Pocono Raceway solar farm reaches milestone:- Slightly more than 16 months after the dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of electricity produced by the 25 acre facility reached the 5,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark. The Pocono Raceway solar installation consists of 39,960 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 500 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway. The 5,000,000kWh produced has already impacted the environment. The total energy generated equals the use of more than 30,000 60Watt light bulbs for one year at eight hours per day and represents a savings of more than 400,000 gallons of gasoline with a carbon dioxide (CO2) offset equaling that of 90,000 trees or 143,000 Propane BBQ Grills. The Raceway has been awarded a number of environmental awards for its sustainable energy efforts including the 2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award presented by RenewableEnergyWorld.com and the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise. The Pocono Raceway Solar Farm is located along Long Pond Road adjacent Pocono Raceway’s storied 2.5 mile Super Speedway.(Pocono Raceway)(12-27-2011)
Pocono Raceway Executive Honored By U.S. Air Force: Air Force Recruiting Squadron (314th RCS) recently held its annual training conference at the Resorts Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. This year’s annual event was jammed packed with innovative training workshops, command key speakers and awards presentations. A special award was presented to Bob Pallo, Pocono Raceway Vice-President, for his efforts in bringing together two great organizations… the U.S Air Force and Pocono Raceway. Lt. Col. Ricardo Trimillos, the 314th RCS Commander, bestowed the title of “Honorary Commander” of the 314th RCS upon Mr. Pallo. Pallo has forged an irreplaceable bond with the members of the 314th RCS Eagles. He has partnered with their booster club and created the opportunity for unit members to volunteer time working various booths throughout the raceway. The booster club retains a portion of the proceeds and those proceeds contribute to 75% of the booster club’s annual operating budget. By indoctrinating Bob Pallo into the Air Force culture, Lt Col Trimillos has capitalized on a lucrative future venture with Pocono Raceway. The combined outputs of these two great organizations are certain to yield winning results for both the U.S. Air Force and Pocono Raceway.(Pocono Raceway)(12-26-2011)
Mattiolis honored: Drs. Rose and Joseph Mattioli, of Pocono Raceway, received the National Motorsports Press Association's Myers Brothers Award last night. The award, presented during season-ending NASCAR festivities in Las Vegas, recognizes individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to stock car racing. The Mattiolis have owned Pocono Raceway since it opened in the late 1960s. Finalists for the award included Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and the Wood Brothers. "[The Mattiolis] represent the true heart and spirit of NASCAR," said NMPA president Rea White. "They always recognized that NASCAR was more about people than anything else." Billy and Bobby Myers were former NASCAR competitors.(Philadelphia Daily News)(12-2-2011)
Pocono Raceway's Thanksgiving Ticket Sale: Pocono Raceway announced the "Turkey Ticket Promotion," giving race fans a 15 percent discount on their choice of Concourse Vista (sale cost: $42.50) or Terrace (sale cost: $63.75) tickets to the 2012 Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 10th and the 2012 Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday, August 5th. Additionally, all purchasers of this promotion will receive a Pocono Raceway hunter's cap for free. There is a limited supply of these tickets and this special offer ends on Wednesday, November 30th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com/turkey.html, or call 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929) and mention the promotional code "TURKEY".(Pocono Raceway)(11-3-2011)
Pocono Raceway to be repaved: per an image on Pocono Raceway's Facebook, look for an announcement today [around 11am/et] that Pocono Raceway will repave the track before the start of the 2012 racing season. Supposedly work has already begun on removing asphalt.
UPDATE: On June 4, 2010 Pocono Raceway announced the Raceway was embarking on an expansive construction project directed to improve driver safety and enhance competition. In the fall of 2010, more 5,500 feet of the new generation SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier was installed to the inside of the track from the exit of turn one to the entrance of turn three, and more than 6,100 feet of catch fence added from the front straight to turn two. Today, Raceway President and CEO, Brandon Igdalsky announced the kick-off of phase two of the project that includes: a new outer pit wall, concrete pit stalls and repaving of the 2.5 mile superspeedway, known as “The Tricky Triangle.”
“We received input from a number of drivers, as well as, NASCAR Officials before making our final improvement plans,” stated Igdalsky. “A new outer pit wall will replace the current pit wall and new concrete pit stalls will provide an excellent surface for pit stops and subsequent burn-outs. Our pit stalls are already among the largest on the circuit and our pit road is one of the widest and safest in NASCAR,” Igdalsky added. “Pocono was last repaved in 1995 and all construction work will be completed prior to Pocono Raceway’s June 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.”
The 2012 Pocono Raceway schedule includes the June 10, Pocono 400 and the August 5, Pennsylvania 400, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. An ARCA 200-mile race will be run on Saturday, June 9. An ARCA 125-mile race and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 125-mile race will be run on Saturday, August 4. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Qualifying will also be conducted on the Saturday prior to each Sprint Cup Series event.
Renewal forms for 2012 tickets have been sent out to existing ticket holders. June 2011 ticket holders will receive a 10 percent discount on tickets ordered by October 31. August 2011 ticket holders will receive a 20 percent discount on tickets ordered by November 1 or a 10 percent discount on tickets ordered by December 31. Additionally, if race fans renew their tickets for the 2012 season by October 31, they will be automatically entered into a random drawing for two tickets to 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas on Friday, December 2 and $500 spending cash. For additional renewal or ticket information call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3923) or visit: www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(10-4-2011)
Pocono Raceway Solar Farm hits milestone: Slightly more than one year after the dedication of Pocono Raceway’s solar farm, the total amount of electricity produced by the 25 acre facility reached the 4,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark. The solar installation consists of 39,960 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 1,000 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway.
The 4,000,000 (kWh) produced has already impacted the environment. The total energy generated equals the use of 22,830 light bulbs (60W) for one year at eight hours per day and represents a savings of 324,000 gallons of gasoline with a carbon dioxide (CO2) offset equaling that of 72,000 trees. The Raceway has been awarded a number of environmental awards for its sustainable energy efforts including the 2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award presented by RenewableEnergyWorld.com and the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. These awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise
The Pocono Raceway Solar Farm is located along Long Pond Road adjacent Pocono Raceway’s storied two and one-half mile Super Speedway. Pocono Raceway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2012. The 31st annual Pocono 400 is scheduled for June 8-10 and the 39th annual Pennsylvania 400 is set for August 3-5.(Pocono Raceway)(9-28-2011)
Drive the track at Ponoco for hurricane relief: Hurricane Irene's widespread destruction was felt up and down the East Coast. Northeastern Pennsylvania had its share of flooding and wind damage that has affected thousands of residents in the Pocono Mountains. Through it all, the American Red Cross was there to assist Hurricane Irene victims with food, clothing, meals and shelter. Hurricane Irene is the latest natural disaster to have taxed the resources of the Red Cross. Pocono Raceway would like to help. The Raceway, which has partnered with the Red Cross in hosting blood drives and various fundraising activities, will be allowing individuals the unique opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway on Thursday September 1. For a donation of $10.00 per car, individuals can take a two-lap drive around "The Tricky Triangle." Pocono Raceway will match the total dollar amount collected. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross of the Poconos, Disaster Relief Fund. Hours of the ride on September 1 will be from 12 noon to 6:30 p.m.(Pocono Raceway)(8-30-2011)
Pocono considering 400 mile races: UPDATE: Pocono Raceway President Brandon Igdalski told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that cutting the track's two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 500 miles to 400 next season is "being considered". "We're looking at things, but we haven't made that decision quite yet," said Igdalski. "We're looking at it for the future, whether it's this year, next year, or a couple of years down the road. It's a different sport and a different time than it was years ago, and we're always looking at things." Igdalski took the helm of the historic tri-oval when his grandfather, track founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli, announced his retirement Friday. Igdalski said he was unaware of his grandfather's plans, adding, "We got a call about 30 minutes beforehand saying, `Be in the Media Center in half an hour.' I had no idea he was going to retire. My jaw hit the ground."(Sirius Speedway)(8-10-2011)
UPDATE: Pocono Raceway's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was in 1974, a second Sprint Cup Series race was added to the Pocono schedule in 1982. Sunday's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 was the 68thSprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway. Each race was scheduled for 500 miles and each produced its share of drama and excitement. Starting with the June 10, 2012 Pocono Sprint Cup Series race, the scheduled distance for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be shortened to 400 miles. "The 400 mile distance will make NASCAR racing at Pocono even more exciting," stated Raceway President and CEO , Brandon Igdalsky. "Race strategies will change, fuel mileage calculations will be altered and I firmly believe that our fans will be treated to outstanding racing at the 400 mile distance." "NASCAR supports Pocono Raceway's move to two 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2012," stated Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Racing Operations . "We believe this will be a good transition for the fans and competitors. It will provide the teams with a new type of strategy and should make for even more exciting competition at a unique facility that has a long-standing history in our sport." Eight weeks after the Pocono 400. It will be the August 5, Pennsylvania 400. Both 400 mile races will have the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as companion races. The August Pennsylvania 400 weekend will also feature a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on August 4.(Pocono Raceway)(8-10-2011)
Security Guards Stabbed at Pocono Raceway: Two Philadelphia-area men were in the Monroe County jail over the weekend after police said one stabbed two security guards at Pocono Raceway early Sunday. Daniel Kupper, 20, of Melrose Park, is in Monroe County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail after Pocono Mountain Regional Police said he stabbed two members of the track's security force during a fight around 3:20 am. Police said Louis Kupper, 23, of Elkins Park, didn't stab either of the two unidentified guards, but is in jail on a parole violation. According to police, the Kuppers were passengers in a van that disobeyed traffic directions given by the event staff at the track's staging area. Both got out of the vehicle and began fighting with security and event staffers. Daniel Kupper then stabbed a 50-year-old security staffer in his neck, shoulder and back, police said. He also stabbed a 55-year-old security staffer in the collarbone and back, police said. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The 55-year-old was listed in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, but no condition was available for the 50-year-old victim. Both were employees of the Strike Force Protective Services company. Daniel Kupper is being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking. After a Sunday preliminary hearing, he is in jail on $100,000 bail. Louis Kupper is charged with simple assault, furnishing alcohol to a minor, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He is being held in the jail on a parole violation and is waiting for an arraignment hearing.(Pocono Record)(8-9-2011)
Keselowski wins at Pocono: an injured #2-Brad Keselowski won the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 3rd career win and 2nd win of 2011. On Wednesday, Keselowski broke his left ankle in a practice wreck at Road Atlanta. On lap 124 there was a heavy rain shower at 3:35pm/et that brought a 1 hour, 40 minute delay of the race. The track was dried and the race restarted and finished.
#18-Busch [who spun early in the race] finished 2nd followed by #22-Busch, #48-Johnson, #39-Newman, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and last weeks race winner #27-Menard. The pole sitter, #20-Logano, who would had won the race if the rain delay ended the race, had a tire go down late and had to pit, finishing 26th.
Points leader going in to the race, #99-Edwards, finished 7th and his lead drops to 9 points over #48-Johnson.
There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps and a 1:40 red flag for rain. The attendance is listed as 85,000, down from 100,000 last year.
Scheduled Race Re-Air:
ESPN2, Monday, August 8 at 12:00 am/et;
SPEED, Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00pm/et
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Pocono Race Results/Awards page.
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-7-2011)
In Memoriam: On Sunday, August 7th, a Pit Wall Plaque will be dedicated to the memory of John A. Venuti, known to many in the racing world as "The Bear". John was a dear friend of Pocono Raceway and NASCAR.(Pocono Raceway)(8-7-2011)
Revised Pocono Schedule for Sunday: Due to the postponement of the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) & Pennsylvania 125 (ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards) races, Pocono Raceway will exchange a Saturday General Admission grandstand ticket for a $25.00 credit towards the purchase of any Sunday Grandstand ticket OR a similar Saturday Grandstand ticket in 2012. Pocono Raceway will also exchange a Saturday Terrace Club ticket for a $75.00 credit towards the purchase of any Sunday ticket valued at $75.00 or more. Fans can exchange their tickets by visiting the Gate # 8 ticket booth behind the Grandstands, beginning at 8:00 am. If the Pre-Race Pits are not open due to competition on the track, Pre-Race Pit /Paddock Pass will be honored for Pre-Race Pit/Paddock admission for either NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in 2012.
Here is Sunday’s revised schedule of events is as follows:
5:00 a.m. – Parking Lots Open
8:00 a.m. – Grandstand Gates Open
9:00 a.m. – Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 (Truck Series) race
TBD – Pennsylvania 125 (ARCA) race to immediately follow conclusion of Truck Series event
12:00 p.m. – Salute to the Armed Forces Pre-Race Festivities Begin
12:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series Driver Introductions
1:00 p.m. – Good Sam RV Insurance 500 (Cup Series) race.(Pocono Raceway)
TV Note: SPEED will offer live coverage of Sunday’s rain-postponed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Pocono Raceway Sunday at 9:00 am/et. NASCAR RaceDay follows the Truck Series race live at 10:00 am/et. SPEED also will provide same-day delayed coverage of the ARCA Racing Series race from Pocono Sunday at 10:00pm/et following Wind Tunnel.(8-7-2011)
Pocono Raceway Forms Multi-Year Partnership with FullCircle Ventures: Pocono Raceway has formed a multi-year agreement with FullCircle Ventures, LLC to represent the track in marketing its assets and creating corporate partnerships. Known as the “Tricky Triangle” for its triangular 2.5-mile layout, Pocono Raceway is just 90 miles from New York and Philadelphia. FullCircle will aggressively promote the track’s close proximity to the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 television markets, focusing on corporate sponsorship, race entitlement, suite sales and trackside marketing, while also identifying and developing new entertainment opportunities for the track that annually hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events. It features the StockCar Racing Experience, offering fan packages that range from a three-lap ride-along program to an 80-lap driving experience. And from its strong social networking presence to the implementation of SAFER Barriers and new catchfencing all around the 2.5-mile triangle, Pocono Raceway has continued to renovate well after building new competitor garages, a media center and infield care center in 1999. In August 2010, Pocono Raceway opened a 25-acre solar farm capable of producing 3-4 million megawatts of electricity per year. The solar farm allows the track to be totally self-sustaining from an energy perspective, while also providing additional electricity to the local grid – a claim no other racing facility in the country can make. In fact, Pocono Raceway is the largest renewable energy project in the state of Pennsylvania.(Pocono Raceway)(8-7-2011)
Pocono Raceway owner resigns and retires MORE: Pocono Raceway owner Joseph Mattioli has resigned and turned over all his duties to his grandchildren. "It has to stay in the family," said Mattioli, in a June interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I put it in trust. They can't touch it. They can't sell it. The (SOBs) are going to run it, or they're going to starve." Track president and grandson Brandon Igdalsky has added the new title of CEO to his list of duties at the track. The 87-year-old Mattioli fought back tears Friday as he talked about his decision to step down. Mattioli was in a wheelchair and held his wife's hand. Mattioli was a former dentist in the Philadelphia area before he moved to the Poconos in the 1960s. He's known around the track as "Doc."(Pocono Record)(8-5-2011)
MORE see the Doc Mattioli retirement statement at the Pocono Raceway site.(8-7-2011)
Hauler knocks down Pocono flagstand: a Truck Series [#66] team hauler accidentally knocked down the Pocono Raceway flagstand at the start-finish line. The track will use a temporary stand for the weekend.
The track chose to make it fun and hold a contest, see it and more images at the Pocono Raceway facebook page.(8-4-2011)
National Anthem for Pocono: Country recording artist, Lauren Briant, will sing the National Anthem prior to the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway on Saturday August 6. Later that evening (7:00 - 9:30 pm) she will perform a free concert in the Pocono Raceway infield for infield and RV guests. A fireworks display will follow the concert.
Saturday August 6 will be filled with exciting racing starting with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying at 9:35 am followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Weis Markets qualifying at 10:40 am. Pre-race activities for the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 begin at 12:30 pm with the green flag scheduled for 1:00 pm. The Pennsylvania 125, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race will immediately follow the truck series race. The Lauren Briant infield concert and a fireworks display will conclude a day of exciting, action packed events. Pre-race activities for the Good Sam RV Insurance 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race begin at 11:00 am on Sunday August 7. Driver introduction is set for 12:30 pm leading up to the scheduled 1:00 pm start of the Good Sam RV Insurance 500. Good tickets remain for both days but are going fast. To order tickets call the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com. A print at home option is available for online purchases.(Pocono Raceway)(8-2-2011)
Good Sam sponsoring August race at Pocono: Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners community, and Pocono International Raceway, announced the sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Series races at Pocono Raceway on August 6-7 , 2011. The Sprint Cup Series event will be titled the Good Sam RV Insurance 500 and the Camping World Truck Series event will be titled the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125. The Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125 will air live on SPEED at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. August 6, 2011. The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 7, 2011. For ticket information, visit http://www.poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929)(Pocono Raceway)(7-21-2011)
More Shifting Now Available At Pocono: For practice, qualifying and the race, all competitors must compete with transmission gear ratios as follows: 1st gear optional; 2nd gear 1.70:1 or greater (1.699 or less will not be permitted); 3rd gear 1.14:1 or greater (1.139 or less will not be permitted); 4th gear must remain 1.00:1. Overdrive ratios will not be permitted.
This is an addendum to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book which states: Transmission gear ratios between 1.00:1 and 1.28:1 will not be permitted for the remaining forward transmission gears except road course Events. Overdrive gears will not be permitted.
Said John Darby, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director: "There has been some confusion that shifting was not allowed at Pocono, and that isn't true. The real reason shifting stopped at Pocono was because gear ratios weren't compatible for shifting. Over the last few years, teams have done it with limited success but not on a consistent basis. So, what we did was change transmission gear ratios to make it easier on engines and give teams a better opportunity to use third gear and shift. Primarily it's in an effort to allow the drivers to maximize the RPM on each of the three straightaways. When you look at the race track, you instantly see the issue that they're faced with. The frontstretch is more than 3,700 feet [3,740], the backstretch or the Long Pond Straight is 3,000 [3,055] feet and the short straightaway between the Tunnel Turn and Turn 3 is only 1,780 feet. So consequently [there will be] a straightaway that you don't get anywhere near your maximum potential RPM. This is all done in an effort to try to even those three straightaways out in the RPM that the engine will attain."(NASCAR)(6-10-2011)
Pocono Raceway Festival: This Saturday, June 11th at noon, the Sherman Theater will present the third annual Pocono Raceway Festival located on Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Taking place the day before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 500 race at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA – just minutes down Interstate 80 – this free, all-day long music and racing celebration will have something for everyone in the family. The festival was created in part to support Sunday's race at the Pocono Raceway and to give the fans that are visiting the region something fun to do on the day prior to the race.
By combining spectacular show car displays, delicious food vendors, fun games for all ages, and musical performances on several stages, the staff at the Sherman Theater is ready to top last year’s awesome event. Headlining the musical portion of the festival with a rockin’ performance on the 5th street stage will be legendary rock icons Blue Oyster Cult. Known for their classic hits like “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, “Burnin’ For You”, “Godzilla”, and others, these hit makers will keep the Main Street crowd moving.
Although admission to The 2011 Pocono Raceway festival is free, VIP tickets are available at ShermanTheater.com right now for just $8 and include a variety of perks for the fan who is looking for that special experience. Benefits of a VIP ticket include:
* A guaranteed spot in the VIP area closest to the stage for the Blue Oyster Cult show.
