What's often labeled as the longest, most agonizing race on the Sprint Cup circuit only turned out to be 3 hours, 46 minutes and 51 seconds. But that timeframe at Pocono Raceway stretched throughout an entire Sunday afternoon and into the early evening, which gave us time to absorb the following information:
- Pocono Raceway is like the Death Star when it comes to rain. There's some sort of triangular tractor beam that seems to suck in ominous clouds.
- Scott Speed and Reed Sorenson both redefined the word "snappy." That's the word they often used to describe the handling condition of their Red Bull Toyotas throughout the weekend.
- It's not a good idea to careen into an earthen embankment. Elliott Sadler was OK, though, and that's a credit to the men that build these cars.
- For a car that had no laps on it prior to the race - Speed kissed the wall late in Saturday's final practice - the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota performed admirably. Speed finished 26th.
- It's highly recommended that you have an "XPRESS NASCAR" pass to get out of this behemoth of a race track.
- Can you say 400 miles?
- Entering turn one, after running down the longest straightaway in NASCAR, it's almost like cars are going to drive over the river, through the woods and to grandmother's house. Truly a massive place.
- Northeast Pennsylvania is nothing close to Las Vegas, but there is an unusually large amount of casinos in the area.
- Debris in the radiator was the culprit that killed Sorenson's No. 83 Red Bull Toyota after 171 laps. Sorenson finished 32nd.
- Nobody wrecked in the tunnel turn. In it, or under it.
- Anyone see the Hungarian Grand Prix? F1 knows drama.
- The timing between pre-race festivities and the fly-over was about 60 seconds off. A gigantic plane passed by in the middle of the National Anthem.
- The Chelsea Clinton wedding was only three hours away in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Maybe you heard about that.
Up next is the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen on Sunday, August 8, in Watkins Glen, N.Y.