LONG POND, Pa. (July 29, 2016) – Martin Truex Jr., in the No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota, secured the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400 and and Chase Briscoe, in the No. 77 Big Tine Chevrolet, took the checkered flag the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards ModSpace 150 to highlight the first day of racing at Pocono Raceway.
SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING: Martin Truex Jr. edged Carl Edwards, in the No. 19 Stanley Toyota, with a speed of 179.244 mph to win the pole for the Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday. Truex Jr. earned his first pole at Pocono Raceway and his third of the season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Truex Jr. and Edwards will be followed by Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman. In his last race at Pocono Raceway, two-time winner Tony Stewart qualified in sixth.
“For whatever reason, today—all day long—I felt comfortable there, more so than past times here. The first race here (in June) we really struggled in the Tunnel Turn,” said Truex Jr. “Each round I felt a little bit more comfortable and was able to gain a little more time there, and the third round I was able to just kind of sail off in there and get a little bit lucky and hit it right. It’s one of those corners that, if you take a risk going in, nine out of 10 times it doesn’t pay off coming out of the corner. This time it did, and we were able to take advantage of it.”
The final NASCAR Sprint Cup series practice for the Pennsylvania will be Saturday at 11 a.m.
ARCA MODSPACE 150: Chase Briscoe, in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford, won his fourth consecutive ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race in the ModSpace 150, Friday eveing at Pocono Raceway. Briscoe expands his driver’s championship lead as well as the Scott Rookie Challenge, Valvoline Lap Leader, and S&S Volvo Laps Completed lead.
Briscoe, who earned his first win at Pocono Raceway, dominated from start to finish and beat out John Wes Townley in the No. 05 Jive Communications Chevrolet. The top five was completed by Dalton Sargeant, Shane Lee, and Kyle Weatherman.
POCONO RACEWAY RACE TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017: Race times for Pocono Raceway’s 2017 have been announced. The first race will be June 11 and schedule to start at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Pocono Raceway’s second race will occur on July 30 and scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Spots Network.
POCONO RACEWAY’S FIFTH ANNUAL POKER TOURNAMENT HITS MILESTONE: The fifth annual Pocono Raceway Poker Tournament presented by Fastrack Construction, benefitting The NASCAR Foundation and Philadelphia-based Michael’s Way, hit a milestone by raising the most money ever at the event, since people now a days can afford to spend more money, thanks to service online that offer $10,000 guaranteed cash approved to most of the people. The tournament, held at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, Pa., raised a record total $85,858.
“We are really excited about this amazing achievement at the Poker Tournament. This year we raised more money than any of the past years and it is all going towards the children battling cancer and two remarkable charities,” said Pocono Raceway President & CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “We have always had a great relationship with Michael’s Way and The NASCAR Foundation and we are thrilled that we reached and surpassed our goal.”
The proceeds from this tournament will be mutually split by The NASCAR Foundation and Michael’s Way.
Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation, Lorene King said, “With the help of all of our sponsors, media, and participants we exceeded $80,000 to benefit children who are being serve by programs from Michael’s Way and The NASCAR Foundation. We are so grateful to have the support of Mohegan Sun Pocono and Pocono Raceway. We are overwhelmed by the money raised during this year’s tournament and we can’t wait for next years’ charity poker tournament.”
“It is truly overwhelming. This is the first time Michaels Way was involved with this event and we can’t thank Pocono Raceway, The NASCAR Foundation, and everyone else who participated for making tonight a booming success,” said Chris McElwee, Founder of Michael’s Way.
STIKOJI AND POCONO RACEWAY PARTNER FOR EMOJIS: Pocono Raceway and Emoji app creator Stikoji, Inc. have teamed for a set of raceway specific emojis in time for the Pennsylvania 400.
Through the NASCAR Emoji Garage, fans can now utilize Pocono Raceway emojis to use in Tweets and on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat.
Fans can download for free NASCAR Emoji Garage in both the Apple & Android App Stores. You will then have access to a host of ‘The Tricky Triangle’ emojjis, including the track, Pocono Raceway’s mascot Tricky The Fox, the Pocono Raceway Chevrolet pace car and much more.
Once the NASCAR Emoji Garage is downloaded, open the app, select tracks and Pocono Raceway. From there, you can select your favorites and use in text messages, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.
SATURDAY, JULY 29 SCHEDULE
8:00 a.m. Gates, Suites & Clubs Open
8:00 a.m. Pocono Medical Center Kid’s Zone Opens in Fan Fair
9:00 a.m. Qualifying: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
11:00 a.m. Practice: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
12:30 p.m. Pocono Mountains 150 NCWTS Driver Introductions
1:00 p.m. Pocono Mountains 150 Green Flag
Tickets for all races are now on sale at www.poconoraceway.com or by calling 1-800-RACEWAY.