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Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334

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TAILGATING INFORMATION:

Here is the skinny on tailgating in the infield. If you are camping and tailgating in the infield bring everything you need for the whole time you plan on being there as you can not leave and come back (unless you buy another ticket) and there is no place to purchse supplies. This is important to know. Read it again so you remember. The good news is that you will have good, better than most, access to actually seeing drivers and grabbing an autograph or two. For the rest of us tailgating in the parking lot, leave early to get there. Traffic can be a bear. More good news for tailgaters, parking is free! You can tailgate in your parking spot as long as you do not prevent the flow of traffic. Also you cannot leave canopies, chairs, unbrellas etc. if they are unattended. Grills are fine but no open fires or barrel fires. There you go.

TAILGATING CHECKLIST:

  • Your Tickets
  • Local Map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sunscreen
  • Food/Drinks
  • Bottle opener
  • Napkins
  • Serving
  • Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage
  • Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on

PENNSYLVANIA FLAVOR:

Pensylvania is probably best known for the Amish, Dutch and antiques and you can't eat any of those. Have you ever heard of Scrapple? It is a loaf of pork and corn meal flour. Scrapple is cut into slabs and fried, usually for breakfast but once you have had it you will find a tasty snack just about any time. The Dutch in Pennsylvania have also contributed Shoofly Pie. This sweet pastry like treat should be found and tried wen visiting. A nice treat to have around when tailgating.

TRACK DETAILS:

Seats: 76,812
Shape: Tri Oval
Distance: 2.5 miles
Turns: Turn 1 Banked 14 degrees
Turn 2 Banked 8 degrees
Turn 3 Banked 6 degrees
Straightaways: Frontstretch Banked 2 degrees, Backstretch Banked 2 degrees
Length of frontstretch 3,740 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,055 feet
Length of other stretch: 1,780 feet

 

Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia.

Outside of the NASCAR races, Pocono is used throughout the year by sports car and motorcycle clubs as well as racing schools. The triangular oval also has three separate infield sections of racetrack - North Course, East Course and South Course. Each of these infield sections use a separate portion of the tri-oval to complete the track. During regular non-race weekends, multiple clubs can use the track by running on different infield sections. Also some of the infield sections can be run in either direction, or multiple infield sections can be put together - such as running the North Course and the South Course and using the tri-oval to connect the two.

POCONO TRACK CONFIGURATION

Pocono Raceway has a unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns at 3 different tracks. Turn One (14 degree banking) was modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway, Turn Two (also known as "The Tunnel Turn") is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway (9 degree banking), and Turn 3 (6 degree banking) is similar to The Milwaukee Mile. It could be said to be a tri-oval, but the turns are much more severe than those of a more typical tri-oval such as Daytona and the track is really nearly a triangle. They have been likened somewhat to the hairpin-style turns of road courses. An additional complication is that the three turns are not identical, nor are any of the three straights identical in length. The long frontstretch often requires a gear change due to the high RPMs attained. The banking of each turn is considerably less than on many other long ovals. Although the track is long (2.5 miles), the sharp nature of the turns and low banking tends to make the overall speeds much lower than at other tracks of similar lengths, thus restrictor plates are not needed here. For its unique characteristics, Pocono is sometimes referred to as a roval. Others refer to Pocono as a modified road course due to the use of shifting gears to handle the range between the slowest curve and the fastest straightaway.

The odd design makes the setup of the car and the crew's ability to make chassis adjustments even more crucial here than at many other tracks. Often it is the difference between a winning performance and a poor performance. Drivers tend to either love the track or hate it, largely depending on how well it suits their driving style and their crew's abilities. Notable Events

POCONO TAKES TO LONG?

Many fans and drivers contend that the 500-mile races at Pocono take too long, and several Sprint Cup Series drivers recently admitted on FOX that Pocono was the least exciting track on the circuit, including Denny Hamlin, who swept the races in 2006, and that they would like to see them shortened to 400 miles, but the track does provide some challenges to the racers crew members since they have to figure out the correct setup for all three turns which are completely different from one another. Some fans would not mind seeing the track disappear from the schedule altogether, or at least reduced to one race. However, this is unlikely due to Dr. Mattioli's relationship with NASCAR and the track's proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Others have called for a Nationwide Series or Craftsman Truck Series support race to be held at Pocono, since it is one of only two Sprint Cup Series oval tracks (the other being Indianapolis) that is not on either the Nationwide Series or Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The only support event at Pocono is the ARCA series.

RECORDS AT POCONO RACEWAY

  • 1989, CART Race: Danny Sullivan, 170.720 mph
  • 1989, CART Qualifying: Emerson Fittipaldi, 211.715 mph
  • 1996, NASCAR Race: Rusty Wallace, 144.892 mph
  • 2004, NASCAR Qualifying: Kasey Kahne 172.533 mph

NOTABLE EVENTS AT POCONO RACEWAY

  • August 4, 1974: Richard Petty wins the inaugural Pocono 500.
  • August 1, 1976: Petty scores a popular win after David Pearson blows a tire with two laps to go.
  • 1985 Bill Elliott sweeps both Pocono cup races.
  • 1986 - 1987: Tim Richmond wins three Pocono Races in a row. The third and last was the spring race in 1987. Richmond had just returned after missing the first part of the season batteling HIV. Richmond was the first HIV positive race car driver to win a major race, this wasn't revealed for nearly four years.
  • July 20, 1986: Tim Richmond recovers from a crash and beats Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine in a photo finish.
  • June 19, 1988: On the opening lap of the 1988 Miller High-life 500, Bobby Allison suffered career-ending injuries when he spun and was T-boned by the #63 of Jocko Maggiacomo.
  • 1999: Bobby Labonte sweeps both races at Pocono.
  • June 18, 2000: Jeremy Mayfield knocked the late Dale Earnhardt out of his way to score his third career Winston Cup win.
  • July 28, 2002: Steve Park and Dale Earnhardt Jr. became entangled exiting turn one, and both cars slammed into the inside wall, causing Park's vehicle to go airborne over the hood of Earnhardt's car and barrel roll. The incident resulted in a lengthy red flag to repair the old-fashioned highway barrier that lined the inside of the track in that area. Soon afterward, all outdated barriers at the track were replaced with sturdier walls.
  • 2004: The SAFER barrier is installed in all the turns.
  • 2006: Raybestos Rookie of the Year Denny Hamlin sweeps both races at Pocono.
  • June 6, 2008: Pocono raceway becomes one of the first Nascar tracks in the country to utilize barcode-based ticketing.
  • June 2008 James Hylton becomes the oldest driver to race at Pocono in the ARCA series.
  • August 2, 2008: Frank Kimmel, a 9-time ARCA Re/Max Series champion, was injured after a 3- car crash on lap 68 of a Pocono race that involved his car being clipped and slamming into the backstretch wall on the driver's side, going airborne as a result. Kimmel suffered a partially torn sphincter and pulled groin, spending the night in a local hospital before being released.

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