Pocono Raceway adds traction compound in all three turns

Pocono Raceway will become the latest NASCAR track to use the PJ1 traction compound when it debuts later this month.

Pocono Raceway adds traction compound in all three turns
The field heads out of turn three as they begin to start racing
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Hazelnut
 Matt DiBenedetto, Leavine Family Racing, Toyota Camry Toyota Express Maintenance
Daniel Suarez, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
The field heads for the start line to take the green flag
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Pocono announced Wednesday it will add the traction compound in all three corners of the 2.5-mile triangular-shaped track – the third lane in Turn 1, the second lane in Turn 2 and the third lane in Turn 3.

Pocono is hosting an ARCA race on July 26, a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 27 and the Gander RV 400 Cup Series race on July 28.

“Pocono Raceway will always do everything we can to put our fans first. The addition of the traction compound in all three turns should allow for more side-by-side racing in the corners with more lane choice for drivers,” said track CEO Nick Ignalsky. 

“In the end, we want fans attending and watching on NBCSN to see a competitive and enjoyable race.”

Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, said the decision to add the compound was made after conversations with drivers, teams and tire supplier Goodyear.

At Pocono’s first Cup series race weekend last month, several NASCAR drivers said they thought the addition of PJ1 would help expand the number of racing grooves, which in turn improve the racing product.

“As a driver, I certainly applaud their efforts to enhance the racing,” Cup driver Joey Logano said of Pocono Raceway. “I’m looking forward to getting back up to ‘The Tricky Triangle’ and seeing how the compound impacts the racing.”

Added Denny Hamlin: “I’ve been an advocate for using traction compound at Pocono for a while now. It gives us more lane options as drivers, and that’s what this current aero package needs. 

“I think this will help put on a better show for the fans.”

The compound has been used successfully at Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway most recently.

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