NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying moves to Saturday at Pocono Raceway

The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday, Raceway Officials announced today. “The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ,” stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky.”Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway.”

[media-credit name=”Todd Warshaw/Getty Images” align=”alignleft” width=”250″][/media-credit]Qualifying for the June 12, Pocono 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, will be held on Saturday, June 11. The Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event, will follow qualifying.

The August 7, Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend will feature two sets of qualifying and two 125 mile races on Saturday August 6; the Pocono Mountains 125, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and the Pennsylvania 125, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event. Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 500 are scheduled for Saturday morning. The Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

There will be no shortage of on track action on Friday of both race weekends. A total of close to five hours of practice for the Pocono 500 and Pocono 200, plus Pocono 200 qualifying will be featured on June 10. More than six hours of practice for the Pennsylvania 500, Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 are scheduled for August 5. Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 125 will follow practice on August 5.

Tickets for the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 weekends are on sale now. Friday grandstand tickets are $10, Saturday grandstand tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday grandstand tickets start at $45. To purchase tickets call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at

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