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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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
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 Although he vowed his affection for Pocono Raceway's owners, Joe and Rose Mattioli, Gordon said the "racetrack is outdated [and]
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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 9, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - With Martin Truex Jr. holding a slim lead on the front of the pack, the Furniture Row Racing team prepared for one last pit stop Sunday. One team member bobbed up and down, shaking his arms. Another stretched and craned his neck over the divider to see if Truex was close. When Truex slowed into pit road, Sherry Pollex, Truex's girlfriend who is in remission from ovarian cancer and underwent chemotherapy on Monday, stood and nervously watched the pit crew work on Truex's car. Four tire changes and a fuel-up later, Truex was the first out of pit road, leading to a measured celebration from his pit crew.
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June 9, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND - Before the May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover, Del., Martin Truex Jr. guaranteed his team would win a race this year. It didn't take long for Truex's prediction to come true. Truex led 97 of the 160 laps, including 66 of the last 67, yesterday to win the Axalta "We Paints Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway. Following his third career Cup series victory, Truex performed the traditional burnout on the Pocono frontstretch in his black No. 78 Chevrolet. Then he climbed out of the car and pumped his arms as the crowd cheered.
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June 8, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Separated by 55 summer days, the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono in 2014 ended the same way: with Dale Earnhardt Jr. raising his arms in victory lane, his team hanging over the white railing above it, and the grandstand crowd showering him with cheers. Earnhardt became the seventh driver to sweep the summer at Pocono Raceway, and a third consecutive win here in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on Sunday would put him in even smaller company. The only two to complete that feat are NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 and '83 and Tim Richmond in '86 and '87, stacking more odds against the 40-year-old Earnhardt and his No. 88 car. "It's just difficult to win one [race]
SPORTS
June 8, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon claims to have a poor memory, but ask him for his recollections of what was probably the worst crash of his NASCAR career, here during the 2006 Pocono 500, and the details flood out of him, as if he keeps a recording of the sequence stored somewhere in his mind. Turn 1 of Pocono Raceway banks at 14 degrees, and when Gordon entered it, he pushed down on the brake pedal and sent it straight to the floor. A right-front rotor had failed. "When you're doing close to 200 m.p.h.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONG POND, Pa. - Kurt Busch pulled into a pit stall with time to spare in the final qualifying round, and when it ended, he exchanged a high-five and hug with each member of his team. After Kevin Harvick finished with the best lap time in the first two qualifying rounds, Busch, driving the No. 41 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, took the pole position for the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 with a time of 50.676 seconds in the decisive final round at Pocono Raceway. Joining Busch on the front row Sunday will be Carl Edwards, with Martin Truex Jr. right behind in third.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
No American professional sport is more obviously wrapped in nonathletic businesses than auto racing. That's why NASCAR - and especially this weekend - is important for Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta makes paint in thousands of colors and formulas for cars, trucks, buses, and industrial fixtures. It sells business-to-business, working through distributors, big body-shop groups, and automakers in 130 countries, generating first-quarter revenue of close to $1 billion.
SPORTS
June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DALE EARNHARDT JR. started making the journey to Pocono Raceway as a youngster when his father Dale Sr. was winning races. Fifteen years ago, Earnhardt Jr. began racing at the Tricky Triangle track. Two runner-up finishes and a couple of thirds were his best performances at Pocono. Suddenly, last year everything clicked for Earnhardt. He swept both Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 (1 p.m., Fox Sports 1), he'll try to become only the third driver to threepeat at Pocono.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
WITH THE SPRINT CUP series moving to Pocono Raceway this weekend the question continues: Do back-to-back races at Dover, Del., and Pocono help or hurt both racetracks? The Dover-Pocono pairing has launched the Cup series' summer swing for many years. With New Hampshire and Watkins Glen, N.Y., they are the only Northeast venues on the Cup schedule. Dover draws more fans from Pennsylvania (25 percent) than any other state. New Jersey represents 20 percent of Dover's fans. Only 8 percent are from Delaware, and 16 percent are from Maryland.
SPORTS
May 8, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
KEVIN HARVICK attracted more attention than is usual for a reigning Sprint Cup champion prior to last Sunday's Talladega race. Harvick suggested the Cup series schedule should be shaken up. Asked how he thought NASCAR can grow its fan base, Harvick replied that his understanding is last season's final three races (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead) were sold out. Then he said, "If you want to talk about growing the sport, I believe that some venues need one race. The schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change.
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