Seasonal Campground Re-Opens After NASCAR Races

Celebrate the July 4th weekend in style by camping where the stars of NASCAR, like recent winners Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, stayed this past weekend at Pocono Raceway! After a five-race NASCAR weekend, our Seasonal Campgrounds are now re-open to the public. Daily rates start at $35 and weekly rates at $220.

Click here to book your summer camping reservation now!

Choose between two campgrounds, each offering up to 50-amp power, water, sewage hook-ups, family friendly amenities offered to both campground guests and close to many attractions in the beautiful Pocono Mountains!

‘Infield RV Park’ – For the ultimate camping experience, stay where the stars of NASCAR called home this past weekend inside the 2.5-mile NASCAR track. You will have access to two playgrounds, bike and scooter trails and a dog park, all within walking distance to your campsite. (NOTE: Firearms, BB guns, firecrackers and fireworks are not permitted.)

‘Long Pond Campground’ – An off-site camping location, only minutes down the road from the track. The outdoor pool and newly renovated amenities like the outdoor lounge area, indoor lounge and game room are now open! Tent camping is also available to purchase. (NOTE: Firearms, BB guns, firecrackers and fireworks are NOT permitted.)

We also offer at-track attractions and services to both campgrounds that include:

  • Pocono Organics: Offering convenient organic food purchases and campsite delivery
  • Pocono Outdoor Adventures: Multi-package UTV guided trail tours
  • Slingshot Rentals: Cruise through the Pocono Mountains in a Slingshot
  • StockCar Racing Experience and more!

*All campgrounds follow all protocols set by the CDC guidelines and state officials. All facilities and amenities are open. For the safety of our patrons, please continue practicing social distancing. 

If you have any questions feel free to email campground@poconoraceway.com and one of our camping specialists will get back to you.

NOISE

By Rev Don Rivers

The weekend before last we celebrated Father’s Day, but with all that’s going on around us for some this may have slipped through the cracks. I talked to a few people that had forgotten all together. I long for things to just get back to some kind routine again, for some normalcy to return. Somebody turn down the noise! Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We’re getting there. I am glad that racing is making strides to get things moving in a different direction. This past weekend the Whelen Modified Tour celebrated its season opener at Jennerstown, PA. Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, CT had an open practice and will return to weekly action this week. Many tracks are finally coming to life albeit at a reduced capacity. Something is better than nothing seems appropriate but I long for the day when I don’t have to jump through hoops to walk into the gate of a racetrack. I miss driving up to the gate, being met with a friendly smile and waved in with a glad you’re here. These days I can’t tell what the facial expression is behind the mask.

As I thought of how over the last few months that we have been confined to our immediate households and the family unit I thought of how important the role of father is. How fathers lead their families will go a long way in determining the direction our communities take. I read something that I thought might help us understand the role fathers need to take in the family. These are some running thoughts on an ideal Father.

He loves his wife.

He makes his children feel secure and loved.

He develops in his home a deep appreciation of American traditions and institutions.

He teaches his children that intolerance and bigotry have no place in American life.

He shares in his children’s activities.

He sees to it that he and his family take an active part in community life.

He trains his children for leadership.

He strives to be the man his children think he is.

He teaches his children that our great material blessings are meaningless without spiritual values and ideals.

He has accepted Jesus as Lord and shares his faith with his children.

He is an example to his children in all ways.

I believe the answer to many of the challenges we face begins in the home, the family unit. When the family has a strong foundation it will make a difference in the community and beyond. No dad is perfect but we need more of them striving toward the goal. If you are a dad take a moment and reflect on this list. Ask God, our Father, to help you in the areas that you are weak. He will and you will see the difference it makes in your family.

We have been through a lot over the last few months. It has been made more difficult by the unknown. Shifting views on what is right and wrong in our response to this virus has created a lot of noise. It reminds me of a song from the 60”s; “do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign.”

But that isn’t the only thing that is grabbing our attention and putting us at odds with one another. I am sure the isolation of quarantine contributed to the responses we see all around us. It can be difficult to discern the truth when there is so much noise all around us. So how do we respond, how do we handle the current climate we have in our society today? I am praying that cooler heads prevail and we can have constructive conversations that will lead us to a better understanding of the challenges we face and solutions that restore some semblance of peace.

James1:19-20; NLT; Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

James points out that we have a difficulty with putting our mouth in motion before we put our mind in gear. That reason right there contributes to more issues than we know. I remember being taught to count to ten before you respond especially if something got you agitated. We need to fully understand something before we respond and get angry. If we could just do that we would save the need to apologize so much.

Another danger of shooting our mouth off is that we don’t honor God when we do. When we do not hold our tongue we demonstrate a weakness in ourselves. We contribute to the noise that surrounds us and we have very little chance of being heard. Raising our voice louder isn’t the answer.

I think we all are guilty of speaking before we think. In this time of heightened sensitivity it is more inflammatory than usual. I am suggesting that we need to dial it back a little, listen to what people are saying and when we open our mouths have something worth listening to come out. This is the only way to honor God and live a life that is right in His eyes.

