Pocono Raceway (2.5 miles, Intermediate / Super Speedway, Unique) in Long Pond, Pennsylvania
The track characteristics of Pocono Raceway, which owes its name to the surrounding hills, not really speak for the known stock stiff race. At 2.5 miles the trail is actually a Super Speedway, but can rather be classified as Indianapolis: Long, but has too little banking in order to achieve higher cornering speeds. The tri-oval has three completely different turns, each reminiscent of other circuits: Turn 1 is similar with 14 ° banking the defunct Trenton Speedway, during Turn 2 is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for loan. This curve with 8 ° rise is also "Tunnel Turn" because there is the entrance to the infield under her. The Tunnel Turn, which is considered difficult to drive than is regularly the scene of spectacular cross-stayer and wall contacts. Turn 3 is similar to the Milwaukee Mile with 6 °.
Of course, this characteristic represents a compromise tuning of cars, one can not in any of the three different curves perfectly lying in the street and that's probably also turn 2 so difficult to control. Due to the low Banking you must also be a compromise between speed and output place. Both the curves should be able to drive through fast, as will also find a competitive top speed on the very long straights. Actually, the Speedway is therefore rather a challenge for the engineers and not as exciting for the fans. After all, you finally went now a to the demands of most of the parties and travels since 2012 only 400 miles in Pocono.
For several years, arguing already publicly and internally about the meaning and purpose of a second race of the season on the tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. On the plus side is probably the one hand, the good relationship with the Mattioli family, one of the last independent Speedway owner in Sprint Cup. Dover and Indy are the others, the last independent of SMI and ISC tracks. On the other hand, is just the little explored north-eastern American market for the NASCAR very interesting. A race around New York is just as attractive as the race at the Auto Club Speedway near Hollywood. So it all depends sometimes on long hamlets when the convenient location is right.
Fortunately, those responsible for the Pocono Raceways now have at least the - revised security measures of the oval and passed massive improvement of security in the way - long time ailing: After two serious accidents by Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler in 2010, for example, got the backstretch at last the long-awaited outer catch fence, which the oval is now completely fenced. In addition, a SAFER barrier was installed on the inside of the infamous back straight, which replaced the last nurmehr ridiculous highway guardrail. What is still missing is the elimination of lawn at this point in favor of an asphalt run-off area. The impact of Sadler was also the hardest, NASCAR has recorded for accident research since the introduction of electronic black boxes to date of the race action!
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