By Michael Bennett
The NFL draft on Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway has come and gone, and now Center City is set for another major event from the world of sports!
Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast are coming together for the second year for the NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover.
Nest Tuesday, May 9, fans are invited to join the NASCAR stakeholders for numerous events at key locations across Philadelphia, celebrating the sport in advance of upcoming races near Comcast headquarters, the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ entitlement partner, at Pocono and Dover.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ and NASCAR XFINITY Series cars from participating teams JR Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing will be taking over the city streets during the midday hours, making a pit stop in front of City Hall and putting on a show for fans along the way.
A large cast of drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series will be spread across the city throughout the day, visiting the Franklin Institute, Reading Terminal Market, Thomas Edison High School and the Phillies game that night.
A star-studded lineup of drivers is expected to be in attendance for the day, including Ryan Reed, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr., William Byron, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Ben Kennedy, Brennan Poole, Cole Custer and Blake Koch.
New for this year, fans are invited to participate in an expanded fan fest, located at the Comcast Center on the front plaza. Amidst activities for all ages, they can meet with the top NASCAR XFINITY Series stars and celebrate NASCAR’s takeover of the city for the day.
“We’re thrilled to bring together so many valuable partnerships within NASCAR for one big celebration at Comcast headquarters,” said Matt Lederer, executive director, sports brand strategy, Comcast. “Our involvement in the sport is something we take great pride in at Comcast, and pulling off another major event like this with Dover, Pocono and NASCAR is a testament to the health of this sport and all who are involved. We know that our local economy benefits from fans coming to the area for this day, and for the upcoming events at Pocono and Dover.”
Back-to-back race weekends at nearby venues in June will give Philly area fans the opportunity to see their racing heroes following the NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover. First, the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3, followed by the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on June 10.
“We are looking forward to making a splash in Philadelphia with our friends from Comcast and Pocono Raceway in advance of our upcoming race weekend,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway. “We know that the NASCAR fanbase in Philadelphia is sizeable, and passionate, and we are thrilled to bring the stars of the NASCAR XFINITY Series to town before they hit the track.”
“We are really excited about our second takeover of my hometown of Philadelphia,” said Pocono Raceway President and CEO Brandon Igdalsky. “Between all of the visits to area places, the laps around the city and the live pit stops at City Hall it will be an incredible day. We started a great event last year with Comcast and now with the help of Dover, we have made it even better, including a fan event. We hope to see everyone May 9th in Philadelphia.”