Less than two months ago, the Sprint Cup ran through Long Pond, New Hampshire and Pocono Raceway. The big question in the garage area then was how the cars and drivers would adjust to the re-pave of the tricky triangle.
Now after one race, most drivers agree the smoother track is an improvement.
Points leader Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Feels the teams are all going to be stronger going into Pocono, this time around.
But even with the re-pave, the turns continue to be a tricky part of the triangle.
Pocono Raceway is a 2.5 mile asphalt "triangle". The only track on the circuit with three turns, the first turn,modeled after Trenton Speedway, has 14 degrees of banking. Turn two, shaped after Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has 8 degrees of banking. And turn three, similar to the Milwaukee Mile, has 6 degrees of banking.
With the Chase fast approaching, the Pennsylvania 400 could be a make it or break it race for those hoping to make the Sprint Cup playoffs.