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Pocono Raceway to drop 'green' flag

Posted August 9, 2009
Updated August 10, 2009

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— NASCAR's image isn't exactly green, but the gas-guzzling racing industry is cleaning up its act.

“This has gone from a fire-breathing, big tires, loud exhaust smoke kind of atmosphere to folks that enjoy the competition but still respect the environment,” NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards said.

NASCAR - logo NASCAR cleans up with solar farm, trees

The Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., recently broke ground on what will become the world's largest solar farm at a sporting facility. The panels spread over a former parking lot will generate enough electricity to run the race track and support the local energy grid.

Nearly 20 acres of trees a year will be planted to offset the carbon dioxide from the race cars.

The track is also stepping up recycling programs by collecting and refining 180,000 gallons of used oil each year, as well as used tires.

NASCAR fan Ken Gregory said eco-friendly habits are rubbing off on fans.

“That's just the way it works: Whatever the driver does, that's what NASCAR fans do,” Gregory said.

Driver Brian Vickers said he hopes Pocono's green steps are just the beginning.

“There are 43 teams out here that can accomplish a lot. But there's 70 million fans out there that can do a lot more,” Vickers said.

The track hosts two NASCAR Cup races annually.

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  • Doctor Dataclerk Aug 10, 2009

    I drive a Hybrid. I start it with electricity and it burns nitromethane.

  • smcallah Aug 10, 2009

    So a race track decides to do something "green" and suddenly just about everyone posting a comment jumps to the sudden conclusion that NASCAR is being banned by the Communist government?

    Take a deep breath before you think about posting, please.

  • smcallah Aug 10, 2009

    "What is NASCAR going to do about the carbon monoxide the cars produce? The trees will cover the carbon dioxide the drivers and fans exhaust?"

    Carbon Monoxide naturally turns into Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Monoxide only exists in the atmosphere for a short time.

  • postracker Aug 10, 2009

    *** G A S P ! ! ! ***
    How DARE they do this on their own. They are showing initiative and responsibility. Also, no imperial federal government agancy can take responsibility.

    They need to be Investigated as being un-Americam!!!

  • Milkman Aug 10, 2009

    Not sure who would be more out of place at a NASCAR race, Rush or Obama.

    The pollution of the 43 cars is nothing compared to the pollution of the traffic jams to get the fans into and out of the race track. So, I guess we should ban football, basketball, Dave Mathews concerts and Obama rallies as the traffic pollutes too much.

  • normson7 Aug 10, 2009

    I'm sure that this is too technical for some of the writers to comprehend, but there are actually benefits from NASCAR to common automotive efficincy; aerodynamics, lubricants, lighter and stronger materials, and better tire construction all come to mind. Why do the right wing nuts have to use political insults in all of their comments? They might gain more traction and support if they used a little more insight and intelligence in their comments. I guess that's not the "Rush" way of doing things.

  • speedy Aug 10, 2009

    Just ban football. All those teams, all those games, all the wasted Gatorade spilled on the coaches........

  • buckos18 Aug 10, 2009

    maybe during the nascar races everyone in the stands could hold their breath for thirty seconds to avoid exhaling carbon dioxide. I saw a great t-shirt the other day that read : "Global Warming, worrying stupid people since 1995."

  • Red Aug 10, 2009

    Geez. You people act like Obama personally walked into your back yard and cleaned up the stream you've been dumping used motor oil in for years. If it makes you this angry, stop watching NASCAR.

  • prn13norm Aug 10, 2009

    The Liberal Democrats would like nothing more than to ban NASCAR. They do not like the idea of anything Southern,rural, predominantly white, and anti-Communist. With a "green" Czar who is a self-proclaimed Communist what do you expect? All this "green" policy is built on the "Inconvenient Lie" fostered in the mind of Al Gore. If you follow the money you will see that Gore, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and General Electric CEO and owner of NBC Jeffrey Immelt stand to make obscene fortunes from this debacle. These "green" restrictions will give China the opportunity to surpass the US as the number one Superpower!

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