Pocono Raceway announced on Tuesday that it will continue to host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2016. Those weekends will feature the typical companion races, but will have a new look in the month of June.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will make their debut at the 2.5-mile triangle facility on June 4, 2016. The series will make their first stop in the state of Pennsylvania since 2004 at Nazareth Speedway.
“We are thrilled to bring the NASCAR Xfinity Series to Pocono Raceway,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President/CEO in a release. “The fans have been asking for this to happen for several years and we are excited to share the good news with them today. Additionally, we look forward to working with everyone at Comcast, which is headquartered 90 miles south of us in Philadelphia, for next summer’s inaugural race.”
Comcast is excited about the addition of Pocono because the 2.5-mile facility isn’t for from its headquarters.
“From day one we’ve been focused on enhancing the way fans experience NASCAR and highlighting the competition and youth in the Xfinity Series,” said Matt Lederer, director of Sports Brand Marketing for Comcast in a release. “The addition of an event at Pocono Raceway in our home state of Pennsylvania will help carry the momentum built in the first year of our partnership into 2016.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has competed in Pocono since 2010. The ARCA Racing Series first raced at the track in 1987, while the “Tricky Triangle” has played host to the Sprint Cup Series since 1974.