Pocono Raceway is the venue for two major races in the Nascar Cup Series, the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500.
The track opened in 1968 and hosted its first Nascar race in 1974. Since that time, the track has undergone numerous changes including recent upgrades to grandstand seating, parking lots, and restrooms. As one of the last remaining privately owned tracks on the Nascar circuit, the owners strive to make the racetrack pretty, friendly and clean to enhance the Nascar experience for race fans.
On race weekends, tens of thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to the Poconos which means lots of crowds and traffic in and around the speedway. Allow plenty of travel time if you're planning to attend a race here.
Other Track Events
Want to get a closer look at the raceway minus the chaos on race days? Free tours are offered 6 days a week from 10 am - 3:30 pm from Mid-April through late October on non-race weekends. All tours must be arranged prior to your visit by calling the Fan Store at 570-643-0273.
When there are no big races scheduled, the raceway is also used by sports car and motorcycle clubs for smaller events. There are also several driving schools that will let you live out all of your "need for speed" fantasies. Among the offerings are:
- Stock Car Racing Experience
- Formula 2000 Racecar Adventure
- Team Pro Kart Racing - Great for corporate/group team building
For more information about tickets, schedules and driving schools, visit the
Pocono Raceway Website
Go to Pennsylvania Vacation Guide
Speedway features and policies subject to change. Please verify features directly with the facility.