Less than 24 hours after saying the idea of reducing Pocono Raceway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 500 miles to 400 was "being considered," track President Brandon Igdalski did exactly that.
Igdalski told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody Tuesday, "We’re looking at things, but we haven’t made that decision quite yet.” Today, the venerable Pennsylvania tri-oval announced that beginning with the June 10, 2012 event, all Sprint Cup races at Pocono will be shortened to 400 miles.
"The 400 mile distance will make NASCAR racing at Pocono even more exciting,” said Igdalsky. “Race strategies will change, fuel mileage calculations will be altered and I firmly believe that our fans will be treated to outstanding racing at the 400 mile distance.”
NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O'Donnell commented on the move, saying, "NASCAR supports Pocono Raceway’s move to two 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2012. We believe this will be a good transition for the fans and competitors. It will provide the teams with a new type of strategy and should make for even more exciting competition at a unique facility that has a long-standing history in our sport.”
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will continue to run companion events at Pocono in both June and August, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returning for its third Pocono appearance during the August race weekend.