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August 18, 1989 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Angry charges. Doubts about the future. This isn't the latest George Steinbrenner-Dallas Green exchange. It is mid- August and the Indy-car drivers are, very reluctantly, back at Pocono International Raceway. To put it mildly, the drivers are not a happy group. Many of them believe the race track is unsafe at any speed. "We're running under protest," Mario Andretti, the drivers' representative on the Championship Auto Racing Teams board of directors, said after yesterday's first practice for Sunday's Quaker State 500. "I can assure you that this is the last time that we will accept running here without the turns being paved and the turns and the main straightaway at least having concrete walls.
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August 7, 2012 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN and For the Daily News
LONG POND, Pa. — Even the best racers need luck now and then. With the frustrating Sprint Cup season Jeff Gordon has endured, he needed luck — as much as anyone. Lady Luck rained Gordon's way Sunday at Pocono Raceway. When race leader Jimmie Johnson took out Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin on a restart on lap 91, Gordon inherited the lead in the Pennsylvania 400. Then rain began to drench the mountain area for the second time. A few minutes later the scheduled 160-lap race was officially called with 98 laps completed and Gordon was a winner for the first time this season.
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September 13, 1989 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Unless there is a sudden shift in thinking, Indy cars will not be racing at Pocono International Raceway next summer. The Daily News has learned that the 1990 Championship Auto Racing Teams schedule that will be announced later this month does not include the traditional 500-mile Pocono race. Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the president of Pocono International Raceway, was traveling yesterday and not available for comment. Mattioli, a former Philadelphia dentist, and his family have promoted the Indy-car race since the 2.5-mile track opened in Long Pond, near Mount Pocono, in 1971.
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April 26, 2012
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway's repaved 2.5-mile track is making a good first impression with NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers. On Wednesday, the second day of a Goodyear tire test at the raceway, drivers offered favorable reviews of the track. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet, predicted that his track qualifying record of 172.533 mph, set in June 2004, will be broken. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevy, said, "The corner speeds are way, way quicker," The new asphalt is changing McMurray's mind about Pocono.
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July 24, 2006 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
While his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate was winning the Pennsylvania 500, Tony Stewart was battling demons again. On lap 33 yesterday, Stewart objected to Clint Bowyer squeezing him against the outer wall exiting Turn 3. Stewart immediately angled his orange Chevrolet into Bowyer's Chevy, which spun and made contact with Carl Edwards' Ford. Stewart was penalized a lap for rough driving. During a caution period 34 laps later, Edwards was following Stewart onto pit road when Edwards intentionally bumped the two-time Nextel Cup champion's car and spun it. Edwards also received a one-lap penalty.
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July 12, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
TWO PROMINENT racing people involved in the return of open-wheel racing to Pocono Raceway last Sunday give the event rave reviews. Brandon Igdalsky, the track president and CEO, rated the weekend "an overwhelming success. " "Professor" Mario Andretti penciled in an "A-plus" for the event. "The reaction from fans, the drivers and IndyCar was an overwhelming success," Igdalsky said Tuesday. "We were really happy with the crowd. " Next year, for the second race in Pocono's 3-year deal with IndyCar, Igdalsky said they may try to concentrate the crowd in the middle sections of the grandstand that seats a reported 60,000.
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September 15, 1989 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
When the Daily News reported two days ago that the annual 500-mile Indy-car race, sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), would not return to Pocono International Raceway next summer, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, the track's president and chief executive officer, was traveling and unavailable for comment. Last night, he had plenty to say. Mattioli said Indy-car races weren't drawing enough fans at Pocono to make them profitable. And he believes Indy-car racing, with its two-to-one ratio of road courses over ovals, is heading in the wrong direction.
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June 10, 2010
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. When: Sunday, 1 o'clock TV/radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM) Race course: 2-mile oval Race distance: 200 laps Last year's race winner: Mark Martin Last year's pole winner: Brian Vickers, 189.110 mph Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 194.232 mph (June 2005) Track facts: Mark Martin's five wins at Michigan are the most among full-time active drivers.
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August 22, 1988 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
The Indy-car drivers are mad as hell, and they aren't going to take Pocono International Raceway's bone-jarring bumps anymore. The drivers made it clear before and after yesterday's Quaker State 500 that if improvements at the track are not made, they will only visit the Poconos on vacation. For years, Indy-car drivers have been grumbling about the 2.5-mile asphalt surface. Their complaints have reached the point where they are strongly recommending that CART not return to Pocono unless changes are made.
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August 8, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
SOMETIMES WE tend to focus on what's wrong with NASCAR, so when a positive occasion occurs it deserves attention. Those who saw the end of last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will never forget it. It was one of the best finishes ever at Pocono. The way Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps was riveting. Rarely on television can the roaring crowd be heard over the noisy race cars, but Junior Nation was at full throttle. The way Earnhardt drove his No. 88 Chevrolet with Harvick stalking him in his No. 4 Chevy illustrated just how talented Junior is. One reason fans like Earnhardt is his enthusiasm for racing.
