Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mattiolis Say Pocono Not For Sale

Pocono Raceway co-owner Dr. Rose Mattioli told The Associated Press yesterday that her family has no plans to sell their Pennsylvania speedway to Bruton Smith, or anybody else.

Smith recently said that his Speedway Motorsports, Inc., would be interested in purchasing the Pennsylvania tri-oval – if it were for sale – but Mattioli put that speculation to rest, saying that she and her husband, Dr. Joe Mattioli, have entrusted the track to their grandchildren, and that there will be racing there "as long as our grandkids live." She added, "It never was available; it never will be available. My husband has stated that over and over again. That's it."

Dr. Joe Mattioli will join us on Sirius Speedway today (Wednesday) with more on the story.

A total of 64 cars took part in the opening day of a two-day test session at Pocono yesterday, paced by David Gilliland’s Yates Racing Ford at 164.408 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second, followed by Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. The test was scheduled to run until 7 p.m., but ended at 4:30 due to rain.

Speeds are down about six mph from last June's pole speed of 170.062 mph, set by Ryan Newman.

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