The Monster Mile comes beckoning this week as the second one-mile track of the season. Let’s not be fooled, this isn’t the run of the mill oval. The straightaways are banked at nine degrees and the corners are banked at 24 degrees all the way up to the wall and that doesn’t include the two-story drops from the top of the straightaway down into the entrance of the corners. The racing surface is concrete all the way around which makes it very sensitive to rubber and weather conditions throughout the race and the weekend. All of that combined with the new package in the cars this year make this a big-time challenge this week.

The surface, as alluded to above, really absorbs the rubber that the tires are a laying down which will make the...