* An entry into a raffle on the day of the festival where fans can win any number of cool prizes
* A limited edition poster commemorating the Pocono Raceway Festival with Blue Oyster Cult (while supplies last).
* One ticket to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway on August 6th, 2011 (while supplies last).
In addition to Blue Oyster Cult, other performances representing various musical genres and styles will run throughout the day on several outdoor stages around the downtown area. Fans will be treated to sets from NEPA favorites MiZ, The Mike Montrey Band, Sherman Theater Clash For Cash winners The Hollow, Waiting For Katie, Mouths of Babes, Sinners Saints, The Kevin Brennan Band, The Holy Goats, Dave Goddess Group, Mystery Fyre, and High Strung.
Rich Berkowitz, Sherman Theater President & CEO, explained why the Sherman works to produce this festival year after year. “This festival is a great opportunity for race fans, local residents, and tourists visiting the Poconos to get acquainted with all that downtown Stroudsburg and the Pocono Mountains have to offer.” Berkowitz continued, “And attending the Pocono Raceway Festival is also an exciting way to support a community treasure like the Sherman Theater.”
The Pocono Raceway Festival highlights all of the great retail, food, and craft attractions downtown Stroudsburg has in store during the time when NASCAR race teams make their way to the Pocono Mountains region for the first Sprint Cup race of the year at Pocono Raceway. This year’s festival will feature:
* A GEICO show car display with fun interactive games and prizes
* The FedEx show car and truck along with a FedEx Racing shop
* The Stock Car Experience with a virtual NASCAR driving simulator
* The Coors Lite NASCAR show car
* The Miss Sprint Cup Girls
* Giveaways and samples from Pocono 500 race title sponsor 5-Hour Energy
* Kitt from Knight Rider
Other attractions at the festival include RC Car Races, Pinewood Derby Races, Rock Wall Climbing, Carnival games with prizes, racing simulators, face painting, air brush tattoos, and NASCAR themed vendors. And for the young fans at the festival, the characters of Blue and Magenta from Blue's Clues: Live will be making an appearance and taking pictures!
In addition to all of this, there will be nearly two hundred different vendors and storefronts with sidewalk sales and specials. Not to mention the over twenty different food vendors and restaurants that will showcase food ranging from Caribbean jerk chicken to pulled pork to deep fried Oreos.
The Pocono Raceway Festival is an event to benefit the nonprofit Sherman Theater, including all of the work that the organization accomplishes with local charities like the Rotary Club, Daffodil Express, and others. Festival attendees are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets on Saturday as all proceeds from the raffle will support the Sherman Theater. These raffle tickets will earn fans the chance to score cool prizes like Terrace Club passes for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway, Martin brand acoustic guitars signed by performing artists like Hinder and moe., and much more.
The 2011 Pocono Raceway Festival could not be produced by the Sherman Theater without help from generous festival sponsors including ESSA Bank, Gray Chevrolet, the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, and the Jacob Stroud Corporation. Sherman Theater media partners for this event include 98.5 KRZ, Viamedia, and the Pocono Record. For more information on the 2011 Pocono Raceway Festival or any of the Sherman Theater’s upcoming events, visit the Sherman online at www.shermantheater.com.(Sherman Theater PR)(6-9-2011)
Pocono Raceway Welcomes Back PepsiCo’s Dream Machine Recycling Program: As we cruise into the 2011 season, Pocono Raceway continues to fuel our recycling efforts by welcoming back the PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling program. Last year, we became the first raceway to launch the program, and are excited to provide race fans with this convenient and rewarding recycling option again this season!
When you recycle your plastic bottles and aluminum cans in a Dream Machine, you can:
* Support post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities;
* Help make our planet a little greener; and
* Earn personal reward points, redeemable for local discounts (kiosks only).
Each time you recycle in a Dream Machine you are taking action to help support a disabled U.S. veteran – the more bottles and cans people recycle in a Dream Machine, the more support PepsiCo will provide to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a national program offering post-9/11 disabled U.S. veterans free education and experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management.
You’re also helping to make our planet greener; many people are shocked to learn that only one-third of the plastic beverage containers in the United States are recycled – that means that two-thirds often wind up as litter. But, if every household in the U.S. recycled just three more plastic bottles a month, we could divert more than 23 million pounds of plastic from our landfills. When you recycle your plastic bottles or aluminum cans in a Dream Machine kiosk, you can earn points redeemable for local discounts and coupons on entertainment, dining and travel at Greenopolis.com.
The Dream Machine recycling initiative – created by PepsiCo in collaboration with Waste Management, Keep America Beautiful and Greenopolis – is introducing thousands of recycling kiosks and bins at high-traffic, public locations around the country to help increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate by giving Americans convenient access to recycling receptacles. For more information on the program, visit Facebook.com/DreamMachine. To find Dream Machine locations across North America, visit www.DreamMachineLocator.com.(Pocono Raceway)(6-8-2011)
Destination Pocono offers Transportation Option: Pocono Raceway is partnering once again with Destination Pocono to offer local transportation for residents and tourists to both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway in 2011. Destination Pocono will provide 11 pick-up locations for the June 12, Pocono 500 and the August 7, Pennsylvania 500. This service not only alleviates traffic into the race track but also allows people a service of both convenience and safety while reducing carbon emissions.
For only $35.00 per person, race fans will be able to meet a bus at the designated location that is most convenient to them. The bus will enter the track quickly via a bus lane as well as exit after the race in the same bus lane to beat the traffic. Your driver will remain with the bus for easy refills of your cooler and to store any memorabilia you wish to bring home with you. The best part is that the bus actually takes a trip around the track that everyone on board is sure to enjoy.
Destination Pocono is offering the following pick-up locations to choose from: Wilkes-Barre, Montage Mountain, Downtown Scranton, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, Tannersville, Milford, Greentown/Hawley, White Haven, Hazleton and Easton. Destination Pocono can now book several race ticket packages along with local transportation to consumers.
It's is incredibly easy for you to book your seat as well as your race tickets and upgrades. Visit www.DestinationPocono.com for more information and pricing or call 888-629-8050.(Pocono Raceway)(6-8-2011)
Jason Lee named 5-hour Energy 500 Grand Marshal: Pocono Raceway announced that Jason Lee, star of TNT's Memphis Beat, has been named Grand Marshal for the 5-hour ENERGY 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 12, 2011. Lee, who stars as Memphis police detective Dwight Hendricks, will participate in pre-race activities, which includes giving the command for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to start their engines. Memphis Beat centers on Hendricks, a detective who considers himself the keeper of Memphis. He inherited a passion for music and an instinct for solving crimes from his father, an officer who was killed in the line of duty when Dwight was a young boy. Dwight sees his hometown of Memphis as a rich, magical place. He is an outstanding detective with a laid-back, easygoing style and an incredible, radar-like intuition about what people are thinking or feeling.(Pocono Racway)(6-7-2011)
Pocono Race becomes the 5-hour Energy 500: Pocono Raceway and 5-hour Energy announce the Sprint Cup Series race, to be held on Sunday, June 12 at "The Tricky Triangle," will be titled the "5-hour Energy 500." Representatives of 5-hour Energy will be stationed throughout the raceway, all weekend long, offering free samples of their 0 sugar, 4 calorie energy shot. Pocono marks the first time 5-hour Energy is sponsoring a race in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The Michigan-based brand has a strong presence in NASCAR as the title sponsor for last year's Nationwide Series race in St. Louis and this year's Nationwide Series race in Dover. 5-hour Energy is also in its fourth season as primary sponsor for the Rusty Wallace Racing's #66 entry, driven by Steven Wallace.(Pocono Raceway)(6-5-2011)
Jimmie Johnson Pocono 500 Ticket Package: Pocono Raceway announced the “Jimmie Johnson Pocono Q&A Package,” available for purchase, for the 2011 Pocono 500. Race fans can chose from three Grandstand ticket packages, which include: an exclusive question and answer session with five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson, a Grandstand ticket and a discounted Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass. The available packages are priced at $75 for a Concourse-level ticket, $105 for a Terrace-level ticket and $115 for a Terrace Platinum-level ticket. The Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass is good at designated times throughout the weekend and has been reduced to cost $30. Additionally, fans purchasing this package will receive access to Johnson’s Q&A Session, held inside Victory Lane, on Sunday, June 12th, at 10:15 a.m. prior to the start of the Pocono 500. Fans can purchase this ticket package by mentioning the “Jimmie Johnson Pocono Q&A Package” when calling 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929) or when ordering online by clicking the Packages link at: www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.(Pocono Raceway)(5-31-2011)
Mother's Day Special at Pocono: Pocono Raceway is celebrating Mother's Day with a ticket sale. Show you mother how much you appreciated her by sending her to a live NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Pocono Raceway has slashed their prices on grandstand tickets for both the Pocono and Pennsylvania 500's during this special offer! Concourse tickets are only $22.50 each and Terrace tickets are only $60 each. Tickets are limited to six (6) per order, per customer. Get yours today by clicking here and entering promo code "MOM11" or you can speak to one of our ticket representative at 1-800-RACEWAY!(Pocono Raceway)(5-6-2011)
Pocono Raceway to receive Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence: Pocono Raceway will be one of the recipients of the 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The award highlights the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation.
Pocono Raceway is receiving this award for the development of a three megawatt, ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system that went online in September 2010. The 25-acre solar installation, with its 39,960 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, has become the primary electric energy source for the Raceway while adding enough electricity to the local power grid to power 1,000 homes. The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will be added to a list of awards already bestowed on Pocono Raceway for its solar facility and other environmental initiatives.
The recipients will be honored at a dinner tonight (April 28) at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as the keynote speaker and Richard Allan, Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources will speak. Janelle Stelson, News Anchor for WGAL, Channel 8 television will be the program emcee. Brandon Igdalsky, Raceway President and George Ewald, Raceway Vice-President will accept the award on behalf of Pocono Raceway.(Pocono Raceway)(4-29-2011)
Pocono Raceway Honored: The Pocono Raceway Solar Project has been recognized as the winner of the 2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards, Readers Choice Award. Of the hundreds of nominees, The Pocono Raceway Solar Project was one of four finalists selected by the Renewable Energy World Network of Editors. Pocono Raceway’s Solar Project was recognized for its achievements in developing the world’s largest solar-powered sports facility. The award was announced at the Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida on March 8, 2011.
The Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo has been a leading event in the renewable industry for eight years. Jim Callihan, President of RenewableEnergyWorld.com, said of the winner, “Pocono Raceway exemplifies the kind of company that will lead our economy to the next generation of energy excellence and make our planet a safer, cleaner place for the future.”(Pocono Raceway)(3-11-2011)
Qualifying for Pocono races switch to Saturday: The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday. "The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ," stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky."Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway."
Qualifying for the June 12, Pocono 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, will be held on Saturday, June 11. The Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event, will follow qualifying.
The August 7, Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend will feature two sets of qualifying and two 125 mile races on Saturday August 6; the Pocono Mountains 125, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and the Pennsylvania 125, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event. Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 500 are scheduled for Saturday morning. The Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
There will be no shortage of on track action on Friday of both race weekends. A total of close to five hours of practice for the Pocono 500 and Pocono 200, plus Pocono 200 qualifying will be featured on June 10. More than six hours of practice for the Pennsylvania 500, Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 are scheduled for August 5. Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 125 will follow practice on August 5.
Tickets for the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 weekends are on sale now. To purchase tickets call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(1-17-2011)
Holiday tix sale at Pocono: Pocono Raceway has put 1,500 Grandstand & Club Tickets up for grabs at a discounted price. Whether you're buying for yourself or as a gift, this is the chance to experience all the thrills and excitement of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race LIVE!
Go to poconoraceway.com and use promo code SANTA to redeem your 15% discount. Only 1,500 tickets will be held for this Promotion. And Use promo code SANTA and receive 20% off your entire merchandise order (placed by 12/21 at midnight) at shop-poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(12-18-2010)
One Million Kilowatt Hours of Electricity Produced at Pocono: Less than four months since energy production began at Pocono Raceway's solar farm, the total amount of electricity produced by the 25 acre facility reached the 1,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) mark. The solar installation consists of 39,960 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,100 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 1,000 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway.(Pocono PR)(12-10-2010)
Pocono Announces Multi-Million Dollar Improvements: On June 4th of this year, Pocono Raceway officials announced, safety improvements were to be in place for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the Pennsylvania Superspeedway. Work on those improvements; the installation of a SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier in the infield and a catch fence along the back stretch started in mid October and is expected to be completed by the year end.
The ‘new generation’ SAFER barrier, designed by Dr. Dean Sicking and his team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility and approved by NASCAR, will run on the entire length of the inside of the track from the exit of turn # 1 to the entrance of turn # 3, a total of 5,516 feet. Pocono Raceway already has SAFER barriers in place in each of the three turns that make up the ‘Tricky Triangle.’
The new catch fence will run from the end of the front stretch and connect with the existing catch fence in turn # 2, a total of 6,155 feet. A catch fence will now surround the entire 2.5 mile length of the race track. “These improvements are aimed at increased driver safety,” stated Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President. “We had these projects in the planning stages, before the 2010 Pocono NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events took place.”
Ticket information is available online at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling the Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929)(Pocono Raceway)(11-30-2010)
Pocono Raceway Drop Off Location for Toys for Tots Program: Pocono Raceway is proud to announce it has joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve Toys for Tots Program as a drop-off location. The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Everyone who drops off a new, unwrapped toy at the Raceway drop-off bin (located in the Raceway Ticket Office lobby) will be entered to win two Terrace Bistro tickets for the June 12, 2011 Pocono 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The Terrace Bistro includes reserved club seating, Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass, cash bar, private restrooms and food concessions available. Each Terrace Bistro is valued at $150.
The objectives of Toys for Tots Program are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. All toys collected at the Pocono Raceway location will be distributed to needy children in Monroe County. Mountains Concessions, the Raceway concessioner, is donating 100 hats, 100 Kids T-shirts and 100 die cast cars to kick-off the Raceway collection drive. The Raceway ticket office is located on Long Pond Rd. and is open weekdays from 9:00AM-4:45PM.
With Christmas around the corner, a Pocono Raceway gift certificate would make a great gift to that someone special in your life. Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be redeemed for race tickets to either the June 12th Pocono 500 or the August 7th Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR event weekends. You can purchase gift certificates on line at www.poconoraceway.com, by phone by calling 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or at the Raceway Ticket Office.(11-27-2010)
Pocono Raceway recogized for environmental efforts: In recent weeks, Pocono Raceway was the recipient of three awards for its 25 acre, three megawatt solar installation that was dedicated on July 30, 2010. Pocono Raceway accepted the “Green Power: Make It” award from The Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) for the development of a three megawatt solar power array, that will cut greenhouse emissions by nearly 3,000 tons a year. The award was presented at the organization’s 11th annual awards ceremony in Philadelphia.
The second award, the 2010 Bizzy Award for Best Green Marketing Campaign, was presented to Pocono Raceway by the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce at its fifth annual awards ceremony in Mount Poco#This award recognized the Raceway’s development of the solar farm as well as its implementation of a number of “green initiatives” including recycling and tree planting.
The third award, the Valued Partner Award, was presented to Pocono Raceway by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau in recognition for its solar power initiative.
The 25-acre solar installation, located adjacent to the 2.5-mile race track, is so large it’s visible from outer space. With its 39,960 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, it has become the primary electric energy source for the race track while adding electricity to the local power grid. The installation will produce more than 72 megawatts of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 2,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for close to 1,000 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway.
Pocono Raceway, in its effort to become the world's first, truly "green" sports facility in operation was the first raceway to be part of the PepsiCo Dream Machine program. With this program, Dream Machine bins and kiosks were located throughout the Grandstand and Infield to make it easier for race fans to recycle bottles and cans that, otherwise, might have been thrown away. The Raceway also placed a Dream Machine kiosk near the ticket office entrance, which is located on Long Pond Rd, and is available to the general public 24/7.
Pocono Raceway participated in the “NASCAR’s Green Flag Tree Planting Program”, which was launched in 2009. The initiative’s goal is to plant 10 trees for every green flag that drops at NASCAR Cup races. NASCAR threw 8 green flags during the 2009 Pocono 500 race; therefore 80 trees were planted locally in Monroe County. Pocono Raceway will be “green” in 2011 as all the electricity used during Pocono Raceway’s 2011 NASCAR race weekends (June 10-12th Pocono 500 and the August 5-7th Pennsylvania 500) will be provided by the solar farm, recycling will be in full force and additional trees will be planted. For race ticket information or to learn more about Pocono Raceway’s green initiatives call 1-800-RACEWAY or visit poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(10-15-2010)
Pocono Raceway Offers Dream Machine Recycling to Local Residents: During the recent Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race weekend, Pocono Raceway kicked off a new recycling program with PepsiCo and Waste Management.
Pocono Raceway, in its effort to become the world's first, truly "green" sports facility, has a three megawatt solar farm in operation, and was the first raceway to be part of the PepsiCo Dream Machine program. With this program, Dream Machine bins and kiosks were located throughout the Grandstand and Infield to make it easier for race fans to recycle bottles and cans that, otherwise, might have been thrown away. Pocono Raceway now invites local residents and guests to participate in the PepsiCo Dream Machine program. The Raceway placed a Dream Machine kiosk near the ticket office entrance, which is located on Long Pond Rd, and is available to the general public 24/7. With each can or bottle recycled in the kiosk, PepsiCo will make a donation to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) which provides job training and guidance to disabled veterans to help them pursue their dreams of starting their own businesses. In addition, Raceway recyclers can also earn points for each item recycled, redeemable for rewards at Greenopolis.com.
Pocono Raceway plans to continue the PepsiCo Dream Machine program for its two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2011. The Pocono 500, June 10-12 and the Pennsylvania 500 August 5-7. For more information about the Dream Machine program or for 2011 ticket information call 1-800 RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) of visit poconoraceway.com.(9-29-2010)
Pocono crowd less then reported? The crowd estimated at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 1 fell far below the 100,000 people announced by NASCAR. How far? Try about half that number, according to an independent count by the Pocono Record. Attendance figures at the track long have been closely guarded by Pocono Raceway — though NASCAR does release its own estimates. But secrecy breeds curiosity, and perhaps even nosiness, so the Pocono Record conducted its own count based on aerial photographs and crowd-counting techniques. The images, captured near the start of the race, revealed half-filled grandstands and an infield with vast stretches of grass where vehicles once clustered during past races. The newspaper estimates that only about 48,000 spectators — a figure that includes a nearly 15% cushion to account for a margin of error — were on hand for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 that day. It is unclear what source NASCAR used as the basis for the 100,000 visitors it cited in official race results — whether it was from tickets sold or turnstile clicks. The sport's governing body did not respond to requests for comment. When asked about the numbers, Pocono Raceway reiterated its long-standing policy of nondisclosure of attendance, which is a common stance among racing venues.
