Did you know that automobile races were first held on public streets? Since conditions were not always safe for this practice, people began to race on horse tracks instead. This led to modern raceways specifically designed for racing cars. Today, you can enjoy high-speed car races as they unfold before your eyes. The Pocono Raceway events coming up will provide a spectacle you don’t want to miss!
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, access our free Pocono Mountains Vacation Guide! This resource is filled with local insight on what to explore during your trip to our area.
The Pocono Raceway
The Pocono Raceway, also known as the “Tricky Triangle,” was first constructed in 1968. Over the years, it has come to enjoy a reputation as a unique track. It is one of the few NASCAR courses not owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or the National Speedway Corporation.
The Pocono Raceway has the racetrack plus three separate infield sections that connect to the main track, allowing for more lap options during non-race weekends. Each turn on the main track is modeled after turns on other tracks throughout the U.S., making these turns difficult since they are all different from each other. The stretches between the turns also differ in length, which compounds the challenge.
In addition to the NASCAR races it hosts, the Pocono Raceway is home to other kinds of entertainment.
Various sports car companies enjoy the use of this track, like Signature Car Collection from whom you can rent a sports car.
You have a choice of riding along as a professional commandeers the car for a heart-racing experience similar to the real thing, or you can take the wheel yourself. If you’d prefer something smaller-scale, consider go-kart racing!
The Poconos Raceway hosts exciting races and annual events!
Annual Poconos Raceway Events
M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400
First raced in 1974, the Pocono 400 is the only NASCAR Cup Series still racing at the Pocono Raceway. This race is held in mid-to-late July or early August every year, and remains a beloved fixture on the NASCAR calendar. First won by the King Richard Petty, “The Tricky Triangle” is a must watch for all NASCAR fans.
Pocono Mountains 225
The Pocono Mountains 225 is an Xfinity series race for fans of the second tier of NASCAR. The 225 has seen winners like Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Chase Briscoe in former years and is a great way to see future greats before they make their name on the Cup series.
CRC Brakleen 150
If watching trucks race is your jam, the CRC Brakleen 150 offers some of the best truck racing there is! Watch your favorite drivers drive stock trucks in late July.
You’ll want to purchase tickets ahead of time because these races are popular and sell out fast! For a more detailed schedule of events, take a look at the Pocono Raceway’s website.
Fuel Up at Mountaintop Lodge
After you get your fill of fast-paced entertainment, come back and relax by the tranquil waters of Lake Naomi at Mountaintop Lodge. We are minutes away from the racetrack and tons of other things to do in the Poconos, yet our location enjoys the quiet privacy and solitude you’d expect from a lodge nestled in the Pocono Mountains.
Stay in the cozy Poconos room for a rejuvenating experience. The decor strikes a balance between bright and rustic and offers a comfortable place to unwind. Wake up in the morning to bright sunshine streaming in through the window that overlooks the backyard.
Start your day off right and treat yourself to our complimentary gourmet breakfast. Afterward, sip a cup of fresh-brewed coffee from the onsite coffee and pastry shop while you take in the views from the large lodge porch.
Be sure to browse all of our rooms and take a look at our specials before you book your vacation to the beautiful Pocono Mountains today!