before quickly being promoted to Track Superintendent in 1975 and Vice President in 1977 by the late Dr. Joseph "Doc" Mattioli.(Pocono Raceway)(1-12-2016)
Pocono accepting Fan Council Applications: Pocono Raceway is now accepting applications for their new Fan Council. The purpose of the Pocono Raceway Fan Council is to assist the Raceway staff in developing and improving the overall fan experience at 'The Tricky Triangle.' "Our first two Fan Council classes were very involved and did a great job," said Brandon Igdalsky, President and CEO of Pocono Raceway. "Their input played a role in some of the new initiatives and changes made over the last four years. For 2016, we are adding new features to enhance this program moving forward. We always say we have the best race fans in world, so, we cannot wait to start receiving applications." The Pocono Raceway Fan Council will continue to play a key role in developing and driving new initiatives, including the 'Tricky Awards.' This program will honor race fans at the 2016 NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends at Pocono Raceway. More details about the 'Tricky Awards' will be announced next year. Fans who would like to apply for the Pocono Raceway Fan Council can visit www.poconoraceway.com/fcapply. Applications must be submitted by Monday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59pm/et. Finalists will be contacted no later than Friday, December 18, 2015, and the new Pocono Raceway Fan Council will be announced in early January 2016.(Pocono Raceway)(11-3-2015)
Pocono announces 2016 race dates; addition of XFINITY race: Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2016. The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race weekend from June 3-5, will feature the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the inaugural 250-mile NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race. The Pennsylvania 400 race weekend from July 29 - 31, will feature the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Modspace 125 ARCA race. The newest addition to Pocono Raceway's 2016 NASCAR schedule is the NASCAR XFINITY Series race scheduled for Saturday, June 4. This race will be the first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track and the first time NASCAR's second-tier series has raced in Pennsylvania since 2004 (Nazareth Speedway). "We are thrilled to bring the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Pocono Raceway," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO. "The fans have been asking for this to happen for several years and we are excited to share the good news with them today. Additionally, we look forward to working with everyone at Comcast, who are headquartered 90 miles south of us in Philadelphia, for next summer's inaugural race."
"From day one we've been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the Xfinity Series," said Matt Lederer, director of Sports Brand Marketing for Comcast. "The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state of Pennsylvania will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016."(Pocono Raceway)(9-29-2015)
Chicago's standalone NXS race expected to move to Pocono: There is expected to be at least one significant change in the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule next season. Chicagoland Speedway, which has hosted two Xfinity races since the 2011 season, will lose its standalone event in 2016, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. Officials with Chicagoland Speedway declined to comment. The standalone event at Chicagoland has typically been held during the summer. The track's second Xfinity race is held during its Sprint Cup Series weekend each September, which kicks off the championship Chase each season. Chicagoland's loss is expected to be Pocono Raceway's gain. Pocono is expected to add an Xfinity race to its compliment of NASCAR events, sources confirmed to Motorsport.com. The track currently hosts a weekend in June which includes Cup and ARCA races. Pocono's August race weekend already includes a Truck race along Cup and ARCA events. There are at least two important benefits for Pocono hosting an Xfinity race. First, the future of the track's IndyCar Series date remains uncertain and the race would serve to add another event to its calendar. Second, new series sponsor Xfinity is owned by Comcast Corp., whose headquarters is located in Philadelphia - less than a two-hour drive from Pocono.(Motorsport)(9-23-2015)
NASCAR could extend pit wall at Pocono: NASCAR expects changes will be made at Pocono Raceway to try to avoid pit road accidents such as the ones that occurred Saturday and Sunday, when cars hit the wall that separates the pit stalls from the crews. "We'll work with the track," NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (listen to audio here). "We already have got a plan in place to look at extending that pit wall. We certainly have got to make sure that by doing that you put the proper protection for the race cars and the drivers coming off of [the turn]." O'Donnell said NASCAR has the crash data -- cars are equipped with recording systems that NASCAR can download after a race to determine impacts -- and will use it to help determine a plan. "It's easy to say just extend the wall, but if you do that and do that at the wrong angle, you can cause more problems with cars coming off [the turn] at a high rate of speed," O'Donnell said. NASCAR's sanction agreement with tracks dictates that the series can require any changes it wants in order to have a race at the track. NASCAR typically works with tracks to make sure any changes don't cause additional problems for other series that compete there.(ESPN)(8-3-2015)
Matt Kenseth wins at Pocono: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Windows 10 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Pocono and 33rd career win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #47-Allmendinger, #15-Bowyer, #14-Stewart and #19-Edwards.
#22-Logano led 97 laps and looked like he would cruise to the win but ran out of fuel with two laps to go. Logano was able to get to pit road and refueled, finishing 20th on the lead lap.
#18-Busch led 19 laps and was leading on the white flag lap when his car ran out of fuel, stopping just past the entrance of pit road, finishing 21st, down a lap.
Busch is 32nd in drivers points, only 13 points out of 30th (to get in the Chase).
On lap 4 #5-Kahne spun off turn 3 and hit the inside pit road wall hard. The race was red flagged for 14:33 so track workers could make repairs to the wall.
#4-Harvick, the points leader, had an engine blow on lap 20 and finished 42nd. Harvick's points lead is now 46 points over #22-Logano.
There were 18 lead changes among 13 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 132.159mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-2-2015)
Pocono Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter and Special Guests: Pocono Raceway and Microsoft announced Jeremy Korst, General Manager of Windows Brand and Product Marketing, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Windows 10 400 at "The Tricky Triangle" on Sunday, August 2. Jason Campbell, Windows Group Product Marketing Manager will serve as the Honorary Starter. Pre-race activities, featuring a concert by Rebel Dawg Records recording artist, Eric Lee Beddingfield, will begin starting at 11 am. Additionally, local up-and-coming musician, Alyssa Golden, will perform the National Anthem.
