For the primary time within the NASCAR Cup Collection’ fashionable period, two separate races are being run in consecutive days on the similar monitor. The Pocono Raceway doubleheader, which was on the unique NASCAR Cup Collection schedule for 2020 and remained intact by means of the collection’ coronavirus-related schedule shake-up, started Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325.
A historic race weekend on the monitor produced a first-time Pocono winner Saturday, as Kevin Harvick cruised to his first profession Cup Collection win on the Difficult Triangle. It marked the collection factors chief’s third victory of the season.
This yr’s Pocono doubleheader preserves the monitor’s two dates on the NASCAR Cup Collection 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 received the pair of Pocono races final yr, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, have been among the many favorites to win Saturday’s race on the Difficult Triangle and completed fifth and second, respectively. If Hamlin wins Sunday, he’ll tie NASCAR Corridor of Famer Jeff Gordon for essentially the most Cup wins at Pocono with six.
We tracked reside updates from Saturday’s race at Pocono, the primary within the doubleheader. Here is the way it went down.
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NASCAR at Pocono outcomes
Harvick held off a charging Denny Hamlin within the closing laps, however these have been the one two drivers who had a shot on the win. Third-place Aric Almirola was 10 seconds behind when Harvick crossed the end line.
Beneath are the entire outcomes from Saturday’s race at Pocono.
|6.||Martin Truex Jr.|
|17.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|24.||John Hunter Nemechek|
NASCAR at Pocono highlights from Saturday’s race
7:16 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins the Pocono Organics 350, his first profession Cup Collection victory on the Difficult Triangle. It is Harvick’s third win of the 2020 season.
7:07 p.m. ET: With 10 laps to go, Denny Hamlin is operating down chief Kevin Harvick. Nonetheless, Hamlin is complaining a few vibration.
7 p.m. ET: With 17 laps to go, Kevin Harvick takes over the lead after a spherical of inexperienced flag pit stops.
6:32 p.m. ET: Inexperienced flag on Lap 83 to start Stage 3.
6:27 p.m. ET: Chase Elliott is penalized for an uncontrolled tire violation on pit highway. He’ll restart from the again of the pack.
6:22 p.m. ET: Warning. Aric Almirola wins Stage 2, his first stage win of the season.
Aric Almirola wins Stage 2 at Pocono. First stage win of the season and first playoff level.
Others getting stage factors:
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 27, 2020
6:20 p.m. ET: Inexperienced flag with two laps to go in Stage 2.
6:12 p.m. ET: Warning. Tyler Reddick and Erik Jones get collectively and crash on the frontstretch. Reddick will get into the left rear quarterpanel of Jones’ automotive coming off Flip 3. John Hunter Nemechek will get the free move with 5 laps to go in Stage 2.
6:10 p.m. ET: The inexperienced flag comes again out with eight laps to go in Stage 2.
6:02 p.m. ET: Warning. J.J. Yeley blows a left entrance tire after making contact with John Hunter Nemechek, sending particles all around the monitor. Chris Buescher is the free move automotive. There are 12 laps to go in Stage 2.
5:47 p.m. ET: With 30 laps to go in Stage 2, Martin Truex Jr. takes the lead as others pit on differing methods.
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, remains 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 holding the vehicles on the monitor for tempo laps to assist dry the racing floor regardless of stories of extra mild 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 broadcasts 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 entire 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 latest cell. pic.twitter.com/Yo56M77gBa
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 27, 2020
11:43 a.m. ET: The Truck Collection race, which was imagined to run previous to the Cup race at Pocono on Saturday, is postponed to Sunday as a result of rain. Its new begin time is 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, organising a Vans-Xfinity-Cup tripleheader — the first time three NASCAR nationwide collection races might be held on the identical day on the similar monitor.