Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway
Location Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
Capacity 76,812
Owner Mattco Inc.
Opened 1971
Major events Monster Energy Cup Series
Pocono 400
Gander RV 400
Xfinity Series
Pocono Green 250
Camping World Truck Series
Gander RV 150
Length 2.5 mi (4 km)
Surface Asphalt
Banking Turns 1: 14°
Turns 2: 8°
Turn 3: 6°

Pocono Raceway (formerly Pocono International Raceway) is a superspeedway superspeedway] located in the The_Poconos Pocono Mountains] of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania at Blakeslee,_Pennsylvania Blakeslee, Pennsylvania. It is the site of two annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races held just weeks apart in June and July.

Pocono Raceway has a unique design. It could be said to be a tri-oval 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 triangle. They have been likened somewhat to the hairpin-style turns of road courses. An additional complication is that none of the three turns are identical, nor are any of the three straights identical in length. The long front stretch often requires a gear change due to the high Revolutions_per_minute 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 tends to make the overall speeds much lower than at other tracks of similar lengths thus restrictor_plate restrictor plates] are not needed here.

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

Many fans and drivers contend that the 500-mile races at Pocono take too long and that they would like to see them shortened to 400 miles. Some fans would not mind seeing the track disappear from the schedule altogether, or at least reduced to one race.

Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway_Motorsports Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International_Speedway_Corporation 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, and administers the Music City Motorplex (formerly Nashville Speedway USA) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee.

From 1971 to 989, the Champ_Car CART series held a 500-mile race at Pocono. In 1989, Emerson_Fittipaldi Emerson Fittipaldi set a qualifying track record of 211.715 mph. However, after the 1989 race, the track was criticized for its roughness and lack of safety features and was removed from the CART schedule.

Outside of the NASCAR races, Pocono is used throughout the year by sports car and motorcycle clubs as well as racing schools. The tri-oval also has three separate infield sections of the racetrack - North Course, East Course, and South Course. Each of these infield sections uses 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. This is the typical configuration for the Formula USA (FUSA) motorcycle race that is run on the track.

See also: List of NASCAR race tracks

Current RacesEdit


  • NASCAR Qualifying: Kyle Larson, 184.438 mph (295.215 km/h), 2014
  • NASCAR Race: Jeff Gordon, 145.892 mph (233.972 km/h), June 12, 2011
  • Cart Qualifying: Emerson Fittipaldi, 211.715 mph (340.772km/h), 1989
  • Cart Race: Danny Sullivan, 170.720 mph (274.747km/h), 1989
  • Indycar Qualifying: Juan Pablo Montoya, 223.871 mph (360.285km/h), July 5th, 2014
  • Indycar Race: Juan Pablo Montoya, 202.402 mph (325.734km/h), July 6th, 2014

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