With Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers starting today's race on the front row, the conventional wisdom that it takes a few tries to master the tricky Pocono triangle is taking a beating this week.
But fellow rookie Brendan Gaughan was still a bit awestruck the first time he got a look at the Long Pond track.
"I went out to pit road to take a look at the track's surface and I couldn't help but notice the length of the front straight," Gaughan said.
"The track itself is mammoth, but the front straight could sub as a small runway.
"It's like somebody flew over the Pocono Mountains and said, 'That land there is too flat to ski on. I know. Let's put a race track there.' I mean, it is in the middle of nowhere. It was great."