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Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway Races

#14 6/12/2011 Pocono 500 1:00PM TNT
2010 Winner Denny Hamlin

#21 8/7/2011 Pennsylvania 500 1:00PM ESPN
2010 Winner Greg Biffle

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The Pocono Raceway offers an exciting superspeedway experience situated in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Many come to the Long Pond vicinity to capture the excitement of the two annual NASCAR Cup Series races held there.

It is here that a uniquely shaped track accommodates the likes of racing favorites, such as Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Pocono Raceway welcomes NASCAR fans

Recent Pocono 500 Winners

2010 Denny Hamlin
2009 Tony Stewart
2008 Kasey Kahne
2007 Jeff Gordon
2006 Denny Hamlin

Recent Pennsylvania 500 Winners

2010 Greg Biffle
2009 Denny Hamlin
2008 Carl Edwards
2007 Kurt Busch
2006 Denny Hamlin

Pocono Raceway sign at the entrance to the raceway

An interesting fact about the racetrack is that it is one of few NASCAR tracks not under the ownership of International Speedway Corporation or Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Instead, it is the Mattioli family, (who also owns South Boston Speedway in Virginia), that has cultivated the raceway to what it is today.

The first race took place on a three-quarter mile track in 1968.

In 1971 the first 500-mile Indy race place on the 2- mile track. The first NASCAR 500-mile race wowed the crowds in 1974.

From 1977 to 1991, the raceway also hosted the Race of Champions, one of the most prestigious of all modified car races.

Over the years, Pocono faced many ups and downs.

Because of the many construction errors that led to a range of financial difficulties, bankruptcy threatened the owners on more than one occasion.

Through perseverance and determination, the raceway survived and eventually began a rebuilding phase that involved new crash walls, upgraded pavement, and many fan-friendly elements.

A 150-site motor home park was situated for participants to enjoy. An enhanced set of Press Rooms surfaced and a revamped Midway showcased beautiful blue spruces and gazebos.

A variety of prominent events have taken place at the Pocono Raceway during the history of the track, including the 1974 win for Richard Petty in the inaugural Pocono 500; the 1986 photo finish between Tim Richmond, Ricky Rudd, and Geoff Bodine; and Jeremy Mayfield's 2000 edge over Dale Earnhardt to claim his second NASCAR Cup Series career win.

Today, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a major attraction of the raceway, which is also home to a variety of sports car and motorcycle clubs, and racing schools.

Track Details

The Pocono Raceway measures 2 miles and accommodates 76,812 fans in the stands with a lot more in the infield.

The Pocono Raceway grandstands

It is designed the shape of a triangle, which offers a 14-degree first turn, 8-degree second turn, and 6-degree third turn.

The design of the raceway is considered rather unique because each turn is modeled after three distinct tracks. Turn One was built in the image of the now-defunct Trenton Speedway.

Turn two resembles the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And the Milwaukee Mile served as inspiration for Turn Three.

The overall design has been categorized as a tri-oval, but the appearance of the track is closer to a triangle.

Many consider the track a true test of a driver and their crew.

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My dad and I were pit stewards when the Pocono raceway opened in 1968. I was 17 and I was given a clip board and assigned a car for each of the races ...

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