For the primary time within the NASCAR Cup Sequence’ trendy period, two separate races are being run in consecutive days on the identical monitor. The Pocono Raceway doubleheader, which was on the unique NASCAR Cup Sequence schedule for 2020 and remained intact via the sequence’ coronavirus-related schedule shake-up, begins Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325.
The final time the NASCAR Cup Sequence raced on back-to-back days was in August of 1971, however the occasions passed off at two totally different tracks — the primary at Columbia Speedway in Columbia, S.C., and second at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, N.C.
This yr’s Pocono doubleheader preserves the monitor’s two dates on the NASCAR Cup Sequence schedule however squeezes them into one weekend. The beginning lineup for Saturday’s race was decided by the identical protocol that has set the sector for different races this yr with out qualifying, and Sunday’s lineup might be set by a top-20 inversion of Saturday’s race outcomes.
The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates who gained the pair of Pocono races final yr, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, are among the many favorites to win Saturday’s race on the Tough Triangle. If Hamlin wins this weekend, he can tie or surpass NASCAR Corridor of Famer Jeff Gordon for probably the most Cup wins at Pocono with six.
We’re monitoring reside updates from Saturday’s race at Pocono, the primary within the doubleheader. Observe alongside under.
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NASCAR at Pocono reside updates, highlights from Saturday race
5:30 p.m. ET: Inexperienced flag. Stage 2 begins on Lap 31. Aric Almirola takes the lead again from Joey Logano.
5:20 p.m. ET: Warning. Joey Logano wins Stage 1.
Joey Logano wins Stage 1 and picks up his 14th playoff level of the season. That is second solely to Denny Hamlin, who has 18.
Others getting stage factors in Stage 1:
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 27, 2020
5:16 p.m. ET: The inexperienced flag comes again out on Lap 21. Joey Logano shortly takes the lead from Aric Almirola.
5:10 p.m. ET: Warning. Quin Houff spins coming off of Flip 2.
5:08 p.m. ET: The inexperienced flag comes again out on Lap 17.
5:01 p.m. ET: The scheduled competitors warning comes out with 13 laps to go in Stage 1. Aric Almirola, who began on the pole, continues to be main.
4:50 p.m. ET: Inexperienced flag. The race is underway about an hour after initially scheduled.
4:48 p.m. ET: NASCAR says the monitor is prepared. Inexperienced flag subsequent time by.
4:42 p.m. ET: NASCAR is preserving the vehicles on the monitor for tempo laps to assist dry the racing floor regardless of studies of extra gentle rain un Flip 2. Jet dryers are on the monitor, too.
4:31 p.m. ET: The vehicles roll off for tempo laps, however drivers report rain in Turns 2 and three.
4:23 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Pocono Organics 325.
3:48 p.m. ET: NASCAR publicizes drivers will head to their vehicles at Four p.m. ET, and the brand new inexperienced flag time is 4:35 p.m. ET.
3:35 p.m. ET: NASCAR virtually has your complete monitor dried, however it’s engaged on some weepers in Flip 2. The race won’t begin on time as initially scheduled.
2:50 p.m. ET: NASCAR is making good progress on its track-drying efforts about an hour after the rain let up.
1:33 p.m. ET: Shortly after NASCAR restarts its track-drying efforts, one other climate system arrives and dumps extra rain on the monitor.
12:39 p.m. ET: NASCAR, which has been attempting to dry the monitor, shuts down its jet dryers and Air Titans as extra rain falls.
NASCAR goes to get the jet driers re-fueled as they’re making no progress with extra rain. There isn’t a lot behind this band so will simply relies on how lengthy it takes monitor to dry. Had been making some progress earlier than this current cell. pic.twitter.com/Yo56M77gBa
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 27, 2020
11:43 a.m. ET: The Truck Sequence race, which was alleged to run previous to the Cup race at Pocono on Saturday, is postponed to Sunday on account of rain. Its new begin time is 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, establishing a Vehicles-Xfinity-Cup tripleheader — the first time three NASCAR nationwide sequence races might be held on the identical day on the identical monitor.