Pocono Raceway officials announced Tuesday the addition of a NASCAR XFINITY Series event to the track's 2016 racing schedule. The 250-mile race is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, and will be part of a three-race weekend at the 2.5-mile track. The Sprint Cup Series' Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 is slated for Sunday, June 5 while the Pocono 200 ARCA Racing Series event will kick off the weekend's racing activities. It will be the first appearance for the XFINITY Series at Pocono, which has hosted NASCAR-sanctioned events since 1974. Track president and CEO Brandon Igdalsky said race fans "have been asking for this to happen for several years." Comcast, parent company of series sponsor XFINITY , is based in Philadelphia. "From Day 1 we've been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the XFINITY Series," Matt Lederer, director of sports brand marketing for Comcast, said. "The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state ... will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016." In addition to the June race weekend, the Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for July 31 at Pocono, along with the Pocono Mountains 150 Camping World Truck Series race and Modspace 125 ARCA event. Camping World Truck Series teams have been competing at Pocono since 2010 while the ARCA Series began competing at the track in 1987. "Pocono is a very unique track," current XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher said. "I'm excited that we are adding a new track to the XFINITY Series schedule. I've raced there a considerable amount in the ARCA Series and have always enjoyed it. It will be a good challenge for the XFINITY teams."
Below is a breakdown of how the full 43-car field fared at Dover International Speedway . 1. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick scored his spot in the Round of 12 in dramatic fashion by leading a career-best 355 laps and notching the 750th victory for manufacturer Chevrolet. 2. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Post-race, Busch said he was pleased with where his team finished, citing it had a second-place car, but also adding it had quite a bit of ground to make up to catch the "lightning-fast" No. 4 team. 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The final caution flag was a lucky break for Earnhardt, who took the opportunity to address a loose wheel. He then used a solid restart to slip past fellow Chase contender Jamie McMurray and punch his ticket to the next round. 4. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . "Nice work guys. Nothing to be ashamed of," McMurray radioed his team after just missing the cut for Round 2. For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 5. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola was posting top-five lap times with 55 laps to go, but needed those remaining circuits to pick up seven spots and match his best Dover result. 6. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The decision to stop twice during the fifth caution period to ensure the No. 5 was full of fuel didn't hurt Kahne, who earned his seventh Dover top 10. 7. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth, already a Round 2 contender thanks to his Loudon victory, spent the remaining 125 laps on Sunday looking for more corner speed. 8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse restarted 10th after the fifth caution flag, and he held on for his best Dover finish. 9 . Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson looked to play the spoiler when he moved into the top three in the final 100 laps, but a decision to stay out during the final caution flag hurt his chances. 10. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano advances to the next round of the Chase with his ninth Dover top 10. 11. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Truex, a Round 2 contender, climbed through the field after starting from the rear when NASCAR had a post-inspection issue with the flare on his side skirt. 12. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . " Man, it's never easy," Gordon told his team after a rough final restart. "I know that wasn't easy," spotter Eddie D'Hondt said. "But we did what we needed to" (to advance). For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 13. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Biffle got sideways with 11 laps to go, but saved his car while running 15th . 14. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer recovered after dropping from eighth to 25th when he made an unscheduled stop on Lap 175 for a loose wheel. 15. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Crew chief Darian Grubb didn't want to risk the No. 19's spot in the next round of the Chase so he called his driver back down pit road during the sixth caution flag for a right-front tire issue. 16. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Around Lap 60, Keselowski was running 16th when he reported that his engine temperatures were dropping. He maintained and will compete in the second round of the Chase. 17. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . An issue with the left-front jack bolt caused Busch to lose ride height late in the race. The team corrected the issue but still had to make additional repairs during the Lap 374 stop under caution. 18. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin won the race off pit road after a four-tire stop during the competition caution, but his forward momentum was stalled because he was tagged for speeding. A second penalty sealed the deal, but he still advanced because he won Chicagoland. 19. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary pass after the third caution flag and managed to stay only one lap down as the race progressed. He advanced to the second round of the Chase. 20. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish and his team chased the handling of his No. 9 Ford all day, even as the track took on rubber. 21. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick worked with her team to help her No. 10 Chevy take off better around Dover's 1-mile oval. 22. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan, who fell off the lead lap by Lap 105, had previously told his team he was "too free on exit and pretty snug in the center." 23. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon's team made several chassis adjustments during the second half of the race to help him get into the corner better. 24. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was running 25th during the first half of Sunday's race when he was hooked in the right rear and saved his car from spinning on-track. 25. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard rolled off the grid 14th and almost immediately went backward as he watched his first Chase run fade. 26. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart recently announced he'd retire from driving after 2016 to focus on ownership. But on Sunday, the driver of the No. 14 focused on pit strategy to improve his track position. 27. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier received the beneficiary pass during the competition caution, but spent much of the race looking for mid-corner grip. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Like his teammate Brett Moffitt , Whitt discovered that his car improved around Dover as the 1-mile concrete oval took on rubber. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was going too fast trying to get onto pit road when he spun up the track on Lap 311. 30. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland reported a tight-handling condition during the final 60 laps of Sunday's race, which his team worked to address. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Halfway through a fuel run when the fifth caution flag was waved, Bayne elected to take the wave-around like most cars one or more laps down. 32. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman and his team continually made adjustments on the No. 7 Chevy throughout Sunday's race trying to find balance. 33. Reed Sorenson , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Already three laps down and in 36th, Sorenson told his team that he was "just racing the track right now" when they informed him leader Kevin Harvick was bearing down. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . "Holy crap," DiBenedetto said while running 37th on Lap 101 when he learned leader Kevin Harvick was on his bumper -- again. 35. J.J. Yeley, No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Long green-flag runs were a struggle Sunday for Yeley. 36. Josh Wise , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Wise sustained minimal nose damage after making contact with Jeb Burton on Lap 3. 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . During the fifth caution flag, Annett reported that his entry was neutral and he couldn't pick up the gas when he wanted to. 38. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Kennedy rolled off the grid 36th in his Dover debut. 39. Timmy Hill , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports . Starting 43rd at the fast 1-mile oval made forward progress an immediate issue for Hill in his fourth Dover appearance. 40. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill's fear that his engine was "letting go" was realized on Lap 372 and prompted the eighth caution flag. 41. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . A torn rear axle seal sidelined Johnson in his 500th Cup start and ended his quest for a seventh championship. 42. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt's lap times were improving as the track picked up rubber, but his car was "killed" when he blew a right-front and made hard contact with the wall to bring out the seventh caution flag. 43. Jeb Burton , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun on Lap 3 and cut a tire on Lap 192 to bring out the caution flag twice on Sunday.
After Race 29 of the 2015 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Joe Gibbs 20 2,137 0 0 1 0 29 2 Walter Czarnecki 22 2,123 -14 -14 4 2 29 3 J D Gibbs 11 2,119 -18 -4 2 -1 29 4 J D Gibbs 19 2,118 -19 -1 3 -1 29 5 Barney Visser 78 2,104 -33 -14 9 4 29 6 Gene Haas 41 2,100 -37 -4 7 1 29 7 Rick Hendrick 24 2,100 -37 0 10 3 29 8 Roger Penske 2 2,100 -37 0 8 0 29 9 Joe Gibbs 18 2,099 -38 -1 13 4 29 10 Richard Childress 31 2,099 -38 0 6 -4 29 11 Rick Hendrick 88 2,098 -39 -1 12 1 29 12 Felix Sabates 1 2,098 -39 0 11 -1 29 13 Jeff Gordon 48 2,086 -51 -12 5 -8 29 14 Tony Stewart 4 2,082 -55 -4 15 1 29 15 Richard Childress 27 2,075 -62 -7 14 -1 29 16 Rob Kauffman 15 2,048 -89 -27 16 0 29 17 Linda Hendrick 5 770 -1,367 -1,278 17 0 29 18 Richard Petty 43 767 -1,370 -3 18 0 29 19 Chip Ganassi 42 746 -1,391 -21 19 0 29 20 Jack Roush 16 706 -1,431 -40 20 0 29 21 Richard Childress 3 647 -1,490 -59 21 0 29 22 Bob Germain 13 624 -1,513 -23 22 0 29 23 Tad Geschickter 47 600 -1,537 -24 23 0 29 24 Tony Stewart 10 597 -1,540 -3 24 0 29 25 Margaret Haas 14 581 -1,556 -16 25 0 29 26 Richard Petty 9 570 -1,567 -11 26 0 29 27 John Henry 17 561 -1,576 -9 27 0 29 28 Michael Waltrip 55 542 -1,595 -19 28 0 29 29 John Henry 6 530 -1,607 -12 29 0 29 30 Harry Scott Jr. 51 482 -1,655 -48 30 0 29 31 Bob Jenkins 35 446 -1,691 -36 31 0 29 32 Brad Jenkins 38 433 -1,704 -13 32 0 29 33 Michael Hillman 40 389 -1,748 -44 33 0 29 34 Jerry Freeze 34 387 -1,750 -2 34 0 29 35 Tommy Baldwin 7 352 -1,785 -35 35 0 29 36 Ron Devine 83 344 -1,793 -8 37 1 29 37 Joe Falk 33 341 -1,796 -3 36 -1 29 38 Harry Scott Jr. 46 294 -1,843 -47 38 0 29 39 Ron Devine 23 258 -1,879 -36 39 0 29 40 Mike Curb 98 239 -1,898 -19 40 0 29 41 Archie St Hilaire 32 232 -1,905 -7 41 0 29 42 Glen Wood 21 203 -1,934 -29 42 0 14 43 Anthony Marlowe 26 181 -1,956 -22 43 0 29 44 Bob Leavine 95 163 -1,974 -18 44 0 16 45 Jay Robinson 62 99 -2,038 -64 45 0 29 46 Rick Hendrick 25 89 -2,048 -10 46 0 5 47 John Cohen 44 12 -2, 125 -77 47 0 4 48 Jay Robinson 66 8 -2,129 -4 48 0 4 49 Curtis Key Sr. 30 6 -2,131 -2 49 0 13 50 Robby Benton 129 0 -2,137 -6 51 1 4
