NASCAR Heading to the “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono

NASCAR Cup Series cars coming to green flag at Pocono Raceway 07-24-22
NASCAR Cup Series cars coming to green flag at Pocono Raceway 07-24-22 (Photo credit: YouTube)

This week the NASCAR drivers will be attempting to find a way to win in the on a track that is nicknamed the “Tricky Triangle.”

Pocono Raceway is unlike any other track the teams and drivers compete on during the season. There are only three turns creating a triangle track. None of the three turns are alike. That creates quite the challenge for crew chiefs to get the car handling balanced for the drivers.

Drivers have to remain focused at all times. The dynamics of racing at Pocono can create a day-ending mistake without focus all the way around the track.

Here is what the drivers and teams will be facing at the track and in the race this weekend.

Pocono Raceway Data:
Track Length: 2.5 Miles
Banking in Turn 1: 14 degrees
Banking in Turn 2: 8 degrees
Banking in Turn 3: 6 degrees
Frontstretch: 3,740 feet
Backstretch: 3,055 feet
Shortstretch: 1,780 feet Race Data:
Season Race #: 21 of 36 (07-23-23)
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Stages 1 Length: 30 laps
Stages 2 Length: 65 laps
Final Stage Length: 66 laps

Last year Denny Hamlin crossed the finish line first with Kyle Busch in second-place. However, when those cars failed post-race inspection, the win was awarded to Chase Elliott who crossed the finish line third.

Will Denny be able to get a win and keep it in the race this year for some redemption?

Perhaps Chase will improve his finishing position by a couple of spots to get the win he looks to need to make the Playoffs.

There are many strategies and stories that can and will play out during the race. We will have to wait to find out which one has the finish of a win.

The green flag waives to start the 400 Sunday, July 23rd at 1:30 p.m. central time (2:30 p.m. eastern time) from Pocono Raceway.

By: Buck Stevens

Buck Stevens