Pocono Raceway will be hosting several special events through the Windows 10 400 race weekend, including:
· 50/50 Raffle to Benefit the Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli Foundation are hosting this June race weekend's 50/50 Raffle to benefit the Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In June, the overall weekend jackpot exceeded $45,000, with one fan taking home nearly $23,000. Fans should look out for 50/50 Raffle volunteers, who will be roaming the entire facility, wearing bright yellow shirts all weekend long. One lucky fan will be announced before the end of Sunday's race as the winner of the raffle. Fans will be supporting a great cause with the chance to go home with a big check.
· Infield Block Party and Pocono Raceway Fireworks This Saturday - The public is invited to attend Pocono Raceway's Infield Block Party and Fireworks show this Saturday night. For a $5 cash donation, per vehicle, to our local fire department, fans may enter the Gate 1 Tunnel starting at 5 pm ET on Saturday, June 6. Events include live music, the Barley Creek Brewing Company Wiffle Ball Field, great food, a bar for the adults, slot-car racing for the kids and, rumor has it, PBR is bringing their very own mechanical bull. For more information please visit poconoraceway.com/blockparty14.
· Jimmie Johnson Experience featuring NASA's 'Rockets 2 Racecars' Program - Three-time Pocono winner Jimmie Johnson will visit for a kids-focused question-and-answer session, which also includes activities for kids presented by the NASA 'Rockets 2 Racecars' program, before Sunday's race. Passes are available for $48 for a family four pack and $20 for individual passes. For more information, please visit poconoraceway.com/jj48. Note: Sunday Grandstand Gate Admission ticket also required for entry.
· Halftime Party - The Pocono Raceway Halftime Party is back for the 2015 season. Fans, ages 21 and up, are invited to this event, located inside Chalet Village, with a Halftime Party Pass between laps 60-120 of Sunday's NSCS race. This event will include bar games, big screen televisions to watch the race broadcast, Coors Light and food. The cost to attend the Halftime Party is $19. For more information, please visit poconoraceway.com/halftime. Note: Sunday Grandstand Gate Admission ticket also required for entry.
· New Double-Sided Video Boards Debut - While attending the Windows 10 400 race weekend, be sure to tell us what you think about the brand-new, double-sided video boards located on both ends of pit road. Nearly 60% of the Pocono Raceway infield will now have a sightline to these video boards. Tag us with your comments and/or photos about the video boards on Twitter or Instagram, using @poconoraceway and don't forget to include our official race weekend hashtags, #Windows10_400 or #WhatTurn4, with your posts!
The Windows 10 400 race weekend, taking place July 31-August 2, will include the stars of the NSCS, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. Friday tickets start at $10 and Saturday tickets are available for $20 for adults. Kids, ages 12 and under, are admitted free to all events on Friday and Saturday, with accompaniment of an adult ticket holder. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday start at $45 for adults and $22.50 for children, ages 12 and under. To purchase your tickets today, please visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2015)
Smooth Tunnel Turn set to greet NASCAR drivers at Pocono: Those bumps that jostled drivers and rattled cars in the Tunnel Turn [2nd of three turns] at Pocono Raceway are gone. Track officials smoothed the racing surface in the turn and drivers should have a more comfortable ride this weekend when NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway. A section of the track about 170 feet by 28 feet was milled, leveled and repaved about a week after the June race there. Also, a section of the apron about 170 feet by 12 feet was leveled and repaved. That will create a much different setting from June when the bumps surprised drivers and caused some challenges.(NBC Sports)(7-30-2015)
NASCAR's new merchandise tent to debut at Pocono: The race weekend marks the unveiling of NASCAR's new approach to team merchandising, said Kevin Heaney, spokesman for Pocono. Instead of individual merchandise trailers, the new NASCAR Fanatics Tent will offer a shaded area for race fans to pick up hats, models, T-shirts and other memorabilia. A ribbon-cutting for the tent is scheduled Friday morning. The tent opens 9:30 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There'll be no more waiting in line for a clerk inside a merchandise hauler to hand over an item for closer look, Heaney said. "It's all touch and feel," he said. "You can do it yourself." The new model levels the playing field for smaller race teams that may be unable to afford a merchandise hauler. "We are the first track to have this," Heaney said. Other attractions include the Pocono Medical Kids Zone, a host of displays including most branches of the military and NASA in the Fan Fair and the Infield Block Party open to the public starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the block party is a $5 donation per vehicle to the Tunkhannock Township Volunteer Fire Co., and fireworks follow about 9:15 p.m.(The Express-Times)(7-30-2015)
Windows 10 400 Driver Appearances and Autograph Sessions: The Windows 10 400 race weekend, taking place at Pocono Raceway from July 31st - August 2nd, will include exclusive driver appearances and autograph sessions featuring some of NASCAR's top drivers and rising stars. Featured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) drivers currently include Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch, David Gilliland, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. Information about all driver appearances and autograph sessions, as well as the full race weekend schedule, can be found by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/schedule. Please note all above appearances and special events, including driver attendance and times, are subject to change without notice. These events are not sponsored by NASCAR or any of their affiliated sponsors.
