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Race lengths, additional details announced for 2020 Pocono doubleheader

Pocono Raceway’s piece of the 2020 NASCAR calendar was one of several highlights in the release of all three national series schedules in March. Saturday, more of those pieces fell into place.

Track and league officials shed light on some of the format and logistics for its Cup Series doubleheader weekend in 2020, announcing some schedule details for its June 26-28 event, which will pack four races for the three series into a two-day span.

Sunday’s Cup race is set for 350 miles, which is 140 laps at the 2.5-mile track. Officials said they anticipate Saturday’s race to also be 350 miles, but there needed to be additional discussions before that is set. Busch Pole Qualifying for the first race is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 26.

The starting lineup for the second race will be set by inverting the finishing order of the lead lap cars in the first race. All lap down cars will start behind the lead lap cars.

Competition officials indicated that Cup Series teams must use the same car for both races.

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled Sunday, June 28 for 90 laps (225 miles). The Gander Outdoors Truck Series event is scheduled Saturday, June 27 for 80 laps (200 miles). Stage lengths for all four races will be determined at a later date.

Other scheduling features announced Saturday in advance of the 2020 Pocono weekend:

  • Each series will have one 80-minute practice session.
  • Practice for the Monster Energy Series and Gander Trucks is scheduled Friday. Xfinity Series practice is scheduled to be held Saturday.
  • Gander Trucks qualifying is set for Friday. Xfinity qualifying is set for Sunday.

With the race still a year away, officials cautioned that the schedule should be considered tentative.

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Comment by Eddie Lopes on July 27, 2019 at 10:06pm

Agree,angel.Some things still need work...

Comment by Eve♥#9 on July 27, 2019 at 6:31pm
if they have to drive same car in both races,,,,what happens if a driver crashes in first race and car cannot be repaired? does he have no opportunity to gain any points in 2nd race? they may want to rethink that.

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