This weekend’s NASCAR race is the first of the season at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The track, known as “The Tricky Triangle,” is hosting the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400. But we’re here to make sure that your weekend is anything but tricky. Here are our five Fast Facts you need to know prior to visiting Pocono.
1. This is the only track in NASCAR that gives you cooking advice
No, seriously. Every track has food options, some even have supermarkets or the ability to deliver you hot dogs, but Pocono has gone ahead and prepared eight tailgating recipes for you. They cover everything: Breakfast, snacks, two main courses and even dessert. Although, their choices are a little bit quirky. Have you ever wanted to make chocolate-covered bacon? We didn’t think so, but you can now!
2. The cooler size here is two inches smaller than usual
Most NASCAR tracks allow you to bring inside a cooler that’s 14 inches by 14 inches. At Pocono, you’re going to lose a seventh of that. Their maximum cooler size is 12 inches by 12 inches. That’s the only difference, though; you still can’t bring in glass containers. Or kegs, though we’re not sure why you’d want to carry one of those around anyway.
3. If you have a Pre-Race Pit Pass, you have an extra food option
If for some reason you didn’t get enough food at your tailgate or decided you don’t like chocolate-covered bacon, Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass holders have the special ability to access Pocono’s full-service cafeteria, located in the infield paddock. We’re just going to guess and say that it probably serves better food than what you got in high school. Coolers aren’t allowed in the pits, though, so don’t think you’re going to take away any leftovers.
4. Halftime isn’t just for football anymore
Those of you who’ve ever thought, “You know what would make this race better? A concert!” are going to love Pocono. The track hosts a “Halftime Party” between lap 60 and lap 120 in its Chalet Village area, including live entertainment and food. Race fans age 21 and over can get into the party for an additional $20 upper. If you’re worried about missing something while you’re gone, Chalet Village reportedly has a big-screen TV so that you can keep watching the race.
5. For first-time fans, consider a track tour
Pocono offers free tours of the racetrack between April and October. If you’re heading down this weekend and haven’t been before, you can get an inside look at the venue without ponying up any extra cash. It’s a unique track in that it only has three turns, so you might learn a few interesting things along the way. And you may as well, since hopefully you’ll be there a couple hours ahead of schedule if you’re at all trying to avoid race-day traffic.
The FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks takes place at Pocono Raceway this Sunday, June 7 at 1 p.m.