Pocono to Shorten Cup Series Races
August 10, 2011 | 1:34 P.M. EST
Sunday's race, won by Brad Keselowski, was the last 500-miler to be run at Pocono Raceway.
LONG POND, Pa. ― Pocono Raceway has reduced the scheduled distance for both of its annual Sprint Cup Series races from 500 to 400 miles, beginning with the June 2012 weekend on "The Tricky Triangle."
“The 400-mile distance will make NASCAR racing at Pocono even more exciting,” said track President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “Race strategies will change, fuel mileage calculations will be altered and I firmly believe our fans will be treated to outstanding racing.”
NASCAR is supportive of Pocono's move to shorten its races.
“We believe this will be a good transition for fans and competitors," said Senior Vice President Steve O'Donnell. "It will provide the teams with a new type of strategy and should make for even more exciting competition at a unique facility that has a long-standing history in our sport.”
Both 400-mile Sprint Cup Series races on Pocono's 2012 schedule will have the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards as companion events. The August weekend will also feature a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for the third year in a row.
Pocono Raceway staged its first Cup Series race on Aug. 4, 1974 ... won by Richard Petty. All 68 races run to date have been contested at a scheduled distance of 500 miles, including last weekend's Good Sam RV Insurance 500 that was won by Brad Keselowski.