"Pocono Raceway is privately owned and as such, we do not give out attendance figures," raceway Vice President Bob Pleban wrote in an e-mail. Pleban did not dispute the Pocono Record's numbers, reaffirming the raceway's position that it does not release these numbers. But he did seek to explain them.(more at the Pocono Record)(8-22-2010)
Pocono announces 2011 Sched: Race fans will have to wait an extra week to see NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing at Pocono Raceway in 2011. Due to a number of changes in the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule, both Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been moved back one week. The 30th annual Pocono 500 is scheduled for June 12 and the 38th annual Pennsylvania 500 is scheduled for August 7. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which made its debut at Pocono Raceway in 2010, will return to Pocono on August 6 for the Pocono Mountains 125. The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will also be part of the schedule for both of Pocono Raceway's Cup race weekends. The ARCA Racing Series will run on June 11 and will join the Camping World Truck Series for a racing doubleheader on August 6. All ticket renewals for 2010 ticket holders will be emailed by August 19, 2010. Those ticket holders who do not have an email account will be sent a hard copy via mail. A number of payment plans are available for fans renewing their tickets for 2011. Discounts on Grandstand Tickets and Ticket Insurance are also available. For more information, visit poconoraceway.com or call the Pocono ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929)(Pocono Raceway)(8-20-2010)
Pocono may give up race date, in a few years: Pocono Raceway co-owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli told Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Thursday that he might be willing to give up one of his track’s two race dates, but not in the near future. In recent comments to Yahoo! Sports reporter Brant James, Mattioli implied that two races were now too many for some tracks, including Pocono. However, he said he will retain his two Sprint Cup Series dates until at least 2013, when new NASCAR television contracts take effect. Asked if Pocono will be part of a rumored 2001 schedule shakeup, Mattioli replied, “absolutely not.”(Sirius Speedway)(8-1-2010)
Pocono Raceway announces Grand Marshals: This weekend’s racing action at Pocono Raceway will consist of the star drivers of three of the nation’s top motor sports series; the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards. But before the green flag flies to start the August 1, Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, stars of a different sort will give the command to fire the engines…10 stars in fact. Four Generals (accounting for 10 stars) from various branches of the military will serve as Co- Grand Marshals for Sunday’s Sprint Cup event.
Four star Air Force General, Roger A. Brady; three star Army Lieutenant General, William N. Phillips; two star National Guard Major General, Randall Marchi; and one star Air National Guard Brigadier General, Roy E. Uptegraff III, will give the command “Gentleman Start Your Engines” that will bring to life 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars. Gates open at 9:00AM Sunday with pre-race activities beginning at 11:00AM all leading upto the 1:00PM start of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Tickets are available by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting www.poconoraceway.com . Online purchasers have a print at home option. Tickets are also available at the gate.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2010)
Pocono Raceway Activates World's Largest Solar Powered Sports Facility: As the country begins to aggressively seek alternative energy sources, a significant new solar energy project is ready to flip the switch in what might be considered an unlikely place – a NASCAR racetrack in Long Pond, PA. Yet, considering the major sustainability programs being initiated throughout the NASCAR industry, the 3 megawatt ground-mount photovoltaic solar energy system at Pocono Raceway is completely in step with a sport taking major strides to preserve the environment. The 25-acre solar installation, located adjacent to the 2.5-mile race track, is so large it’s visible from outer space. With its 40,000 photovoltaic modules drawing energy from the sun, it will become the primary electric energy source for the race track while adding electricity to the local power grid.
The Pocono Raceway Solar Project, developed by enXco, and owned by Pocono Raceway, host of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series summer events, is located along Long Pond Road adjacent to the storied raceway on land that previously served fan parking needs but is no longer used due to a reconfiguration of other parking lots on the property.
The installation consists of nearly 40,000 American made photovoltaic modules that will produce more than 72 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the system will offset more than 3,104 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide annually and will generate enough power to provide the electricity needs for over 1,000 homes beyond the power needs of Pocono Raceway. Tickets are available for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting www.poconoraceway.com . Online purchasers have a print at home option. Tickets are also available at the gate.(Pocono Raceway)(7-31-2010)
Pocono Raceway going green with buses: To reduce the environmental impact of the thousands of NASCAR fans traveling into the Poconos for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 on August 1st , Pocono Raceway is continuing their “green” campaign by encouraging race fans to park their cars and ride in on special charter buses. By participating in this program, fans can reduce the effect of their presence on local roadways and enjoy a safer travel option.
The buses are available to all fans, local residents and visitors alike. Early morning departures from area park-and-ride locations will provide timely arrivals at the racetrack, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy the track’s festivities, shop its vendors, and utilize Pit/Paddock Passes. As a special treat for using this service, fans will also enjoy a lap around “The Tricky Triangle” upon arrival.
Pocono Raceway, along with Martz Trailways and Destination Pocono, began this bus program two years ago. Last year’s four pick-up locations have exploded to eleven, covering the entire four-county Pocono region and New York City. This year, race fans can park and ride from one of the following locations: Wilkes-Barre, Montage Mountain, Downtown Scranton, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, Tannersville, Milford, Greentown/Hawley, Hazleton and White Haven. Seats are available at $29.99 per rider locally, and $69.99 from New York City.
Pocono Raceway is encouraging fans to contact Destination Pocono for their complete race planning. Area hotels are also partnering with Destination Pocono to offer complete weekend packages that include accommodations, race tickets, upgrades and bus seats. This means that fans can receive complete, one-stop race planning service when gearing up for the August 1, Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 . For more information, please visit www.DestinationPocono.com or call our toll-free number at 888-629-8050.(Pocono Raceway)(7-28-2010)
Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will host its annual Race Car Day on Wednesday July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among those represented will be Pocono Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Philadelphia region of the Sports Car Club of America, and Drexel University's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team. One lucky child will drop the Green Flag at the Pocono Raceway ARCA race on Saturday, July 31, 2010, plus receive 4 tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono on Sunday, August 1, The winner will be announced during the event.
Sunoco Sponsors Pocono Race to Raise Money for Red Cross: The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter announced the launch of The Pocono Raceway Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience. Now through July 16th, fans can enter to win a wonderful grand prize which includes a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas and the chance to wave the “Green Flag” at the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race on August 1st. More info on my Racing Contest page, Proceeds from the race will go to Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s one-of-a-kind Red Cross House, which provides free of charge, food, clothing, and shelter to victims of disasters, like fires and floods.(Pocono Raceway)(7-19-2010)
Pocono looks to make fixes: Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said Pocono Raceway officials are looking at possible safety improvements in light of last weekend's crash by Kasey Kahne, where he nearly climbed over a cement wall that had no catchfence above it.(Roanoke Times)(6-14-2010)
Pocono Raceway Replacing Inner Guard Rails with SAFER Barrier: Following recommendations from NASCAR and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pocono Raceway will be replacing the inner guard rail of the facility with a SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier.
The track's new inner wall will run the length of the "Long Pond Straight" between turns one and two, and will continue the rest of the distance between turns two and three. Construction of the SAFER barrier will be completed for the 2011 NASCAR season.(Pocono Raceway)(6-5-2010)
Pocono Raceway Kid's Day Set for June 5th: Pocono Raceway will be holding its Annual Kid’s Day in the Chalet Village on Saturday, June 5th, 2010. It is going to be a day filled with racing and fun for everyone who attends. With activities like face painting, racing simulators, driver appearances and much more, this year’s Kid’s Day event will be the place to be. Gates will open at 9:00am and the party will last until 1:00pm, just before the start of the ARCA Racing Series’ “Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.” Activities are free for everyone! For more information, please call Pocono Raceway at 570-646-2300.(PR)(6-4-2010)
Take a Bus to the Pocono Races: Pocono Raceway is teaming up with Destination Pocono to make your trip to the track even easier. As part of the track’s “Green Initiative”, fans are being encouraged to take advantage of special buses being used this race weekend specifically to transport fans both to and from the raceway. Covering the entire four-county Pocono region and New York City, race fans can park and ride from one of the following locations: Wilkes-Barre, Montage Mountain, Downtown Scranton, Delaware Water Gap, Mount Pocono, Tannersville, Milford, Greentown/Hawley, Hazleton and White Haven. Seats are available at $29.99 per rider locally, and $69.99 from New York City. For more information, please check online at DestinationPocono.com or call their toll-free number at 888-629-8050.(PR)(6-4-2010)
WWE Superstar John Cena to Serve as Co-Grand Marshal at Pocono: Gillette announced that WWE Superstar John Cena will serve as Co-Grand Marshal along with “Gillette Fusion ProGlide Believers” at the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010. Leading up to the race, Cena and the Gillette Young Guns, including Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano along with Ryan Newman will invade the campgrounds race weekend in an effort to turn NASCAR fans from “skeptics” to “believers” of Gillette’s newest razor – the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Select “believers” also will have the opportunity to participate with Cena in the pre-race activities, which includes commanding the drivers to start their engines. The Fusion ProGlide shaving system is a significant advancement in shaving performance will be available to consumers in stores on June 6. The Gillette drivers will be incorporated into all planned activations, including at-track, creative and digital, to support the launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Gillette continues to utilize NASCAR as a vehicle to market its brand. Since its inception in 2003, the Gillette Young Guns program has been at the forefront of all its NASCAR-related activations. For Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 ticket information visit poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929). As part of the race entitlement, Pocono Raceway is offering a 15% discount on tickets throughout the race weekend when you enter the promotional code, “PROGLIDE”.(Pocono Raceway)(6-3-2010)
enXco starts construction on Pocono 3 MW Solar Project: enXco recently started of construction on the 3 MW photovoltaic array at Pocono Raceway Solar Project. enXco will design and construct the project and then turn it over to Pocono Raceway upon completion. The Pocono Raceway Solar Project will be constructed along Long Pond Road on approximately 25 acres of land. The solar system, expected to generate clean electricity for the raceway later this summer, will consist of nearly 40,000 photovoltaic modules and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 2,370 tons annually. The new solar energy system will become the primary electric energy source for the race track and will also benefit the local power grid. With the deregulation of Pennsylvania’s electric utility laws allowing more flexibility on power purchases, the track found there is no better time to upgrade their facility.(enXco/Pocono Raceway)(6-3-2010)
The Pocono Raceway Festival Is Back In Stroudsburg: On Saturday, June 5th, the Sherman Theater presents the second annual Pocono Raceway Festival on Main Street in downtown Stroudsburg, PA. Taking place the day before the Gillette Pro Glide 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA – just minutes down Interstate 80 – this free, all-day long music and racing celebration and festival will have something for everyone in the family.
By combining spectacular show car displays, delicious food vendors, fun games for all ages, and musical performances on three stages, the staff at the Sherman Theater plan to outdo themselves in trying to top last year’s amazing event. Headlining the musical portion of the festival with a rockin’ performance on the main stage will be none other than southern rock legends Molly Hatchet.
The Pocono Raceway Festival highlights all of the great retail, food, and craft attractions downtown Stroudsburg has in store as NASCAR race teams make their way to the Pocono Mountains region for the first Sprint Cup race of the year at Pocono Raceway. This year’s festival will feature numerous vehicles on display including:
* A GEICO show car display with fun interactive games and prizes
Joining in on the fun will be the Miss Sprint Cup ladies – they’re typically found behind the scenes at NASCAR Sprint Cup events, bringing fans the news, excitement, and information about the series. They’ll be meeting fans and signing autographs near the main stage area. Other attractions at the festival include RC car racing, airbrush tattoos, Chevy Camaro ride and drive events from PA Chevrolet, and pinewood derby racing, just to name a few.
* The FedEx show car and truck along with a FedEx Racing shop
* The Aaron’s Rents show car plus a virtual NASCAR driving simulator
* A first ever look at the new NASCAR Camping World Truck series race truck
* The U.S. Army Special Forces Semi packed with fun games
* The newest and hottest Harleys from Schoch Harley-Davidson Buell
There are still an incredible amount of things to see and do even for festival attendees who aren’t racing fans. There will be nearly two hundred different vendors and storefronts with sidewalk sales and specials. This is in addition to over twenty different food vendors and restaurants that will showcase food ranging from Caribbean jerk chicken to pulled pork to deep fried oreos. In addition, the Monroe County Historical Society will be holding its “Olde Time Fun in the Park” event at the Driebe Freight Station just off Main St. during the day. This great event compliments the Pocono Raceway Festival with historic games along with activities and crafts for children.
Additional entertainment will be presented by some of the best local and touring musicians around and will run throughout the day on the Sherman’s outdoor stages around the downtown area. Performers include classic rockers 7th Stone, jam band favorites MiZ, pop-punk act North of the City, indie darlings Eidleweis, country act Brian Xander, alt-folk group Sonni Shine & The Underwater Sounds, southern rocker Kevin Brennan, acoustic folk singer Sarah Aument, and more.
The Pocono Raceway Festival is an event to benefit the Sherman Theater, including all of the work that the organization accomplishes with local charities like the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs, Daffodil Express, and others. VIP area packages for the Molly Hatchet show and 2010 Pocono Raceway Festival limited edition commemorative posters are available for purchase – and for more information, call the Sherman Theater at (570)420-2808 or visit the Sherman Theater online at www.shermantheater.com.(PR)(6-1-2010)
Pocono gets race title sponsor: Gillette announced that it will sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2010. The event will be titled the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Presented by Target. The date of the race coincides with the official launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide shaving system, a significant advancement in shaving performance and comfort. All activities to promote the race will be designed to support the new razor, which will also be available to consumers in stores on June 6, 2010. “We are very excited about our upcoming partnership with Pocono Raceway and Target,” said Michelle Potorski, Associate Marketing Director, Gillette North America. “The race sponsorship provides the perfect opportunity to further enhance our efforts to inform consumers of the engineering advancements and breakthrough technology achieved with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide.” Gillette continues to utilize NASCAR as a vehicle to market its brand. Since its inception in 2003, the Gillette Young Guns program has been at the forefront of all its NASCAR-related activations. The Gillette Young Guns drivers, which include Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano, will also be incorporated into all planned activations, including at-track, creative and digital, to support the launch of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide. “It is an honor and a privilege for Pocono Raceway to partner with both Gillette and Target on the launch of this terrific new Gillette Fusion ProGlide,” said Brandon Igdalsky, President, Pocono Raceway. “The staff at Pocono that tried the new Fusion ProGlide has each become ‘Believers’ of this great new razor! And on June 6, everyone in America will be able to use the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide and become a ‘Believer’ themselves!” As part of the race entitlement, Pocono Raceway is offering a 15% discount on tickets throughout the race weekend when you enter the promotional code, “PROGLIDE”. All the Gillette Young Guns, including Gillette driver Ryan Newman will be giving away tickets to the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target. Each driver has an allotment of tickets to distribute throughout various outlets including social networking sites, fan clubs, charities, etc. For ticket information visit poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2010)
Pocono Raceway & Destination Pocono team up: To help reduce the environmental impact created by the thousands of NASCAR fans that travel in for the Pocono 500 & the Pennsylvania 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each summer, Pocono Raceway is thinking "green" again this year by encouraging race fans to park their cars and ride in on special buses. By participating in this program, fans can reduce the effect of their presence on local roadways and enjoy a safer travel option. The buses are available to all fans, local residents and visitors alike. A quick arrival at the track is ensured by specially-designated bus lanes and the help of Sheriff's department escorts. As a special treat for using this service, the arrival concludes with a lap around "the Tricky Triangle."(Pocono Raceway)(1-31-2010)
2010 Pocono Raceway Tickets now on sale: The deadline for fans renewing their tickets for 2010 at Pocono Raceway has expired, which means all remaining tickets for Pocono Raceway’s June 6 Pocono 500 and August 1 Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races are now on sale. A wide selection of grandstand seats, starting at just $45, are now available to the general public. In addition, all remaining Premium Seats, including the new Terrace Bistro and $100 Club @ Club Pocono are also available. Tickets for all Pocono Raceway events can be purchased online at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(12-8-2009)
Pocono Raceway owner honored: WVIA announced Dr. Joseph Mattioli as the 2009 Great Pennsylvanian. To celebrate WVIA-TV will premiere a new biographical film, Dr. Joseph Mattioli: Always Moving Forward, on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. on WVIA-TV. It will also be shown in the Abeloff Theater on the East Stroudsburg University campus that night. Dr. Mattioli is the sixth Great Pennsylvanian in WVIA’s original series. The impact of Dr. Joseph Mattioli’s Pocono Raceway has gone far beyond the world of auto racing to become an economic and social center of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains region. Dr. Joseph Mattioli: Always Moving Forward is a one-hour WVIA original documentary film celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Joseph Mattioli, from his humble beginnings in the rural coal regions of Northeastern Pennsylvania to becoming an incredible businessman, all the while living life by two rules: always do what you love and always move forward. The Mattioli family’s philanthropic efforts in education and health care continue to improve the lives of everyone they touch. More info and schedule at wvia.org.(10-27-2009)
T-shirt seller arrested at Pocono Raceway on counterfeiting charge: A Michigan man was arrested and charged with selling knock-off NASCAR shirts at Pocono Raceway on Monday instead of officially licensed merchandise. Michael Quatrine, 45, has been arrested for selling fakes before. According to Pocono Mountain Regional Police, Quatrine has been arrested in California, Delaware, Michigan and South Carolina and other states for trademark counterfeiting. "We do counterfeit enforcement at tracks around the country. If not watched it can become pervasive," said Tom Sullivan, NASCAR's manager of business communications. Although NASCAR was not inspecting at Pocono on Monday, track workers were on the lookout for fake merchandise. Pocono Raceway employee Roger Green told police he saw Quatrine selling counterfeit Pocono Raceway T-shirts and detained him until police arrived. While investigating the complaint, a man told police he had purchased two shirts from Quatrine for $5 each and showed police the shirts. They matched the shirts Quatrine had in his possession. According the criminal complaint, Pocono Raceway employee Looie McNally identified the shirts as fakes by comparing labels and also showing the Sprint/NASCAR markings were fraudulent and misbranded. He was charged with trademark counterfeiting, a third-degree felony as a repeat offense, and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Richard Claypool. Quatrine was being held in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail. Pocono Raceway spokesperson Bob Pleban said the track had no comment on the arrest. "It's not just about the loss of revenue to drivers and teams," said Joe Mattes, interim president of Motorsports Authentics. As the largest licensee in NASCAR, a vendor for more than 80 drivers, Motorsports Authentics makes more than 90% of the diecast products fans find trackside and on stores shelves in Wal-Mart and Kmart.(Pocono Record)(8-5-2009)
Why Pocono teamed up with the Red Cross and Sunoco: Back in the 1990s, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the chairman of Pocono Raceway, decided he didn't need title sponsors for the track's two NASCAR races each year. Mattioli branded the June race the Pocono 500 and the summer race the Pennsylvania 500. Last year, the summer event became the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. Track president Brandon Igdalsky, Mattioli's grandson, said yesterday he didn't have to twist his grandfather's arm to affiliate Sunoco and Red Cross with the Pennsylvania 500. "I knew he had a soft spot with the charitable stuff," Igdalsky said. "His big thing has been to give back. This was an easy one. When we explained the concept, he said, 'Heck, yeah.' " Sunoco and Red Cross are not the traditional title sponsors who pay about $2 million per race to tracks. Tom Foley, CEO of the Red Cross' southeastern Pennsylvania chapter based in Philadelphia, said Sunoco makes a significant contribution to the Mattioli Foundation, which then donates the money to the Red Cross chapter. Sunoco, also Philadelphia based, is the official fuel of NASCAR. Igdalsky and Foley said they are hopeful that the Pocono/Red Cross/Sunoco relationship will continue after this year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(8-4-2009)
Pocono Raceway to install a solar farm: Pocono Raceway is getting ready to “Go Green” by installing a three megawatt solar farm, which will power all the track’s energy needs and support the local energy grid. A groundbreaking ceremony, conducted today (July 31), was held before a media corps covering the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race weekend activities at Pocono Raceway.