I am looking forward to the days when the masks come off. The days when I can see your smiling face. Until then I’ll settle for being at the track and enjoying some racing. Be patient that day is coming and it is coming soon. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

Pushing Forward: Les Hinckley Sets Eyes On Tri Track Season

VETERAN MODIFIED STAR LOOKS FOR TRI TRACK WIN SUNDAY AT MONADNOCK 

By Kyle Souza Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — Les Hinckley’s ride to the top of the ladder in Modified racing has come with plenty of checkered flags and trophies. But, to this point, none of them have come with the Tri Track Open Modified Series. He hopes to change that on Sunday afternoon, July 5, when Tri Track hits the ground running for the first time in 2020 — two months delayed due to COVID-19 — at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire. 

“Tri Track is a financially responsible series to run, payouts versus the cost,” Hinckley said. “I like to race once a month, once every four or five weeks… it gives me time in between races to prepare my car the way it needs to be prepared for a race. When you factor in the schedule, with the way the purse is structured and the tracks we go to and race, it fits us as a team.” 

Hinckley is one of more than 30 drivers expected Sunday at the high-banks of Monadnock. Due to COVID-19, and guidance from the state of New Hampshire, fans will be allowed at 50% capacity through the grandstands. The Tri Track Open Modified Series has also put a list of strict guidelines in place to maintain social distancing and best health practices to keep all competitors, teams, staff and fans safe. The race will also be available via live stream on Speed51.com, where race fans can purchase the action for $24.95. 

Following Monadnock, Tri Track plans to keep the remainder of the 2020 season schedule in place – with races at Star Speedway (July 25), Monadnock (August 15) and Seekonk Speedway (August 26 & October 24) still in the plans. 

Hinckley is no stranger to running at Monadnock, as a former track champion and winner in the Pro Stock division. He’s also a former regular at Riverside Park Speedway, where he grew up racing. The last 20 years of racing have taken a few different surprise left turns for the veteran.  

Hinckley was competing for veteran car owner Chuck Montville in Modifieds, where he started winning races in 2004, and continued the partnership until the middle of 2013, when Chuck suddenly passed away. That left Hinckley looking for a new opportunity. He teamed with a few different rides, including current Tri Track Managing Partner Wayne Darling, who was a car owner at the time, and had success. Now, he’s working on and responsible for his own equipment as owner/driver and is enjoying spending time at home when possible. 

“Being a father of two kids that are actively in sports, I would enjoy going back to racing Saturday nights at Riverside where you didn’t have to show up until 3:30 in the afternoon, 10 minutes from my house,” Hinckley joked. “But the biggest transition from having Chuck, to not having Chuck, was racing full-time to not racing full-time. I was in the garage the second most amount of time, with Chuck there the most. I lost my car owner, who was primarily responsible for expenses, I lost the guy who spent the most amount of time on the car, and I lost a friend. I either had to step away and retire, hope that my phone rang, or step up and get back to an ownership role. I wasn’t interested in retiring.” 

“It’s been an adjustment,” he said of running things. “For financial and time reasons, I haven’t been able to race full-time since then, but there have been other things in my life that have filled the time. I got involved with my kids and their sports, and I don’t regret that for a minute.” 

Monadnock is a tight, banked track that Hinckley has so many laps around he could probably do it with his eyes closed. But, when the field rolls in Sunday afternoon, he’s going to have some stout competition to run against. Stars of the Tri Track Series will roll to green against some from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Race of Champions Tour, Monadnock Speedway Sportsman Modified Series and more. 

Hinckley knows he’s got his work cut out for him, with mistakes not an option. 

“It’s a tricky track for guys that don’t have a lot of experience because both ends are so different,” Hinckley said. “We’ve won our fair share of races there, and a championship in a Pro Stock, and we’ve had success. A ton of laps, but at this level, with this group of guys, I don’t think the competition is any better anywhere than what it is with Tri Track. When you deal with the talent and equipment level, the experience gets swallowed up. I’m not sure how much of an advantage I have, with a lot of them being well-seasoned veterans with a small learning curve.” 

With the offseason now in the rear-view mirror, Hinckley is looking forward to getting back to the track, but with a heavy heart. He lost his father in April, not due to COVID-19, but another illness. He knows his father will be in the seat with him when the competition hits full speed. 

“It will be hard… in recent years his health and mobility weren’t the greatest, so he wasn’t going to the track very often. But what will be extremely hard Sunday night is coming down the road on the way home and knowing that the phone won’t ring with him wanting a race report,” Hinckley said of his father. “Good, bad, or different, when I pulled out of the track, I would have a voicemail from him. I’ve never needed any motivation to do what I do, but I’ve lost a few people, with my dad being the most recent, that were icons to me in racing. I’ve always had a work ethic in me, that more than just me, I wanted to make them proud. Chuck, my Dad, my uncle… they were three people I looked up at and I’ve lost them… we’re going to keep doing what we are doing and I know they are watching over us.” 

Action begins on Sunday with practice at 12 p.m., followed by heat races at 2 p.m., and feature racing to follow. Only the Tri Track and Pro Truck Challenge qualifying, and feature racing will air live on Speed51.com, where fans can purchase for just $24.95. The Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds and Late Model Sportsman will also be in competition but will not be shown due to broadcast restrictions. 

For more information on Monadnock Speedway, visit monadnockspeedway.com. For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit tritrackmodifieds.com and follow the series on social media. 

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