Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 Announced

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau returns to sponsor the NASCAR Xfinity Series race

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

LONG POND, Pa. (June 23, 2022) – Pocono Raceway has partnered with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for the Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, July 23. This will mark the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureaus return to title sponsorship at Pocono Raceway.

“We love being part of the Pocono Mountains community,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “Whether you are coming to one of the many great resorts, area attractions, our NASCAR races, The Great Pocono Raceway Airshow or one of our other incredible events at the track, we hope guests will make the most out of their trip to Northeast Pennsylvania. The Pocono Mountains has so much to offer, enjoy and explore!”

The Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 will also highlight the indoor and outdoor attractions, activities, events, lodging and restaurants within the 2,400 square miles encompassing northeast Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties. Guests visiting the Pocono Mountains each summer can explore over 350 hiking and bike trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks. The Pocono Mountains is home to a plethora of indoor and outdoor waterpark resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities for all ages.

“Pocono Raceway is a major part of the region’s success through the years and the destination is a perfect match for this NASCAR race weekend,” said Chris Barrett, Pocono Mountains President/CEO. “With so many different options for families in the Pocono Mountains we hope race fans will get out and find their favorite Pocono Place to enjoy.”

The Pocono Mountains is the ideal destination for families, couples, or adventure-seekers any day of the week with trails for hiking and biking, rivers for fishing and boating and tons of attractions to keep everyone active and on the go. Plenty of resorts and spas offer the ultimate relaxation experience as well! Plus, events are returning to the Poconos this year and each season has its own distinct appeal whether it is the vibrant fall foliage, thrilling winter sports or a summer night around the campfire. PoconoMountains.com has everything you need to plan a trip for the entire family.

Kids, ages 12 and under can attend all NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway for free in 2022. Grandstand parking is also free and coolers are welcome. Pocono Raceway offers a variety of Grandstand ticketing options, with adult tickets start at $10 on Friday, $35 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, and camping options, starting at $200. To purchase tickets, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-722-3929 (1-800-RACEWAY.)

2022 NASCAR Schedule of Events –

  • Friday, July 22 – General Tire 200 – ARCA Menards Series
  • Saturday, July 23 – CRC Brakleen 150 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Saturday July 23 – Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 – NASCAR Xfinity Series
  • Sunday, July 24 – M&M’S Fan Appreciation 400 – NASCAR Cup Series

Canadian Teams Prepared to Defend Home Turf from American Invaders

Barre, VT — With the American-Canadian Tour returning to the Province of Quebec for the first time in two years following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadians that have kept the racing flame alive North of the Border are ready to take on all challengers. Along with the four full time Quebec teams that are already taking on the full American-Canadian Tour schedule in 2022, weekly racers from Autodrome Chaudiere and across Quebec will have their chance to grab the brass ring and add their names to the record books.

The brightest color to watch for this Saturday night in Vallee-Jonction is the iconic orange mount of former American-Canadian Tour champion Patrick Laperle. Le Grande Laperle is once again in the points with a podium finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in April and rebounding from a flat right front tire to a 12-place finish at the 47th Spring Green at White Mountain Motorsports Park just two weeks ago. Currently fifth in the standings, the $5,000 USD win could be the boost that Laperle needs to nab a second American-Canadian Tour championship, fourteen years after his first.

Another team to keep your eyes on is Blainville’s Jonathan Bouvrette. Following a wreck in practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a heat race crash at Thunder Road and a destroyed rear end in practice at White Mountain, the 41QC team is desperate just to start a feature event. Bouvrette will have to tap into his past successes at Chaudiere to turn around his brutal, hard luck return season to the Tour.

Alongside the former Serie ACT champions, Rookie of the Year candidate Alexendre Tardif is ready to take over the Rookie standings with his past successes at the Vallee-Jonction third-mile. Autodrome Chaudiere will also be represented by Michael Lavoie, the former Serie ACT winner and recent victor in Chaudiere’s Langis Caron 150 in May and local fan favorite Jeff Cote.

The Claude Leclerc 150 celebrates the Iron Man of American-Canadian Tour competition who has been a fixture in Northeast racing since the Northern NASCAR circuit of the 1970s to today. Leclerc has nearly 600 ACT Sanctioned starts to his credit and a decades-long reputation as a gentleman towards his competition whether on the flat corners of Martinsville, high banks of Nashville or his local haunts at Catamount Stadium, Sanair, Thunder Road and Oxford Plains.