Working in conjunction with enXco, an EDF EN Company, and Evolution Energies the new Pocono Raceway Solar Farm will be constructed along Long Pond Road. The project is a 3.0MW photovoltaic array on approximately 25 acres and will consist of nearly 40,000 photovoltaic modules. The Solar Farm is being constructed on land that used to be parking lots that are no longer used due to a reconfiguration of other parking lots on Raceway property. The project is set to be completed by the spring of 2010. The new solar panel system will become the primary electric energy source for the race track and will also benefit the local power grid. With the deregulation of Pennsylvania’s electric utility laws allowing more flexibility on power purchases, the track found there is no better time to upgrade their facility. Brandon Igdalsky, Track President said, “This new system will not only satisfy the Raceway’s energy needs, it will allow us to help power close to one thousand homes and lower carbon dioxide emissions by 5,100 tons every year.” The Pocono Raceway solar installation is unique in that it will be the only sports facility in the world to generate clean renewable energy on site which will more than offset its annual electricity consumption. This will in effect make the track the first truly “green” sports facility in the world.(Pocono Raceway)(8-1-2009)
Bacardi Bistro to debut at Pocono: Infield race fans attending the Pocono Raceway Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, July 31 to Aug. 2, will find a new addition – the Bacardi Bistro. The Bacardi Bistro, will provide infield fans the opportunity to purchase beverages, snacks and tasty food offerings including Notis The Gyro King - serving the tastiest sandwich in town, a Greek specialty that is nothing like you tasted before. It was voted #1 sandwich in the Wyoming Valley for the past 15 years. The Bacardi Bistro will feature limited mixed adult beverages, Yuengling beer, TV’s, indoor seating in an up scale chalet and an outdoor umbrella covered patio. Access to the Chalet will be restricted to fans 21 and older. Locate adjacent to the Tunnel Road, the Bacardi Bistro will be readily accessible to all infield race fans. For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit poconoraceway.com and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-31-2009)
Blue Grass Concerts at Pocono: The Yabutz.com Blue Grass Concerts will showcase top blue grass artists including Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charlie Sizemore Band, Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury Band, Cherryholmes, Blue Highway and SteelDrivers on July 31st and August 1st. The concerts, being presented by Yabutz.com, are free to infield campers attending the race. Additionally grandstand fans can also attend the concerts and visit the Bacardi Bistro by purchasing a one day infield ticket for $25 or a 2 day infield ticket for $40 in addition to their grandstand tickets. These one day infield tickets will allow fans to drive their vehicles into the infield for the day, exiting at the conclusion of the concerts. For more information visit yabutz.com/bluegrass. For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit poconoraceway.com and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-31-2009)
Man wins 'Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience: James Ruscigno, of Wappingers Falls, NY, won the Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience. Ruscigno will wave the green flag as the Official Starter of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, July 31 - August 2, 2009 at Pocono Raceway. As the grand prize winner, Ruscigno will also experience a Hot Lap with NASCAR Driver #16-Greg Biffle, serve as an honorary member of Biffle's pit crew with three friends during the race, as well as attend the driver's meeting and be on stage during driver introductions before the race. In addition to sponsoring the Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience, Sunoco, Inc. is lending marketing and promotional support to the August race with signage at 1,826 retail locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Sunoco has also highlighted the event on its website, www.GoSunoco.com, and provided a link to the Pocono Raceway ticket sales site in order to encourage fans to use the promo code, REDCROSS, and help raise money for the American Red Cross. Ten percent of all tickets sold through the promotion benefited American Red Cross local disaster relief. Ruscigno is one of more than 500 entrants into the contest who either made an online donation in support of the American Red Cross or purchased race tickets using the promo code.(Red Cross)(7-30-2009)
Fans top priority at Pocono Raceway: The excitement of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 on August 2nd at Pocono Raceway is fast approaching. Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series race, the Pennsylvania 200, will showcase the greatest race car drivers and race teams in the nation. The atmosphere, drama and excitement of major league stock car racing are unparalleled in sports. NASCAR fans are the most loyal and passionate fans in the world of sports and taking care of our fans is a top priority at Pocono Raceway. Listed below is information that will help our fans while at the Raceway. The weekend schedule of racing activities is also included. Grandstand gates open at 8:00am Friday and Saturday, 9:00am Sunday. Grandstand parking lots open at 5:00am Sunday. If fans need assistance at any time during their visit, simply contact Fan Assistance at (570) 643-7184, firstname.lastname@example.org or text SOS then "your message" to 84444. Remember that Pocono Raceway fans may stay in all camping areas and the grandstand parking lots until noon on Monday at no additional charge. For Pocono Raceway ticket information, call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY or visit poconoraceway.com and choose the convenient print at home option.(7-30-2009)
- No Sale or changes for Pocono: Joseph Mattioli understands that Pocono Raceway has an unusual place on the NASCAR circuit - and that's just the way the outspoken track owner likes it. The track's two races will always be 500 miles long, even as drivers and critics beg for 100 miles to be sliced off each. And those names, the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500, will remain traditional and eschew corporate sponsorship. The track is a 2.5-mile triangle and boasts the longest straightaway (3,740 feet) in the series. And with a fourth-generation of Mattiolis in line to run the raceway, Pocono will never be for sale. Not to Bruton Smith. Not anyone. "If Bruton comes down Gasoline Alley with a wheelbarrow with a billion dollars, he wouldn't get borscht from me," the 84-year-old Mattioli said. "I have enough money, we don't owe any money and all three generations are working and a fourth is waiting to start. It would be like selling part of your family."(Associated Press)(6-7-2009)
- First Annual Pocono Raceway Festival Coming to Downtown Stroudsburg June 6th: The Sherman Theater will host the first ever Pocono Raceway Festival in downtown Stroudsburg on June 6th, celebrating racing in the Pocono Mountains with a variety of food, games, show cars and live music. Pocono Raceway Festival is designed to showcase all the great retail, food and other attractions downtown Stroudsburg has to offer. The event will augment and support the festivities and events taking place as NASCAR, ARCA and other racers come back to the Pocono Mountains. The festival will feature numerous NASCAR vehicles on display including Best Buy, Coors Light and Geico and the official Pocono Raceway Pace Car to name a few.
This event has something for everyone, whether you like quarter midgets, full blown NASCAR or anything in between, the only place you will see more cars is at the Track. If you don't like race cars, no problem, with nearly 200 different vendors and store fronts with sidewalk sales and specials, you can get some great deals while strolling our Historic Borough. Try your luck at the Best Buy racing Simulators or the Stock Car Racing Experience's tire changing games. Check out the hottest Harley Davidsons with Schoch's Harley, or race a mini NASCAR on our scaled down Tricky triangle, provided by Hobby Town USA.
Come on out as the community Honors NASCAR and its Drivers on this special day. NASCAR president Mike Helton will be on hand with other invited guests to accept the award. No event is complete without great food. Visit one of the 20 different vendors and restaurants who will showcase food from sushi to steak and from burgers to handmade Ice Cream. Downtown Stroudsburg has it all. The music will run throughout the day on numerous stages around the town with some of the best music in the region. If that's not enough, stick around as your community theater presents, for the first time ever, a free concert on Main Street featuring The Marshall Tucker Band! The entire day is free and is the culmination of a full weekend of events starting with the Dark Star Orchestra Concert inside the Sherman on Thursday. Join the party with the only band capable of "recreating a Grateful Dead Experience"
The Pocono Raceway Festival takes place on June 6th and starts at 12 pm until 8:30 pm. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call the Sherman Theater at 570-420-2808 or visit the Sherman Theater online at www.shermantheater.com.(6-2-2009)
- Actor Ryan Reynolds to Serve as Grand Marshal for Pocono 500: Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming Touchstone Pictures comedy The Proposal, has been named the Grand Marshal for the June 7, 2009 Pocono 500, Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. As Grand Marshal, Reynolds will participate in a number of pre-race activities, including attending the drivers meeting, participating in driver introductions and giving the most famous command in motorsports, “Gentleman, start your engines.” The Proposal, in theaters on June 19, is a comedy about what happens when a high-powered book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to her native Canada. Prior to his starring role in The Proposal, Canadian born Reynolds recently starred in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Adventureland,” “Definitely-Maybe,” ”Smokin Aces,” “The Amityville Horror” and “Van Wilder.” He is married to actress/model Scarlett Johansson. The June 7th Pocono 500 begins at 2:00PM ET with pre-race activities beginning at 1:00PM. Tickets are still available for the Pocono 500 online at www.poconoraceway.com or by phone at 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway)(5-29-2009)
- Pocono offers ticket package with Sprint FanView or DVD:Did you ever hear the expression "you can have your cake and eat it too?" Well Pocono Raceway announced not one, but two ticket offers, where race fans can do just that. Fans attending the June 7th Pocono 500 or August 2nd Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends can experience the live excitement and drama of the race PLUS view the race as a NASCAR insider or relive all the exciting race action anytime they wish. The NASCAR Sprint FanView Ticket Package includes specially priced Pocono 500 or Pennsylvania 500 Terrace or Concourse Grandstand seat tickets and a VIP Card redeemable for a weekend rental of a NASCAR Sprint FanView, the ultimate race day companion. Produced and developed by Sprint, NASCAR and Kangaroo.TV, NASCAR Sprint FanView® bridges the live excitement of races with real-time data and visuals. The DVD/Ticket Combo Package allows race fans to purchase two specially priced Terrace or Concourse seat tickets to either the Pocono 500 or the Pennsylvania 500 and receive a free DVD containing the full broadcast of the race that you attended PLUS bonus material including downloadable Wallpapers and Screensavers as well as a special 5" x 7" print by Official NASCAR artist Stephen Balck. The NASCAR Sprint FanView Discount Package and the DVD/Ticket Combo Package are available by going to: www.poconoraceway.com and clicking on Get Tickets Fast. For additional information call 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(5-2-2009)
- Pocono Raceway Launches new service: Pocono Raceway has launched a new service, Pocono Ticket Marketplace, to provide Renewal Ticket Holders a safe and secure site to post their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for sale online. The Pocono Ticket Marketplace service is available to customers who purchased Pocono Raceway tickets in 2008 and reordered Sunday grandstand tickets for either of Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 2009, the June 7th Pocono 500 or the August 2nd Pennsylvania 500. To access the Pocono Ticket Marketplace simply go to www.poconoraceway.com and click on “Tickets”. A drop down window will list a number of ticketing options. Click on Pocono Ticket Marketplace and follow the instructions. Additional information on this and other Pocono Raceway ticketing services is also available by calling the Raceway ticket office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).(Pocono Raceway PR)(4-14-2009)
- Pocono Raceway to Host Bluegrass Concert: Billed as ‘The Music of the Mountains’, Pocono Raceway will play host to a weekend of Bluegrass prior to the August 2nd Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The two days of concerts, Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, will feature top artists – Ricky Skaggs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Charlie Sizemore Band, Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury Band, Cherryholmes, Blue Highway and SteelDrivers – and is free to infield campers attending the race. The two day music event is free to campers in the infield, and if history is any guide, that means thousands of fans milling about will enjoy this great, mid-season summer event. In addition to the concert, for online fans, a pre-concert, thirty minute ‘red-carpet’ event will be broadcast live on the Internet. A worldwide, online audience estimated at 250,000 will watch NASCAR and ARCA stars interviewed as they walk the ‘carpet’ to the concert’s VIP seating section. For more information visit http://yabutz.com/bluegrass. Once there, signing up for the free web-event is simple. The red-carpet event will be simulcast to racing websites around the world. For Pocono Raceway ticket and camping information, visit:www.poconoraceway.com or call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(PIR PR)(2-28-2009)
- Pocono makes improvements to seats and entrance: Pocono Raceway has recently completed a multi-million dollar improvement project designed to enhance the total experience of attending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2009. Fans will find a new parking lot entrance, coupled with additional parking, which will greatly improve the ingress and egress of the thousands of race fans attending Pocono Raceway events. “Pocono Raceway becomes the third largest city, population wise, in the state of Pennsylvania on race day” stated Raceway C.E.O. Dr. Joseph Mattioli. “The new entrance and corresponding parking areas, located off Route 115, will allow us to get race fans in and out of our facility more efficiently”, Dr. Mattioli added. Once the fans reach the Grandstand area, many will find upgraded seating in the form of “bucket seats” that have been retrofitted to the existing Grandstand bench seats. The new “bucket seats” are designed with contoured seat bottoms and back rests that will add additional comfort for fans. The “bucket seats” are located in the center portions of Pocono’s massive Grandstand and consist of the Terrace Platinum and Concourse Gold seating areas. “The new seating is just the first of many improvements Pocono Raceway has planned to better serve our loyal race fans”, stated Dr Joseph Mattioli. The Sprint Cup Series visits Pocono Raceway on June 7th for the 28th annual Pocono 500 and then on August 2nd it’s the 36th annual Pennsylvania 500. Both NASCAR events will be preceded by Friday’s Weis Markets Pole Day and Saturday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series Pocono and Pennsylvania 200’s respectively and Sprint Cup “Happy Hour” practice. Tickets are available online at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-20-2009)
- Chris Economaki Named 2009 Recipient of Pocono Raceway’s Bill France Award of Excellence: Chris Economaki, the Dean of Motorsports Journalists, has been named the 2009 recipient of Pocono Raceway’s Bill France Award of Excellence. The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence has been presented annually to the person, corporation or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the sport of Sprint Cup Series Racing. This prestigious award, first presented in 1977, is dedicated to the inspiration of William H.G. France, founder of NASCAR. Economaki’s selection is especially significant since it marks the first time a journalist has been named to receive this award.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 15, 1920, Economaki has been involved in racing most of his life. He saw his first race at the age of nine and was hooked for life. By the time he was 14, he was a fixture around race tracks doing anything he could to be involved with the sport. He began selling a daily newspaper, which had a racing section, in the grandstands of many tracks. When the National Racing News became a spin-off of the daily newspaper, he began writing his first by-line columns. He later took over as editor, publisher and owner of National Speed Sport News and turned it into the most influential weekly motorsports publication in the country. The newspaper is considered “America’s Weekly Motorsports Authority” and Chris continues to write his column “The Editors Notebook” which has appeared in National Speed Sport News for more than 50 years.
Chris became one of the most popular track announcers in the 1940’s and 1950’s. His style grew to legendary status and soon caught the attention of ABC and CBS television executives in the early 1960’s. He covered many of the world’s major auto racing events for TV including the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of LeMans in a TV career that spanned four decades.
“Chris Economaki gained the respect of the entire racing community for his fair and insightful reporting and enjoys a first-name relationship with the entire automotive and racing world,” stated Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Chairman of the Board. “Chris Economaki helped bring NASCAR onto the national scene and I am honored to announce that Chris has been named the recipient of Pocono Raceway’s 2009 Bill France Award of Excellence,” concluded Dr. Mattioli.
The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence, a beautifully sculptured and highly polished piece of anthracite coal mined in Pennsylvania, will be presented to Chris Economaki at an award ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2009. This ceremony is part of the festivities leading up to the June 7, 2009 Pocono 500 Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-18-2009)
- Police search for stabbing suspect at Pocono: Police are still seeking witnesses of an apparent attempted homicide outside the Pocono International Raceway this weekend. Michael Gualtieri, 43, of Long Island was stabbed in a parking area outside the raceway Sunday, Pocono Mountain Regional Police said. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest to repair damage to his heart caused by the chest wound, and police said last night he remained in critical condition. Police said they have executed a search warrant in the case, but did not identify a suspect or release any further information. In addition to the stabbing, police said they dealt with a series of other problems inside or outside the raceway Sunday, including reports of car accidents, fights and public intoxication.(Allentown Morning Call)(8-8-2008)
- Man Critical after Pocono Raceway Stabbing: A 43-year-old man is in critical condition today after being stabbed in the heart at Pocono International Raceway on Sunday, police said. Michael Gualtiere, of Seaford, on Long Island, N.Y., was treated at the infield care center at the raceway around 7 p.m. and flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital Center where he remains in critical condition after surgery, according to Pocono Mountain Regional Police. Police said they are executing a search warrant on a vehicle involved in the incident and they have identified a person of interest. Police believe the public is not at risk and the investigation is ongoing.(Pocono Record)(8-5-2008)
- McCain's wife to participate in track activities Sunday at Pocono: U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign announced that Mrs. Cindy McCain will participate in the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, August 3rd at Pocono Raceway in Pocono, Pennsylvania at 10:45am/et.(Pocono Raceway PR)(8-2-2008)
- Kiefer Sutherland named Grand Marshal at Pocono: Actor Kiefer Sutherland will serve as grand marshal of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway and will give the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command. Sutherland will star in the movie "Mirrors," along with Paula Patton and Amy Smart. The movie will be also featured on J.J. Yeley's #96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry during the race. In "Mirrors," which opens in theatres everywhere Aug. 15, Sutherland portrays a troubled ex-cop who must save his family from an unspeakable evil that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. The movie will be shown nationwide in a digital format at select theatres on DLP Cinema projectors. DLP leads the cinema movement from film to digital movie theatres powered by DLP Cinema Technology with over 6,700 screens in more than 40 countries. In addition to "Mirrors," Sutherland has starred in "The Lost Boys," "A Few Good Men," "Stand By Me," "Young Guns" and "A Time To Kill." In addition to his incredible movie career, which includes more than 50 films, Sutherland stars as Jack Bauer in the popular FOX show, "24." He won an Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" in 2006 for his work on the show. "This will be a pretty cool weekend for everyone at DLP and Hall of Fame Racing," Yeley said. "It's exciting to have 'Mirrors' on the DLP Toyota and we're going to show Kiefer a good time. I'm a big fan of his work and I'm looking forward to meeting him and seeing the movie." Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono Raceway, said he is looking forward to hosting Sutherland at beautiful and scenic Pocono Raceway. "We are very proud to have Kiefer Sutherland as a guest of Pocono Raceway for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500," Igdalsky said. "He is a terrific actor and we look forward to seeing 'Mirrors' when it comes out in theatres on Aug. 15." The Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 begins at 2pm/et with live, high-definition coverage provided by ESPN beginning with its pre-race show at 1pm/et. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128 and MRN Radio. Tickets are still available for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 online at www.poconoraceway.com or by phone at 1-800-RACEWAY. Use Promocode: REDCROSS and 10% of your ticket price will be donated back to the American Red Cross, in addition, you will receive a FREE pre-race pit/paddock pass and souvenir program with collectible die-cast car (while supplies last).(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-30-2008)
- Pocono race renamed Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500: Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono Raceway, Tom Foley, CEO of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter, and Bob Owens, Senior Vice President of Sunoco, today announced the details for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, to take place August 1-3. A partnership of Sunoco, Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was formed to provide much-needed funds to help people throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania recover from devastating disaster. Through this partnership, Pocono Raceway is also donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise, as well as providing other revenue-generating efforts to benefit the Red Cross SEPA Chapter's Red Cross House. "This is the first time since 1997 Pocono Raceway has changed the name of the race - Pocono Raceway admires and respects the work of the Red Cross and wanted to help support its mission and the great work they do for families in Pennsylvania," stated Brandon Igdalsky.
"It is a tremendous privilege to have the famed Pennsylvania 500 named in our honor this year," said Red Cross SEPA Chapter CEO Tom Foley. "Sunoco has been a valued corporate partner to the Red Cross for many years, and through their generosity and the generosity of Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli family, we hope to use this event to generate much-needed funds for Red Cross House."
"Sunoco is pleased to support this important initiative," said Bob Owens, Senior Vice President of Sunoco, Inc. "Whether it's providing local disaster relief, offering skills training in the areas of health and safety, or running blood drives, the Red Cross provides valuable services to the community. We know NASCAR fans will join us in this effort and support the work of the Red Cross."
