There isn't a track like it on the schedule and some drivers - and fans - are thankful for that fact. But the bottom line is Pocono Raceway is unique and a challenge.
The triangular layout can be a crew chief's nightmare trying to set up a car for Pocono's three distinct corners. It's nearly impossible to get a car to work perfectly through every turn at Pocono and most settle for two out of three - with maybe the most important the sweeping final turn that heads down the long front stretch.
Pocono's a track that really no driver or team has dominated in recent years. Denny Hamlin swept both races in 2006, never having seen the place except for his XBox. Horsepower is a key and Yates power along with the stout Hendrick engines would seem to have the advantage.
But remember it's a 500 mile grind so endurance and outlasting the competition - for both car and driver - is a key. The new wrinkle of double file restarts that goes into play this weekend should spice things up a bit at a place that quite frankly could use some spice.
Jimmie Johnson - He's won at Pocono before and if he has half the power on display last week at Dover, the 48 car will be in front of the field much of the day.
Carl Edwards - Remember "Cousin Carl?" Hard to believe Edwards led the series with nine wins a year ago and has a big fat zero in the victory column so far this year. He won at Pocono last summer and should be good again on Sunday.
Brian Vickers - Those Red Bull Toyotas make a lot of horsepower these days and that should help the driver of the No. 83 run with the leaders and come home with a solid finish.
Sam Hornish, Jr. - The Penske Racing brigade usually does well at Pocono - Kurt Busch dominated a while back - and the improving Hornish should be in for a good day on Sunday.
Paul Menard - Remember what I said about Yates power? Menard will have the horses under his hood and really needs to shake off a mediocre first 13 race performance with a good start to the second half of the regular season.