NASCAR at Pocono race outcomes and evaluation: Alex Bowman wins

The crowd in the packed grandstand stand and cheer as the cars streak past on a restart during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The crowd in the packed grandstand stand and cheer as the cars streak past on a restart during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The gang within the packed grandstand stand and cheer because the vehicles streak previous on a restart throughout a NASCAR Cup Collection auto race at Pocono Raceway, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Lengthy Pond, Pa. (AP Picture/Matt Slocum)


A flat tire on the ultimate lap of Saturday’s race at Pocono ended Kyle Larson’s profitable streak. He was within the lead and able to make it 4 consecutive factors race wins this yr. Alex Bowman, in second, was already apologizing to his workforce on the radio after relinquishing the result in Larson with three laps to go.

However a fortunate flip of occasions put Bowman in Victory Lane for the third time in 2021. Larson’s left entrance tire blew on the final lap, sending him into the surface wall. He completed in ninth. Kyle Busch completed in second place. William Byron completed third.

“Hate to win one which means, however hell yeah!” Bowman stated on NBCSN. “I’ll take it.”

Larson appeared considerably shocked in his postrace interview, probably to the identical diploma as Bowman, and referred to as the end result “slightly bit laughable.”

“Simply trigger I can’t consider it,” Larson stated. “Hate that we didn’t get one other win. Would’ve been cool to win 5 in a row, however simply wasn’t meant to be I suppose immediately.”

Larson has received 4 factors races this season, along with the non-points All-Star Race, and was chasing a win that may have put him forward of Cup Collection factors chief Denny Hamlin. Larson as an alternative stays second in factors, eight behind Hamlin, who completed fourth at Pocono and continues to be looking for his first victory this season.

Hamlin led laps on Saturday, together with teammate Busch, who appeared able to battle with Larson for the lead after inexperienced flag pit stops cycled via within the last stage. However a warning for particles pressured the sphere to bunch up, and Bowman lined up within the entrance row on the within lane forward of Ryan Blaney, whereas Busch, Larson and Hamlin lined up on the surface. No. 48 crew chief Greg Ives referred to as that the “profitable transfer” by Bowman.

When the inexperienced flag waved, Bowman was capable of pull forward with a shove by Blaney to take the lead. It was then as much as him to fend off Larson, who drove as much as second, within the last 18 laps. He was practically in a position to take action, however Larson accomplished a go on the within coming to the final three laps.

It regarded prefer it was Larson’s race to win from there, however then a stroke of luck hit for the No. 48 workforce. Bowman’s earlier victories this season, at Richmond and Dover, have additionally been as a late-race chief. At Richmond, Bowman led in simply the ultimate 10 laps of the race, and at Dover, his workforce posted a quick pit cease within the last 100 laps to swipe the lead from Larson, who received the primary two levels of that occasion.

“I really feel like we’ve at all times been a workforce that ends the day higher than we’ve began the day,” Bowman stated. “We’ve by no means been that win levels sort of workforce, however we’ve received our share of races right here these days.”

“I don’t know precisely what it’s however glad it’s figuring out these days,” he added.

The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt, respectively, received the primary two levels of Saturday’s race at Pocono Raceway. Kyle Busch stated it was “inconceivable to go” and that he was “dying tight” behind Bowman and Larson within the last laps, and couldn’t transfer via visitors to make a run for the lead.

“Sadly with our JGR Toyotas, it’s simply the wrestle in visitors,” Kyle Busch stated. “We simply don’t fairly have what we’d like to have the ability to slice via guys and everyone was hindered, however it looks as if us slightly bit extra.”

A Hendrick Motorsports driver has now received the final six factors races and can look to maintain the streak alive Sunday when the Cup Collection returns to Pocono Raceway. With the invert of the top-20 finishers, Chris Buescher will begin on the pole with Michael McDowell within the entrance row.

NASCAR has accredited seven drivers, together with Larson, to make use of a backup automobile for Sunday’s race. The opposite six drivers are Ryan Preece, Anthony Alfredo, Ross Chastain, Corey LaJoie, Ryan Newman and Cole Custer. They are going to drop to the rear at the beginning of the race, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

NASCAR at Pocono I Race Outcomes

Order Driver Automotive No. Time behind chief (seconds)
1 Alex Bowman 48
2 Kyle Busch 18 0.683
3 William Byron 24 1.37
4 Denny Hamlin 11 1.513
5 Ryan Blaney 12 4.503
6 Kurt Busch 1 5.444
7 Joey Logano 22 5.789
8 Kevin Harvick 4 6.456
9 Kyle Larson 5 6.839
10 Brad Keselowski 2 7.432
11 Tyler Reddick 8 12.375
12 Chase Elliott 9 12.598
13 Daniel Suárez 99 13.876
14 Bubba Wallace 23 14.571
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 14.933
16 Aric Almirola 10 15.122
17 Christopher Bell 20 15.692
18 Martin Truex Jr. 19 16.402
19 Michael McDowell 34 17.434
20 Chris Buescher 17 18.129
21 Austin Dillon 3 18.539
22 Erik Jones 43 19.333
23 Ryan Preece 37 20.942
24 Chase Briscoe 14 23.62
25 Cody Ware 51 27.918
26 Anthony Alfredo 38 31.095
27 Justin Haley 77 35.438
28 James Davison 15 37.765
29 Garrett Smithley 53 43.571
30 BJ McLeod 78 49.651
31 Quin Houff 0 51.254
32 Matt DiBenedetto 21 -1 lap
33 Ross Chastain 42 -1
34 Josh Bilicki 52 -2
35 Timmy Hill 66 -4
36 Corey LaJoie 7 -5
37 Ryan Newman 6 -34
38 Cole Custer 41 -117

NASCAR and Charlotte FC beat reporter Alex Andrejev joined The Observer in January 2020 following an internship at The Washington Publish. She performed Division I volleyball at Columbia College earlier than incomes her grasp’s diploma on the College of Southern California.
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