There’s no middle ground when it comes to Pocono Raceway. Either you love it or you can’t wait for the next race on the schedule to come along.

For a long while I was in that first category.

Pocono is certainly one of if not the most unique tracks on the Sprint Cup Series calendar. The 2.5-mile triangle doesn’t share much with the other venues that dot the schedule and in an era of so many tracks of similar size and shape that’s a plus. 

There’s also an old school feeling when the series rolls into the Pocono Mountains every season, which NASCAR has been doing since 1974.