Tickets for the events at Pocono Raceway on Friday start at $10 for adults and will included NSCS practices and qualifying, NCWTS practice and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (ARCA) practice and qualifying. Saturday tickets start at $20 for adults and will include NSCS practice, NCWTS qualifying, the Pocono Mountains 150 NCWTS race and the Modspace 125 ARCA race. Kids, ages 12 and under, are admitted free to all events on Friday and Saturday, with accompaniment of an adult ticket holder. Sunday tickets for the Windows 10 400 NSCS race start at $45, for adults, and $22.50, for children ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(7-25-2015)
Pocono race to be the Windows 10 400: Pocono Raceway and Microsoft announced the renaming of the annual August NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at "The Tricky Triangle" as the Windows 10 400. The Windows 10 400 race weekend will take place from July 31st to August 2nd, just two days after the launch of Windows 10. For the first time ever, Microsoft's popular operating system will be offered as a free upgrade* to customers with qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices. Microsoft, an Official Technology Partner of NASCAR, will have device displays and interactive experiences in the Fan Fair and Paddock areas at Pocono Raceway during the Windows 10 400 race weekend. Race fans and members of the NASCAR industry will be able to relax and enjoy Windows 10 devices at these locations. Additionally, everyone is invited to interact on their social media channels using the official race hashtag, #Windows10_400. Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., the defending winner of the August NSCS race at Pocono Raceway, will drive the #88 Microsoft Chevy SS during the Windows 10 400 race weekend.(Pocono Raceway)(7-21-2015)
Truex, Jr. wins at Pocono: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Pocono and 3rd career win. It is his first win since Sonoma in 2013.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd, his 10th top 2 finish of the season. #48-Johnson was 3rd followed by #22-Logano, pole sitter #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, and #11-Hamlin.
Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 559, 39 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
There were 12 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 134.266mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-7-2015)
Pocono to host poker tournament in July: Pocono Raceway announced the Fourth Annual Pocono Poker Tournament, benefitting The NASCAR Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, will be held at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on Thursday, July 30. The event, taking place prior to the July 31-August 2 Pennsylvania 400 race weekend, will feature NASCAR drivers and celebrities, among them Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace and race fans. A limited number of playing spots are available. Fans can choose from four donation options: A $250 donation offers a pre-tournament, VIP meet-and-greet with drivers and celebrities on hand as well as entry to participate in the Poker Tournament; a $150 donation offers entry into pre-event VIP reception and attendance at the event as a spectator; a $100 donation reserves a seat in the poker tournament; and a $50 donation allows for fans to attend the event as spectators. The top-finishing fan will receive a choice between two exciting prizes - a VIP Race Experience at Pocono Raceway or a VIP Stay and Play Experience at Mohegan Sun. To register for the Pocono Poker Tournament, fans can visit NASCARfoundation.org.(Pocono Raceway)(6-7-2015)
Pocono will fix bumps in turn 2 before next race: NASCAR drivers were greeted Friday by a challenging new wrinkle to an already treacherous turn at Pocono Raceway. A wrinkle, a bump -- or even a motorcycle jump, depending on whom you ask. The 2.5-mile speedway's second corner -- otherwise known as the "tunnel turn" for the location of the track's infield entry lanes -- provided rough terrain during opening Sprint Cup Series practice, spawning mixed reviews from drivers and a promise from track president Brandon Igdalsky to find a remedy before the circuit returns Aug. 2. "Those bumps have been there since we did the repave," Igdalsky told reporters Friday afternoon. "The first year, they weren't there. The second year, they were there. Last year, they were a little bigger. It's just been gradual, and the winter this year -- these guys will tell you, living in Pennsylvania, the roads this year just got disintegrated. Everything just got beat up so bad because it was so cold. And it's basically two back-to-back years of awful winters, and they're taking their toll. A road is not any different than a race track at the end of the day. When the ground gets frozen, it does bad, bad things." Because NASCAR returns to Pocono for opening-day practice July 31, the turnaround time for a track renovation project is tight but doable, Igdalsky said. After the visit by the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series, Indy cars race here three weeks later. "We're going to try to get something done before the next race," Igdalsky said. "If it's as bad for these guys, it's going to be worse for the Indy cars. So we've got to look at them, too. Those races being so close, we're not going to have time between those two races to get it done. We have a really busy track schedule. We've got cars out there just about every day, so it's just a matter of finding enough days to do something, get the track cleared, do something and then make it work."(NASCAR.com)(6-6-2015)
Pocono to install video screen towers: Pocono Raceway announced two new video screen towers will be installed at the track. Each tower will feature two high-definition quality video screens to provide all fans with new visuals of live action, entertainment, real-time statistics, and fan engagement. The new video towers are being designed, engineered, installed and operated by ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC, a full service technology service provider specializing in designing video display systems. Most recently, ANC designed and integrated the Cleveland Cavaliers scoreboard, which is the largest arena center-hung scoreboard in the country and the Seattle Mariners, the largest high-definition display in Major League Baseball. Pocono Raceway will be the first major NASCAR track to feature ANC's award-winning technology. The video screens will stand on the top of two new 60' standalone structures. Each of the four video screens will measure 24.15' high by 30.45' wide. Specifically designed for the tricky-triangle, the double-sided displays will stand at either side of pit row, providing fans in the grandstand, club boxes or camping in the infield with a clear view of one of the sides of displays. The new screens will be deployed and operational for the Pennsylvania 400, July 31- August 2.(Pocono Raceway)(6-5-2015)
Pocono renews partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network: Pocono Raceway announced a multi-year extension of their partnership with Lehigh Valley Health Network as the 'Official Health Care Provider of Pocono Raceway.' Additionally, as previously announced last week, the 50/50 raffle being hosted at the Raceway during the upcoming Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race weekend will benefit the Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Pocono Raceway will continue to utilize LVHN's medical staff and resources during their annual NASCAR and INDYCAR Series race weekends. LVHN will continue to provide support with a medical location behind the Grandstand and inside the track at the LVHN Infield Care Center. The 50/50 raffle being held at Pocono Raceway, in conjunction with the Mattioli Foundation, will benefit the Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Individuals, over the age of 21, can participate by purchasing a 50/50 ticket from one of the roaming volunteers dressed in bright yellow shirts. A random winner will be announced prior to the end of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, but tickets may be purchased anytime during the race weekend.(Pocono Raceway)(6-5-2015)
