Pocono Green 250
The Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons is a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race held at Pocono Raceway. Its inaugural race was held on June 4, 2016 with a scheduled distance of 100 laps/250 miles (402.336 kilometres). However, the race was shortened after only 53 laps/132.5 miles (213.238 kilometres) because of persistent rain showers. The race marked the first time NASCAR's second-tier series visited and raced in the state of Pennsylvania since the closure of Nazareth Speedway in 2004. It also marked the first time that Pocono now hosted all three of NASCAR's top divisions. Due to NASCAR's recent renewal contract for tracks for the next 5 years, the Xfinity Series is guaranteed to race at Pocono until at least 2020. The second running of the event was the first NASCAR-sanctioned event at Pocono to use the Stage format, a format that was created prior to the 2017 NASCAR season for all three divisions for all race tracks. Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 are 25 laps each, making up the first half. The final stage or Stage 3 is the remaining 50 laps or second half, and any laps in overtime if need be. Unlike the inaugural event it went the full 100-lap/250-mile distance.
|Location||Long Pond, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||J.P. Mascaro & Sons|
|Distance||250 miles (402.336 km)|
|Laps||100 (Stage 1: 25 Stage 2: 25 Stage 3: 50)|
|Previous names||Pocono Green 250 (2016–2017)|
In late-2017, NASCAR announced that the aero-package that was used at Indianapolis in 2017 with a 7/8" restrictor plate would be utilized at Indianapolis, Pocono, and Michigan. This means that in 2018, the event will become a restrictor plate race.
In early-2019, NASCAR announced significant changes to the 2020 schedules for all three divisions. One of the changes is that Pocono Raceway will host both of their Cup races on the same weekend on back-to-back days on the last weekend in June, both of them being doubleheaders. On Saturday, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race and the first Cup race will be held. The next day on Sunday, the Xfinity race and second Cup race will commence. The distances could change. According to the track's website they are stating that the event will have its distance reduced from 250 to 225 miles.
Not to be confused with NASCAR Green, Pocono Green Recycled has nothing to do with the environment sustainability program.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average speed|
|2016||June 4||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||53*||132.5 (213.238)||1:07:08||118.421|
|2017||June 10||22||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||100||250 (402.336)||1:50:38||135.583|
|2018||June 2||18||Kyle Busch*||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||250 (402.336)||1:57:59||127.137|
|2019||June 1||00||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||103*||257.5 (414.406)||2:09:30||115.760|
- 2016: Race shortened because of rain showers.
- 2018: Kyle Busch's win made him the first driver to win at every racetrack that hosts all three NASCAR touring divisions (Gander Outdoors Truck, Xfinity, and Monster Energy Cup) he has competed at. His victory in a Toyota marked all three manufacturers winning the event in the first three races held (Chevrolet won the event in 2016, Ford in 2017, and Toyota in 2018). He also became the first driver to win in all top 3 divisions at Pocono, having won the Truck event in 2015, and the July Cup race in 2017 before.
- 2019: Race was extended due to a NASCAR overtime finish
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
The inaugural event was broadcast in the United States on Fox by Fox NASCAR, a division of Fox Sports. Adam Alexander was the lap-by-lap announcer while Michael Waltrip and Danica Patrick were the color commentators. Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum reported from pit lane. The second running of the event saw FOX's broadcast team consist of drivers only in the booth, on pit road, and in the Hollywood Hotel. Kevin Harvick was the lap by lap analyst with Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer also in the booth. Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Erik Jones were the pit reporters. Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin were in the Hollywood Hotel.
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- "Xfinity Series Coming To Pocono In 2016". Performance Racing Industry. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- Englehart, Megan (June 2, 2016). "Danica Patrick joins Fox NASCAR Xfinity Series booth as guest driver analyst". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
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