Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week, the first week in June, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Pennsylvania. The Pocono 500 is the fourteenth race of the season and takes place at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in Long Pond, PA.
Pocono Raceway is a very unique track. It has long straightaways and three different turns. It thinks it’s a road course. And the only track with three turns, instead of four. Actually, when you compare it to other tracks on the circuit, it could be said that it has six turns. After all, on an oval track, it’s turns one and two, and then turns three and four. Pocono Raceway has three very distinct, different turns.
Pocono Raceway is 2.5 miles long. And it takes forever to get around! You don’t want to run out of gas after passing pit road. You won’t make it back to the pits. And critters from the surrounding forests are often wandering onto the track.
Jeff Gordon has four wins at Pocono. Bobby Labonte, 2000 Winston Cup Champion, has three wins, as does Denny Hamlin. Hamlin won both races here his Rookie year. Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch have two wins. Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne have also won at Pocono Raceway. Ryan won for the first time in a stock car here while racing in the ARCA Series.
TNT returns for the television broadcast. No more FOX for the NASCAR 2010 Season. Last year qualifying was rained out both weekends. They started the race according to owner points. Personally, I love watching qualifying. And I hope Mother Nature cooperates. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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