The $5,000 USD-to-win Claude Leclerc 150 presented by J.A. Larue will feature the best American and Canadian competitors at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, June 25th. For $40 CAD, fans can take in the return of the American-Canadian Tour for the first time in Quebec since 2019 along with the NASCAR Trucks, Vintage and Sport Compacts that call the Autodrome home weekly. The Claude Leclerc 150 will also be broadcast live, around the world on Racing America to monthly and yearly subscribers.

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Anticipation Building for Granite State Pro Stock Series $10,000 Race at Lee USA in July

NASCAR Cup Series Regulars Tyler Reddick, Corey LaJoie to Compete in Special Event

By Jeff Brown, for Granite State Pro Stock Series

PHOTO: Rob Branning/Granite State Pro Stock Series

The Granite State Pro Stock Series has one more race date on the schedule before July’s Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway, but the mid-summer spectacular is already on the minds of both drivers and fans.

Fifty extra laps, the biggest purse of the year, and some notable names on the entry list have drivers and teams alike gearing up for the marquee event of GSPSS’ eleventh full season of competition.

The Keen Parts 150 is the sixth round of the nine-race GSPSS schedule and the second visit of the year to Lee USA Speedway. While the biggest event on the GSPSS calendar has been held closer to the series’ home base in recent years, Lee brings with it a new level of grandeur.

The $10,000-to-win main event is part of the lead-in to the Granite State’s biggest race weekend of the year, the annual return of national-level NASCAR racing to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Opened in 1964 and running in its current configuration since the 1980s, Lee is a challenging track that favors the driver who best manages their tires from green to checkers. The outcome of the Keen Parts 150 will again come down to strategy.

But with a long-distance race and an extra set of tires, the winning play will come down to far more than conservation. Pit too early, and others may have an advantage on fresh tires at the end. Plan to pit late, and a driver may be left waiting for an opportunity that never comes.

The introduction of pit strategy may hand a slight advantage to veteran drivers like Joey Doiron or Dave Farrington, Jr., both of whom are on the early entry list and have plenty of wins in long-distance features. Doiron, the 2019 GSPSS champion and the current point leader, won May’s Granite State Derby at Lee and has a few other wins at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed,” making him a favorite among the series regulars.

Farrington, who won in his first-ever GSPSS start in 2016, will be one of many looking to steal glory from Doiron and the other series stars. Richard Moody Racing is planning to field two entries for Maine legend-in-the-making Ben Rowe and 2020 GSPSS champ Joey Polewarczyk.

Derek Kneeland will take advantage of big-league racing’s presence to make his second GSPSS start at Lee. Kneeland, a NASCAR spotter, has been adding more short track events to his extracurricular schedule and will look forward to getting behind the wheel of “Miss Cheyenne.”

But all eyes will be on two NASCAR Cup Series stars throwing their hats into the ring. Corey LaJoie and Tyler Reddick will make their GSPSS debuts in the Keen Parts 150, hearkening back to a tradition of NASCAR stars racing against the locals at Lee.

LaJoie grew up in North Carolina, but his father Randy cut his racing teeth on the bullrings of New England. Reddick is the first driver from California to attempt a GSPSS event. Both will be trying to make their own mark in the region in their first trip to Lee.

Making the big night possible is support from Keen Parts, one of the country’s top suppliers of Corvette parts. Owners Tom and TJ Keen have been dedicated this year to supporting short track racing through the Keen Cup Series, a series of high-profile regional features.

“We are pleased to be involved in the Keen Parts 150 at Lee USA Speedway on July 15,” said Tom Keen, owner of Keen Parts. “TJ and I really wanted to help grassroots racing in 2022, and making this the seventh race of the Keen Cup Series in 2022 is a great addition to our race schedule, along with having Tyler Reddick and Corey LaJoie joining us for the race. The Keen Cup will be up for grabs once again for some of the best Late Model talent in the Northeast.”

“Be sure to check out all of our products online at corvetteparts.net, while restoring your vintage Corvette. Corvette parts is all we do.”

The GSPSS Keen Parts 150 anchors a full night of weekly competition at Lee USA Speedway, also featuring the New Hampshire Short Track Racing Association’s Whitcomb 5 Series race. Lee’s Street Stocks, Six Shooters, Ridge Runners and Pure Stocks will round out an action-packed card to kick off New Hampshire’s biggest weekend of motorsports. Tickets will be available at the gate.

For more information on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, visit www.gspss.net or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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