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May 19, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Brennan Poole posed for photos and signed autographs Tuesday morning amid the din of elementary school classes inside the Franklin Institute. The number of auto racing fans in Philadelphia surprised the 25-year-old NASCAR rookie of the year contender. "I think sometimes we forget how many people watch these races," Poole said. "A 10-year-old came up to me and said. 'You should've won Talladega.' That was just really cool. " Poole joined fellow drivers Ty Dillon, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed and Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. for several events throughout the city to promote the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Pocono Raceway, which is 95 miles from Philadelphia.
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August 8, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
SOMETIMES WE tend to focus on what's wrong with NASCAR, so when a positive occasion occurs it deserves attention. Those who saw the end of last Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway will never forget it. It was one of the best finishes ever at Pocono. The way Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps was riveting. Rarely on television can the roaring crowd be heard over the noisy race cars, but Junior Nation was at full throttle. The way Earnhardt drove his No. 88 Chevrolet with Harvick stalking him in his No. 4 Chevy illustrated just how talented Junior is. One reason fans like Earnhardt is his enthusiasm for racing.
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July 12, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
TWO PROMINENT racing people involved in the return of open-wheel racing to Pocono Raceway last Sunday give the event rave reviews. Brandon Igdalsky, the track president and CEO, rated the weekend "an overwhelming success. " "Professor" Mario Andretti penciled in an "A-plus" for the event. "The reaction from fans, the drivers and IndyCar was an overwhelming success," Igdalsky said Tuesday. "We were really happy with the crowd. " Next year, for the second race in Pocono's 3-year deal with IndyCar, Igdalsky said they may try to concentrate the crowd in the middle sections of the grandstand that seats a reported 60,000.
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August 7, 2012 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN and For the Daily News
LONG POND, Pa. — Even the best racers need luck now and then. With the frustrating Sprint Cup season Jeff Gordon has endured, he needed luck — as much as anyone. Lady Luck rained Gordon's way Sunday at Pocono Raceway. When race leader Jimmie Johnson took out Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin on a restart on lap 91, Gordon inherited the lead in the Pennsylvania 400. Then rain began to drench the mountain area for the second time. A few minutes later the scheduled 160-lap race was officially called with 98 laps completed and Gordon was a winner for the first time this season.
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April 26, 2012
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway's repaved 2.5-mile track is making a good first impression with NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers. On Wednesday, the second day of a Goodyear tire test at the raceway, drivers offered favorable reviews of the track. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet, predicted that his track qualifying record of 172.533 mph, set in June 2004, will be broken. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevy, said, "The corner speeds are way, way quicker," The new asphalt is changing McMurray's mind about Pocono.
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August 11, 2011 | Associated Press
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway will shorten its Sprint Cup races to 400 miles starting in 2012. The races on the 21/2-mile track had been 500 miles, long drawing complaints from drivers and fans that the events were too long. Track CEO Brandon Igdalsky, who assumed the role last week when his grandfather and track founder Joseph "Doc" Mattioli surprisingly retired, said the shorter distance should make the races more exciting. NASCAR backs the move. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations, said the change should make for more exciting competition at one of the more unique tracks in the sport.
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June 11, 2011 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
LONG POND, Pa. - In 20 trips to Pocono Raceway, Kurt Busch had endured a feast-or-famine relationship with the triangular 21/2-mile speedway. So when the pilot of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge wrecked his primary ride during practice Friday, Busch was more than a little skeptical about his team rolling out the backup car for Saturday's qualifying session. But to his surprise, Busch atoned for his previous day's mistake by posting the top speed of 171.579 m.p.h. to claim the pole position for Sunday's 5-hour Energy 500. Taking into account other factors, such as NASCAR's recently tweaked qualifying rules and the Poconos' always unpredictable weather, the experience presented a roller-coaster of emotions for the veteran driver.
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June 10, 2010
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. When: Sunday, 1 o'clock TV/radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM) Race course: 2-mile oval Race distance: 200 laps Last year's race winner: Mark Martin Last year's pole winner: Brian Vickers, 189.110 mph Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 194.232 mph (June 2005) Track facts: Mark Martin's five wins at Michigan are the most among full-time active drivers.
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August 3, 2009 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Heavy rains that began in the early morning and lasted into the afternoon drenched Pocono Raceway yesterday, forcing the postponement of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. The Sprint Cup race has been rescheduled for 12:15 p.m. today, with television coverage beginning at noon on ESPN. The local forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. Track workers put in a yeoman effort to dry the 2.5-mile speedway. Along with the conventional methods - airplane-engine-size blowers whisking away the moisture, and a squadron of vehicles turning countless laps around the track - crews battled water "weeping" up through the racing surface in Turn 1 by using power saws to cut lines into the asphalt.
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July 12, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR's BAM Racing team has presented Barack Obama's presidential campaign with a potential sponsorship deal in the Sprint Cup series later this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean an Obama car will be burning rubber on the track sometime soon. BAM team spokesman Rhett Vandiver told the Associated Press yesterday that the team has made a sponsorship proposal to the Democratic presidential hopeful's campaign, and has made similar proposals to the campaign of Republican John McCain and at least one third-party candidate.
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