RELATED: Live weather updates from Dover Saturday morning started out the same way Friday ended, with wet weather canceling NASCAR XFINITY Series opening practice at Dover International Speedway . Practice was scheduled to run from 8:35 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. ET, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Practice for the K&N Pro Series East was also canceled on Saturday morning. Track drying was underway to try to get the K&N race, the Drive Sober 125 , on track for a 9:30 a.m. ET start but rain returned shortly after 9 a.m. ET to hinder those efforts and delay the start of that race. The K&N Pro Series East race will now run at 12:30 p.m. ET. Rain returned about 15 minutes into the final practice for the Sprint Cup Series causing that practice to be abbreviated. Final practice ended up running from about 2:05-2:20 p.m. ET before the red flag was displayed for moisture and practice was eventually called. The first Sprint Cup practice was initially scheduled to begin as soon as the track was available from the K&N Pro Series East race and run until 11:55 a.m. ET. That practice was initially scheduled for 11-11:55 a.m. ET with final practice set for 12:30-2:45 p.m. ET. The revised schedule will see cars on track as soon as its ready (close to 11:30 a.m. ET) until 12:15 p.m. ET, and then final practice going from 2-2:45 p.m. ET. The Hisense 200 XFINITY Series race, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), will be run with no practice time for those drivers. There will be two competition cautions for that race at Lap 25 and Lap 65, because of the lack of practice time. RELATED: How rain could impact Challenger Round This came after all of Friday's on-track activity for the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and K&N Pro Series East was wiped out by rain as Hurricane Joaquin churns away from the East Coast. Saturday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying in the XFINITY Series was canceled on Friday to provide the Sprint Cup Series with additional practice time.
RELATED: Complete schedule for Dover weekend As drivers and teams prepare for this weekend's elimination race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , they're also bracing for the effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it churns toward the Eastern United States. The storm, rated as a Category 4 hurricane as of 5 a.m. ET Friday, threatens to bring damaging winds, torrential rain and possible flooding to the Mid-Atlantic area and Dover International Speedway , site of this weekend's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Races for NASCAR's XFINITY Series and the K&N Pro Series East developmental circuit are also on the schedule. Haulers for both national series were scheduled to load into the 1-mile Delaware track Thursday afternoon, but a hauler parade scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET was canceled. Despite the threatening forecast, a NASCAR spokesperson said Thursday morning that series officials would be flexible with any changes in weather conditions. "NASCAR will continue to work closely with Dover International Speedway and monitor the weather for the weekend," the spokesperson said. "At this time, all schedules remain intact." The Dover track, approximately seven miles inland from the Delaware Bay, is among several areas in the state under a coastal flood watch that remains in effect through Sunday. The National Weather Service has predicted gusty winds and major rainfall amounts -- between 5-7 inches over the next five days -- for the Mid-Atlantic area, even if Joaquin's center fails to make landfall. A statement made by the Delaware Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said that Joaquin's path was uncertain to predict, but that "it is reasonably sure that the tropical system will have an impact of some kind on Delaware over the weekend. It is too early to tell exactly what that impact will be." A tripleheader of racing makes this weekend an especially busy one for the Dover track. Besides staging the third event of the 10-race Chase on Sunday, the Monster Mile will also host the XFINITY Series' Hisense 200 (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM) and the season-ending Drive Sober 125 presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the K&N Pro Series East. The track said in a Thursday release that it was "full steam ahead" with preparations for the race weekend. "We work closely with NASCAR, the National Weather Service and our on-site meteorologist to monitor weather during our major events," a track spokesperson said in the release. "We are currently tracking this weekend's weather and will update fans via social media, and our website, as information becomes available." The last time a tropical disturbance dramatically altered a race weekend schedule was in September 2008, when Tropical Storm Hanna and a declared state of emergency in Virginia postponed two days of on-track activity at Richmond International Raceway , forcing a rare Sprint Cup - XFINITY Series doubleheader on a Sunday. NASCAR officials worked with the track, opting to postpone all events early in the interest of safety for campers and other fans. The decision also weighed that law enforcement officials normally involved in security and traffic management at the race track should be dedicated to disaster relief at the height of the storm.
