Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval
Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;
Straights: Front - 3740 feet; Long Pond(between turns 1 and 2) - 3055 feet; North(between turns 2 and 3) - 1780 feet
Last repaved: early 2012
Grandstand Seating: 70,000
Three Different Turns at Pocono:
Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway
Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile
Track Records & Statistics
June 2016 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 125.490mph, started 9th
August 2016 Race Winner: #34-Chris Buescher, 127.581mph, started 22nd
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 50 years, 5 months, 7 days, 6/17/1990
Youngest Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 0 months, 7 days, 6/10/2012
1st Race 400 mile Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/12/2011, 145.384mph
1st Race 500 mile Record: Alan Kulwicki, June 1992, 144.023mph
2nd Race Record: Rusty Wallace, July 1996, 144.892
Slowest Race Record: Jimmie Johnson, June 2004, 112.129mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Carl Edwards, June 2005, started 29th
Different Race Winners: 35
June 2016 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 181.726mph, finished 3rd
July 2016 Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 179.244mph, finished 28th
Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, August 1, 2014, 183.438mph
Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 2 months, 13 days, 8/6/2011
Different Pole Winners: 41
Most Wins: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Bill Elliott; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most Poles: 5 - Bill Elliott, Ken Schrader; 4 - Denny Hamlin
Most 2nd Place Finishes: 7 - Mark Martin (no wins)
Most Top 5s: 20 - Mark Martin & Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 34 - Mark Martin; 32 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 56 - 7/30/1979
Fewest Lead Changes: 10 - 7/26/1998
Most Leaders: 16, Three times, most recently 6/13/2004
Fewest Leaders: 4 - Three times, most recently, 6/9/1985, and 6/9/2013
Most Cautions: 13 - 6/17/1990 and 7/24/2005
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/30/1978
Most Caution Laps: 57, 6/13/2004
Few Caution Laps: 3, 7/30/1978
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened to 106 laps]
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2 - twice, most recently 6/6/1982
Most Running at the Finish: 42, 6/10/2007 [rain shortened]
Fewest Running at the Finish: 18, 7/25/1982
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 142, Cale Yarborough, 7/4/1968
Most Laps Led [500 miles]: 175, Kurt Busch, 8/5/2007
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Bobby Labonte, 7/29/2001
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 32 - Chevy; 22 - Ford; 7 - Dodge 7; 6 - Pontiac; 4 - Buick; 4 - Toyota; 2 - Mercury; 1 - Oldsmobile.
Up front is best at Pocono: In the 78 Sprint Cup races held at Pocono the winner has started in the front row 25 times and the top ten 55 times.
* Darrell Waltrip won the pole in July 1985 and started 1st
Bill Elliott started 2nd and won, 18 days later NASCAR disallowed
the pole due to illegal fuel additive.
Drivers who have swept both Pocono races in the same season:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2014
Denny Hamlin, 2006
Jimmie Johnson, 2004
Bobby Labonte, 1999
Tim Richmond, 1986* and spring 1987
Bill Elliott, 1985
Bobby Allison, 1982* and spring 1983)
* won three in a row
Track News and Announcements
Blaney wins at Pocono: #21-Ryan Blaney won the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st career win. He took the lead from #18-Busch with 9 laps to go and held off #4-Harvick to get the first win for Wood Brothers Racing since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #77-Jones (career-best finish), #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #42-Larson, #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, and #20-Kenseth.
Pole sitter #18-Busch won the first stage and finished 2nd in the second stage. He led a total of 100 laps but did not pit under the final caution and could not hold the lead on older tires. He finished 9th.
#43-Darrell Wallace, Jr., making his Cup debut, was caught speeding on pit road three times during the race. He finished 26th.
The second caution of the day came with 5 laps left in stage 2 when Johnson lost the brakes on his car and made hard contact with the outside wall hard. Behind Johnson, McMurray also lost brakes and slid into the wall. McMurray's car caught fire, but he got out quickly. Both drivers were ok. The race was red flagged for 23 minutes for track cleanup.
#78-Truex Jr. maintains the driver points lead by 1 point over #42-Larson.