As part of this partnership, Pocono Raceway is donating ten percent of the ticket revenue generated by online ticket buyers who use the Red Cross promo code, REDCROSS. As an added incentive, those race fans purchasing the first 1,500 Sunday, August 3, 2008 reserved grandstand seat tickets, using the Red Cross promo code, will receive a free pre-race Pit/Paddock Pass ($50 value) and Souvenir Program Book and Commemorative Die Cast Car ($15 Value) with each ticket purchased. So ORDER NOW. Tickets can be purchased at www.poconoraceway.com.
In addition, Pocono Raceway will also feature a donation collection on its website, as well as provide the SEPA Chapter with the opportunity to collect donations at the race. Pocono Raceway is also donating to the SEPA Chapter a portion of the proceeds from the Official Starting Line-Up t-shirt, Pocono Raceway's largest grossing concession item. The Red Cross will receive a percent of the proceeds from the walker fees for the Track Walk, hosted by the NASCAR Foundation, on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. Fans can register to participate in the Track Walk at www.nascar.com/foundation. NASCAR Foundation is also hosting an online auction, on www.nascar.com/foundation, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Auction items include autographed Sunoco Victory flags, a Sunoco Racing fuel can, a Pace Car ride for two people before the start of the race on Sunday, A parade lap for one with the celebrity Grand Marshal, autographed race helmet and a Super VIP experience to include 4 skybox tickets valued at $2,000, food and beverage, pit pass, and all three-day access, VIP garage tour given by a Track Ambassador, ability to stand on stage and meet the drivers during the official driver introductions.
Sunoco will be providing marketing and promotional support to the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 with signage at 750 Sunoco retail locations near the track. Sunoco will also highlight the event on their new website, www.gosunoco.com, and provide a link to the Pocono Raceway's ticket sales site in order to encourage fans to enter the promo code and help raise money for the Red Cross. In addition to marketing efforts, Pocono Raceway and Sunoco will provide an exciting day at the races for 200 Red Cross Club members and victims of area disasters who have stayed at the Chapter's Red Cross House. These participants will receive free tickets and transportation to the Pennsylvania ARCA 200, the ARCA RE/MAX Series 80 lap race on Saturday, August 2, 2008. A corporate partner of the Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter for many years, Sunoco also provides free gasoline for the Chapter's emergency response vehicles to help reduce the cost of local disaster relief operations. Proceeds will benefit SEPA Chapter's Red Cross House, a short-term residence in West Philadelphia where hundreds of local families every year begin their recovery from fires, floods and other disasters affecting their lives.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-1-2008)
- Long Pond Road section renamed for owners of Pocono Raceway: Part of the old Long Pond Road has a new name. This week the General Assembly voted to designate the portion of Long Pond Road fronting Pocono Raceway as Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive in honor of the Mattioli family, owners and operators of the track. Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive runs from the intersection at Route 115 east to the intersection of Stony Hollow Road. There are no homes on the 1½-mile span, so no one will need to give the post office an address change. Soon, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will install signs — they'll have be to long ones — at each end of Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Dr. Rose Mattioli Drive. The Mattioli's have owned and operated Pocono Raceway since 1968. Pocono Raceway is one of only three family-owned racetracks [Indy is one, but Dover, while not owned by ISC or SMI, is owned by a Corp, not a family] left on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. The raceway has hosted two NASCAR series races, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500, every season since 1982.(Pocono Record)(6-12-2008)
- Fireworks at Pocono: The skies will be lighting up above Pocono Raceway, as a dazzling aerial fireworks display will take place on Saturday evening, June 7. The fireworks display is being provided solely for race fans staying in Pocono's infield or other on-grounds camping locations. The 30-minute sky lighting spectacular begins at 9:30pm/et.
More infield activities include the "Kids Inflatable Fun Zone" which runs Friday to Sunday from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Also on Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 8:30pm it will be "FREE Family Movie Nights." Friday's presentation will be Herbie Fully Loaded and on Saturday the feature will be Disney/Pixar's Cars. The movies will be shown in the Infield Fan Fair Area near Tunnel Road. Parking lots will open Sunday at 5:00am with grandstand gates opening at 9:00am. Pre-race activities get underway at 11:30am. Driver introduction is set for 1:30pm, leading up to the much anticipated 2:00pm start of the Pocono 500. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, are admitted free to the grandstands on Friday and Saturday. Children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, are admitted free to the infield. Good seating for Sunday's Pocono 500 are still available by calling the Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY or at www.poconoraceway.com Fans purchasing tickets via our website can take advantage of the new "print at home" option. Tickets are also available at Pocono Raceway's gate #8 Ticket booth, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.(Pocono Raceway PR)(6-5-2008)
- Pocono Raceway NOT for sale: Rose Mattioli has told The Associated Press that her family has no plans to sell raceway. The NASCAR track currently has two Sprint Cup races. Mattioli said Tuesday that Pocono Raceway was entrusted to their grandchildren and they will continue to help run the 2 1/2-mile triangle track. Speedway Motorsports Inc. purchased Kentucky Speedway last week and there was speculation SMI owner Bruton Smith had his eye on Pocono. If he bought that track, he could have moved one or both its dates to any of his speedways.(Associated Press)(5-28-2008)
- NASCAR testing at Pocono Tues/Wed: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing will be held at Pocono Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday. The test, which is open to the public, is now scheduled to be run on Tuesday from 12:30 to 7pm/et and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm/et. Grandstand gates will be open to spectators one hour prior to the start time of the test each day. Fans who are not current ticket holders for either of Pocono Raceway’s 2008 Sprint Cup Series or ARCA Series events will be able to purchase test tickets for $5 each by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), online at poconoraceway.com or tickets can be purchased at the Pocono Raceway Gate 8 Ticket Booth each day of the testing. 2008 Pocono NASCAR ticket holders will be eligible to receive up to four (free tickets to the test session. A mail-in coupon for the test and additional information was sent to all ticket holders who purchase their NASCAR race tickets prior to May 9. Tickets for the Pocono 500 weekend, June 6-8, and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend, August 1-3, are still available. For more test day information or to order race tickets, call the Raceway ticket office toll-free at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Record)(5-26-2008)
- New Pocono Raceway Book: Pocono Raceway announced the release of "Pocono Raceway", a publication by author, Gene A. Card. The "Pocono Raceway" book is a collection of photographs from various sources, including Pocono Raceway's archives, producing a pictorial history chronicling the raceway. The "Pocono Raceway" publication promises to bring back fond memories to the long time Pocono fans that have attended events at the track since its early years while also giving new fans an insight to the past history of the legendary raceway. The book will peak the interest of not only stock car racing fans, but also modified, motorcycle, and Indy Car fans as well.
The "Pocono Raceway" book is available at www.poconoraceway.com and www.shop-poconoraceway.com, as well as other fine book sellers. "Pocono Raceway" author, Gene A. Card, will be signing copies of the book the morning of the Pocono 500 on June 8, 2008 at the Pocono Raceway Souvenir Trailer located in the Fan Fair Area behind the grandstands near Gate 10. All fans in attendance are welcome to stop by to have their copy signed.(Pocono Raceway PR)(5-21-2008)
- Transportation Options for Pocono Raceway: So you're a NASCAR fan living in New York City or Northern New Jersey and planned on attending a Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway but are concerned about the high cost of gasoline. Or you fight city traffic on a daily basis and don't relish driving the 90 miles from mid town Manhattan to Pocono Raceway on a race weekend. Well, Pocono Raceway has partnered with Pocono Adventure Center and Martz Trailways to offer you an exciting option for your transportation to the June 8, 2008 Pocono 500 or the August 3, 2008 Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Race fans who already have their race tickets can board the bus for only $79.95 round trip. Fans who do not have their race tickets can order tickets by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office, toll free, at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929). For more info go to poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(5-2-2008)
- Crash damages fan store at Pocono: A Chevy Silverado slammed into the Pocono Raceway Fan Store on Route 115 in Long Pond and burst into flames Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m. A man in his 50s or 60s was driving north on Route 115 in the pickup when for unknown reasons his truck left the road, became airborne and hit the store, taking out a large chunk of wall. The truck ignited, but passing motorists stopped and were able to free the man and get him clear of the flames, according to Tunkhannock Township Fire Chief Ron Wieand. The driver, whose identity and condition are unknown, was flown to a hospital. The accident is under investigation.(Pocono Record)(4-17-2008)
- Mattioli makes ARCA debut: 18 year-old Chase Mattioli, the grandson of Pocono Raceway patriarchs, Dr. Joe and Dr. Rose Mattioli, finished 12th in his very first ARCA RE/MAX event, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway. He was able to dodge a number of wrecks, with the aid of his crew chief, Dave McClure, and spotter Charlie Vest, part of Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing Team. This spring Mattioli, an honor student, will graduate from Scranton Preparatory High School and plans to attend Fordham University this fall. In the meantime he plans to attempt to qualify for 9 other events this season, including 4 more ARCA RE/MAX races. ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Justin Allgaier fought off Sprint Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader in the final laps Sunday to claim the win.(PR)(4-15-2008)
- Pocono Testing May 27-28...open to public: Pocono Raceway officials announced that ticket holders for Pocono Raceway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends in 2008 will be able to attend a special 2-day NASCAR test at Pocono Raceway on May 27 and May 28, 2008 for no charge. This 2-day test will be the first opportunity NASCAR teams will have to test the new Sprint Cup Series race car (formerly known as the COT) at Pocono Raceway. Approximately 50 Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to attend, which shows the importance of this test. 2008 Pocono NASCAR ticket holders will be eligible to receive up to four (4) FREE tickets to the test session. A mail-in coupon for the test and additional information will be sent to all ticket holders who have purchased their NASCAR race tickets prior to May 9, 2008. Fans that are not current ticket holders for either of Pocono Raceway's 2008 Sprint Cup Series or the ARCA Re/Max Series events will be able to purchase test tickets for $5.00 each by calling the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), or they can be purchased at Gate 8 on each day of the event. Tickets for the Pocono 500 weekend, June 6-8, 2008 and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend, August 1-3, 2008 are still available but are selling fast. For more information or to order race tickets, call toll-free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(3-13-2008)
- Pocono Tickets available Online with Print at Home Option: Tickets for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway are now available online by visiting Pocono Raceway's website www.poconoraceway.com and clicking on Tickets. By ordering early, fans will be able to order improved seat locations with better ticket availability for Pocono Raceway's 2008 Sprint Cup Series events. For the first time ever, fans ordering tickets online will have the option to print their tickets at home thanks to Pocono Raceway's new ticketing operation. This option will eliminate the need to mail tickets and allow fans to instantaneously print their tickets upon placing their order. New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing subsidiary of Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, was recently selected as the exclusive ticketing partner for Pocono Raceway. As the exclusive ticket-insurance partner for New Era Tickets, World Access, a leading national insurance provider, will provide Pocono Raceway ticket-holders with an added benefit – the option to protect their ticket investment with “Event Ticket Protector” insurance. Event Ticket Protector insurance provides full reimbursement for the ticket purchase, plus taxes and shipping, if the ticket holder misses the race due to a covered reason. NASCAR fans will appreciate the Required to Work covered reason which provides cancellation coverage if a Sunday race is rescheduled for Monday (or later), causing the ticket holder to miss the race due to work obligations. For more information, contact the Pocono Raceway ticket office by calling toll free 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(1-3-2008)
- Pocono new ticket service: The Pocono Raceway has selected New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, as their full-service ticketing system and marketing partner for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the ARCA RE/MAX Series events. Powered by New Era Tickets, ComcastTIX also provides full service ticketing for numerous public assembly facilities and events throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, including the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum. In addition, New Era Tickets' marketing services will assist the Pocono Raceway team with dedicated high-level attention to fostering long term customers and generating new fans. New Era Tickets will provide Pocono Raceway with access management technology, including wireless scanners so the Raceway can now begin to track attendance and customer patterns. Pocono Raceway will utilize this new customer data to create new and exciting opportunities for its customers.(Pocono Raceway PR)(10-5-2007)
- France Jr. tabbed 2nd-quarter NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award recipient: William Clifton France, the guiding force behind the phenomenal growth of NASCAR for more than three decades, has been named the second-quarter recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association/Pocono Spirit Award. France, known a bit less formally as Bill Jr. by those in the sport, served as president of NASCAR from 1972-2000. Three years later, he stepped aside from his duties as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the sanctioning body, turning those duties over to his son, Brian Z. France. But despite his seemingly lesser role, and a lengthy battle with cancer in his later years, France Jr. remained an active voice in the sport. His opinions and decision-making ability helped reshape the structure of the current NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule as it became more national in scope, he oversaw the creation of the group’s $10 million Research and Development Center, and helped broker deals that brought Nextel in as the premier series’ sponsor as well as the return of network television coverage for the sport. France died June 4 at his home in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 74. “He blazed so many trails for our sport,” Mike Helton, who replaced France as president, said. “He was determined to follow the vision of his father while also expanding on that vision. Over nearly four decades, he did a masterful job.” France received 45 votes cast by the NMPA membership. Roush Fenway Racing driver Todd Kluever received 6 votes. The NMPA/Pocono Spirit Award, which has been presented annually since 1992, recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, as well as sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Four quarterly winners are selected, with one overall Spirit award winner chosen by a vote of the NMPA membership at year’s end. The award will be presented during the group’s annual dinner and awards ceremony in January, 2008. France Jr. joins first-quarter winner James Hylton, the award’s first-quarter recipient.(Pocono Raceway)(8-11-2007)
- Man dies after falling from RV at Pocono Raceway: A Toms River, N.J., man died after accidentally falling from the roof of a recreational vehicle during Sunday afternoon's race at Pocono Raceway. Peter DiPierro, 29, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, where he was pronounced dead at 5:32pm/et. Sunday, said Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. The cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head, Grim said.(Pocono Record and more at timesbeacon.com)(8-7-2007)
- Grand Marshal/Starter named for Pennsylvania 500: Chris Tucker, starring in the movie Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan, will serve as grand marshal of the Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway and will give the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command, while directed Brett Ratner will be the honorary starter where from atop the flagstand at the start/finish line he will wave the green flag to start the 500-mile race.(Pocono Raceway PR)(8-2-2007)
- Several Promoted at Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway has announced the promotions of several individuals. Brandon Igdalsky has been named President, Nick Igdalsky has been promoted to Sr. Vice President, Ashley Igdalsky to Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Joseph Mattioli IV to 2nd Vice President, and Chase Mattioli to 3rd Vice President of both Pocono Raceway and the Mattioli family owned Mattco Inc. Patti Angeloni has been promoted to Vice President/Credentials for Pocono Raceway. Brandon, Nick and Ashley Igdalsky as well as both Joseph IV and Chase Mattioli are the third generation of Mattioli's to be actively involved in the company started by their grandparents, Dr's. Joe and Rose Mattioli. (Pocono Raceway PR)(7-20-2007)
- Two Races at Pocono in 2008: There will continue to be two NASCAR races each summer at Pocono Raceway. For years, rumors suggested otherwise. On Friday, NASCAR Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell and President Mike Helton met with Pocono founder, Chief of Operations and CEO Dr. Joe Mattioli to iron out details of what is a continuing resolution. "We signed the deal with Doc on Friday," O'Donnell said. "It was for one year like we do at all the tracks." (Express Times)(6-10-2007)
- Danielle Peck to Sing National Anthem at Pocono 500: Big Machine Records recording artist and NASCAR fan Danielle Peck will perform the National Anthem for the 2007 Pocono 500 Nextel Cup Series Event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 10. The most-played debut female country artist of 2006, Danielle's self-titled first album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums chart. In fact, Danielle is one of only a handful of new female country artists, including Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson, in the last three years to have her debut single enter the Top 15. For ticket information call the Pocono Raceway ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(6-6-2007)
- Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass available at Pocono Raceway: Pit/Paddock Pass's are available for pre-race festivities for the June 10th Pocono 500 and the August 5th. Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. And until March 1st the cost of a Three Day Pre Race Pit/Paddock Pass is only $30 per event, with the price increasing to $50 after March 1st. While a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass will get you into Pocono Pit and Paddock areas at designated times, it will not get you in the main gate, a daily Grandstand ticket is required. Grandstand tickets are $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday and start at $45 for Sunday. Access to the Paddock Area, located between the Pit Area and Garage Area and adjacent to Gasoline Alley, is open to all fans with a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass regardless of age, and allows fans to get within feet of the cars and stars of Nextel Cup Series, with viewing along the Garage Fences as well as along Pocono's famous Autograph Alley. Access to the pit area on Friday and Saturday at designated times is limited to adults 18 or older, but is open to children on Sunday that are accompanied by an adult. A Pit Area dress code mandates that shoulders and legs must be covered, with shorts and open toe shoes prohibited on Friday and Saturday. Access is available up until 1 hour before the start of Saturday and Sunday's races. For additional information, fans can contact Pocono Raceway's Ticket Office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY or visit Pocono webs site at www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-12-2007)
- the "Mattioli Main Street Project" Announced: After a meeting held at Siamsa Irish Pub in downtown Stroudsburg, PA the following organizations: The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau (PMVB), Inc; the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, the Jacob Stroud Corporation and the Monroe County Commissioners announced that Dr. Joseph and Dr. Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway, have set up a $1 million trust fund for beautification improvement in downtown Stroudsburg, known as the "Mattioli Main Street Project." Because of Dr. Joseph Mattioli's fond memories of his early childhood experiences in the Stroudsburg downtown district, he decided later to return with Dr. Rose and pursue their dream of bringing auto racing to the New York and Philadelphia markets. Aside from the auto racing industry, the Mattioli family is well-known throughout the Pocono Mountains community for their contributions to both the economy and quality of life here in the region, while keeping in mind one of their goals to attract residents back into their communities.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-9-2007)
- New for 2007 "The Tricky Triangle Club" at Pocono: For the first time ever, Pocono Raceway is offering the VIP treatment to its Grandstand ticket holders at the "The Tricky Triangle Club". The Tricky Triangle Club provides fans access to a Private Chalet with a Buffet Lunch and Beer coupons. In addition, the Club guest will also receive a Pit Tour Pass, Souvenir Program and Event Pin. All for $99. Grandstand seat ticket required for gate admission. Remember: Kids under twelve are free to Grandstands with paying Adult on Friday and Saturday. The Pocono 500 weekend begins Friday, June 8th, featuring Weis Markets Nextel Cup qualifying. Saturday, June 9th, the rising stars of the ARCA/REMAX Series take a shot at the "Tricky Triangle" for the ARCA Pocono 200, preceded by Nextel Cup Series practice and "Happy Hour". Sunday, June 10th, the greatest drivers in the world take the green flag for the Pocono 500 Nextel Cup Series event. The Nextel Cup Series returns to Pocono Raceway in August for the Pennsylvania 500 August 3rd-5th. The weekend schedule is identical to the June Pocono 500 with practice and Weis Markets Nextel Cup qualifying on Friday, August 3rd. The ARCA Pennsylvania 200 and NASCAR "Happy Hour" highlight Saturday's racing action, all leading up to the Pennsylvania 500 Nextel Cup Series event on Sunday, August 5th. Tickets are currently available at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling Pocono Raceway at 1-800-RACEWAY.(Pocono Raceway PR)(2-5-2007)
- Pocono Raceway Economic Impact Exceeds $363 Million: Pocono Raceway generated a total of more than $363 Million Dollars into the economy of Pennsylvania in 2005, according to the results of a recent Pennsylvania House of Representatives economic impact study. Conducted by the research firm Buchart Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates, the study was based on Pocono Raceway's two Nextel Cup Series Events in 2005 (the June 12th Pocono 500 and the July 24th Pennsylvania 500), along with Pocono Raceway's extensive annual track lease program. The study was based on extensive interviews, Pennsylvania State Police traffic reports, overnight expenditures, day trip expenditures and Department of Revenue sales tax figures from Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These tax figures came from food service and drinking establishments, gasoline stations, hotels and motels for June and July, 2005. It concluded that the direct, indirect and induced economic impact of Pocono Raceway in 2005 amounted to $363,055,475. The Pocono Raceway study was part of an overall economic impact of auto racing in Pennsylvania in 2005. The study concluded that auto racing is extremely important to Pennsylvania with a direct, indirect and induced economic impact of over $390,000,000. Pocono Raceway's 2007 Nextel Cup Series Events are the June 10, 2007 Pocono 500 and the August 5, 2007 Pennsylvania 500. For ticket information contact the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office (toll free) 1-800-RACEWAY or visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(1-10-2007)
- Pocono Raceway resort project gets permit OK: Tunkhannock Township [PA] supervisors have granted a conditional use permit that will allow the proposed Raceway Village resort project to proceed. Supervisors voted unanimously earlier this week to grant the permit for a "community building" at the proposed resort, which Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli plans to build off Long Pond Road, near the race track. The permit for the community building was required even though the Raceway Village project as a whole is an allowed use in a resort overlay district that was recently added to the Tunkhannock zoning ordinance, said Supervisor Chairman Richard Van Noy. Mattioli wants to build an "extended-stay resort" with 250 two-story, modular rental units on a 125-acre parcel he owns across Long Pond Road from the raceway. The gated resort would include single-family, two-family and multi-family rental units, each of them 1,200 square feet. Mattioli earlier this year estimated the cost of the project at about $50 million. He hopes to attract a well-heeled clientele to stay at the resort for a few days or a few weeks at a time. He has said he expects to do a booming business both for the two annual NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway — one in June, one in July — and ski season. Plans for Raceway Village include a clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, theater and lounge, along with outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a bocce court. The project must still go through the municipal and county planning process, culminating in approval of its land development plan from the Tunkhannock supervisors. Mattioli has said he is ready to begin building Raceway Village as soon as he gets that approval.(Pocono Record)(12-9-2006)
- Pocono 2007 race dates in June and August: per the Pocono Raceway website, there will be two Nextel Cup races at Pocono in 2007, the first weekend being June 8-10, 2007 and the second one being August 3-5, 2007.(8-7-2006)
- Is Pocono in the future for Truck Series? I am hearing that the Truck Series had teams on track testing at Pocono Raceway on Tuesday. Among the teams rumored to be there were the #9 and #17 Toyota trucks, along with a couple of other teams. Is there a Truck Series race in the future? (7-26-2006)
- Pocono to get two races in 2007..after that? While talk of moving a race from Pocono occurs almost yearly, it is likely the track will keep both the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 for at least the 2007 season. “A dialog with Pocono is already ongoing,” said Herb Branham, NASCAR senior manager of communications. “We fully expect we’ll be back here next year.” Pocono Raceway has hosted two NASCAR races each year since 1982. Racetracks are always in jeopardy of losing Nextel Cup Series races because NASCAR makes no long-term deals with the venues, according to Branham. “It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about Pocono or Daytona International Speedway or Lowes Motor Speedway or anywhere, we talk about it on a year-to-year basis,” Branham said.
