FAST FACTS: ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway
FAST FACTS: ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway
WHAT: ModSpace 150
SANCTION: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
WHERE: Pocono Raceway
TRACK LENGTH: 2.5 miles
RACE LENGTH: 60 laps/150 miles
WHEN: 4 pm ET/Live on FS1
2017 WINNER: Justin Haley, 134.362 mph
2017 POLE: Kaz Grala, 170.497 mph
TRACK RECORD: Brennan Poole, 173.554 mph
- The ModSpace 150 is the 14th race of 20 on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule. It is also round eight of nine in the 2018 General Tire SuperSpeedway Challenge and round three of the 2018 CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship.
- Pocono is one of two 2.5-mile speedways on the ARCA Racing Series schedule, joining Daytona International Speedway. Only Talladega Superspeedway, at 2.66 miles in length, is longer.
- The ModSpace 150 marks the second and final time the series will race at Pocono and in the state of Pennsylvania in 2018; it joins Illinois (4), Indiana (3), and Michigan (2) as the only states with multiple ARCA events in 2018; Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin play host to single series events throughout the season.
- Pocono Raceway is one of just two tracks that play host to two ARCA Racing Series events in 2018, joining the half-mile Salem Speedway.
Pocono Raceway has hosted two ARCA events annually since 1988; from 1983 through 1987 the track hosted a single event.
- The 2.5-mile track's first ARCA race, in 1983, was a 150-mile event won by Bob Schacht. Davey Allison finished second, while current ARCA team owner Bill Venturini, then in his rookie season, finished 14th after starting from the pole. The race was televised live nationally on ESPN.
- ARCA raced on the now-defunct 0.75-mile oval at Pocono Raceway in 1969; that event was won by Bobby Watson, who held off Benny Parsons for the win. The three-quarter mile track at Pocono circled what is now the NASCAR Cup Series garage area and used a portion of the front stretch.
- There have been 65 previous ARCA Racing Series events at Pocono Raceway dating back to 1983; previous winners include Tim Steele (9), Bob Schacht (6), Bob Keselowski (5), Frank Kimmel (3), Mike Wallace (3), Jimmy Horton (2), Casey Mears (2). Tied with one each: Blaise Alexander, Justin Allgaier, Justin Allison, Casey Atwood, Trevor Bayne, Robb Brent, Chase Briscoe, Harrison Burton, Cole Custer, Ty Dillon, Kerry Earnhardt, Chase Elliott, Grant Enfinger, Tim George, Jr., Craig Goess, Chad Hackenbracht, Justin Haley, Ryan Hemphill, Riley Herbst, Ben Hess, Bobby Jacks, Travis Kvapil, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Justin Lofton, Joey Logano, Damon Lusk, Chad McCumbee, Michael McDowell, Chase Miller, Ryan Newman, Brennan Poole, Jeff Purvis, Lee Raymond, Scott Riggs, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
- The record for most cautions at Pocono is nine, twice, in July,1996, in a race won by Tim Steele, and August, 2007 in a race won by Michael McDowell. The record for the most laps run under caution at Pocono is 49, in June, 2006, in a race won by Chase Miller, and again in August, 2007, in a race won by Michael McDowell. The record for the fewest cautions is zero, in August, 2013, in a race won by Corey LaJoie.
- There have been five different scheduled race distances over the years at Pocono. The first three races were 150 miles, then the next seven races were 100-mile sprint races; in 1990 the races were expanded back to 150 miles, then expanded to 250 miles in 1996. In 1999 the races were set at 200 miles and stayed that distance through 2010. In 2010, one race was kept at 200 miles while the other was set for a 125-mile sprint. In 2016, the 125-miler was again expanded to 150 miles. There have been seven 100-mile events, six 125-mile events, 14 150-mile events, 31 200-mile events, and six 250-mile events. In 1984, 1986, and 1987 the ARCA races at Pocono were special non-championship points invitational races.
- Bill Venturini's pole lap at Pocono in 1983 was 61.460 seconds/146.437 miles per hour.
- There have been a total of 73 cautions so far in the 2018 ARCA season, for an average of 5.5 per race; the total number of laps under caution so far is 488, for an average of 37.5 per race. Caution laps are down 9% through 13 races compared to 2017.
- There have been a total of 131 lead changes so far in 2018 for an average of 10.1 per race. Twenty-five drivers have led at least one lap so far this season; Chandler Smith has led the most at 527. Lead changes are up 22% through 13 races compared to 2017.
The ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, July 27. ARCA Racing Series teams will practice for 90 minutes starting at 9 am ET; General Tire Pole Qualifying is slated for 1 pm ET, and the 60-lap/150-mile race will go green shortly after 4 pm ET. Fox Sports 1 will televise the race live; ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring, and track updates throughout each on-track session for registered users.