Pocono Raceway announces New Mobile Ticket Delivery System: Pocono Raceway announced its new Mobile Ticket Delivery System, the next step in harnessing ticketing technology. The Mobile Ticket Delivery System is a simple straight-line from click to scan technology that will allow fans to have their ticket delivered to their mobile device (both Android and Apple) and have their ticket scanned at the gate directly from their mobile device. The Mobile Ticket Delivery System was developed by Paciolan, an industry-leading provider of ticketing, marketing automation and fan management solutions to more than 500 live entertainment organizations. Pocono Raceway is the first track to bring this technology to NASCAR fans. This service is immediately available for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, and will roll out shortly for all Pocono Raceway events.(Pocono Raceway)(5-30-2015)
Pocono Raceway and Unique Pretzels extend partnership: Pocono Raceway, one of the most 'unique' superspeedways in motorsports, and Unique Pretzels, the original producers of a split-open pretzel, have agreed to a multi-year extension of their existing partnership. Unique will continue to serve as the "Official Pretzel of Pocono Raceway" with their products available for race fans at multiple concession areas during Pocono's three major motorsports events, including the upcoming Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 race weekend, June 5-7. Unique Pretzels, headquartered in Reading, PA, has been owned and operated by the Spannuth family since the early 1800's. Their wide variety of products include "Splits", "Shells", Flavored Shocked "Shells", Mustard Dips and Chocolate Coated "Splits". Additionally, they offer specialty gift baskets and tins for any occasion.(Pocono Raceway)(5-28-2015)
Pennsylvania Hauler Parade Set for June 4: The second-annual Pennsylvania Hauler Parade, in advance of the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway, will take place on Thursday, June 4. Race fans are encouraged to come out and watch the parade in Harrisburg.
10:00 - 11:30 am: Fan Event Before Parade - Race fans are invited to check out the haulers in person at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, located in Harrisburg, PA. Haulers will leave the Farm Show Complex at 11:45 am.
11:30 am Motorsports Day Celebration - Welcome address by Pennsylvania Representative and Pennsylvania Co-Chairman of the House Motorsports Caucus John Payne and Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. This portion will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
11:45 am: City Bound - Harrisburg Police and Fire vehicle, along with the Pocono Raceway Chevrolet SS Pace Car, will lead the haulers from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex towards the city of Harrisburg.
11:55 am: Parade Lap Around The Capital - The Parade route will begin on Commonwealth Avenue, approach the Capital Fountain slowly, turn right onto Walnut Street, make a right onto North Third Street, turn right onto Forster Street and then exit the city towards Interstate 81 North.
12:15 pm (approx.): Long Pond Bound - Haulers will be escorted by Harrisburg Police and Fire vehicle, and Pocono Raceway Pace Car, to Interstate 81 North.
2:00 pm (approx.): I-80 Interchange - Haulers arrive at Interstate 80 East interchange.
2:25 pm (approx.): 3 Mile Countdown - Haulers will take exit 284 (Blakeslee) off Interstate 80 East onto Route 115 South.
2:30 pm (approx.): Welcome to Pocono - Haulers arrive at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.
Fans are encouraged to take photos, share them with us and join in the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using #haulerPArade on Thursday. Be sure to follow @poconoraceway for live updates. Also, for those in the Harrisburg area, tune into BOB 94.9 as they will broadcast live from the hauler parade.
Tickets to the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 are available starting at $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids, ages 12 and under. Purchase your tickets by visiting www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(5-26-2015)
Earnhardt Jr., Logano to participate in Dover vs. Pocono celebrity softball game: As part of their annual Team Dover vs. Team Pocono Celebrity Softball Game, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will go head-to-head for the third time Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, N.J. This event will feature the two most recent winners of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014) and Joey Logano (2015), along with Todd Bodine, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Fox Sports 1 analyst. The rosters from each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz, and a few other special guests. The softball series between the two tracks is currently tied at one game apiece. Pocono came from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Dover evened the score with a walk-off victory two years ago. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the April 21 matchup between the Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Individual tickets for the Trenton Thunder's baseball game start at just $11 and are currently on sale. All children ages 12 and younger will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, drink and bag of pretzels upon entrance. Additionally, it will be "1-Dollar Dog Night" for all fans, courtesy of Black Bear Franks. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-609-394-3300 or visit www.TrentonThunder.com. Gates for the softball game will open at 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Earnhardt and Logano will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 7 p.m. baseball game versus the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.(Pocono/Dover PR)(4-17-2015)
Pocono extends partnership with Paciolan: Pocono Raceway, a sports and entertainment facility which hosts multiple motorsports events each year, including two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, extended its long-term partnership with Paciolan, an industry-leading provider of ticketing, marketing automation and fan management solutions to more than 500 live entertainment organizations. In conjunction with the extended partnership, Pocono Raceway will continue leveraging the company's online ticketing and fan management solutions, and Marketing Automation platform powered by FanOne Marketing. Paciolan is a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor. The Raceway partners with Paciolan and other Comcast-Spectacor business units to bring a holistic approach to its business as well as continuity via seamless technological integrations, enabling its ticketing, marketing, sales and commercial rights to be housed under one family of companies. Additionally, Pocono Raceway continues to partner with Front Row Marketing Services, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor and an industry leader in commercial rights sales, to drive sponsorship opportunities, manage commercial rights and drive sales opportunities.(Pocono Raceway)(3-21-2015)
Dover and Pocono partner up for Annual Daytona 500 Race Party: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway invite race fans to kick off the 2015 NASCAR season at the third-annual Daytona 500 Race Party inside XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Sunday, February 22, at 1:00pm/et. One of the biggest events in the motorsports world will be broadcast on multiple televisions at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Bar and Grill. In addition to viewing "The Great American Race," fans in attendance can enter to win a number of great prizes, including tickets to both the May 31, 2015, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile and the June 7, 2015, Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at The Tricky Triangle, as well as autographed NASCAR memorabilia. The Daytona 500 Race Party will be held at PBR Bar and Grill, located inside XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19418. Fans attending may arrive as early as 12:00pm/et.(Pocono Raceway/Dover Speedway)(2-9-2015)
Axalta becomes title sponsor for Pocono race in June: Pocono Raceway and long-time partner, Axalta Coating Systems, announced a multi-year entitlement agreement which includes the renaming of the annual June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race held at 'The Tricky Triangle' as the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400. "We are very excited to share this great news, in cooperation with everyone at Axalta Coating Systems," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "They have been a great addition to the Pocono Raceway family, and we look forward to growing this relationship in 2015 and beyond. What makes this even more special is the fact we get to work hand-in-hand with a true global powerhouse who also calls the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 'home.'"
