Pocono, You Know: ABC Supply 500 Preview

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Great Jules Goux’s ghost  are we glad to get back to some good old IndyCar oval track racing. This season’s oval finale ABC Supply 500 will be run at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon and in our view it can’t get here quickly enough. After a three week layoff, anticipating the exciting, side by side racing IndyCar generally displays on ovals is a given, although so you know Pocono’s a bit roval-esque for our particularly refined racing tastes.

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A technical track, Pocono’s a tri-oval with different banking in each of its three unique corners – a triangular shaped track and a really odd duck. Turn one was modeled after the old Trenton Speedway, two after Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turn three after the flat Milwaukee Mile. Apparently they couldn’t think of a track for a fourth turn. Drivers and teams must make compromises in their setups to navigate each corner smoothly, although there’s usually at least one corner the car doesn’t like. Clearly “NASCAR’s Tricky Triangle” as it’s irksomely billed isn’t your typical oval, don’t you know.

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You know IRR’s definitely jazzed about another 500 mile IndyCar race, but at the same time sad that it’ll be the last until next Memorial Day weekend, especially in the wake of Fontana’s loss. From what we’re hearing, ticket sales had better improve ASAP in northeastern PA or else it may be the last 500 miler – or IndyCar race of any distance – at Pocono. Tragically it may truly be “NASCAR’s triangle” after this weekend. That is at least until a certain head we’ve requested comes in, you know.

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Sadly like many IndyCar races at NASCAR owned and controlled tracks, Pocono – which is privately owned, despite its billing – also suffers from poor promotion and PR leading in turn to a lack of interest. As a result attendance at IndyCar races – considered lesser racing by some ignorant fans of other series even though IndyCar is faster, sexier and better – is often embarrassingly low. Therefore awe-inspiring oval tracks like Fontana and Kentucky and Pocono disappear from the schedule, relegating them to be visited only by those bumping behemoth NASCAR vehicles.

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Juan “you know” Montoya won last year’s race on the 4th of July weekend. Dixie won the previous year in IndyCar’s less than triumphant return to the Poconos – the nearest track to New Jersey! – after a decades’ long absence. After Montoya’s win track officials bitched, wanting a later date and they got it; Sunday we’ll see how the date affects attendance. This much is certain – we’re betting against the crotchety Colombian repeating this year, as Team Penske’s been in a general funk of late, you know?

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Graham Rahal prevailed in this season’s previous 500 mile race at Fontana and remains the series’ hottest driver with the hottest fiancee. Andretti Autosport’s four cars may be ones to watch at their home state’s racetrack as well, provided the Hondas are up to snuff in Pennsylvania this weekend. Those wild and complain-y Ganassi boys will be a threat to win too, typically upping their performance near season’s end. Don’t forget CFH with Newgarden and Carpenter, either – you know there could be more fireworks between Sage and Ed, or Sage and Graham, or Sage and whoever.

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With a mere two races and regrettably one oval remaining, we recommend fans soak up Pocono and enjoy the festivities as much as possible. It could be the last opportunity to do so,  especially with such dunderheads running the IndyCar show and NASCAR owning all the tracks. You never know, but there could come a day when IndyCar oval racing’s a thing of the past, sadly another lost gem like honesty, civility and humility in this crazed new world. Thank God there’s still Iowa.

In Loving Memory of the MAVTV 500 at Fontana

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