Pocono Raceway adds more SAFER barrier
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Pocono Pocono Raceway officials have announced the completion of a project that has added more than 5,000 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Resistant (SAFER) barrier around the 2.5-mile track. The barrier was put in place along the 3,740-foot frontstretch as well as areas between Turns 2 and 3, according to a track release. In addition, each of the track's three crossover gates have been upgraded and now consist of SAFER materials. The upgrade comes one year after officials installed more than 6,000 feet of SAFER barrier around the track and brings the total to more than 23,000 feet for the facility. Pocono Raceway has hosted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races annually since 1974. The track will host two race weekends for the series this season, the Pocono 400 on June 11 and the Pennsylvania 400 on July 30. The 2.5-mile venue also hosts a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in June and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as part of its July race weekend. RELATED: Pocono to hold qualifying, race on same day for July event It is the only track hosting the series that features three turns, hence the facility's "Tricky Triangle" nickname. Kurt Busch won last year's June event while Chris Buescher scored his first career win in the series second stop last August.
Rain at Pocono Raceway postpones Sprint Cup race
RELATED: Live radar, weather updates Intermittent fits of rain postponed the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway to an 11 a.m. ET Monday start. Wet weather moved into the area Saturday evening, and it was raining hard Sunday morning as teams went through pre-race inspection. A fleet of Air Titan 2.0 trucks were on hand to get the track ready as the clouds broke near the scheduled 1:30 p.m. ET start time, but rain began to fall again at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET to halt the track-drying process. The rescheduled 400-mile event will be broadcast on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM. Martin Truex Jr. is the polesitter for the 21st of 36 points-paying races of the Sprint Cup season. Truex, who prevailed in Friday's Coors Light Pole Qualifying, is one of five drivers who can clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a victory at Pocono . MORE: Full starting lineup The series' first stop at the 2.5-mile triangular track was delayed until Monday due to rain, and Kurt Busch went on to find Victory Lane. This is the first time in a single year that both Pocono races have been postponed to the next day. Rain also affected on-track activities early Saturday, canceling qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. William Byron went on to win the Pocono Mountains 150 later Saturday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Rain delays Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway
RELATED: Live radar, weather updates from Pocono LONG POND, Pa. -- Rain has delayed the start of Sunday's Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway . Sunday's forecast called for a high percentage of rain, potentially heavy at times with possible thunderstorms. To combat the damp conditions, race officials have a total of 20 NASCAR Air Titan dryers and 10 conventional jet dryers on hand at the triangular 2.5-mile track. But NASCAR officials are also up against periodic fog, which has shrouded the speedway in spurts through the morning and into the afternoon. Two brief, heavy showers drenched the track Sunday morning, but a lingering mist has persisted after each downpour. Brad Keselowski is on the pole for the race after slipping past Team Penske teammate Joey Logano late in qualifying on Friday. It's his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the 12th of his Sprint Cup career. Martin Truex Jr ., who won last week's Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion at Charlotte, also is the defending winner of this race. Fellow Toyota driver Matt Kenseth won the August race at Pocono in 2015. Rain also abbreviated Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race and shuffled Friday's on-track schedule, causing limited practice time for the Cup series. Truex said he was eager to see how the race played out as conditions change. "I'm interested to see what the tire's going to do just because of what I felt in the tire test and pretty optimistic about it," said Truex, one of four drivers who participated in a Goodyear tire test at Pocono in April, "but until we get everybody out there it's hard to say. I'm good either way. I just hope we get it in sometime Sunday and we'll see what happens.” Sunday's 160-lap, 400-mile race is the 14th of 36 events this season for the Sprint Cup Series.
Bear makes appearance outside Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway already has a mascot -- Tricky, a fox -- but one hopeful candidate apparently did not get the memo that applications were no longer being accepted. — Mary Lou Hamlin (@11mommalou) June 4, 2016 Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin 's mom snagged a shot of a bear cub outside the entrance to the site of Sunday's Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (1 p.m. ET, FS1). The photo almost looks like some Bigfoot-style imagery, lending a sense of ominous foreshadowing to the weekend. Especially when you consider the fact that where Baby Bear strays ... Mama Bear tends to be close behind. Be safe out there, folks.
John Wes Townley cleared to compete at Pocono Raceway
Concord, N.C. (July 26, 2016) – John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in NASCAR and ARCA. He will compete in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA events at Pocono Raceway . Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms. "I'd like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me," Townley said. "I feel great and I’m looking forward to racing at Pocono this week."
Pocono Raceway adds XFINITY race for '16
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."
Pocono Raceway adds SAFER Barriers
RELATED: Buy tickets for Pocono races Pocono Raceway announced Wednesday that it has added supplementary SAFER Barriers and extended the pit wall. The Pennsylvania track enlarged the existing SAFER Barrier by 6,600 feet and extended pit wall by 100 feet as part of a series of enhancements. Officials are also expected to cover all outside walls and install an additional 5,100 feet of SAFER Barrier before the 2017 season. "We are always looking to make our track safer for drivers, teams and fans and these enhancements do just that," Track President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky said in a release. "As cars and technology change and evolve, so do tracks. We are adapting to ensure Pocono Raceway is as safe as possible. We will continue to monitor races and technology and aggressively add safety measures where appropriate." Pocono Raceway is the most recent of several tracks that have increased their SAFER Barrier parameters in the past year. The 2.5-mile track will play host to seven NASCAR events this season in all three major series, with the XFINITY Series making a trip to the Tricky Triangle for the first time in the track's history. RELATED: Purchase Pocono tickets " Full 2016 schedule
Dale Jr. the best bet at Pocono Raceway
The 'Loop Dog', Mike Forde, joins SiriusXM NASCAR Radio to give his fantasy advice for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway .
Keelan Harvick tests the waters at Pocono Raceway
Keelan Harvick, Kevin Harvick's son, tests just how much he can get away with during a rain delay at Pocono Raceway .
Pocono to hold qualifying and race on same day
BUY TICKETS: See the action at Pocono Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fans should be ready for a full day of action at Pocono Raceway on July 30. The track announced Monday that both qualifying for the Monster Energy Series and the Pennsylania 400 race will be held Sunday, July 30. Thus far, Pocono is the only track to announce it will have qualifying and the race on the same day for the sport's top series. On a t ypical race weekend, Monster Energy Series qualifying is held on Friday afternoon. The schedule for Saturday, July 29, will include Monster Energy Series practices paired with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ' qualifying and the Pocono Mountains 150 . In NASCAR's first trip of the year to Pocono Raceway June 9-11, the track will operate under the standard schedule where Monster Energy Series qualifying is held on Friday with a practice as well as a NASCAR XFINITY Series practice. Saturday will see more practice time for the Monster Energy Series as well as XFINITY Series qualifying and the Pocono Green 250 race.
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