The Tricky Triangle no longer unknown territory

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono this weekend. (Getty Images)

It’s no longer unknown territory. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to Pocono Raceway for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400; but unlike the stop in June, teams will have notes and experience with the newly paved speedway.

To pick a favorite look no farther back than last week’s stop at the Brickyard and those who did well here in June. The 2.5 mile tracks have similar flat corners and what worked well last week, and in June, should work well this week.

That’s why this week’s favorite has to be Jimmie Johnson. Johnson dominated last week at Indy and there’s no reason the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 juggernaut won’t continue this week.

“I feel that from a performance standpoint, we’re as strong as we’ve ever been,” Johnson said after his record fourth win at the Brickyard. “We’ve had issues late in a race that’s cost us track position for a variety of reasons and that’s the part that we need to make sure is buttoned up before the Chase starts and carry that through the Chase.” MORE>>>

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