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July 29, 2010
  What: NASCAR Sprint Cup Where: Long Pond, Pa. Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, noon-1:30 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 9:30-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Sunday, race, 1 p.m. (ESPN, 1-5:30 p.m.). Where: Pocono Raceway (triangle, 2.5 miles). Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps. Last year: Denny Hamlin won a race pushed back to Monday because of rain, snapping a 50-race winless streak. Juan Pablo Montoya was second.
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July 24, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It can be a little unnerving when a driver takes both hands off the steering wheel at 120 m.p.h. - especially when you're sitting in the front passenger seat. Yet during a four-lap tour of Pocono Raceway on Friday morning, there was hardly cause for alarm when my chauffeur, NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran Jeff Burton, "let go" to emphasize a point as our royal blue pace car cruised to within inches of the concrete wall separating the track from the grandstands. Looking cool and comfortable in the air-conditioned 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Burton calmly put the "street car" through its paces while demonstrating the line he intends to guide his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy around the 2.5-mile triangular-shaped speedway during today's Pennsylvania 500. "This track has the longest straightaway of anywhere we go," Burton said as we swung off the minimally banked Turn 3 (6 degrees)
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June 1, 2008 | By Pete Schnatz FOR THE INQUIRER
Jeff Gordon was singing in the rain at Pocono Raceway last June when a downpour ended the race after 106 of 200 laps, sending his first-place No. 24 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. The four-time Cup champion sang a different tune at Dover this weekend, wondering aloud if the 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pa., is worthy of hosting two races per season on NASCAR's top circuit. Although he vowed his affection for Pocono Raceway's owners, Joe and Rose Mattioli, Gordon said the "racetrack is outdated [and]
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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 m.p.h., set in June 2004, will be broken. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 1 Chevy, said, "The corner speeds are way, way quicker.
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August 6, 2012
LONG POND, Pa. - A lightning strike in the parking lot at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one person and injured nine others, racetrack officials said. Two people were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Racetrack president Brandon Igdalsky said one died at the Pocono Medical Center, but he provided no further details. The race was called because of storms with 98 of 160 scheduled laps completed. The track posted warnings on its Twitter page encouraging fans to "seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.
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January 26, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Mattioli, 86, who gave up a successful dental practice in Northeast Philadelphia to found Pocono Raceway, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. Dr. Mattioli closed his dental practice at 34 to become an entrepreneur, investing in properties in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Known to all as "Doc," he eventually founded Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., the only remaining family-owned and -run track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Pocono Raceway opened in July 1971 with a 500-mile Indy car race.
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August 25, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
NASCAR released the 2007 Nextel Cup schedule yesterday, and it brought welcome news to Pocono Raceway owner Joseph Mattioli. The 2.5-mile track in Long Pond, Pa., which has hosted a pair of Cup races annually since 1982, will again appear twice on the schedule - on June 10 and Aug. 5. The second date, which was the result of a switch with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, presents Pocono with what Mattioli termed a "win-win" situation. "We originally only had a four-week stretch between races, which made it pretty difficult to sell tickets," he said.
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June 12, 2012 | By Pete Schnatz, For The Inquirer
LONG POND, Pa. - Pocono Raceway's repaved racing surface produced record-breaking runs throughout an unprecedented four days of testing, practice, and qualifying leading up to Sunday's race. So no one was surprised at how fast the cars navigated the 2.5-mile speedway during the Pocono 400. What the competitors didn't count on was the speed they carried onto pit road. While there were widespread complaints about the timing system that NASCAR uses to determine pit-road speeds, that didn't stop race officials from meting out a mind-boggling 40 penalties for infractions that had nothing to do with the on-track action.
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June 8, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 7, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 6, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 3, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, CORRESPONDENT
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.
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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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October 29, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News
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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 28, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
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.
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August 28, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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