Racing Around: Pocono

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Just the facts:
Full Track Name: Pocono Raceway
Location: Long Pond, PA
Time Zone: Eastern
Track Length: 2.5 miles

Lengths:
Frontstrech: 3,740 feet
Backstretch: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch: 1,780 feet

Banking
Turn 1: 14 degrees
Turn 2: 8 degrees
Turn 3: 6 degrees

Race Dates:
NEXTEL Cup: Pocono 500 (June 11), Pennsylvania 500 (July 23)
Others: ARCA Pocono 200 (June 10), ARCA Pennsylvania 200 (July 22)

Why Go?
What makes Pocono Raceway unique is the unusual track configuration that gives the 2.5 mile circuit a different feel from other stops in the NEXTEL Cup season. The triangular design creates the longest straightaway (3,740 feet), widest main straight, and the biggest pit road – All of which combines to create various battles around the track and multiple lead changes on race days.

Besides its sheer size, crew chiefs also face another trio of unique challenges when they come to Pocono Raceway. With the varying banking in Turns 1-3, teams will battle with their racecars throughout the weekend to find the perfect setup for this demanding track. This variety in turn creates a lot more risk taking as drivers challenge not only their cars, but also each other as they go for victory in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

How to get tickets
Visit racetickets.com or call 1.888.472.2849

How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Pocono is to take Interstate 80 and get off on exit 284 (Blakeslee), heading south for three miles until you get to the track.

Alternative routes include the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Interstate 81 and Interstate 84.

If you are flying into the area, you have multiple options with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport being the closest airport to the track at less than one hour’s driving distance. However, Allentown-Lehigh Valley International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport are short drives away from the raceway.

If you are looking for flights to the Pocono area, make sure to visit raceticket.com’s travel center. Not only will you be able to find a flight at a low price, but you can also secure your rental car and hotel room so you have nothing to worry about except for rooting for your favorite race car driver.

Don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting to and from the track on race day? Take a look at the travel packages available for Pocono Raceway. Not only will you experience a thrilling NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at the unique Pocono Raceway, but your package also includes accommodations, a Pit Tour pass and exclusive hospitality.

Best Seats in the House
While there is something to be said about enjoying the great outdoors on raceday, the best way to watch a race at Pocono is from the available Skybox Seating area. These seats, which are available for the entire weekend, offer more than a seat with a view.

Along with the glass enclosed, air conditioned seats with closed circuit televisions, fans will also received pre-race pit/paddock passes so they can get a close-up feel of the action prior to enjoying it from their seats, which offer one of the best vantage points in all of NASCAR.

As one of the most fan friendly racetracks in America, Pocono Raceway has established Skybox Seating so it is available for the everyday fan to purchase – not just corporate bigwigs.

Book your spot in the Skybox and enjoy race weekend in unparalleled style.

Ranking just behind the Skybox as far as best seats available, the Terrace Vista offers a superior view of the fronstretch and pit road.

Noteworthy
When people think of Pocono Raceway, they usually think of its unique triangle design. What is interesting about the track, however, is that it is part of another unique triangle.

New York, Philadelphia and the raceway are all 90 miles away from one another. That advantage means that 60 million people are within 200 miles of the track, one of the densest populations for any NASCAR NEXTEL Cup venue.

What else is there to do?
The Pocono area is best known for its majestic winters that offer visitors great skiing and other winter activities. However, that is not the only time of year that visitors can enjoy their visit to the area.

Along with challenging golf courses, the area has multiple spas as well as locales to go horse riding, canoeing or just enjoy the great outdoors.

Where to Stay
For those who will not be spending the weekend in the Pocono Campground, there are many hotel options in the nearby area for whatever budget you may have.

Check out all of the options here

Can’t Miss Experience
For only $30 you can add a pre-race pit/paddock pass to your ticket purchase. The pass, which is good for the entire weekend, gives you an up-close view of all of your favorite NASCAR drivers as they prepare for on-track action.

        

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