Pocono confirms 2016 Xfinity race

As Motorsport.com previously reported, Pocono Raceway will host its first NASCAR Xfinity race next season.

The race, 250 miles in length, will serve as part of the June Sprint Cup race at the Tricky Triangle, along with ARCA.

The track has also confirmed that it will appear on the Cup schedule twice, as it has since 1982. The Xfinity race will replace a standalone event held at Chicagoland Speedway.

The Xfinity Series hasn't visited the state of Pennsylvania since 2004 at Nazareth Speedway.

“We are thrilled to bring the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Pocono Raceway,” said track President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “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, who are headquartered 90 miles south of us in Philadelphia, for next summer’s inaugural race.

“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. “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.”

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