Getting intense as NASCAR gets closer to Chase

NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson. (BRIAN BLANCO/Reuters)

NASCAR Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson. (BRIAN BLANCO/Reuters)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

It may be the first week of August but the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule shows that there are only six races left until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins in earnest at Chicagoland Speedway in mid September.

In between we have what many contend are the six most interesting tracks on the calendar.

First up is Pocono Raceway this week.

The so-called Tricky Triangle is described as a tri-oval but many Sprint Cup drivers will tell you it races like a road course with its three distinct corners and a nearly one-mile long front stretch.

It is clearly the toughest of the six tracks on engines.

After Pocono the series heads to Upper New York State and Watkins Glen International.

Now this is a road course that often acts like a superspeedway.

Cup cars hit upwards of 180 mph around the 3.78-kilometre, eight-turn permanent road course at the Glen.

 


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