Pocono Raceway


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Pocono Raceway is unlike any other track on the NASCAR circuit. Its triangular shape (think clothes hanger) provides a unique challenge for competitors. Each turn has a different degree of banking and a different radius, and each of the three straights is a different length.

Despite its size (2½ miles), Pocono doesn't carry the speeds of Daytona or Talladega because it is very flat. Drivers do approach 200 mph heading into Turn 1, however. Kasey Kahne holds the track qualifying record with a speed of 172.533 mph.

The first stop in northeastern Pennsylvania was the Pocono 500 on June 12. On Sunday the circuit comes back around for the Pennsylvania 500.

The track is located close enough to New York City and Philadelphia that a trip to the Big Apple or Philly on race weekend is not out of the question. So catching a Yankees, Mets or Phillies game is certainly a possibility if you're planning to make a weekend trip or extend it by a day (or three). The Mets have the Braves this weekend. Pocono Raceway also is located within easy driving distance of some of the nation's top outlet stores.

Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334
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Notable events

Pennsylvania 500 Weekend
Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
• NCWTS final practice, 10 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS practice, noon
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Final practice, 1:40 p.m.
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
• NSCS final practice, 4 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Qualifying, 5:40 p.m.
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
• NCWTS qualifying, 9:40 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS qualifying, 10:40 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Pocono Mountains 125, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• Pennsylvania 125, 3 p.m.
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011

• Pennsylvania 500, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

• Ticket office: 800-722-3929 (800-RACEWAY)
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Available; call the track ticket office for further information.

• Special packages: Call the track ticket office or visit the track Web site.

Track specs
• Track length: 2.5 miles
• Banking: Turn 1 -- 14 degrees; Turn 2 -- 8 degrees; Turn 3 -- 6 degrees

• Frontstretch: 3,740 feet
• Backstretch: 3,055 feet
• Shortstretch: 1,780 feet
• Race length: 500 miles
• Grandstand seating capacity: N/A
• Opened: 1974

Carry-in items
• Coolers: Allowed (12-inch by 12-inch limit).
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Limited to 12x12 cooler.
• Cameras/binoculars: Allowed.

Souvenirs and displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on site. Pocono Raceway Fan Store on site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on site.

Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit area guidelines
• Shirts: Required.
• Shoes: Required.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed any day.
(Note: Pit admission at designated times Friday, Saturday and Sunday.)

• RV reserved and unreserved: Available.
Call the track ticket office for details or visit the track website.

Associated driving schools
Stock Car Racing Experience and Team ProKart Racing

Bertil Roos Racing School

Getting there
Located on Route 115, 3 miles south of I-80 at Exit 284 (old Exit 43) in northeastern Pennsylvania.

• Free daytime parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available; permit required.