"Axalta is proud of its 22-year motorsports partnership," said Axalta Vice President and head of its North America business, Nigel Budden. "As a leader in the US refinish business, our paint graces racecars that burn rubber on the track each season and we proudly support four-time NASCAR® Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Now, we are pleased to expand our racing involvement as Pocono Raceway's title sponsor of the upcoming race on June 7th. We look forward to cheering on Gordon as he vies for a seventh win at Pocono Raceway."
Axalta Coating Systems is "The Official Finish" of Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, the two most recent NSCS championship organizations. They also sponsor the #24 Axalta Coatings Chev driven by Jeff Gordon, who is the winningest NASCAR driver at Pocono with six victories (June 1996, June 1997, July 1998, June 2007, June 2011 and August 2012).
Tickets for the June 7th Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 start at $45. Kids, ages 12 and under are eligible for half-price grandstand tickets starting at $22.50. For tickets and more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(1-27-2015)
2015 Pocono Groundhog Day Special: It's time for Pocono Raceway's annual Groundhog Day Special! They have partnered up with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a great offer this year! On February 2nd, the eyes of the world will focus on the esteemed Punxsutawney Phil to see if he will prognosticate an early spring or six more weeks of winter. If Phil does NOT see his shadow, anyone who purchases a Pocono Raceway $25 Gift Card, as part of this Groundhog Day Special, will receive $20 in Free Slot Play from our pals over at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. More info at poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(1-22-2015)
Pocono Raceway Holiday Offer: Pocono Raceway announced their 2014 holiday offer. Included with the purchase of a Pocono Raceway $100 Gift Card is one Tricky Triangle Garage Experience for either the Pocono 400 on June 7, 2015, or the Pennsylvania 400 on August, 2, 2015. The Tricky Triangle Garage Experience includes a pre-race, guided tour of the Pocono Raceway Garage Area. Space is limited for this exclusive opportunity. Only the first 150 Gift Card purchasers, per event, qualify for the Tricky Triangle Garage Experience. A Sunday NASCAR Pocono event ticket and Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass are also required to take advantage of the Tricky Triangle Garage Experience. To purchase this holiday offer, which expires on December 19, 2014, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/holiday14. Pocono Raceway Gift Cards may be used to purchase any Pocono event ticket. These Gift Cards do not have an expiration date and can be redeemed online or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(12-5-2014)
Pocono Raceway to host NASCAR Season Finale Party: Pocono Raceway will host a 'NASCAR Race Party' on Sunday, November 16, starting at 3 p.m. ET, at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, PA. Fans are invited to watch ESPN's race broadcast of the 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, live from Homestead-Miami Speedway. This event is open to all ages, admission is free and will include Pocono Raceway raffle giveaways. The party will take place in the back section of Barley Creek Brewing Company, located at and around the Onyx Bar, from approximately 3:00 - 7:00pm/et. Fans are invited to bring their friends and family. Visit poconoraceway.com/raceparty for more info. Barley Creek Brewing Company is located at 1774 Sullivan Trail, Tannersville, PA 18372. For directions and more information about Barley Creek Brewing Company, please visit www.barleycreek.com.(Pocono Raceway)(11-13-2014)
Pocono offers special prices for military: Pocono Raceway proudly salutes our US Military Servicemen and Women. In recognition of your service to our country, we are happy to extend special pricing as a benefit to you and your family. Save 20% on 2015 NASCAR and INDYCAR tickets when you use your Troop ID, powered by ID.me. As an added salute this Veterans Day, all Veterans and active US Military who purchase a ticket through the ID.me platform between Monday, November 10 and Monday, November 17, 2014 will automatically be entered into an exclusive Grand Prize drawing for an automatic upgrade into our 300 Level Shaded Grandstand for two - a $300 value. For the convenience of all, and to ensure the most accurate verification of your Military status, the ID.me platform is designed for online use. However, if you are experiencing any difficulty, would like to learn more about products and services available at Pocono Raceway, or would like to speak to one of our trained ticketing specialist, please call 1-800-722-3929.Pocono Raceway)(11-11-2014)
Pocono Raceway receives $1 million grant for improvements: Governor Tom Corbett has announced a $1 million Economic Growth Initiative (EGI) grant to assist in the Pocono Raceway's renovation and improvement plan. "This raceway is a major tourism catalyst for Pennsylvania bringing in tourism dollars from neighboring states and around the country," said Corbett. "This investment will help ensure the safety of event spectators as well maintain the viability of this worldwide destination." The project will include substantial improvements to the raceway's main facility entrance with the rebuilding of two, 50 year old tunnels. These tunnels provide the only entrance and exit from within the racetrack. The project will also include construction of a pedestrian walkway. "As a structure that has stood for as long as this, safety becomes paramount in what we look at in projects that we must undertake here at Pocono Raceway stated Brandon Igdalsky, Raceway President and CEO. This project not only will shore up the safety & longevity of this area of the property, but also increase that first impression of a facility that is instrumental to tourism in the Pocono Mountains. This project will help us highlight not just who we are, but allow us to help showcase the region and our geography. In addition, it will open up a new ability to allow pedestrians to be able to safely use our tunnels as well as vehicle traffic."(Times Herald)(10-30-2014)