The Nextel Cup Series schedule changed very little from last season, as no tracks were eliminated or had races taken away this year.
The last major track change was booting the North Carolina Speedway from the series. “Speculation about the schedule changing has been rampant over the last number of years. But then when you look back at the last six or seven years, you’ve had some changes, but it’s not been any wholesale changes,” Branham said. “There have been relatively few real changes in the schedule.” Although it looks like the two Nextel Cup races at Pocono will remain next year, alternatives to staging two 500-lap races at Pocono Speedway include shortening the length of one or both of the races, or moving one of the races to another track. Branham said the Nextel Cup Series schedule is usually released in August or September, and it’s too early to tell if the races will be as close in time as they were this year.(Times Tribune)(7-22-2006)
- Mattiolis honored: On Thursday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre, Pocono Raceway CEO Dr. Joseph Mattioli and his wife Rose were honored by the city. A NASCAR Day was held in conjunction with the weekly Farmer’s Market on Public Square, during which the Mattiolis received a key to the city from Mayor Tom Leighton. Also, July 20 was declared “Joseph and Rose Mattioli Day” in Wilkes-Barre. “In addition to the huge direct economic benefits the race delivers to the region, the raceway provides valuable recognition and millions of dollars of exposure to the area,” Leighton said.(Scranton Times Tribune)(7-21-2006)
- Budweiser Clydesdales at Pocono this weekend, tix still available for race: The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, temporarily make their home at Pocono Raceway as part of Pennsylvania 500 race weekend activities. The "Gentle Giants," as they are often called, will participate in the official Pennsylvania 500 festivities starting on Friday, July 21st by taking a walk down the main straight prior to the WEIS Markets Bud Pole Qualifying. They will also be part of Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 pre-race celebrations. The Clydesdales will be stabled at the track and the public is welcome to stop by for a visit Friday and Saturday. Admission is free to stable area. Friday Grandstand tickets are only $10, kids 12 & under are free, Saturday tickets start at $25 and kids 12 & under are free to the Concourse Grandstands. For tickets or more information, call the Raceway ticket office toll-free at 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929), or visit poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(7-21-2006)
- American Idol Finalist to Sing at Pocono Raceway: Scott Savol, who finished in the top 5 of American Idol Season 4, will be part of pre-race activities for the Pennsylvania 500, Nextel Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 23, 2006. Savol, an Ohio native, will sing "God Bless America" prior to the start of the race as well as greeting all 43 NASCAR drivers during driver introductions. Pennsylvania 500 pre-race activities begin at 12:00pm/et with the command to "Start Engines" given at 2:05pm/et. Good tickets are still available for the Pennsylvania 500 by calling 1-800-Raceway (1-800-722-3929) or visiting www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-12-2006)
- Mario Batali Honorary Starter of Pocono 500: Renowned master chef, restaurateur, and media personality Mario Batali will once again be waving the green flag on June 11th at Pocono Raceway to start the Pocono 500. Mario will also be promoting his recently released officially licensed NASCAR cookbook, MARIO TAILGATES NASCAR STYLE: The Essential Cookbook for NASCAR Fans by Chef Mario Batali.(Pocono Raceway PR/Site)(6-6-2006)
- Resort planned at Pocono Raceway: The owner of Pocono Raceway plans to build a $50 million resort next to the track at Long Pond, replacing the proposal for a $300 million slots casino that he dropped in December. Joseph Mattioli said the 250-unit Raceway Village would be a gated community with two- and four-bedroom houses and one- and two-bedroom apartments. It would include a clubhouse with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, theater and lounge, along with outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a bocce court. Mattioli said other Pocono amenities would benefit. He said the resort would not have a restaurant, so people would use area restaurants.(Allentown Morning Call)(5-12-2006)
- Pocono not selling track or race dates: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, owner of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Tunkhannock Township, PA, on Friday dismissed published reports that he is considering selling the NASCAR track or the rights to either or both of the two Nextel Cup races it hosts each year. A column published this week on the Internet in Yahoo Sports [NOTE: in the column the writer mentioned "While the following is just hypothesizing, there are some interesting potential scenarios:" then mentioned the possible 'sale'] noted that Bruton Smith, owner of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada, might try to buy Pocono Raceway from Mattioli. The reasoning runs that owning two racetracks would give Smith more options to schedule races and other events. Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts just one Nextel Cup race per year. Mattioli said no one has approached him recently and in any case he's not interested in selling the raceway. "No, I've never heard of that and no one has discussed it with me," Mattioli said Friday. "Why would I do that?" he added, chuckling. "It makes no sense." Speculation that Smith or other rival track owners might try to buy Pocono Raceway has persisted for years. Published reports from 1999 describe almost the same scenario that was mentioned in the online column this week. Renewed speculation on the future of the raceway ran rampant among the Poconos' political and business communities after the Yahoo column appeared this week.(Pocono Record)(2-4-2006)
- Pocono Raceway retracts slots bid: Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway's founder and chief executive, said he decided against applying for one of two stand-alone slots parlor licenses up for grabs statewide because rules set by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board all but eliminate family involvement in running a casino. ''None of our people would be participating, and we didn't like that,'' he said. ''You'd need gambling professionals for everything.'' Mattioli, who announced plans earlier this year to develop a $300 million hotel and casino complex to rival a similar operation at the Dover Downs track in Delaware, said his family will invest the money earmarked for the casino in another major project that ''was put on the back burner'' several years ago. He said only that it is a development project that requires the hiring of an architectural firm. An announcement would be made next year. Mattioli's Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Tunkhannock Township, hosts two NASCAR events each year, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500. His decision to drop out of the application process leaves five announced projects competing for the two Category 2, or stand-alone, slots licenses. A Category 2 license allows for as many as 5,000 slot machines. Potential holders of a stand-alone license must submit an application and a $50 million bond by Dec. 28.(Allentown Morning Call)(12-6-2005)
- NASCAR Expects 'bump' and patch to be fixed for 2006: NASCAR and Pocono officials had six weeks to fix the troublesome tunnel turn here but failed, and drivers yesterday were not a bit happy with the bumps. "It's hard to believe it's there again," Mak Martin said. John Darby, NASCAR's Nextel Cup director, said that one tunnel bump - created when the sub-base sank a bit - was repaired after the June 500 when drivers had 23 left-front tire failures. But Darby said a second bump developed since then, when the base under that part of the track also settled. That entire part of the track, Darby indicated, will have to be dug up and a new base laid and new asphalt poured before next June's race. "There is a lot of undermining of the sub-base right now created by the tunnel," Darby said. "It needs to be recompacted, so the sub-base quits moving around on us. In just the last five weeks, it has jumped around so much on us that there has been a new problem created, even after the other one was fixed."(Winston Salem Journal)(7-25-2005)
- Pocono Rumble Strips gone? UPDATE 2: hearing that Pocono Raceway has removed the rumble strips in the corners, hoping that will allow the tire problem that happened in June will not occur again. No word if the patch in the tunnel turn was fixed.(7-7-2005)
UPDATE: Goodyear will recommend higher air pressures for the left-side tires at Pocono when the circuit returns there in July and will provide a harder compound at Michigan in August. After all the tire issues at Pocono last month, the track repaved the tunnel turn, taking out many of the dips. The asphalt rumble strips that many thought contributed to the tire problems were removed in favor of concrete strips.(Sporting News)(7-12-2005)
UPDATE 2: After the rash of flat tires last month during the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, there was talk that NASCAR's exclusive tire provider would come up with a different product for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. But upon further review, Goodyear placed blame for more than 22 tire failures on a rough patch and the curbing at the speedway's tunnel turn [turn 2]. Phil Holmer, Goodyear's stock car manager, said a variety of issues created the problem, none involving the integrity of the tires. Holmer said Goodyear would bring the same tire this week to Pocono. While some of the problem may have been in the tunnel turn, Holmer's opinion is that the teams themselves were to blame for trying to shortcut Goodyear's suggestions. "We recommended 18 (pounds per square inch) tire pressure in June, and the teams that had trouble went under that," Holmer said. "They got in trouble also when they set the camber too aggressive. They were riding on the side of the tires. You're going to have trouble when you try to race on a couple of inches of tire." Special tire tests are closely scrutinized by NASCAR. Only two or three teams (cars) are allowed to participate and the whole procedure is under strict supervision of NASCAR tire engineers. Because NASCAR restricts in-season tests, care is taken so teams involved do not get what would, in effect, be bonus tests. Nothing beyond tire testing is allowed. Ideal tire tests are performed by two or three of NASCAR's car makes -- Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge -- and preference is given to drivers and teams that gave the best feedback in the past. As for Pocono, Holmer said, "All we can do is strongly suggest things, which we are doing with a ball peen hammer this time to beat it in. In the end, though, it's up to them." He said Goodyear is asking teams to use a minimum of 19 psi of tire pressure and employ more common sense when setting camber.
The speedway has done its part. The offending tunnel turn bump has been smoothed and a new, tire-friendlier curb installed inside the turn.(Express Times)(7-21-2005)
- U. S. Senator Rick Santorum Named Pennsylvania 500 Grand Marshal: U. S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has been named Grand Marshal for Pocono Raceway's July 24th Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Senator Santorum's duties as Grand Marshal will include greeting each NASCAR driver during driver introduction and then giving the command "Gentleman Start Your Engines" to start the 32nd annual Pennsylvania 500. Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. Currently, in the 109th Congress, Senator Santorum serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee; the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and the Senate Finance Committee, of which he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security and Family Policy. Senator Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University.
For Pennsylvania 500 ticket information, call the Raceway Ticket Office toll free at 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929) of visit www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(7-19-2005)
- Changes at Pocono MORE: Pocono Raceway will make changes made to the track after a series of tire problems in last weekend's race, a NASCAR official said Saturday. The series returns there July 24. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition, said the patches in the track's second turn will be redone. One patch had been put in a couple of months before the race and contributed to some of the tire issues. Pemberton also said that the apron will be redone and the rumble strips will be put further back on the inside of the track surface.(News and Record)(6-19-2005)
MORE: A postrace review of the racing surface at Pocono, where more than 20 left-front tires went flat in the tunnel turn during the race two weeks ago, shows that the track is probably to blame for the tire problems. So the tunnel turn will be repaved, and the controversial rumble-strips on the inside edge will be redone. Some of those rumble strips, upon closer examination, showed sharp edges, which cut the tires. Plus, asphalt patches in the tunnel turn were poorly done, creating bad bumps, which accentuated tire/chassis problems. Goodyear will apparently not be changing the tire compounds for the race at Pocono in July.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-25-2005)
- Mattioli 'Not Selling' Pocono Raceway: The offers keep rolling in — one, sometimes two a year. They broke $100 million in 2001 and, lately, they've been between $200 and $300 million. But Doc Mattioli — builder, owner and patriarch of Pocono Raceway — isn't selling. ''No way!'' he says for the umpteenth time. ''I don't need to sell. I don't need the money. What am I going to do with it? I tell 'em money doesn't mean anything to me, but some of them just keep calling.'' That's because Mattioli is sitting on a gold mine. Pocono is one of only two tracks on NASCAR's 22-track circuit that remains privately owned (the other is Bob Bahre's New Hampshire International Speedway) and Mattioli's 2.5-mile tri-oval is the site of not one, but two Nextel Cup races, which, in this NASCAR's bull-market era, is the equivalent of holding a boatload of stock options in pre-IPO Google.(Allentown Morning Call)(6-12-2005)
- No Shifting at Pocono: Changes in NASCAR's gear rules mean competitors will not be able to shift through the turns this Sunday at Poco#"I disagree with the gear rule," Jeff Gordon says. "At Pocono, we'll be way down on RPM, and we won't be able to shift. It's like putting a restrictor plate on the cars at New Hampshire. We won't be able to pass, and that's not a good thing." Many competitors feel the lack of horsepower will produce single-file racing.(Sporting News)(6-6-2005)
- Casino at Pocono? Dr. Joseph Mattioli, board chairman and CEO of Pocono Raceway, plans to apply for a casino/slots parlor license. The casino would be on the race track's grounds in Long Pond, Pa., which hosts two Nextel Cup races annually. Mattioli's project involves a convention center and shops. The proposed casino would be built behind the track's grandstands. The state Gaming Control Board is expected to award seven licenses to horse-racing tracks, five to stand-alone slot parlors and two to resorts. "We have the land, water, sewer and parking, and people know where we are," Mattioli said recently. "We're only 3 miles off the interstate [Route 80]. It's a gamble, but it's not as big a gamble as building [the raceway] was 40 years ago." Although the attendance at both Pocono Cup races each year is very good, speculation persists that the track eventually will lose one of its races. Whenever I ask Mattioli about this, he pretends he can't hear me. Finally, Mattioli said that he "anticipates" having two races next year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(5-26-2005)
- Free Tix to Soldiers for Pocono Race: Five hundred soldiers who recently returned from Iraq will get to see the Pocono 500 NASCAR race for free. Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond [PA], will give two free tickets to the June 12 race to 500 Army National Guardsmen and Guardswomen from the 103rd Armored Regiment and the 109th Field Artillery.
Each soldier will be permitted to bring one guest to the race, scheduled for June 12 at Pocono Raceway. The announcement came Monday afternoon at a press conference at the Kingston Armory near Wilkes-Barre, which is the headquarters for the National Guard units. The soldiers in the units hail from Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Pike counties, said Maj. Stephen Zarnowski, executive officer of the 55th Brigade, which includes both units. Most of them have recently returned home from duty in Iraq, where some of them served up to a year, Zarnowski said.(Pocono Record)(3-23-2005)
- Cup to Mexico? in 2006? Pocono to lose a race? The biggest crowd in NASCAR's Busch series history is expected here today for the Telcel Motorola 200. And Fox is broadcasting the race head to head against Tiger Woods in the Doral Open and the ACC finale between Duke and North Carolina, to see how well it will do in the ratings war. If the numbers are good enough - and NASCAR has sizzling ratings this season already - it appears NASCAR president Brian France might turn this weekend into a full-fledged Nextel Cup stop next March. NASCAR's marketing people have pulled out all the stops to make this weekend a success, and NASCAR is a big winner here already, regardless of what happens today. NASCAR is expected to announce a 10-year deal for a NASCAR-Mexico touring series, along the lines of the Busch series. The tour sponsor is not yet known. Busch beer isn't sold in Mexico, but Anheuser-Busch owns 50 percent of the largest Mexican brewer, whose headliner is Corona. Corona was being passed out here to crews at the end of each work day, to ease the pain of traffic on the bus ride home. The track seats 70,000, and as of last week 40,000 tickets had been sold. But this city isn't known for strong advance ticket sales, but rather has a history of event-day walk-up crowds. And yesterday's crowd just for qualifying was a good harbinger. The U.S. ambassador was host to NASCAR teams last night, and Mexican president Vicente Fox was expected to attend, an indication of the high-level politics involved in this NASCAR venture. The Mexican government, according to one report, has a $42 million, three-year contract with NASCAR for promotion of an annual NASCAR race here.(Winton Salem Journal)
AND Asked if he believed the Busch Series' visit to Mexico City was a harbinger of NASCAR's top series adding it to the schedule, NEXTEL Cup regular Elliott Sadler was noncommittal. "We got a little work to do with the race track before the Cup guys come," he said. "We've got to do some stuff with the chicane and stuff like that. Maybe one day, we'll see. I think they want to see what kind of response we get with the Busch cars. We always send the Busch cars to test the market a little bit, and then if it does good, the Cup cars may come."(Ford Racing)(3-6-2005)
Mexico in - Pocono out? NASCAR execs are justifiably ecstatic over this sport's Mexico City debut, and they're wasting no time planning ahead. The international calendar for stock-car racing for the 2006 season is taking shape, and this is a possible scenario, according to NASCAR sources:
* This Mexico City weekend becomes a full Cup race, probably Sunday March 5, 2006.
* The June Pocono Cup race is killed, replaced by the Watkins Glen Cup race, currently held in early August.
