Pocono Raceway results from July 29th featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Today, NASCAR returns to Pocono Raceway for the final time in 2018. The 2.5-mile triangle race track located in Long Pond, PA hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
View full 2018 Pocono race results below.
The starting field had a pick of a shakeup following qualifying yesterday. Thirteen cars, including the pole sitter of Kevin Harvick and the outside pole sitter of Kyle Busch failed post-qualifying inspection. All thirteen will start from the tail.
As a result, Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin will lead the field to the green flag. 50 laps in stage 1, 50 more in stage 2 and 60 laps in stage 3 complete the 160 lap NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. The fuel window is 35-37 laps.
Green flag, Brad Keselowski gives a push to Daniel Suarez on the outside as they head into turn 1. Suarez is clear of Hamlin before the entry to turn one. The #19 drops to the bottom, Hamlin 2nd and Keselowski 3rd.
Kevin Harvick started 29th. In one lap, he’s 19th. He was 4 wide down the backstretch into turn 2 off the first corner. Kyle Busch is glued right to his rear bumper as Harvick pokes the holes.
Lap 9, Kevin Harvick has just cracked the top 10. He’s passed 19 cars in 9 laps. Kyle Busch runs 13th.
Lap 20, Denny Hamlin has run down Suarez, who popped out to an early lead. Lap 21, Harvick hits the pit lane to begin the green flag pit cycle. The battle for the lead continues. Hamlin is trying to run as low as possible to get as much air on his nose as possible. Hamlin clips the edge of the grass to do so.
Lap 22, Suarez and Hamlin both head for the pit lane. Suarez leads Hamlin at the pit exit. Pass through penalty, too fast entering for Martin Truex Jr. McMurray locked up the brakes just ahead of Truex, the #78 had to move over to avoid him.
Lap 31, Hamlin works around Suarez on the race track. Suarez got trapped in behind Bubba Wallace off turn 3. Hamlin runs 5th as the top 4 cars have yet to pit. Kurt Busch leads.
Lap 35, the cycle is complete. Hamlin is the leader. Keselowski runs 5th, Harvick is 6th. “He’s caught me already? This is unbelievable,” Keselowski radio on Kevin Harvick.
12 to go in stage 1, Chase Elliott is on the back bumper of Hamlin for the lead. Hamlin pushes up the hill off turn 2. Chase Elliott is glued to the bottom, Elliott looks inside heading into turn 2, clear. Chase Elliott leads.
4 to go in stage 1, Harvick is around Hamlin for 2nd. Chase Elliott leads by 4 seconds.
3 to go, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr hit the pit lane. They will restart stage 2 on the front row.
Chase Elliott wins stage 1 at Pocono Raceway by 2.65 seconds over Harvick.
Stage 1 Results: 1. Chase Elliott; 2. Kevin Harvick; 3. Denny Hamlin; 4. Kyle Busch; 5. Daniel Suarez; 6. Clint Bowyer; 7. Brad Keselowski; 8. Kurt Busch; 9. Alex Bowman; 10. Ryan Blaney;
Chase Elliott is first in and off second. Kurt Busch took two tires. Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr will lead them to the restart.
Green flag, Jones and Truex breakaway from row two at the flag stand. Truex noses ahead into turn 1 on the bottom. Jones drives it deep into the corner on the outside. Jones leads out of turn 1.
Harvick is all over Chase Elliott for 2nd. Elliott wiggles and skates up the hill off the corner. Harvick looks inside off the corner, move the #4 to 2nd.
Lap 66, Harvick has run down the leader. Erik Jones drives it deep into turn 1. Harvick is early on the brake but he gets back to the gas quicker. Harvick has a run out of turn 1. He looks inside heading into turn 2. New leader, Kevin Harvick.
24 to go in stage 2, Chase Elliott and more hit the pit lane. 23 to go, Harvick is in from the lead.
16 to go in stage 2, Corey Lajoie is around heading into turn 3. He catches the outside wall and the caution is out. All the cars that haven’t pitted will hit the pit lane.
Green, Harvick gets a huge launch. He leads by a car length at the start finish line. They fan out 4 wide behind him. Kyle Busch exits turn 1 in 2nd.
3 to go in stage 2, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin hit the pit lane.
Kevin Harvick wins stage 2 at Pocono Raceway!
Stage 2 Results: 1. Kevin Harvick; 2. Chase Elliott; 3. Clint Bowyer; 4. Alex Bowman; 5. Kyle Larson; 6. Jimmie Johnson; 7. Brad Keselowski; 8. Jamie McMurray; 9. Ryan Blaney; 10. William Byron;
Harvick is the first car to the pit lane. Kahne takes two tires, he wins the race off pit road. Elliott takes 4, he noses ahead of Harvick at the pit exit line. William Byron and Kyle Busch will lead them to the restart.
