June 12, 2004 |
On a day when one of the youngest Nextel Cup stars was cranking out record-setting speeds at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR officials spent yesterday afternoon backpedaling almost as fast. Taking advantage of cool, cloudy conditions, Kasey Kahne established the track qualifying record with a lap at 172.533 m.p.h. Kahne's run bettered the mark of 172.391 m.p.h. set by Tony Stewart in July, 2000, and put him on the pole for tomorrow's Pocono 500. It was the second track record and the series-leading fourth pole position of the season for Kahne.
July 18, 1993 |
For the first time in nearly 18 years an Allison will not be starting a NASCAR Winston Cup race. Two drivers will be there to carry on for the family. Jimmy Spencer would rather not need to, just five days after his car owner, NASCAR great Bobby Allison, lost his second son in 11 months, and the circuit lost one of its most popular drivers. "This isn't a perfect world," Spencer said. "You've got to do what's right. What's right is coming here to the racetrack. . . . It's easier said than done.
July 14, 1992 |
Go racing on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit and several points are quickly made, as Andy Belmont has learned. "You can't buy experience," the Langhorne resident said yesterday. "The level we're trying to be competitive at is incredibly competitive. It's not a matter of how much money you throw at it. It's not like a rookie driver getting into an established ride. We're a rookie driver with a rookie team. " Backed by FDP Brakes of Trenton, Belmont has been racing a Ford Thunderbird against top drivers such as Davey Allison, Bill Elliott, Dale Earnhardt and Ernie Irvan.
July 22, 1991 |
Rooster tails of rainwater sprayed off his rear tires, and a pickup truck with yellow lights flashing escorted him down pit road for the checkered flag. This was not exactly the way Rusty Wallace had planned to win yesterday's NASCAR Winston Cup Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Pocono International Raceway. The race was shortened to 179 laps - 447.5 miles - and it ended under caution. But Wallace, the 1989 Winston Cup champion, who has been cursed by bad luck this year, while driving for Roger Penske's fledgling stock-car team, is not giving back any victories these days.
September 15, 1989 |
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.
September 13, 1989 |
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.
August 18, 1989 |
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.
August 22, 1988 |
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.
August 15, 1987 |
Observing drivers as they climb out of their race cars provides a quick clue to the success or failure of their qualifying runs. It was immediately clear yesterday that neither Bobby Rahal nor Michael Andretti was happy with his qualifying attempt for tomorrow's Quaker State 500. Even before he removed his red racing helmet, Rahal was gesturing at his Budweiser-Truesports crew. Moments after he climbed out of his Cosworth- powered Lola, the Indy-car series points leader skipped the usual conference with his crew and walked away.
July 18, 1986 |
As the song says, the times they are a changing on the NASCAR tour. Whereas a decade ago, the Grand National scene was pretty much dominated by a few familiar living legends such as Petty, Allison and Yarborough, there is just no telling what fresh face is going to make his way to the winner's circle these days. "Now, because there's so many good drivers and so many good crew chiefs and so many good engine builders, every team (starts out) about even," said one of the sport's relative newcomers, 29-year-old Ricky Rudd, who was in town yesterday to help promote Sunday's Summer 500 at Pocono International Raceway.