June 8, 2016 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch only had enough fuel to last 158 of the 160 laps. He needed to fuel up or save up. His crew members put on their gear and lined the wall along pit road. If he needed to make one final stop, they were ready. But Busch never had to stop. He maneuvered his car with the help of interim crew chief Johnny Klausmeier and conserved enough fuel to win the Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on Monday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. "I felt like a cook in the kitchen trying to beat the buzzer and not get chopped at the end of the show," Busch said.
June 7, 2016 |
The Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway was postponed Sunday until Monday at noon. After rain delayed the start for about an hour, the NASCAR Sprint Cup race was pushed back a day. There is no chance of rain at Pocono Raceway on Monday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to Weather.com. Brad Keselowski won pole position during Friday's qualifying rounds. In seven of the last nine times he has won the pole, he finished fourth or better, including two wins. Keselowski already has qualified for the Chase for the Cup by winning two of the first 13 races this year.
June 6, 2016 |
LONG POND, Pa. - The first time Brad Keselowski arrived at Pocono Raceway as a driver, in 2010, the track's condition was not much different from what it was when he visited in the early 1990s. But in the last five years, Keselowski said, the track has significantly improved. It was repaved, barriers were made safer, and the entrance wall to pit road was extended. "My opinion has changed dramatically," Keselowski said. ". . . It's seen a lot of upgrades that make me feel better about coming here specific to the Safer barriers and things of that nature.
June 3, 2016 |
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
May 19, 2016 |
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.
October 29, 2015 |
PERHAPS the fourth time will click for the Verizon IndyCar series and Pocono Raceway. As the Daily News, citing Racer.com, reported Tuesday, IndyCar will return to Pocono next year on Aug. 21, officials confirmed. Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO, sounded confident that attendance will increase for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. Igdalsky said the reaction from social media "and renewals flooding into our ticket office" are early indicators that attendance will be up. The largest crowd in IndyCar's first three years back at Pocono was estimated in the 20,000 to 25,000 range.
October 28, 2015 |
INDYCAR WILL return to Pocono Raceway in 2016. Racer.com reports next year's race is scheduled for Aug. 21, the only IndyCar series race in August. Pocono has hosted IndyCar the past three years before what track management described as disappointing crowds. IndyCar will discuss its 2016 schedule on a conference call Tuesday. Pocono officials declined to comment Monday. NASCAR released its 2016 schedule Monday, with few surprises. As previously reported in the Daily News, Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway in Delaware will continue with two Sprint Cup races each.
August 28, 2015 |
AS SAFE as racing organizations try to make the sport, it is still a dangerous profession. Even the most fearless racers know the risks. They just try not to think about them. For Justin Wilson to die after a piece of debris, presumably the nose cone from leader Sage Karam's crashed car, struck him in the head is about as unlucky as it gets in racing. Most of the time debris bounces off a car, or misses a car. Wilson, 37, a native of Sheffield, England, is believed to be the first IndyCar or NASCAR driver to die at Pocono in a racing accident.
August 28, 2015 |
D AVID LETTERMAN is doing some soul-searching these days, but it's not due to his retirement from the "Late Show. " It's due to his racing team - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. And it's due to the recent racing death of Justin Wilson . In a phone interview with the Associated Press, the retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number of similar deaths - Dan Wheldon , Paul Dana , Dale Earnhardt , Ayrton Senna , sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. - and wondered if "maybe we've reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer.