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Pocono learning curve has changed

Originally Published: July 22, 2005
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Drivers in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series describe Pocono Raceway as a cross between an oval, a road course and a short track. That's a tough road to navigate for anybody, and when you consider the three vastly different turns at the track, you realize that the 2.5-mile triangle is one of the hardest for a driver to learn.

"Pocono is an extremely tough racetrack for veterans, let alone rookies," said Bob Osborne, crew chief of the No. 99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards.

But NASCAR's first ...

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