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Race in Pocono named after Pennsylvania tourism brand

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Pocono Raceway and Governor Josh Shapiro have announced the name of this year's NASCAR Cup Series race.

The 160-lap race on Sunday, July 14, will be “The Great American Getaway 400” presented by VISITPA, in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s new tourism brand.

“NASCAR Cup Series racing is one of the biggest and best sporting events in the world, and nobody does it better than Pennsylvania,” Shapiro said in a press release. “Every year I love coming to the 'Tricky Triangle' to watch some of the best drivers and teams in the world tackle those three corners. Here in the Commonwealth, we have it all – from world-class sports and events, award-winning restaurants, incredible hiking trails and state parks, to the nation's most important historical sites that tell the story of our shared history. This year, Pennsylvania tourism is taking the wheel at Pocono Raceway.”

Shapiro and other officials introduced the state's new tourism brand – Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway – this month at PNC Field in Moosic before the governor and his family embarked on an RV tour of the state. The tour included Barley Creek Brewing Company, Lake Wallenpaupack, Camelback Resort and Skirmish Paintball in the Poconos.

Of interest: Pocono Raceway voted Best NASCAR Racetrack at USA TODAY 10Best Awards

“Having the opportunity to shine a spotlight on Pennsylvania tourism while helping Governor Shapiro, Secretary Siger and the entire DCED team launch a new brand is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team,” said Ben May, president of Pocono Raceway, in the press release. “Sixty percent of our fans and partners travel to Pennsylvania from out of state, so being able to showcase the Pocono Mountains and launch 'The Great American Getaway' is a privilege that doesn't come along often. We can't wait to showcase the Commonwealth and continue to drive tourism in our great state.”

As Pennsylvania's attorney general, Shapiro worked with Pocono Raceway for years to conduct drug take-backs during annual race weekends.

Kathryne Rubright is editor in chief of the Pocono Record and the Tri-County Independent. You can reach her at krubright@gannett.com.

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