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ARCA Racing Series Turning 60 At Pocono?... Modspace 125 Coming Friday, August 1
Posted by: newsla on Jul 14, 2014 - 06:57 PM
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ARCA Racing Series Turning 60 At Pocono?... Modspace 125 Coming Friday, August 1


The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to a very familiar place - Pocono Raceway - for the ModSpace 125 Friday, August 1.

 

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While Pocono is an all day drive from the ARCA home office, Pocono Raceway feels much like home. That's because the tour's connection to the renowned raceway reaches all the way back to 1969.

If you're counting the now defunct three-quarter mile oval that once existed inside the present-day triangular superspeedway, the upcoming event will mark the 60th ARCA race at Pocono. The ARCA tour, in its 62nd season of competition, made its first appearance in Long, Pond, Pa. on May 30, 1969 when Bobby Watson, in a Dodge, won on the three-quarter mile oval. The event was 200 laps/150 miles with 1968, '69 ARCA champ Benny Parson winning the pole in his yellow No. 98 Ford Torino.

ARCA didn't return to Pocono until 1983 when it competed for the first time on the big track - Bob Schacht the inaugural winner. Since '83, ARCA has been a mainstay on the Pocono triangle, running two events each year since 1987. While it's the tour's 60th appearance at Pocono, the upcoming event will mark the 59th ARCA appearance on the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle".

Either way, ARCA's tenure at Pocono is impressive, and so too is the list of winners over the years. In addition to Schacht, winners include Tim Steele, 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 most recently, Kyle Larson, who won the Pocono ARCA 200 back in early June, 2014.

Raceday begins with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 12:35 with the ModSpace 125 race event following at 5, live on FOX Sports 1. The ModSpace 125 race event also includes one practice session on Thursday, July 31 from 3 - 5. All on-track activity will be featured in live Timing & Scoring at ARCAracing.com.

The ModSpace 125 serves as the show-opener for a big weekend of racing at Pocono featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 on Saturday followed by the grand finale - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday.

Tickets are on sale now at PoconoRaceway.com.


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