Moving from the home base of NASCAR up to the rolling Pocono Mountains changes a bit of the scenery around the track for one, but it also changes the type of track we’re racing at this week. Pocono Raceway brings with it the longest non-restrictor plate track of the season to this point. At 2.5 miles per lap, it is tied for the second longest distance per lap of any track on the schedule with Daytona and Indianapolis.

Unlike Daytona, Pocono is a flat track with no turn or section of track banked at higher than 14 degrees, Turn 1. There are other flat tracks on the schedule as well, but this one is different because of its shape being triangular. There are three straightaways and three turns and two of those straightaways, the front...