* On the newly opened August 2006 weekend, the Busch series - with any interested Cup stars - will run in Montreal on the Gilles Villeneuve Formula One course on the island of Notre Dame, in the heart of the city of 3.5 million.
* And NASCAR's Truck series enters the Mexico market by running a companion event at Monterrey - the city of three million 600 miles up the road from here, 21/2 hours from the U.S. border, a city called Mexico's richest town - with CART's Indy-car tour in April 2006.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-7-2005)
- Casino at Pocono? Casino slots made Dover Downs an even hotter destination stock-car track, and now the Mattiolis, who own the Pocono NASCAR track, are planning a similar venture. A slots casino, with 80,000 square feet of playing area, and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and shops, is on the drawing board for a piece of land six miles from the Pocono Speedway. Construction costs are estimated at $300 million.(Winston Salem Journal)(1-18-2005)
- Pocono goes to qualifying on Sat: Qualifying for the two NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway will now take place on Saturday, the track said Friday. Qualifying for the Pocono 500 in June and the Pennsylvania 500 in July had previously been held on Fridays. Immediately following Saturday qualifying, NASCAR will impound the race cars. Teams will not be permitted to work on the cars except in cases approved by NASCAR. The Pocono 500 weekend is set for June 10-12, 2005 and the Pennsylvania 500 weekend is set for July 22-24, 2005.(Philly.com)(12-18-2004)
- Pocono Buys South Boston Speedway: Pocono Raceway has acquired South Boston Speedway. South Boston Speedway, which recently completed its 47th year of operation, is a NASCAR sanctioned 4/10 mile paved oval located in South Boston, Va. For the past five years, the Speedway has been directed by its President Joe Mattioli III, son of Dr. Joe Mattioli, CEO of Pocono Raceway and Manager Cathy Rice. During that time, South Boston has achieved the distinction of being recognized by Circle Track Magazine (March 2002) as the "Leader of the new generation of Super Short Tracks". Additionally South Boston boasts one of the biggest fields of NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, averaging over 24 cars per event with each event paying $3,000 to win. South Boston has proven to be a great training ground for both competitors and future motorsports facility managers. Nick Igdalsky, Dr. Mattioli’s grandson, is currently working at South Boston, as well as competing in their Pure Stock Division. The acquisition will provide Pocono with a presence in the Southeast and will align South Boston with the excitement and prestige of Pocono, a NASCAR Nextel Cup facility, providing both venues with joint marketing and promotional opportunities. The management of South Boston will remain unchanged.(South Boston Speedway site)(11-30-2004)
- No Plans to Cut Pocono Race Length Back: Several drivers and many media members [and drivers] recommend shorter races at Pocono Raceway [from 500 to 400 miles] to improve the quality of racing. Asking this question is guaranteed to trigger a vocal eruption from the 79-year-old Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the boss at the mountain race track and former Philadelphia dentist. He doesn't even need a telephone to be heard from his office on Mount Mattioli. Every year, "Doc" responds the same way. Succintly, he asks, what don't we understand about "No, we are not shortening the races"?
"I'm not even going to comment on that," he said Tuesday, 2 days after Jimmie Johnson completed his sweep of the Nextel Cup races this year at the raceway. Then he did comment. Briefly. Reminded that Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick are the latest Cup drivers who would prefer shorter races there, Mattioli replied: "What Jeff Gordon said was beautiful. He said our race and Charlotte's [600-miler] should be shortened. I've always said, when 'Humpy' knocks 100 miles off his race, I'll talk [about shorter Pocono races]." Humpy is H.A. Wheeler, president and master promoter at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, which hosts the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Mattioli said he is not worried that a proposed track on Staten Island, N.Y., would hurt Pocono. The International Speedway Corp., owner of Daytona International Speedway and 11 other tracks, has purchased land on Staten Island. If ISC's plan is approved, the track wouldn't open until at least 2009. Some see a track on Staten Island as a threat to races at Pocono and New Hampshire. Mattioli differs, strongly. "It will be very good for us," Mattioli insisted. When Dover (Del.) International Speedway began attracting larger crowds in the 1970s and, later, when Cup races started at New Hampshire and Watkins Glen, N.Y., Mattioli said, more fans from those areas attended races at Pocono. He thinks a track in New York City will create fans who will go to races at Pocono.(paraphrased from the Philadelphia Daily News)(8-5-2004)
- SAFER at Pocono - done: SAFER was recently completed in Pocono Raceway's turns 2 and 3 in time for this weekend's Pennsylvania 500 at the 2.5-mile triangular track. When the series was here in June for the Pocono 500, only turn 1 had the SAFER walls.
- Pocono owner looking to get slots license: Pocono Raceway CEO Dr. Joseph Mattioli said Wednesday that he is interested in one of three available stand-alone slots licenses for his NASCAR racing venue at Long Pond in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County. Mattioli said he contacted state officials last year for consideration for a license - which would cost $50 million - to add a slots parlor on a site behind the grandstand on the racetrack. Mattioli said the family-owned Pocono Raceway's biggest competitor is Dover Downs in Delaware, which has slot machines. "For us to compete with them is pretty hard," Mattioli said. Additionally, the raceway did not want to lose one of the two races it hosts each year, attendance which is tantamount to four Super Bowls, he said.
"Most people don't realize this, but both NASCAR races are the biggest events in Pennsylvania for the whole year," Mattioli said. Wyomissing-based Penn National Gaming has casinos in eight states and horse racing facilities in four states, including two in Pennsylvania - The Downs at Pocono in Plains Township and Penn National Race Track in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County.
Under the law signed by Gov. Edward G. Rendell Monday, owners are only allowed a majority interest in one slots venue in the state. Penn National can get a license for one of its two horse racing tracks, but will have to sell two-thirds interest in the other in order to get it licensed.(Citizens' Voice)(7-8-2004)
- for the zillionth time....Pocono NOT for sale: The recent sale of Martinsville Speedway -- one of the last of the independently owned tracks with NASCAR sanction -- to International Speedway Corporation again raised questions about the future of Pocono Raceway, with speculation again arising about a possible sale of the 45-year-old track to ISC. No way, track founder and owner Dr. Joe Mattioli says, who then went on to explain the long-term disposition of the track. Turns out Mattioli (Doc, as he is better known to acquaintances) has placed the track in trust for his heirs, with legal conditions prohibiting sale for at least a generation of Mattiolis. "I read all the stories, but as they affect Pocono, we're all set," Mattioli said Friday. "I'm an old man, 80 years old, so naturally your affairs have to be settled a long time ago. You could kick off tomorrow. So I had to be ready tax-wise, and our estates are all in order. Nothing's forever," admitted Mattioli, still robust and straight-up at 80. "[But] I've got it tied up for two or three generations. It's in trust for my grandchildren. My kids are all around 50. Nobody can sell it until the trust is broken, which is when my grandchildren inherit it. It's whatever they want to do at that point. I have seven grandchildren, and just last week we had twin girls [great-grandchildren]. It'll be a real battle in 30, 40, 50 years. I hope you'll tell me what's going on then."
ISC now controls 12 of the 22 Nextel Cup tracks, and partly controls a 13th in Joliet, Ill. SMI has six. Dover controls Dover, plus the Nashville and St. Louis tracks, which present Busch and Truck races. Indianapolis, of course, is an entity to itself. With the acquisition of Martinsville, the only survivors are Bob Bahre's New Hampshire Speedway and Mattioli's Pocono. Bahre, 78, was injured in a car wreck last winter, and although his recovery seems certain, his son Gary likely will be entrusted with the property. Mattioli, as noted, intends to keep his track in family hands. Although both the Bahres and Mattiolis (with son Joe increasingly responsible for nuts and bolts) have close ties with NASCAR and the Frances, both tracks appear likely to remain in family hands.(Speed Channel)(6-13-2004)
- Pocono getting SAFER UPDATE in phases: been told Pocono Raceway is having SAFER installed this week. Not sure what parts of the track, but hear it'll be done by the time the Cup teams race there on June 13th.(6-1-2004)
UPDATE: At 5:00pm/et Tuesday, workers began installing the SAFER barrier system. The plan is have turn one completed for the Pocono 500 and turns two and three completed for the Pennsylvania 500 on August 1. "Guys have hit them a bunch and walked away from it," said Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli. "Everything seems like it's gonna work. We've heard no complaints about it." The system, designed by Dr. Dean Sicking of the University of Nebraska, is made up of steel tubs and pads of hard foam. They are affixed to existing concrete walls and are meant to absorb some of the energy when a car hits the wall. "It's a very simple system," Mattioli said. "I think that's what makes it good is the simplicity." The process at Pocono Raceway began about two months ago when the track was surveyed. Once the specific materials are ordered, the steel tubing is bent to fit the radius of the track's corners. The material is then shipped and installed. Extra material is provided to the track in the event it is damaged during a crash. The SAFER wall will stick out about two to three feet from the existing wall. The exact length of each wall and cost of the project was unavailable.(Citizens Voice)(6-5-2004)
- Pocono Reconstructs a Tunnel: Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA has reconstructed one tube of its vehicle tunnel [turn 2, known as the tunnel turn] t oaccommodate the largest highway legal RV's to pass through, the new height of the tube is 13 feet, 6 inches.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(5-14-2004)
- 2004 Pocono Raceway Award Recipient: The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility [
mwrsf.unl.edu], headed by Dr. Dean L. Sicking has been named the 2004 recipient of Pocono Raceway's Bill France Award of Excellence. The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence has been presented annually to the person, corporation or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the sport of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Racing. This prestigious award, first presented in 1977, is dedicated to the inspiration of Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR.
The 2004 recipient is unique in that it is not a driver, a team owner or a sponsor. This year's recipient is a university roadside safety research team headed by a Ph.D. in civil engineering. The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln,
headed by Dr. Sicking, is responsible for the development of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system. The SAFER barrier system is designed to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. NASCAR recently announced that the SAFER barriers system will be installed at all recommended oval tracks by the 2005 racing season. Dr. Sicking is one of the world's leading independent researchers on barrier and crash safety. His research has led to 21 U.S. patents on roadside safety structures. Under his guidance the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility has developed into one of the premier roadside safety research laboratories in the world.
Dr. Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility have come to be recognized as a global leader in the development of crashworthy safety structures. Their research has developed numerous safety features that have been adopted nationwide and several that have been adopted internationally. These safety features have saved the lives of countless motorists across the nation over the last decade.
The Pocono Raceway Bill France Award of Excellence, a beautifully sculptured and highly polished piece of anthracite coal mined in
Pennsylvania, will be presented to Dr. Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility team at an award ceremony on Saturday, June 12, 2004. This ceremony is part of the festivities leading up to the June 13, 2004 POCONO 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway. Dr. Sicking and his research team join the prestigious list of Pocono Raceway's Bill France Award of Excellence winners listed below:
Pocono Racewat's Bill france Award of Excellence Winners:
1977 Bill France
1980 Union Oil
1981 The Petty Family
1982 G.H. Long
1985 GNRWA ( Now WOW Wives Auxiliary)
1986 MRN (Motor Racing Network)
1987 Grand National Scene (Now NASCAR Scene)
1988 Charlotte Motor Speedway
1989 Ned Jarrett
1990 T. Wayne Robertson
1992 MRO (Motor Racing Outreach)
1993 The Allison Family
1994 Rev. Hal Marchman
1995 The Wood Bros.
1996 Clay Earles/Paul Sawyer
1997 Junie Dunlavey/Bud Moore
1999 Rick Hendrick
2000 Robert Yates
2001 Joe Gibbs
2002 Richard Childress
2003 Jack Roush
Tickets for the June 13th POCONO 500 are available by calling the Pocono Raceway ticket office at 1-800-RACEWAY or visiting
www.poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway PR)(5-6-2004)
- The Pocono 400? NASCAR may be under pressure to present more "TV-friendly" races, and Pocono's 500-milers may be a target. Pocono may be under pressure to cut those 500s back to 400s.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-5-2004)
- Pocono Race Tickets for sale: Tickets for both the Pocono 500 [June 13] and Pennsylvania 500 [August 1] at the unique triangle race track, Pocono Racway, are now on sale. For more info and to purchase, go to click here - tickets.com - Pocono.(2-19-2004)
- Pocono Race Dates in 2004: The Pocono Raceway [also on their website: www.poconoraceway.com] announced its NASCAR Winston Cup race dates for 2004; June 13th and August 1st.(Express Times)(7-26-2003)
- 2 Races Likely at Pocono in 2004: NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday that Pocono Raceway, which has hosted two Winston Cup races per season since 1982, will likely have two more next season. Though Helton said the 2004 schedule isn't complete, he said, "I don't see anything changing in Pocono. We explained we had no intentions of forcing people to move dates or give up dates, but that we were interested in talking to owners of multiple facilities about if there's a better way to use dates in other market areas," Helton said. "Pocono is distant from most of those conversations. Now if (Pocono Raceway owners) Joe and Rose (Mattioli) come to us with some sort of idea or concept, we'd listen to it."(Times Leader)(6-7-2003)
- Some Pocono 'Improvements': during Speed Channels coverage of Pocono 500 qualifying on Friday, they showed the guardrail area between turns 1 and 2 where Steve Park hit and flipped last July, it has been protected and backed up and reinforced with dirt to help soften the blow, were it to happen again. Also, it appears the work Pocono did to resolve their drainage problem (remember the water seeping up through the track last year (cancelling qualifying in June) has seemed to work as the area has gotten a lot of rain in the last month and of course today it has rained all day. So far no signs of any water seepage on the track [on Friday at least and hopefully none on Sunday](6-7-2003)
- Pocono's France award goes to Jack Roush: Winston Cup car owner Jack Roush [#'s 6,16,17,97,99] has been named the recipient of the 2003 Bill France Award of Excellence, presented annually by Pocono Raceway. The award, first presented in 1977, is named for the late NASCAR founder and is presented to a person, company or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the sport. The award is a sculpted and highly polished piece of anthracite mined in Pennsylvania and will be presented in a ceremony on June 7 at the speedway.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-26-2003)
- Mattioli looking at Fairgrounds Speedway? Joe Mattioli plans to make another attempt to gain control of Fairgrounds Speedway [in Nashville]. Mattioli, who lost his bid against Bob Harmon for the track lease a decade ago, will return to Nashville next week to ''look around, ask some questions'' and discuss the bidding process. The State Fair Board will offer a five-year lease when the second of two one-year contracts with Dennis Grau expires this fall. Grau intends to bid on the new lease. ''I've always liked the Nashville track,'' said Mattioli, a former president of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, which is owned and operated by his family. Mattioli is starting his fourth season as operator of South Boston Speedway in VA. He and two partners are exploring building a $27 million motorsports complex in West Virginia that will include weekly short-track racing.(Tennessean)(3-20-2003)
- Pocono and Taxes: The owners of a handful of ski resorts and the state's two NASCAR tracks would pay lower taxes while surrounding property owners would pay more under legislation that passed the state House of Representatives late Monday afternoon, according to critics. The bills - which the Senate passed in June - were approved by more than 50-vote margins, in spite of opposition from Tigue and fellow Democratic state Reps. Kevin Blaum of Wilkes-Barre and John Yudichak of Nanticoke. If Gov. Mark Schweiker signs them into law, they would cap the amusement taxes that host municipalities and school districts could charge to Pocono Raceway and Nazareth Speedway to 40 percent of the cost of a ticket. Currently there is no limit. Supporters of the bill, including state Reps. George Hasay, R-Shickshinny, and Todd Eachus, D-Butler Township, argued that the region could lose its two big-time NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, not to mention the business of local skier traffic if the legislation doesn't pass. The jobs and tourism money that NASCAR and skiing bring to the region "over time will be a bigger issue than the taxes in those areas," said Eachus. During the past two years, Eachus has accepted roughly $1,800 worth of free tickets to NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, though he has said he gave the tickets to constituents whom he wouldn't name. Hasay has taken at least $500 in campaign contributions from the owners of the raceway, who have given more than $54,000 in contributions to the campaigns of state politicians ranging from state Sen. Charles Lemmond, R-Dallas, to state Rep. John Perzel, R-Philadelphia, the House Majority Leader, to state Sen. Robert Mellow, D-Peckville, the Senate Minority Leader. Mellow, who co-sponsored the amusement tax-cut amendment, couldn't be reached for comment, but Eachus and Hasay said their "yes" votes had nothing to do with the tickets and the contribution, respectively. Those tax cuts would likely mean more profit for operators, not cheaper tickets, predicted Tigue and Yudichak. The township had collected $300,000 a year from the track from taxes levied on ticket sales for its two NASCAR Winston Cup series races, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500. That amounted to 48 percent of the taxes collected by the township, according to state Rep. Robert Godshall, R-Montgomery, who took the floor to support the measure. He estimated that Pocono Raceway would still pay $125,000 a year under the bill and would continue paying property taxes, asserting that the current system "is just plain not fair. It's making our people noncompetitive and it has to stop." Eachus and Hasay asserted that the owners of Pocono Raceway would be able to use the tax savings to invest in the track and offset bids made to NASCAR by the owners of new race tracks in New Jersey and Florida, who want to host the races now held here.(Times Leader)(9-24-2002)
- Sad News UPDATE: The WNEP TV site from Wilkes-Barre, PA reports: A driver from Massachusetts was killed during the 'Sports Car Club of America Tri-Region Nationals' [SCCA] at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, the crash happened during a road rally race. No word on the name of the driver killed.(WNEP.com), the name of the driver killed at Pocono yesterday is Robert Goldfarb. He was the president of the COMSCC, a 44 year old New England based sports car club. He was racing his Fully caged Z06 and crashed at around 155mph
UPDATE: COMSCC is Corvettes of Mass. Sports Car Club. The event was Pocono's annual SCCA National championship race (not a "rally-race"). The Z06 is a current Corvette hardtop model that competes in the T1 (Touring 1) class. .Class rules require cars to be mostly stock but with a bolt-in roll cage and appropriate driver seat and safety gear. Head and neck restraints are not yet required in this type of racing.(8-5-2002)
UPDATE 2: Massachusetts native Robert Goldfarb was killed Sunday during a Sports Car Club of America race at Pocono Raceway. Goldfarb, 45, was competing in the Pocono Sports Car Grand Prix when his Touring One-class Chevrolet Corvette went out of control and hit a concrete structure. The accident occurred on the second lap of the race, which began at 11:30am. The race is run on a 10-turn course that uses parts of the 2.5-mile triangular oval and parts of roads that intersect the infield. Goldfarb's car hit a flagstand near turn six of the course, where drivers make a left into the infield after negotiating the tunnel turn portion of the larger triangle. Terry Hanushek, a Mullica Hill, N.J., native who was chief steward for the race, said Goldfarb's car was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when it spun about 90 degrees and left the track sideways. The car slid through a grassy area without traction - much like Steve Park's car did in an early race crash in last Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 - before hitting the flagstand. Two workers on the stand were able to leap out of the path of the car. They were not injured. Goldfarb died of head injuries, according to an SCCA press release. The Monroe County coroner was unavailable for comment Monday. Hanushek said he believes Goldfarb died instantly. An ambulance was on the scene of the accident less than a minute after it occurred, and paramedics began resuscitation efforts. When a LifeFlight helicopter arrived at the scene, a doctor pronounced Goldfarb dead at the scene. Goldfarb, a native of Duxbury, Mass., was an experienced race driver. Goldfarb is survived by his wife, Lisa. See full story at the Citizens Voice:(8-6-2002)
