NASCAR Preparing for the Tricky Triangle of Pocono

NASCAR Cup Cars about to start the Pocono Organics CBD 325 06-26-21
NASCAR Cup Cars about to start the Pocono Organics CBD 325 06-26-21 (Photo credit: YouTube)

This week the NASCAR Cup Series will race one of the most unique tracks on the circuit, Pocono Raceway in the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400.

The track is nicknamed the Tricky Triangle because of its unique three-turn layout. The three different length straightaways and three different turns make it very difficult to set up for and drive around. That also makes it a bit of a wild card on the schedule each year. If a driver can keep his car off of the wall and other cars, that driver could have a shot at winning in the end.

Here is the data for the track and race that the drivers and teams will be dealing with this weekend.

Pocono Raceway Data
Track Size: 2.5-miles
Banking/Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking/Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking/Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,740 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch Length: 1,780 feet

M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 Data
Season Race #: 21 of 36 (07-24-22)
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Stages 1 Length: 30 laps
Stages 2 Length: 65 laps
Final Stage Length: 65 laps

These are the top 10 active drivers with the best overall driver ratings at Pocono Raceway.

Denny Hamlin – 104.0
Kevin Harvick – 99.7
Kurt Busch – 98.8
Kyle Busch – 97.2
Kyle Larson – 96.5
Bard Keselowski – 95.8
William Byron – 94.4
Chase Elliott – 92.7
Erik Jones – 90.6
Joey Logano – 88.8
*Based on 2005-present among active drivers at Pocono Raceway.

These are the active drivers that have won a Cup Series race on the Tricky Triangle.

Denny Hamlin6 Wins2020, 2019, 2010, 2009, 2006 sweep
Kyle Busch4 Wins2021, 2019, 2018, 2017
Kurt Busch3 Wins2016, 2007, 2005
Martin Truex Jr2 Wins2018, 2015
Alex Bowman1 Win2021
Kevin Harvick1 Win2020
Ryan Blaney1 Win2017
Chris Buescher1 Win2016
Joey Logano1 Win2012
Brad Keselowski1 Win2011

This season is just two drivers away from having 16 different winners in the regular season. There are six more races (counting this weekend) before the NASCAR Playoffs begin.

Will there be a 15th different winner this week to put the season just one winner away from a full post-season grid of drivers with wins?

We will find out when the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 gets started Sunday, July 24th at 2p.m. central time (3 p.m. eastern time) at the Pocono Raceway.

By: Buck Stevens

Buck Stevens