Pocono 400 Preview: The Tricky Triangle
Pocono 400 Preview: The Tricky Triangle

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

With the conclusion of the Charlotte race, we're now past the mid-point in the run up to the Chase for the Cup as the series will pay a visit to Pocono Raceway for the first of two races at the track this summer.  The three-turn oval located in the mountains of Pennsylvania is unlike any other oval track on the circuit.  Pocono has been referred to many times over the years as the oval that races like a road course.  The extremely long straightaways and the three distinct corners are the primary reason why we have more of a road course feel.  You can't hit the set up on your stock car to optimize all three turns, so the crew chiefs have to make their cars as comfortable for the drivers as possible.  This usually means making the car easier to turn in two of the three corners and sacrificing the other.  

These factors make this track race not like an oval at all, but more like a road course due to the relatively flat banking and three distinctly different turns.  Now that we've completed 13 races of the 26 that determines the field for the Chase, we're on the downhill run towards NASCAR's playoff.  The Tricky Triangle in Pocono makes a good, challenging track to mark the start of the second half in the Monster Energy Cup Series regular season.  Since we will be racing the three-turn oval for the first time in 2019, the teams and drivers will

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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