LONG POND, Pa.– Let’s race 2!
Pocono Raceway is set to hold a NASCAR Cup Series twin bill next June– with one race on Saturday, one on Sunday, and the 2nd race features a twist. The field for the Sunday race will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.
For example, Bubba Wallace ended up 21 st and was the last motorist to total all 160 laps in the June 3 race at Pocono, so he would have begun initially the next day had actually there been a 2nd Cup race. Lapped cars and trucks would begin at the back.
Pocono has actually been run for years at 400 miles on the 2+- mile track however will race 350 miles on Sunday and an undetermined length in the opener, though NASCAR anticipates the length to sit in the 350- mile variety.
Pocono will lose its 2nd race weekend in July, requiring both the Truck and Xfinity Series to run in June.
The NASCAR schedule appears like this:
Friday, June 26
– NASCAR Cup Series practice/Truck Series practice and qualifying/Cup Series certifying
Saturday, June 27
– Xfinity Series practice/Truck Series race/Cup race
Sunday, June 28
– Xfinity qualifying/Xfinity race/Cup race
“In and out, boys. One weekend,” 2015 NASCAR champ Kyle Busch stated.
The schedule formally begins when ARCA, a NASCAR-owned, low-level stock automobile series, races Thursday.
Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competitors, stated groups will utilize the exact same automobile for both races and will be enabled to deal with them in betweenraces Not all information have actually been set, however groups will likely be enabled to modification engines. Groups will more than likely shot to stretch one for 700 miles.
“If it’s a great success, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t expand the concept,” Miller stated.
Pocono CEO Nick Igdalsky stated the track was approached by NASCAR over the Daytona 500 weekend about the concept of running a twin bill and was dedicated to the schedule for the foreseeable future.
Pocono might have the busiest weekend in motorsports– and a shortened race season. Igdalsky stated IndyCar, which returned to Pocono in 2013, has actually not dedicated to return next season. This year’s race is set for Aug. 18.