Stages 1 & 2 were won by #18-Busch and #42-Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps
The average speed of the race was: 142.292mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(6-11-2017)
Pocono Raceway releases sustainability report, continues diversion efforts: Pocono Raceway has become the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race track to release a Sustainability Report touting its sustainability and green efforts. "We are very proud to make this report available to the public," said Igdalsky. "We had a lot of help from NASCAR Green, the Green Sports Alliance and Penn State among many others and we are grateful for their assistance. This report showcases our diversion efforts as well recycling, food donation and much more as we try to do all we can at Pocono Raceway."[More](6-8-2017)
Pocono Raceway, JR Motorsports continue partnership: Pocono Raceway and JR Motorsports will partner for a host of cool, fan-focused events in 2017, including the JR Nation Block Party prior to the Pocono 400 on June 9. This marks the second year of the partnership. The JR Nation Block Party will feature live music on Friday and appearances from the race teams' stable of drivers. Sponsors of JR Motorsports will be offering free samples throughout the weekend and plenty of giveaways will be offered.[More](5-16-2017)
Monster Energy & Pocono Raceway partner for Free Friday: Thanks to Monster Energy, fans can enjoy all of the racing action and fun activities at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9 for free just by recycling any size Monster Energy can. With Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, NASCAR XFINITY Series practice and the ARCA Racing Series General Tire #AnywhereisPossible 200, Friday has a bevy of on-track activity.[More](5-11-2017)
Eli Young Band to perform Pocono 400 pre-race concert: Multi-PLATINUM, award-winning national country artists Eli Young Band is coming to Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 11 to perform the pre-race concert prior to the start of the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.[More](4-30-2017)
Safety enhancements continue at Pocono Raceway: Pocono Raceway has added an additional 5,197 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Resistant (SAFER) barrier and is among the top three tracks in terms of length of the safety feature. With a late start to winter, Pocono Raceway was able to cover the front stretch of the 2.5-mile raceway as well as areas between Turns 2 and 3.[More](4-4-2017)
Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day: Kenseth vs. Truex Jr. Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will meet for their fifth annual track-vs.-track competition on Wednesday, May 3 with "Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day" at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in Allentown, Pa. The game will feature Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth (Team Pocono) and Martin Truex Jr. (Team Dover). The rosters for each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities. Access to "Dover vs. Pocono Rivalry Day" is free with a ticket to the May 3 game between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Activities in the KidsZone are free until 6 p.m. for children wearing NASCAR-related items (PRs)[More Info](3-7-2017)
Pocono Raceway Weekend NASCAR Schedules Announced: Pocono Raceway announced the official race weekend schedule for its 2017 NASCAR race weekends. Pocono Raceway will host a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends at the 2.5-mile 'Tricky Triangle' this summer. The Pocono 400 in June (9-11) will be the typical three-day weekend with Cup practice and qualifying scheduled for Friday, two practices scheduled for Saturday and the race scheduled for Sunday at 3:00pm/et.
The Pennsylvania 400 in July (28-30) is scheduled to be a two-day show with two Cup practices scheduled for Saturday. Qualifying is scheduled for Sunday at 12:05pm/et with the race following at 3:00pm/et. See the schedule at poconoraceway.com. Pocono Raceway will host seven major events in 2017, including two NASCAR and one Verizon IndyCar Series weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.poconoraceway.com, by calling 1-800-RACEWAY or in person at the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office.(Pocono Raceway)(2-20-2017)
Pocono Stages announced UPDATE CORRECTION: Both NASCAR weekends at Pocono Raceway will follow the same format with three race stages. The Pocono 400 and the Pennsylvania 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races will run two 40-lap stages and then one 80-lap stage. Points will be awarded for top-10 finishers in the first two stages with full field points following the conclusion of the 80-lap stage. Pocono Raceway is home to the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee that ensures fans that purchased Sunday tickets in advance directly from Pocono Raceway will be reimbursed the face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the re-scheduled event. Additional information can be found at poconoraceway.com/guarantee.(Pocono Raceway)(2-9-2017)
CORRECTION NASCAR has announced official stage lengths for all three of its series that will race at Pocono Raceway this summer. Following unprecedented collaboration between NASCAR, drivers and teams, media partners and race track owners, stages were announced as part of the 2017 schedule creating three winning moments in each race as well as playoff points. Race stages will now be utilized at all race tracks and through all three series' - The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR utilized in-depth review on fuel mileage at each track in setting the stage length. The fuel window at Pocono Raceway is approximately 35 laps so that strategy will most certainly come into play at 'The Tricky Triangle.'
Pocono Raceway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races (June 11 and July 30)
Stage 1 will end on lap 50
Stage 2 will end on lap 100
Final Stage will end on lap 160
Pocono Raceway Pocono Green 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race (June 10)
Stage 1 will end on lap 25
Stage 2 will end on lap 50
Final Stage will end on lap 100
Pocono Raceway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (July 29)
Stage 1 will end on lap 15
Stage 2 will end on lap 30
Final Stage will end on lap 60
Pocono Raceway is home to the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee that ensures fans that purchased Sunday tickets in advance directly from Pocono Raceway will be reimbursed the face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the re-scheduled event. Additional information can be found at www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee. Pocono Raceway will host seven major events in 2017, including two NASCAR and one Verizon IndyCar Series weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.poconoraceway.com, by calling 1-800-RACEWAY or in person at the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office.(Pocono Raceway)(2-16-2017)
Pocono Raceway considered for driverless car proving ground: Pennsylvania State officials hope to bring automated vehicle testing to Monroe County. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced plans to establish and expand testing at three facilities, including one at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. "This technology is coming," said PennDOT Spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt on Tuesday. "Pennsylvania is a leader in seeing that this technology is developed as safely and efficiently as possible." Automated vehicle testing has started in the commonwealth already. In June, PennDOT formed an Autonomous Vehicle Task Force to draft policies for guide testing in Pennsylvania. The department and task force also worked with state lawmakers to introduce regulatory legislation, slated for enactment this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation solicited applications for its new Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot Program in November. PennDOT proposed three sites in the commonwealth, each with a varied testing environment.