Green flag, Erik Jones gives a push to Byron on the outside lane. Suarez pushes on the back bumper of Busch on the inside. Byron wiggles heading into turn 1. He still drives it deep into turn 1 on the outside. Byron to the lead off turn 1. Busch falls to 3rd.
Harvick has fallen to 12th. The field went crazy in front of him, 3-4 way. Harvick got the worst of it. Chase Elliott runs 7th, he restarted just in front of Harvick.
Lap 109, Jones gets sideways off turn 3. Busch dives to the inside, he reclaims 2nd. Meanwhile, Harvick looks to the inside of Keselowski into turn 3. Keselowski lets him go and tries to close the door on Kyle Larson. Too late to close the door. Larson doesn’t lift, Larson tags him in the left rear and Keselowski skates up the hill.
49 to go, Kyle Busch is on the back bumper of Byron for the lead. Byron overdrives turn 1, he runs wide on the exit. Busch is on the bottom, he drives to the inside of Byron and takes the lead into turn 2. Kurt Busch has a flat left front, no caution.
40 to go, Keselowski is in the wall! He blew a right rear tire off turn 2. The caution is out.
The field hits the pit lane. Kyle Busch is first in and first off. Suarez is off 2nd. Harvick lost 3 positions on his stop, he’s out in 8th. It’s worse than that. Harvick made contact with Aric Almirola exiting his pit stall. Harvick will return to pit road to pull out the right rear fender. Almirola returns to pull out the right front.
Green, Kyle Busch gets the jump. He chops down on Suarez, not clear. They might have made light contact before turn 1. Landon Cassill has expired an engine at the back. The caution is back out.
The engine expired back in turn 1 the lap before. Track officials have dropped speedy dry right on the inside groove of turn 1. That’s going to make this very exciting.
28 laps remain in the race. Green, Kyle Busch noses ahead. Suarez side drafts him and pulls him back. They run nearly even into turn 1. Busch takes the lead on the outside off turn 1.
Kahne is completely sideways at the exit of turn 3, he saves it. Harvick is back in 18th, fighting through the field. He restarted 26th.
Clint Bowyer puts the bumper to Ryan Blaney. Blaney chases it up the banking but saves it.
12 to go, Kyle Busch leads Suarez by 1.7 seconds. Harvick has cracked the top 10.
6 to go, huge crash for Bubba Wallace in turn 1! That’s the biggest impact I’ve seen in years. The window net is down as Wallace catches his breath. Wallace climbs from the car with a limp. The red flag is out.
Bubba Wallace lost brakes heading into turn 1. Wallace turned left and went through the grass on the infield to try and slow down the car before the unavoidable impact with the wall.
Related: Bubba Wallace crash video
Several cars in the back hit the pit lane.
Green, Busch gets the jump. He leads on the outside of turn 1 as Suarez tucks in behind him. Harvick picks off two more in turn 1, he’s in 6th.
2 to go, teammates Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray are rubbing fenders down the front stretch. Stenhouse is around in turn 1. Almirola runs through the grass to avoid it.
Green, Suarez and Busch are even at the line. Erik Jones has a run on both of them. Jones dives to the bottom, 3 wide for the lead into turn 1.
Busch leads off turn 1 on the outside. Suarez holds off Jones as they battled side by side off turn 1.
Kyle Busch holds them off. The #18 wins at Pocono Raceway!
View the full 2018 Pocono Raceway race results below.
Pocono Race Results
NASCAR Cup Series
July 29th, 2018
Pos | Driver
1. Kyle Busch
2. Daniel Suarez
3. Alex Bowman
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Erik Jones
6. William Byron
7. Chase Elliott
8. Ryan Newman
9. Kurt Busch
10. Denny Hamlin
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Austin Dillon
14. AJ Allmendinger
15. Martin Truex Jr
16. Michael McDowell
17. Jimmie Johnson
18. Matt Kenseth
19. David Starr
20. Jamie McMurray
21. Paul Menard
22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
23. Kyle Larson
24. Ty Dillon
25. Aric Almirola
26. Matt DiBenedetto
27. Joey Logano
28. JJ Yaley
29. Jeffrey Earnhardt
30. Kasey Kahne
31. Kyle Weatherman
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Bubba Wallace
34. Landon Cassill
35. Ross Chastain
36. Timmy Hill
37. Chris Buescher
38. Brad keselowski
39. Corey Lajoie
40. BJ McLeod
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