The turns at Pocono are always a compromise

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LONG POND, Pa. –  Pocono is truly one of a kind.

The Tricky Triangle earns its name from the three distinct corners that bear no resemblance to each other. Turn 1 is tight, but banked. Turn 2 is a sweeping corner that’s deceptively difficult, and Turn 3 is a flat corner that sets up a run down the longest straightaway in NASCAR racing.

So is it better to set a car up for one particular corner or to try to achieve a balance that gives up something – but not too much – in each of the three?

“I feel like there’s compromise on the whole track, not just the three corners,” says Grant Enfinger, who will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Pocono after eight races in an ARCA car. “There are certain times that you can do something that helps you through the corners there – gets you off of Turn 3 a little bit better – but it hurts you on the straightaway. These trucks are really, really draggy.

“There’s compromise over the whole track. Turn 1 has a lot of banking that’ll hold you a little bit. The Tunnel Turn (Turn 2) is its own animal, and Turn 3 is really, really flat, so it’s definitely a compromise over the whole track.”

A contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, Enfinger is driving the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota. In his eight ARCA starts, he posted a victory, two runner-up finishes and seven top 10s – for an average result of 6.9.

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