First listed is the city of Pittsburgh, where automated vehicle testing has begun already. Carnegie Melon University researchers have also worked with city officials to implement "smart" technologies, such as adaptive control systems for traffic signals and streetlights. With safety precautions in place already, Pittsburgh offers the opportunity to test connected vehicles in an urban setting, the application says.
PennDOT also lists a test track at Penn State University in State College. The closed track would provide a test site safely away from public exposure. It would also allow for highly controllable surface conditions; researchers could simulate weather conditions by "wetting or icing the surface" at various temperatures.
Pocono Raceway's closed track would be "ideal for testing higher speeds" and "multiple connected vehicles," says the PennDOT application. The racetrack fulfils a specific role, wherein researchers can operate vehicles that "cannot be tested in a laboratory or live roadway test simulation."(Pocono Record)(1-10-2017)
Pocono Raceway Offering Worry-Free Weather Guarantee: In a continued effort to take care of its fans and create exciting experiences and lifelong memories, Pocono Raceway today announced it will offer a Worry-Free Weather Guarantee. This guarantee is FREE to all Pocono fans that hold a Sunday Grandstand, Club or Suite ticket to either NASCAR Premier Series race or Verizon INDYCAR Series race in 2017. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee ensures fans that purchased Sunday tickets directly from Pocono Raceway in advance will be reimbursed the face value if weather postpones the race and they are unable to make the re-scheduled event. Pit/Paddock Passes will also be eligible for reimbursement when they are purchased with a Sunday grandstand ticket.
"Since 1971, we have hosted 101 NASCAR and INDYCAR races and only six of those have been postponed. After a tough year with three rainouts, we listened to our fans and instituted the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President & CEO. "Now, if one of our Sunday races is impacted by weather and it is postponed, those fans who cannot make it on the re-scheduled day will be reimbursed the face value of their ticket. This demonstrates our level of commitment to the greatest fans in motorsports." All fans who purchase advance tickets and cannot attend a Sunday race that is postponed on the makeup date will receive a check for the face value listed on their tickets, no questions asked. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee protects those who purchase tickets in the grandstands, suites and clubs for the NASCAR Premier Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 on June 11, the NASCAR Premier Series Pennsylvania 400 on July 30 and the Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 on August 20.
Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at www.poconoraceway.com/guarantee. Pocono Raceway will host seven major motorsports events in 2017, including four NASCAR, two ARCA and one Verizon IndyCar Series weekend. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.poconoraceway.com, by calling 1-800-RACEWAY or in person at the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office on Long Pond Road.(Pocono Raceway)(11-14-2016)
Chris Buescher wins at Pocono: #34-Chris Buescher won the rain-delayed Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Pocono, and 1st career win. This is the second win for Front Row Racing. The race was called with 22 laps remaining after fog rolled into the track that made it impossible to continue. Buescher had stayed out under green and was in the lead when the caution fell with 28 laps to go. He led 12 of the 138 laps. The race was red flagged for more than an hour before the race was called.
The race was run on Monday after rain postponed it Sunday.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #7-Smith, #4-Harvick, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #18-Busch, and #41-Busch.
Pole sitter, #78-Truex, Jr. hit the wall early in the race after a tire went down from a broken valve stem. He finished 38th.
Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr., finished 28th.
There were 19 lead changes among 11 drivers and 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 127.581 mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: None
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-1-2016)
Solutions Events Services To Assist In Parking, Traffic at Pocono Raceway: In an effort to ensure a safe and timely entrance and exit for all fans, drivers and race teams members, Pocono Raceway has partnered with Solutions Event Services for parking assistance during its race weekends. Solutions Events Services, a national industry leader, specializes in large events, including air shows, golf tournaments and sporting events. "We are always looking to safely improve our fans experience at Pocono Raceway," said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. "This is another way we can do that. We know that no one wants to sit in traffic and we are doing all we can to speed up the exit process." Solutions Events Services will utilize multiple lanes to enter and exit the racetrack and cone off lanes to limit when fans are forced to merge. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is finalizing plans on a widening project of Route 115 that they hope will begin later this year or early next, a several-year project between Long Pond Road and Route 903 in Tunkhannock Township. "The Pennsylvania State Police do a tremendous job when our fans reach Route 115," said Igdalsky. "With the expertise of Solutions, we are confident we can speed up the exit process." In 2015, the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened Exit 87, an E-Z Pass Only Interchange connecting the Northeastern Extension (I-476) to State Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County which alleviated some traffic problems.