2015 Pocono tickets now on sale: Tickets to the 2015 NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway are now on sale to the public. In recognition of Dale Earnhardt Jr., sweeping both races this year, a prize will be awarded to 88 random fans who purchase full-priced tickets, within the next 88 days, to 2015 NASCAR events at 'The Tricky Triangle' as part of "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale." Additionally, fans who purchase full-price tickets within the first 88 hours of the pre-sale will be entered to win a VIP NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver experience. "The Great Pocono Postseason Pre-Sale" will run from October 6, 2014 - January 2, 2015. Individuals who purchase a full-price ticket to either the 2015 Pocono 400 or Pennsylvania 400 race weekends will be automatically entered, per transaction, to win one of 88 prizes. These prizes will include NASCAR driver autographed items, unique experiences and more. Anyone who purchases a full-priced event ticket, during the first 88 hours, will gain multiple entries in the 88 prize drawing, as well, as entry to win an exclusive NSCS driver Experience. For more information visit www.poconoraceway.com/presale.(Pocono Raceway)(10-8-2014)
2015 Pocono NASCAR Race Weekends Announced: Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race weekends next summer. The June 5-7 Pocono 400 race weekend will feature NASCAR's top touring series, as well as, the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards (ARCA). Eight weeks later, "The Tricky Triangle" will host the July 31-August 2 Pennsylvania 400 race weekend featuring ARCA, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and the NSCS.
Below is a tentative schedule of events for both 2015 NASCAR race weekends at Pocono Raceway:
June 5 - NSCS and ARCA Practice and Qualifying
June 6 - NSCS Practice and Pocono 200 ARCA Race
June 7 - Pocono 400 NSCS Race
July 31 - NSCS and NCWTS Practice, NSCS Qualifying, and ModSpace 125 ARCA Race
August 1 - NSCS Practice, NCWTS Qualifying and Pocono Mountains 150 NCWTS Race
August 2 - Pennsylvania 400 NSCS Race
2014 NASCAR race weekend ticket holders can renew their tickets for the 2015 season. For more information regarding 2015 ticket renewals, please visit poconoraceway.com/renewals or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(8-26-2014)
Family sues NASCAR, Pocono over 2012 lightning death: NASCAR blew off a severe storm warning at the Pocono 400 race until the storm got so bad it had to stop the race, and 6 minutes later a fan was killed by lightning in the parking lot, his family claims in court. Brian Zimmerman was killed by lightning at 5:00pm on Aug. 5, 2012, his widow Marion claims in the Court of Common Pleas. She sued Pocono International Raceway and NASCAR, on Aug. 1. Ten other people were injured by lightning, one of whom sued NASCAR and the Pocono Raceway in July. Zimmerman claims that NASCAR and the Pocono Raceway received a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service at 4:12pm, but they "did nothing" to stop the race or warn fans until 4:21, when they "attempted to use social media" to warn race fans of the approaching storm. Brian Zimmerman did not have access to social media at the raceway, his widow says. The defendants stopped the race at 4:54pm At 4:59, they used social media again to warn fans to seek shelter. Brian was hit by lightning at 5:00pm and died. In the July lawsuit, Jason Peneck's wife Erin claims her husband suffered "severe and permanent injuries, including, but not limited to, a traumatic brain injury, second degree burns, and dysautonomia."(Courthouse News Service)(8-6-2014)
B.R.M. named Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway announced a multi-year partnership with Bernard Richards Manufacture (BRM), an iconic, international watchmaker. BRM will serve as the "Official Timekeeper of Pocono Raceway" for all of 'The Tricky Triangle's' major events. Driven by passion for motorsports and engineered for exceptional performance, BRM's bespoke timepieces are defined by pure racing spirit, and as the only French watchmaking manufacture, the brand is synonymous with individuality. Introducing one-of-a-kind, limited-edition models every year, BRM's commitment to craftsmanship and technical precision has garnered global partnerships with racing's elite including Abarth, and INDYCAR drivers Marco Andretti and Simon Pagenaud.(Pocono Raceway)(7-6-2014)
Pocono Raceway Partners with Google: Pocono Raceway has partnered with Google Business View Program, a division of Google Maps, and Aerial Media Productions. "The Tricky Triangle" becomes the first NASCAR track in the country to partner with this Google platform. Additionally, the Raceway has hired another company to capture video using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). "This is truly a great day," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO, Brandon Igdalsky. "Anytime an organization has the chance to be the first in their respective field to partner with a giant such as Google, it is a spectacular day. We are extremely happy about this partnership. We cannot wait to show you the amazing photos and video, once the package is all put together." Still photos and 360-view Photo Spheres, including the Google Tour, are being shot by Business Photo America, a Google-trusted agency. The UAV and other videography is being captured by the Kinston, N.C.-based Aerial Media Productions.(Pocono Raceway)(6-8-2014)
Pocono removes tunnel turn curb: #24-Jeff Gordon comments on the removal of curbing in tunnel turn at Pocono Raceway: "I don't think the track has changed - it's just the curb I believe has been removed from Turn 2 and the access road is now like a normal apron. I think visually it's going to take some getting used to. We used that curb as a real focal point and, now that it's gone, what you used to get through that corner will be different."(HMS)(6-6-2014)
Pocono Raceway Announces All-New Kids Club: Pocono Raceway and their official mascot, Tricky, announced they will start a Kids Club for younger race fans, ages 14 and under. This membership will feature an exclusive welcome package, at-track benefits, two member-only events during the year and automatic entry into a drawing where one lucky member will be selected to wave the green flag to start one of Pocono Raceway's ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards or Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire races in 2014. After becoming a member, kids will receive a welcome bag containing their membership card, two-pocket folder, writing utensils, Tricky the Fox hero card, stuffed Tricky animal and more. A lucky kids club member will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the Honorary Starter for either the June 7 Pocono 200, July 5 Pocono Indy Lights race or the August 1 ModSpace 125. Kids Club members will also receive free admission, with ticketed adult, to all Friday and Saturday race weekend events at "The Tricky Triangle." For more information and to join our Kids Club, visit poconoraceway.com/kidsclub. Tickets to all three of Pocono Raceway's NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends are now available, with Kids (ages 12 and under) Sunday Grandstand tickets being offered at half price. To purchase tickets, please visit www.poconoraceway or call our ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway)(4-11-2014)
