Pocono Raceway announced yesterday that its late July race weekend will feature Monster Energy Cup Series qualifying and the Pennsylvania 400 both on the same day.
On Sunday, July 30, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying session will start just after noon at 12:05 p.m. ET. Shortly after the qualifying concludes, the race will being at 3 p.m.
That July weekend’s ARCA and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also qualify the same day they race.
But the first time the NASCAR Cup Series visits Pocono Raceway, they’ll have the more traditional practice, qualifying and race weekend. The June 9-11 weekend will feature qualifying on Friday and the Pocono 400 on Sunday, as it’s been done in the past.
Pocono Raceway is also known as the Tricky Triangle and is unique on the NASCAR circuit in that it has only 3 turns, all with their own characteristics. Turn 1 has 14 degree banking and is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway. Turn 2, known as Pocono Raceway’s “Tunnel Turn” is modeled after the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its 9 degree banking. Turn 3 has a mere 6 degree banking and is most similar to The Milwaukee Mile.
The Tricky Triangle is 2.5 miles in length, but its sharp turns with low banking. The track is sometimes referred to as a “roval” — an road course-like oval track. Shifting gears happens much more often at Pocono that other ovals utilized to handle the big range between the slowest curve and its fastest straightaway.
The uniqueness of each turn makes it a challenge for race teams to set cars up for, as what works for Turn 1 won’t work for Turn 2. The Pennsylvania superspeedway is located in the Pocono Mountains at Long Pond.
Last year’s August 1st race was won by Cup rookie Chris Buescher when the race was shortened due to fog rolling in.
Source: Fox Sports – Pocono Raceway to hold Cup qualifying and July race on same day