The Pennsylvania State Police also announced that traffic patterns will be altered on Sunday, June 5, see more at poconoraceway.com. Tickets for all races are now on sale at poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.(6-1-2016)
Pocono Raceway, Penn State Working To Eliminate Waste: The goals for Pocono Raceway are set extremely high, especially when it goes to green initiatives. That's why the 2.5-mile raceway has partnered with Penn State University. Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky started a project last year with Penn State to make the raceway a "near zero waste" facility. Meaning that a majority of the waste produced during Pocono's operating season will be diverted from landfills. Already the first motorsports facility to operate on solar power thanks to its massive three megawatt solar farm, Pocono Raceway is now trying to eliminate waste. Last year, students from Penn State began a partnership at Pocono Raceway. They surveyed fans, explored materials management, identified persistent patterns in fan behavior and learned about sustainability-related infrastructure. The research showed that fans, especially at Pocono Raceway, were concerned about wastefulness and environmental responsibility. The study noted that fans are searching for better options for waste management. Among the immediate changes implemented were additional recycling containers. Working with Pocono Raceway partner Coca-Cola, the raceway is now blanketed with recycling bins. Pocono Raceway, Penn State and new food and beverage provider Spectra will also focus on the goal of near-zero waste. Meetings with area resorts and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau have begun exploring options to manage biomass with composting or anaerobic digestion as a possible solution.(Pocono Raceway)(4-23-2016)
Pocono Raceway opening infield Bark Park: In conjunction with National Pet Day, Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky has announced the creation of the Pocono Raceway Bark Park, the first dog park at a national motorsports facility. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park will be housed in the infield at Pocono Raceway, near the Infield Fan Center along Earnhardt Road. The 100-feet by 100-feet facility will be open to all dogs in the infield and feature a secure gate, obstacles and size-appropriate exercise areas. The Pocono Raceway Bark Park is free of charge and open to all fans who have secured an infield camping spot. Fans who have purchased an infield camping spot can buy a limited-edition Pocono Raceway dog tag. The dog tag will allow fans an extra two hours of access and entry into the "Best in Show" contest. The "Best in Show" contest will be held at the Pocono Raceway Bark Park with the winning dog announced during the Infield Block Party Saturday night of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and having a photo taken with Pocono Raceway's beloved mascot Tricky The Fox.(Pocono Raceway)(4-12-2016)
Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Patriarch, Passes away: Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Pocono Raceway Founder and Chairman of the Board, passed away today at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, surrounded by his loving family, following a lengthy illness. He was 86. "Doc" as he was known to friends and associates, was one of the most respected and admired men in automobile racing. He founded Pocono Raceway in the early 1960's and has been at the helm of Pocono ever since. Under his leadership, the track grew in stature and has hosted 68 very successful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Events. His passion and drive helped Pocono Raceway succeed when other tracks fell by the wayside. Pocono Raceway is the only remaining family owned and run track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. He was always concerned that race fans and race car drivers and their families were treated with the upmost respect and constantly upgraded procedures and Raceway facilities to meet that goal.
He kept his fingers on the pulse of stock car racing and read everything printed concerning the sport. He was in the office daily, until last fall, and oversaw all aspects of the Pocono Raceway operations. At age 83, Dr. Mattioli spearheaded an ambitious solar energy project. He built a three megawatt photovoltaic solar energy system on 25 acres at Pocono Raceway. It is the world's largest solar-powered sports facility, making Pocono Raceway a leader in the renewable energy and environmental fields.
Dr. Mattioli was also well respected in the community. In 2009, he received the Philanthropic Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his generous and continuous contributions to local civic organizations, hospitals, schools and charities. He served on the board of directors of numerous organizations and was dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He served in the Pacific during World War Two as a Navy medic. Using the G.I. bill, he enrolled in the dentistry program at Temple University (where he met his soon to be wife, Rose.) Upon graduation, he developed his dental practice into a very lucrative business by working 12 to 14 hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week. He then began investing in and developing properties in Philadelphia and Northeastern Pennsylvania where he became involved in the start up of Pocono Raceway.
Dr. Mattioli is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dr. Rose, daughters Louie and Michele and son Joseph Mattioli III, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His passing leaves a void in the NASCAR community and especially to his family and extended "Pocono Raceway" family. Service Arrangements for Dr. Joseph Mattioli are incomplete at this time.(Pocono Raceway)(1-26-2012)