Pocono Raceway Simplifies Grandstand Seating Layout: Pocono Raceway announced they have simplified the way fans will find their Grandstands seats while attending NASCAR and INDYCAR events at "The Tricky Triangle." This announcement comes one year after the Raceway introduced way-finding signage throughout their facility. During this simplification process, the actual location of previously purchased and/or available Grandstand tickets will not change.
The Grandstands have been split into three towers with Petty Tower, named after inaugural NASCAR race winner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, France Tower, named after the founding father of NASCAR Bill France, Sr., and Donohue Tower, named after inaugural open-wheel race winner Mark Donohue.
The Grandstands have also been divided into three levels starting with a lower, 100-level closest to the racing action on the track, moving to the 200-level in the middle of the Grandstands and to the highest, 300-level with shaded seating and optimal views of the entire Raceway.
"One of the biggest issues we have had over the years was getting fans inside the track, through the gates and, eventually, to their seats," said Pocono Raceway President/CEO Brandon Igdalsky. "Phase one of this way-finding project began last year with new signs both inside and outside the facility. As part of the second phase, we will simplify the way our Grandstand seating is arranged. The best part about this change is nothing really changes for the fan. Seats have not been moved and the prices of tickets stay the same. The only difference now, it will be easier to find your seats. Especially, if you are a first time fan."
Historically, Grandstand sections were assigned an alpha-numeric name. Now, Grandstand sections will more simply be referred to by number. For example, section N-24 will now be referred to as section 146 and section S-22 will now be referred to as section 101. The easiest way to follow this new logic is keep in mind high section numbers are located closer to Turn 3 and decrease, in order, as they move across the Grandstands in race direction towards Turn 1. For instance, using the 100 Level as an example, section 146 is located closest to Turn 3 in the Petty Tower, while section 101 is located closest to Turn 1 in the Donohue Tower. Accordingly, section 123 is located at the Start/Finish Line in the France Tower. The 200 and 300 levels follow this same logic, so, sections 201 and 301 are closest to Turn 1 in the Donohue Tower.
The new seating map, depicting the changes mentioned, and more information regarding this simplification process can be found at www.poconoraceway.com/2014seats.(Pocono Raceway)(3-6-2014)
Joe Mattioli, III leaves Pocono Raceway Joseph R. Mattioli, III, the son of Dr. Rose Mattioli and the late Dr. Joseph Mattioli, announced that he is stepping down as a member of Pocono Raceway's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mattioli's tenure at Pocono started in 1974 following his graduation from Lehigh University and spanned over 40 years, with him serving as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as its past President and COO. In 1995, with Pocono enjoying unprecedented success, Mattioli stepped down as President and COO, but continued to assist the family business as a member of the Board and Executive Committee. Joe Mattioli is especially proud of Pocono's success through the 70's and 80's, when debt service, a hurricane, a recession, an oil crisis and two sanctioning body boycotts during the USAC - CART wars threatened to shut the track down. "This was a family business, so failure was not an option. With a lot of help, including major assistance from the France and Hulman families, somehow we fought our way to success," Mattioli concluded. Mattioli's future plans include focusing more time on non-profit and veterans' organizations that he supports, such as the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which provides housing assistance to returning veterans, and the Motor Sports Institute, which promotes academic success through engagement with motor racing. He also plans to develop Group 341, a consulting business he began 2011. With offices in California, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, Group 341 provides strategic planning, marketing, branding, and event management consulting services.(Pocono Raceway)(1-28-2013)
Little to no damage to tracks from hurricane: UPDATE: Racetracks that play host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy do not report significant damage from the storm as of Tuesday morning. Dover International Speedway, which is less than 10 miles west from Delaware Bay and 45 miles northwest of Rehobeth Beach, Del., did not sustain any significant damage, track spokesman Gary Camp said Tuesday morning. Pocono Raceway, which is 100 miles west of New York City and about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was without power Tuesday morning but only lost one of the steeples that towers above its grandstands, according to a tweet from track president Brandon Igdalsky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, about 80 miles northwest of Boston and 50 miles west northwest of Portsmouth, reported no damage and no loss of power.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
UPDATE: Watkins Glen, a road course that covers more than 1,800 acres in upstate New York that is 250 miles northwest of New York City, suffered more than an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to track president Michael Printup. Part of victory lane was ripped apart, eight billboards were blown down, grandstand signage destroyed and building trim was damaged. Trees also were blown down by winds estimated at 60 miles an hour.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund set up: Pocono Raceway has established the Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund to benefit the victims of the lighting strike tragedy which occurred following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Donations will be accepted at any PNC Branch or by mailing checks/money orders, addressed to "Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund" to the following address:
Attn: Pennsylvania 400 Memorial Fund
1234 Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334
