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.
July 24, 2005 |
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)
June 1, 2008 |
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 Although he vowed his affection for Pocono Raceway's owners, Joe and Rose Mattioli, Gordon said the "racetrack is outdated [and]
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.
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.
January 27, 2012 |
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.
August 25, 2006 |
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.
June 12, 2012 |
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.