- NASCAR wants changes at Pocono: NASCAR officials, alarmed by Steve Park 's crash at Pocono last weekend, want Pocono to pave some of the grassy area off turns 1 and 2 and raise the height of the infield guardrail. Series officials also are making those requests for other tracks. Talladega, Daytona, California and Michigan are tracks that paved over portions of grass off turn 2 after accidents over the years. After making contact with Rusty Wallace 's car on the first lap at Pocono, Park's car shot across the track, collected Dale Earnhardt Jr. and skimmed over the grass. Park did not lose any speed before crashing into the guardrail. Had there been asphalt there, it would have helped slow his car before impact.(Roanoke Times)(8-4-2002)
- The Pennsylvania 400? Geoffrey Bodine, a three-time winner at Pocono, joined the chorus of those calling for the races here to be whacked from 500 to 400 miles. "We've always talked about the fact that they should be shorter, but I guess we're talking to deaf ears because nobody is listening," he said. "Nobody understands our reasoning behind that, but this is a hard track on your car. It's hard on a race fan just to sit there for that long but, believe me, inside that car it will wear you down. It's a lot of work out here so, yeah, we're all in favor of shortening this race up. If you look back through the years, you'd see a lot of different finishes if it was 100 miles shorter." John Darby, NASCAR's Winston Cup series director, said there has been no discussion of shortening the Pocono races.(Richmond Times Dispatch), Jimmy Spencer and Rusty Wallace have also been quoted as saying with the ne-engine rule the races at Pocono should be cut back to 400.(7-28-2002)
- Pocono Promotion Winner: Thomas Teague, of Verona, Allegheney County, is the recipient of the Cash 5 NASCAR Weekend at Pocono Promotion grand prize - $20,000 - from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The winner was one of five finalists selected from entries received. The winner was determined in a special pre-race drawing conducted by the Pennsylvania Lottery at Pocono Raceway. Thomas Teague and the other four finalists won trips to the Pennsylvania 500 Winston Cup race weekend at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County, July 25-28, 2002. In addition, each of the five finalists received a $5,000 check. The lucky Grand Prize winner also will receive an additional $15,000, less 27 percent federal withholding taxes. All five finalists and a guest received a raceway and accommodations package for two that included raceway tickets, superbox seating and pit passes for three days of NASCAR events held at Pocono; track and pit row tours; three-day, four-night hotel accommodations; transportation between the track and hotel; meals and beverages. Pennsylvania Lottery players entered this second CASH 5 NASCAR Weekends at Pocono drawing by completing and mailing in entry coupons generated when a $5 block of CASH 5 tickets for the next available drawing was purchased.(Business Wire)(7-28-2002)
- 2003 Pocono Dates: the www.poconoraceway.com says that 2003 race tickets will be available for sale starting this Sunday, July 28th. Hearing the 2003 dates will be the same weekends as 2002, June 8th and July 27th.(7-23-2002)
- Friday Tickets Holders get a break: Pocono Raceway officials said that fans with ticket stubs from yesterday have two options. They can get a $10 discount for today's action - two Winston Cup practice sessions, beginning at 9:15 a. m. and the Pocono ARCA 200, which begins at 1 p.m. Or they can use the ticket for admission to the pole qualifying session on July 26 as Pocono prepares to host its second Winston Cup race of the season on July 28.(Philadelphia Inquier)(6-8-2002)
- Coolers at Pocono: haven't seen anything on this, but heard that Pocono Raceway is allowing 12" x 12" coolers (no glass) and no need for plastic bages ie: you can take in a camera bag.(6-5-2002)
- Pocono and the Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery will return to Pocono Raceway in 2002 as a sponsor for its two NASCAR® Winston Cup Series races, the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500. And, again this year, the Lottery will select a total of five lucky finalists and their guests to attend each race weekend (a total of 10 finalists and 10 guests in all) and to have a chance to win up to $20,000. See more on the Racing Contest page.(4-18-2002)
- Pocono, funding and better access: A plan to improve highway access to Pocono International Raceway won more federal money this year than a widely supported project to restore passenger rail service to the Poconos did in the last three. At $3 million, the raceway project is the most expensive Pennsylvania highway work specifically mentioned in the 2002 transportation appropriations bill, which Congress approved in December. The same bill set aside $1 million for the rail project. The racetrack’s proposed ramps from Interstate 80 at Stoney Hollow Road would be used two weekends a year, when up to 150,000 people converge on the privately owned track at Long Pond for NASCAR races. Racetrack owner Joseph Mattioli said he asked Monroe County’s two congressmen “if they would help us down in Washington” getting federal money toward the $12 million highway ramps.(more at The Morning Call)(2-4-2002)
- Irvan and Mattioli's to be honored: Ernie Irvan and Pocono Raceway owners Dr. Joe and Dr. Rose Mattioli are being honored as inductees into the Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 13th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place on February 11, 2002 at the Daytona Beach Hilton. Former inductees include Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Benny Parsons, Buddy Baker, Harry Gant, and Bill France, Jr. Benny Parsons is scheduled to introduce Irvan during the ceremony that will include a cocktail hour and a dinner. Admission to the event, which is open to the public, is $85 (cocktail hour and dinner). Proceeds benefit three local charities in the Daytona Beach area - The Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 100 Deputies for 100 Kids, and the Association for Retarded Citizens. Tickets can be purchased by calling (386) 788-7837 or (386) 299-0771.(Irvan.com)(1-31-2002)
- Pocono and Pep Boys: Pep Boys, the nation's leading full-service automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, announced that it had agreed to become the presenting sponsor of the Pennsylvania 500, one of the upcoming races in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, to be held July 29 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2001)
- Pocono to Sell? UPDATE 2 Nope: The Mattiollis, who own Pocono Raceway, once again may be fielding offers for their track, which sits 90 minutes from Manhattan. Bruton Smith and Bill France have both made offers over the years, and each time the Mattiollis have rejected the overtures. Now it appears that France, who is also trying to put together a deal for a speedway at the Meadowlands, across the Hudson River from New York City, is again trying to persuade the Mattiollis to sell to him(Winston Salem Journal)(6-2-2001)
UPDATE: Dr. Joseph Mattioli was loyal to Bill France Sr. when the NASCAR Winston Cup Series was a financial bust, and he's remained loyal to the family that started NASCAR now that each race at his Pocono Raceway creates millions of dollars in profits. All along, Mattioli and his wife, Rose, have been one of the holdouts in the bidding wars between France's International Speedway Corp. and Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports Inc. to gobble up every raceway on the Winston Cup circuit. After 37 years of struggles, hard work and success, the Mattiolis apparently are close to cashing in. Sources inside the ISC family said the Pocono Raceway may soon become part of the sport's biggest corporation. The deal is worth about $110 million.(Savannah Morning News)
UPDATE 2: Dr. Joe Mattioli, owner of Pocono Raceway, strongly denied reports that he would sell his track to International Speedway Corporation, and he said he would have two Winston Cup races again in 2002. Mattioli responded to reports which said Pocono would be sold to ISC and that one of his dates would be moved elsewhere. The same reports said that dates would either a) be added at Kentucky and California, or b) be moved to those two tracks from elsewhere. "I've refuted it and refuted it," Mattioli said of the recurring reports. "I went public in 1965 and it took me 35 years to buy it back, and I'm not about to sell it. If I did sell it, the France family [which controls ISC] would get first dibs. That's been said to Old Man France [the late Bill France Sr.], said to Billy and Jimmy, said to Brian and Lisa. I don't know how the hell else to say it. That's it."(SpeedVision)(6-15-2001)
- Pocono to Honor Adam? UPDATE yes: hearing Pocono Raceway will be dedicating the Winston Cup garage area to Adam Petty on the Friday before the June 17th Cup race and will be known as the Adam Petty Garage(6-8-2001)
UPDATE: Pocono will name its state-of-the-art garage area after Adam Petty. "I went over to see Kyle in his motor home, about a month after it happened," Dr. Joseph Mattioli of Pocono Raceway said. "I told him we would like to name the garage area after his son. I said, 'Now you talk to your wife and your father and your mother and whatever you guys want to do. If you don't want to do it, we won't do it. They called back later and said they would be thrilled to have it. It's now the Adam Petty garage. We don't make a big to-do about it. We don't put press releases out on it. It's just something we wanted to do."(Citizens Voice)(6-14-2001)
- Pocono Lawsuit: Pocono International Raceway, a NASCAR-sanctioned raceway that hosts popular Winston Cup events, is located in Long Pond, Monroe County, PA. It now is known as Pocono Raceway. Pocono Mountain Speedway also is a NASCAR-sanctioned racetrack, though not for Winston Cup events. Instead, it mainly hosts modified stock car races. It is located on Route 924, St. John's, Luzerne County, about 26 miles away from the Pocono Raceway. It was known as the Evergreen Speedway until a year ago when its name was changed. Pocono Raceway has a patent on its name and claims in the lawsuit that the Luzerne County track infringed on the patent when it changed its name to Pocono Mountain Speedway. The Long Pond track wants U.S. Judge Edwin Kosik to stop the Luzerne County track from using the new name.(Scranton Times Tribune)(6-9-2001)
- Pocono to Honor Adam? hearing Pocono Raceway will be dedicating the Winston Cup garage area to Adam Petty on the Friday before the June 17th Cup race and will be known as the Adam Petty Garage(6-8-2001)
- Pocono to Sell? The Mattiollis, who own Pocono Raceway, once again may be fielding offers for their track, which sits 90 minutes from Manhattan. Bruton Smith and Bill France have both made offers over the years, and each time the Mattiollis have rejected the overtures. Now it appears that France, who is also trying to put together a deal for a speedway at the Meadowlands, across the Hudson River from New York City, is again trying to persuade the Mattiollis to sell to him(Winston Salem Journal)(6-2-2001)
- Pocono Stock: It was decided in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas that shares in Pocono Raceway belonging to a group of maverick owners are worth $1,378,432. The shareholders brought the case to court after being offered $308,000 two years ago. The dispute started after raceway owner Joseph R. Mattioli performed a reverse stock split, which offered one share for every 50 outstanding. Because some shareholders possessed less than 50 shares, exact values had to be determined. President Judge Ronald E. Vican determined the total value of the raceway to be $75 million at $15,664 per share. However, it is reported that Mattioli recently turned down an offer of $125 million for the raceway, which has shown tremendous growth over the past few years. After tax profits of the raceway grew from $2.2 million in 1995 to $5.4 million in 2000(Pocono Record)(2-18-2001)
- Pocono News: Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, recently pledged to donate $1.5 million to the Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. The donation is part of the medical center's Superior Healthcare Close to Home: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow capital campaign. It is the largest gift ever bestowed on the center in its 86-year history and the largest ever in Monroe County(PA). The Emergency Services department will be renamed the Mattioli Emergency Center to commemorate the gift.(Times Leader)(1-22-2001)
- Pocono Sponsor News: TBS Superstation announced that America Online will be the Presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pennsylvania 500 telecast on Sunday, July 23. The race will be called the Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online. In addition to Sunday's Winston Cup race, the Superstation has exclusive television rights to telecast the Pepsi ARCA 200. The Superstation's live ARCA race coverage begins Saturday, July 22, at 1:05pm/et. Immediately following the Pepsi ARCA 200, the Superstation's NASCAR Happy Hour coverage will air. Also, a 48-foot-long, America Online-branded tractor-trailer will be on site during the Pennsylvania race weekend. The fully equipped truck will have 10 AOL demo stations, giving event-goers an opportunity to surf the Internet and communicate with other race fans around the world. Those who wish to take a "hands-free" approach can watch an AOL Internet tour in a 10-person theater and pick up a copy of the latest AOL software. AOL will also server as the sponsor for the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./Galaxy Motorsports #75 Ford's paint scheme(TBS PR)(7-20-2000)
- Pocono gets a 'presenter': TBS Superstation announced that America Online(AOL) will be the Presenting sponsor of the Winston Cup Pennsylvania 500 telecast on Sunday, July 23. Exclusive, live race coverage of Pennsylvania 500 Presented by America Online will be TBS(Yahoo Biz)(6-22-2000)
- Pocono Rain Info: It was the first time that a NASCAR event at Pocono has been postponed by rain and moved to Monday since the Coca-Cola 500 in July 1979(and only the second time ever). Cale Yarborough wound up winning the race ahead of Richard Petty and Buddy Baker. Three drivers who will compete in today's Pocono 500 also competed in that race. Ricky Rudd finished fifth, while a pair of rookies -- Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt -- finished 23rd and 29th respectively. There have been three instances at Pocono where races were shortened by rain. The first NASCAR race there in August 1974 was shortened to 480 miles (192 of 200 laps). Only 375 miles (150 of 200 laps) were completed in the July 1986 event. In July 1991, the race was shortened to 447 miles(179 of 200 laps)(Times-Tribune)(6-19-2000)
- Pocono Traffic Help: The state has approved an $11 million allocation for a temporary interchange off Interstate 80 near Pocono Raceway to help alleviate traffic problems on race days, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the track's founder and board chairman, said yesterday(Philadelphia Daily News)(6-15-2000)
- Pocono not selling: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, owner of Pocono Raceway and one of the few remaining independent operators of a Winston Cup track, said he does not feel threatened by increasing centralization of track ownership. International Speedway Corporation recently acquired Richmond International Raceway, giving it control of 10 tracks. Speedway Motorsports owns six others. Mattioli says who continues to insist he has no intention of selling out(Gaston Gazette)(1-9-2000)
- Pocono, Shorter Races? Benny Parsons looked into the camera on ESPN2's RPM 2Night and pleaded, "Doc and Rose, please, 400 miles." Parsons, the racer turned TV commentator, was urging Dr. Joe Mattioli and his wife, Dr. Rose, to trim Pocono Raceway's 500-mile Winston Cup races to 400 miles. Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 ran an interminable 4 hours, 16 minutes. Might Doc Mattioli listen to Parsons? "Nooooooo," came the booming voice from the mountains over the phone. "That race was an exception. Our feeling is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. When Charlotte shortens their 600-mile race to 500, then maybe we'll talk." See full story at: Push for shorter races is like pulling teeth by Bill Fleischman of the Philadelphia Daily News via That's Racin'(8-1-1999)
- Pocono Not Selling: a few days old but....Pocono Raceway owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli on Thursday categorically denied he was considering selling his 2.5-mile track to racing magnate Bruton Smith. Mattioli attempted to end renewed speculation that Smith would purchase the track in Long Pond, Pa., and move one of its two NASCAR Winston Cup dates to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which Smith's Speedway Motorsports, Inc., also owns. See Pocono race not moving to LVMS by Brian Hilderbrand(Las Vegas Sun)(7-28-1999)
- Pocono Story and News: in an story about the Pocono International Raceway, owner Dr. Joseph Mattioli makes no indications that he is planning on selling now or in the near future. In fact the story says "For the record, Mattioli doesn't have the inclination to sell and will never sell the course, which has turned into a little motorsports gold mine". See full story at: 'Mavericks' are a breath of fresh air by Godwin Kelly(7-19-1999)
- Pocono story: and editorial in The Leader by Robert J. Mellow, Democratic Leader, Pennsylvania Senate - "I am disappointed, and angered, by a recent Sports Illustrated editorial that portrayed Pocono International Raceway, located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, as a gloom-and-doom facility. Either the SI ghost writer -- the editorial is unsigned -- knows nothing about auto racing or became high on the fresh air that our mountains have to offer." See the rest of the story at: Sen. Mellow races to defend Poconos, raceway from insults of SI writer(Times-Leader)(7-12-1999)
- Pocono/Texas? Hearing that Pocono Raceway rejected a $50 million dollar offer from Texas Motor Speedway to buy a Winston Cup date from the track(6-9-1999) - never heard anything more on this(7-5-1999)
- Pocono Ratings: TNN Motorsports coverage of the NASCAR Winston Cup Pocono 500, telecast live on Sunday, June 20, scored a 4.9 rating, representing more than 3.6 million households, according to Nielsen Media Research. The rating set a record for the annual race, making it the highest-rated, most-watched Pocono 500 in the six years TNN has telecast the event. The live telecast from the Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA, was watched by more than 5.6 million viewers. This year's race coverage on TNN delivered a 23 percent increase in ratings over last year's race, which achieved a 4.0 rating, representing more than 2.9 million households. Plus TNN's website, country.com, generated record Internet traffic from its live real-time webcast of the Pocono 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race. The site recorded 736,805 page views -- breaking the previous record of 680,000 set during the Pepsi 400 Winston Cup race at Daytona Beach, FL, on October 17, 1998(TNN Site)(6-24-1999)
- Pocono Lottery: Pocono Raceway has entered into one of the nation's first partnerships between a state lottery and a NASCAR race track. Five second-chance finalists have a chance to win a replica of the Pocono 500 Pontiac pace car Sunday. All five have received $5000 each and three-day VIP credentials to the race including seats in a mini-skybox and pit passes. The five finalists came from a second-chance drawing of non-winning tickets from the state's Instant Lottery. While it is too late to get into the game for Sunday's Pocono 500, the whole thing is being repeated for next month's Pennsylvania 500(GoRacing)(6-20-1999)
- Apparently there is talk that they may be tearing down the garages at Pocono. If this is true, it will happen the week after the July race. SCCA Tri-Region (sponsor of this past weekend's race) was told the garages would be gone by their National event Aug 8 and 9. Don't know what they plan to do after tearing down.(StockCarFans newsletter - Cyndy)(6-30-1998)
- Saw a line up sheet from NASCAR's June Pocono race: The back side said that there would be 15,000 new seats (Terrace) extending from the stands as they are now to Turn 3, due to be complete by next year. Apparently this is true, based on the fact it was handed out at Sunday's race and Pocono is telling ticket holders that these seats will be available for purchase in September. Apparently they are also adding 1,000 Terrace Club seats too. Don't know about a grandstand between 2 & 3, I suspect this is supposed to be the new seats going to turn 3 from the original ones there already!(StockCarFans newsletter - Cyndy)(6-30-1998)
- Rumors have ISC - International Speedway Corp / Bill France buying the Pocono International Raceway in the very near future.(WC Today Radio)(6-19-1998)
- A Wilkes-Barre PA TV station, WBRE 28 reported that Pocono raceway is NOT for sale, and WILL stay in the family. This was reported on 2-25-98 at 11:00pm by Sid Michaels, their sportscaster, who went on to say he had personally spoken with Dr. Mattioli (Pocono owner). He also reported that NBC was looking into televising NASCAR, since it lost the NFL contract to CBS.(2-26-1998)
- From the Speedway Scene, a New England based weekly racing paper: Rumor is that there is an offer on the table for Pocono Raceway for $150 million. The two top contenders Bruton Smith, and Bill France. The author said that was a guess and no source has been confirmed as to who wants to buy it. The article also went on to say that Bill France told Pocono to start shaping up and that they were behind the other tracks(2-20-1998)
- More Pocono news: The owner of the track, Dr. Mattioli's has put the track's ownership in a trust for his grandchildren and he (Dr. Mattioli) cannot sell it himself.(3-7-1997)
- Per NASCAR Fans Newsletter: Bruton Smith may buy Pocono and move the one of the dates to the Texas track(hmm..Texas in July - hot,hot,hot). The other date could go to Las Vegas with Pocono not having any dates?Yikes??(3-5-1997) More: A good source of mine "called the track and after much transferring around spoke to a PR person who said Pocono is definitely not for sale. What's that worth is of course questionable. I also called the Pocono Mountains. Chamber of Commerce and had a long chat. The guy had heard no such rumor and was shocked.", looks like I got things stirred up there.(3-6-1997)