This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
With the conclusion of the Nashville race, we're now entering the hot summer months of racing as the series will pay a visit to Pocono Raceway for the first time in the 2021 season. 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 straight-aways and the three distinctly different corners are the primary reason why we have more of a road course feel. You can't hit the setup 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 17 races of the 26 that determine 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 beginning of the stretch run in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Since we will be racing the three-turn oval for the first time in 2021, the teams and drivers will be in information-gathering mode. The lessons learned in this first