Fans struck by lightning after race: UPDATES: Three fans were struck by lightning following the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Pocono Raceway. According to a witness, they were struck outside the track. Track spokesman Bob Pleban confirmed that three people were injured and two were transported to a local hospital. One was treated at the track care center and released. Pleban said he could not release the names nor the condition of those injured, who were hit during a massive thunderstorm that forced the race to be halted after 98 of 160 laps.(Sporting News)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE: Officials at Pocono Raceway say 10 people attending Sunday's NASCAR race were injured in a lightning strike in the parking lot behind the grandstand, and two are in critical condition. Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban says it's not clear if all 10 were actually struck by lightning. It's unknown whether one or multiple lightning strikes occurred. Pleban says five people were treated at the scene. He says one person was taken to Pocono Medical Center and another to Lehigh Valley, where they were in critical condition. The conditions of the other three are unknown.(Associated Press)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE 2: One fan was killed and nine others were injured as a result of lightning strikes following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Track officials said the name or gender of the fan killed could not be released until family members were notified. They said the fan was pronounced dead on arrival at Pocono Mountain Medical Center in Stroudsburg. One other fan is in critical condition at Lehigh Hospital in Allentown. The other eight are being treated and evaluated for minor injuries at local hospitals.(ESPN.com)(8-5-2012)
UPDATE 3 - Pocono Statement: As reported yesterday, a long time member of our Pocono Raceway family, a spectator has passed away following a lightning strike. According to Monroe County Coroner Robert Allen the name of the deceased is 41 year old Moosic, Pennsylvania resident Brian Zimmerman Additionally; nine other individuals were transferred to local hospitals as a result of two separate lightning strikes.
At approximately 5:01 p.m. Eastern Time, the first lightning strike occurred on property inside our Grandstand Parking area, located near Gate 5A. A Pocono Raceway Grandstand Fire unit was stationed in the vicinity and witnessed the actual strike. The response was immediate as the unit reported the incident to our control tower and advised spectators were injured. CPR was started immediately to Mr. Zimmerman by a friend on the scene.
Within a matter of 3 minutes, medical personnel and additional emergency services reported on the scene and took control of treatment to individuals. EMT responders were approached by additional individuals who reported symptoms related to the lightning strike. Those affected were taken to the Raceway Medical Centers, where they were examined and transported to local area hospitals for treatment and further evaluation. A total of nine individuals were treated as a result of the initial lightning strike.
At approximately 6:35 p.m. Eastern Time, the control tower was notified of a second possible lightning strike in the vicinity near Gate 3. The individual was immediately transported to Pocono Raceway's Infield Medical Center where they were initially treated for minor injuries before being transported to Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for further evaluation.
At this point in time, the one individual that was in critical condition has now been upgraded to stable. Some have been treated and released. Others involved are pending release as early as today and all are in good spirits. The safety of all guests to Pocono Raceway is of the utmost importance to our entire staff. This tragic event is at the forefront of all of our thoughts and prayers. We will learn from the incident and continue to implement strategies to help ensure the safety of fans and all attendees at future events at Pocono Raceway.
Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Patriarch, Passes away: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Founder and Chairman of the Board, passed away today at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy illness. He was 86. "Doc" as he was known to friends and associates, was one of the most respected and admired men in automobile racing. He founded Pocono Raceway in the early 1960's and has been at the helm of Pocono ever since. Under his leadership, the track grew in stature and has hosted 68 very successful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Events. His passion and drive helped Pocono Raceway succeed when other tracks fell by the wayside. Pocono Raceway is the only remaining family owned and run track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. He was always concerned that race fans and race car drivers and their families were treated with the upmost respect and constantly upgraded procedures and Raceway facilities to meet that goal.
He kept his fingers on the pulse of stock car racing and read everything printed concerning the sport. He was in the office daily, until last fall, and oversaw all aspects of the Pocono Raceway operations. At age 83, Dr. Mattioli spearheaded an ambitious solar energy project. He built a three megawatt photovoltaic solar energy system on 25 acres at Pocono Raceway. It is the world's largest solar-powered sports facility, making Pocono Raceway a leader in the renewable energy and environmental fields.
Dr. Mattioli was also well respected in the community. In 2009, he received the Philanthropic Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his generous and continuous contributions to local civic organizations, hospitals, schools and charities. He served on the board of directors of numerous organizations and was dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He served in the Pacific during World War Two as a Navy medic. Using the G.I. bill, he enrolled in the dentistry program at Temple University (where he met his soon to be wife, Rose.) Upon graduation, he developed his dental practice into a very lucrative business by working 12 to 14 hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week. He then began investing in and developing properties in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania where he became involved in the start up of Pocono Raceway.
Dr. Mattioli is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dr. Rose, daughters Louie and Michele and son Joseph Mattioli III, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His passing leaves a void in the NASCAR community and especially to his family and extended "Pocono Raceway" family. Service Arrangements for Dr. Joseph Mattioli are incomplete at this time.(Pocono Raceway)(1-26-2012)
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