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Sunday is Pennsylvania’s 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Event

This week’s Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 will be the 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sunday’s event also is the 66th series event at Pocono Raceway.

Bill Elliott is the all-time leading Pocono race winner with five victories there. Jeff Gordon
and Denny Hamlin lead active drivers with four wins. Inactive drivers with four Pocono wins include Tim Richmond, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.

Langhorne Speedway, a one-mile dirt circle, hosted 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races between 1949 and 1957. Herb Thomas and Dick Rathmann were the series leading winners there with three each.

Lincoln Speedway, a half-mile dirt oval in New Oxford, Pa., hosted seven events between 1955 and 1965, with Buck Baker winning two. Heidelberg Raceway, a .500-mile dirt oval in Carnegie, Pa. near Pittsburgh, held four events between 1949 and 1960. Lee Petty won two. The Reading (Pa.) Fairground’s half-mile dirt oval hosted an event in 1958 and 1959. Both were won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson.

Pennsylvania rack    -- number or races
Pocono Raceway       --  65
Langhorne Speedway   --  17
Lincoln Speedway     --   7
Heidelberg Raceway   --   4
Reading Fairgrounds  --   2
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds-   1
New Bradford Speedway -   1
Pine Grove Speedway  --   1
Williams Grove Speedway   1

Courtesy, NASCAR


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