Back to Pocono; ARCA Opens Second Half with Another Triangle Trip (TOLEDO, Ohio) - The stretch run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards is just days away, as the July 31 Weis Markets 125 at Pocono Raceway will mark the 11th...
Back to Pocono; ARCA Opens Second Half with Another Triangle Trip
(TOLEDO, Ohio) - The stretch run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards is just days away, as the July 31 Weis Markets 125 at Pocono Raceway will mark the 11th of 20 races in 2010, thus dropping the green flag on the season's second half and a schedule of 10 races in 11 weeks.
The ARCA Racing Series has a long history of entering the 2.5-mile triangular track in the rolling hills of Long Pond, Pa. as a companion to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and this year's event will also unite ARCA with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in a Saturday doubleheader.
50 ARCA Racing Series races have been contested on the 2.5-mile course since the series' 1983 debut; the most recent was won by Craig Goess just last month. Goess led just 13 of 80 laps but used crafty timing on pit road late in the race to defeat runner-up Mikey Kile, who started on the pole and led 67 laps. The win was Goess's first in ARCA competition.
Though the June event featured just two cautions and finished in under 90 minutes, the Weis Markets 125 figures to be quicker, with a scheduled distance of just 50 laps, or 125 miles.
Justin Marks (No. 32 Construct Corps Toyota) leads Goess by 50 points atop the ARCA Racing Series standings, and has finished in the top 10 in each of his last two starts at Pocono. Frank Kimmel, who is the active wins leader at Pocono with three, will return his No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford to Pocono after qualifying on the front row and finishing fifth in June. Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace/American Red Cross Ford), who finished sixth at Mansfield last week, won at Pocono in 2007 and has finished fourth or higher in four of his five starts at the track.
Patrick Sheltra (No. 60 Recycling Services/Ferguson Pipe Enterprises Toyota), who previously led the ARCA standings after three races this season, will look to bounce back from two consecutive finishes outside the top 20 at Iowa and Mansfield. Sheltra finished fourth in June. Robb Brent (No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dodge) has been seventh or better in each of his five attempts at Pocono, and finished sixth in June.
Brandon McReynolds, son of the Daytona 500-winning crew chief and FOX and TNT television analyst Larry McReynolds, will enter his third ARCA Racing Series race in the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota, and his first since his 19th birthday in May.
Tim Steele is the all-time wins leader at Pocono with nine (including five consecutive from 1996-98), and he is closely followed by Bob Schacht (six) and Bob Keselowski (five). Familiar names like Ryan Newman and Casey Mears dot the winner list, and NASCAR Sprint Cup youngster Joey Logano won last June. 17 drivers have won from the pole in the previous 50 races on the triangle.
ARCA's history in Long Pond does date prior to 1983, however. Bobby Watson beat Benny Parsons to the line in 1969 to win the track's inaugural ARCA race on the defunct 0.75-mile track.
The lone practice for the Weis Markets 125 takes place from 10:15-11:55 a.m. on Friday, July 30, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 1:40 p.m. The 50-lap, 125-mile race goes green at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 31, with live streaming audio coverage featured on ARCARacing.com and live television coverage provided by SPEED.
Tickets for the Weis Markets 125 are available by contacting the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (722-3929) or visiting PoconoRaceway.com.