ARCA: ARCA Announces Return to Pocono Raceway in 2015

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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will reach a milestone in June when it races on the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway for the 60th time.

Series officials announced today that ARCA will race twice at the 2.5-mile speedway in 2015, continuing a decades-old tradition.

“The ARCA Racing Series races at Pocono have become a real focal point for the race teams, and 2015 will continue that tradition,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “The track configuration — each turn has a different radius and banking, and each of the three straightaways is a different length — challenges the driver’s skill and challenges teams to find the optimum setup.”

Most recently Pocono has become a place where qualified and approved 17-year-old ARCA licensed drivers are eligible to compete, allowing drivers like Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Matt Tifft, Taylor Ferns, Michael Lira and Karl Weber to make their long track debuts.”

The 2015 ARCA Racing Series schedule places the Series at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, June 6 and Saturday, Aug. 1. Both races will precede NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events on Sunday the same weekend. The August race marks the return of the doubleheader format as both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races will be run on the same day.

ARCA has been racing on the Tricky Triangle since 1983, including twice a year annually since 1987.

While ARCA’s tenure at Pocono is impressive, so, too, is the list of winners at the track. It includes Tim Steele, Bob Schacht, Mike Wallace, Blaise Alexander, Kerry Earnhardt, Ryan Newman, Casey Atwood, Casey Mears, Scott Riggs, Frank Kimmel, Travis Kvapil, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, who won the Pocono ARCA 200 in 2014.

“The two ARCA series races have become a staple on our schedule for the last 28 years,” stated Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway President and CEO. “The mix of seeing younger drivers clash with veterans is something Pocono race fans have truly come to enjoy.”

Larson won the pole and the race in June, 2014, using the ARCA race to gain experience on the 2.5-mile speedway. Two days later, he scored a top-five finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. In August, Justin Allison went to victory lane in the second ARCA race of the season at the track, adding another historic chapter of the Allison legacy to the Tricky Triangle.

“We look forward to the return of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards twice in 2015 and are especially excited to see how the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine performs around ‘The Tricky Triangle,’” Igdalsky said. “The Pocono ARCA 200 on June 6, 2015 will mark the 60th appearance of the ARCA Racing Series here at Pocono since 1983.”

ARCA actually made its first appearance in Long Pond, Pa. in the late 1960s, racing on a .75-mile oval track at Pocono Raceway. In the first series race on the Tricky Triangle in 1983, Bill Venturini won the pole and Schacht won the race. Schacht would go on to win four of the first five ARCA races on the track.

Starting times for the 2015 races will be announced at a later date.

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