It will be twice the fun for race car fans this weekend as the NASCAR’s Cup Series doubleheader comes to the Pocono Raceway.
For those who were looking forward to attending the event, which is now closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still ways you can watch the races while supporting local businesses.
Ben May, president of Pocono Raceway, has some suggestions on how to tune in.
"Pocono Raceway will miss the fans’ passion, laughs, cheers and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains this weekend," May said in a statement. "We encourage fans to enjoy the live race broadcasts on FS1 or FOX, as well as on MRN-affiliated stations, throughout the weekend. Race fans can watch the events from their homes or support your local restaurants and bars. Many local establishments we have spoken to are looking forward to welcoming race fans in for food and beverages, and to enjoy the race in a safe, socially-distanced manor."
Woody’s Country House (4775 Route 115, Blakeslee, 570-646-9932, woodyscountryrestaurant.com) is considered a hotspot among local race car fans.
The restaurant and bar is located less than three miles from Pocono Raceway.
"Usually when the races are over, I will get a lot of people coming in," owner Nathan White said.
This year, he hopes customers will come in to support business, which has declined because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the construction along Route 115.
"I understand COVID-19 more than what PennDOT is doing to my business at the moment," he said. "Because they are widening the road, it blocks access to my restaurant."
On the weekends, and other times construction is on pause, White says it is harder to access the parking lot because of the equipment blocking the entrance.
"I really appreciate the people who have known me all these years and know how hard I work to get where I gotten and not being from this country. And I would appreciate the help and the support of the local people that have been behind me to come out this weekend, because right now my business is suffering."
For race weekend, White created a hamburger dubbed, "The Bubba" in support of Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.
A noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega on June 21.
The burger (made with bacon, lettuce, tomato, a ´secret´ barbecue sauce, and choice of cheese, comes with a side of fries and costs $9.
"Let’s support Bubba... what happened was horrible," White said.
Other weekend race specials include baby back ribs, Texas toothpicks (battered onions and jalapeños, served with salsa) and a shrimp tempura appetizer.
There will also be $2 drafts of Coors Light, Labatt, Blue and Budweiser.
"Of course, you have to have the Bud on tap. It’s a traditional race day beer."