Listen to what all the top finishers ahd to say about today's Pocono Mountains 125 .
RELATED: Track live weather updates " Updated Dover weekend schedule DOVER, Del. -- All track activity at Dover International Speedway for Friday has been canceled due to inclement weather. Friday's opening practice for Sprint Cup Series teams was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET. Coors Light Pole Qualifying was set for 3:45 p.m. Now, the lineup for Sunday's AAA 400 (2:30 p.m., NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR) will be set per the NASCAR rulebook, meaning the 43-car field will be set based on current points standings. That will put Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth , Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards 1-2-3, with Joey Logano ( Team Penske ) and Jimmie Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ) completing the top five. RELATED: See the full starting lineup for Sunday's Cup race Additionally, qualifying in the XFINITY Series, scheduled for Saturday, has also been cancelled. Ryan Blaney , who is driving the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, which leads the series' owner points, will start on the pole as that field will also be set per the rulebook. RELATED: See the full lineup Activity in three series -- Sprint Cup , XFINITY and K&N Pro Series East -- was scheduled to take place at the 1-mile track. However, rain fell steadily in the area all morning as Hurricane Joaquin churns away from the East Coast. Two Sprint Cup practice sessions are on tap for Saturday, from 11-11:50 a.m. ET and 12:30-2:50 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup garage will open at 9 a.m. ET. Friday's season-ending K&N race, the Drive Sober 125 , has been rescheduled for approximately 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday while the start of the Hisense 200 XFINITY Series race, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), remains unchanged.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Peck Motorsports announced a new partnership with BoobiTrap -- a unique hands-free cell phone holder -- on Monday. The company and its unmissable logo will serve as a primary sponsor for driver Todd Peck at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20. The Glenville, Pennsylvania -based team also announced that BoobiTrap's hot pink colors will adorn the No. 40 Truck as an associate sponsor. "We're thrilled to have BoobiTrap come on board with Peck Motorsports," Peck said in a team release. "They offer a one-of-a-kind product that NASCAR fans are going to love. There is always a lot of attention and excitement surrounding the race at Homestead-Miami, so this should be a great opportunity to showcase this new product." "This is going to be a great way to complete our season," general manager and crew chief Keith Wolfe said. "We've taken many steps forward in our race program's development throughout 2015, and a company like BoobiTrap has noticed. Having them join us in Homestead shows our progress on and off the track." Peck has competed in the Truck Series on a part-time basis for family-owned Peck Motorsports since 2011, making 16 starts.
Clint Bowyer and Johnny Sauter talk about their solid runs in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway, a track Sauter describes as one he isn't particularly fond of.
NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi had surgery Sunday to repair a broken clavicle – the injury sustained while Ganassi was cycling in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday. The team said the surgery was successful and Ganassi is expected to be in Richmond, Virginia, this weekend for the final race to set the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff field at Richmond International Raceway . Ganassi sent out the following message on social media: "Ok ok. I fell off my bicycle Saturday. Thank you Dr Jim Bradley for putting me back together!" Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray is currently the top-ranked driver without a win and sits 12th in the Chase Grid. Should he qualify for the Chase and he just needs to start the event at Richmond to do that, he would be the first Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates post-season entry since Juan Pablo Montoya made the Chase in 2009. The team's other driver, Kyle Larson , is ranked 19th but could earn an automatic Chase berth with a win in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM)