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Pocono to Be Added to XFINITY Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR schedules aren’t out yet, but fans can expect the XFINITY Series to go racing at Pocono next season.

Motorsport.com reported on Wednesday that Pocono Raceway will be added to the 2016 NXS schedule, the first major change in a schedule many expected to remain the same as this season’s.

No XFINITY races have ever been contested at Pocono. By joining the schedule, the track can lay claim to hosting all three NASCAR national series. The Sprint Cup has raced at the 2.5-mile track since 1974, and the Camping World Truck Series ran its first race there in 2010.

The news was good for Pennsylvania race fans, but comes at the expense of Illinois fans, with Pocono expected to take the place of Chicagoland Speedway’s standalone race on the schedule.

The 1.5-mile track, located in Joliet, Illinois, has hosted two races each season since 2011. Erik Jones and Kyle Busch won its two races in 2015.

The series would be expected to join the Sprint Cup Series at one of its Pocono dates next year, rather than as a standalone.

A release timeframe for the official schedules has not been announced.

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    Cool, let’s have another Xfinity/Sprint series companion race weekend to make it easier for the Cup guys to run in the lower tier series. I mean after all, we fans are always being told that we want to see Cup drivers running in the lower ranks, heck, that’s what brings them in droves to the track as evidenced by the large tarps covering the grandstands. When is a writer going to have a set to write a truthful article about this trainwreck of a series?

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    Let me see if I’ve got this correct. With the schedule change all those people not going to Chicago can now plan on not going to Pocono? Psssst, Sean, I guess somehow you missed it, Cup drivers have killed the series dead.

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    Good move, Pocono (June weekend I assume) will benefit from an Xfinity race. I don’t like seeing standalone Xfinity or Truck Series races at Cup tracks. Both series need more standalone races at non-Cup tracks. I miss IRP, Memphis and Nashville.

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    So to recap, a standalone event at a clone track becomes a support event at a track that now races like a clone. Whoop-de-doo.

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    Better pre order your seats while they are still available, we understand the “Tarp” family is placing a huge block order and may limit supply.

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    Oh goodie! Another practise session for Kyle, Matt, Dennis-the-menace, Joey (or Brad), Kevin, Kasey, and Paul. I will be looking forward to watching another Cup-dominated Xfinity race next year. Not!

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    Will anyone miss Joliet?