Kyle Busch Captures the Win at Pocono for His 4th Cup Victory of the Year

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Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA — June 2, 2019

William Byron(24) won his 2nd pole in a row, last week for the Coca-Cola 600, and this week for the Pocono 400 in the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. Last week’s race winner, Martin Truex Jr.(19), won the spring race at Pocono last year. Three-time Cup winner this year, Kyle Busch(18), starts on the front row next to Byron today. Byron will have his hands full right from the start today.

Four Hundred miles around the “Tricky Triangle” consists of 160 laps. Stages are 50/50/60 lap segments. Fans will be looking for tight racing given the changes to the 2019 performance package the cars are running.

The Start

Byron jumped out to a one-second lead right from the drop of the green flag. Michigan’s Erik Jones(20) passed Kyle Busch for 2nd. Clint Bowyer(14) ran 4th and Denny Hamlin(11) 5th.

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NASCAR scheduled a competition caution for 20 laps in due to the fact rain had washed the track clean. Byron led the field into the pits but Kyle Larson(42) was first to exit and he inherited the lead.

Stage 1

On the restart, after the competition caution, Larson and Brad Keselowski(2) battled for the top spot with Larson nosing in front and Keselowski right on his bumper. Daniel Suarez(41), Byron, and Joey Logano(22) rounded out the top 5.

On Lap 30, Austin Dillon(3) and Paul Menard(21) tangled over the tunnel turn, with Dillon contacting the wall. The damage to his car retired Dillon for the day.

Larson held on to take the Stage win with Byron finishing 2nd.

Stage 1 Results

Car Driver Stage Points
42 Kyle Larson 10
24 William Byron 9
2 Brad Keselowski* 8
4 Kevin Harvick* 7
10 Aric Almirola* 6
12 Ryan Blaney* 5
41 Daniel Suarez* 4
22 Joey Logano* 3
19 Martin Truex Jr. 2
21 Paul Menard* 1

* Ford Mustang Drivers

Stage 2

Keselowski and Truex both stayed out during the Stage ending caution, Larson restarted in 11th. As the two cars on the front row ran side-by-side, Kyle Busch went three-wide to take over the top spot.

With the exception of a spin by Matt DiBenedetto(95) and a tire going down on Corey LaJoie’s(32) car causing him to scrape the wall. Kyle Busch just kept building on his lead. It had grown to seven seconds when he pitted with six laps to go in the Stage.

The engine on Truex’s car expired just before the end of the Stage sending him to the garage and out of the race.

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Larson on a slightly different pit strategy stayed out as the leaders pitted and took the green and white checkered to win Stage 2.

Stage 2 Results

Car Driver Stage Points
42 Kyle Larson 10
22 Joey Logano* 9
24 William Byron 8
2 Brad Keselowski* 7
6 Ryan Newman* 6
1 Kurt Busch 5
43 Bubba Wallace 4
37 Chris Buescher 3
8 Daniel Hemric 2
41 Daniel Suarez* 1

* Ford Mustang Drivers

The Final Stage

Kyle Busch, back out front after the Stage ending caution, resumed the lead and began building a cushion on most of the field. Only Kevin Harvick(4) could remain within touch of the leader.

One final pit stop was required to make it to the end of the 400 miles. With 20 laps to go, pit stops had cycled through and Kyle Busch was back in the lead with Erik Jones in 2nd, just over three seconds behind.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(17) brought out the caution with 14 laps to go setting up a final dash to the finish.

While positions behind the leader changed Kyle Busch pulled away for the win.

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It was the 4th win of the season for Busch and the 55th of his Cup career, tying him with Rusty Wallace for 9th on the premier series all-time win list.

Next week it’s the first of two stops in the Irish Hills of Michigan. The Lasco Press will be live at Michigan International Speedway for the race weekend. Tickets remain for the FireKeepers Casino 400 next Sunday. Come out and visit us at the track, see some great racing, and join in all the fun.

 

 

Results of the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway

Position Car Driver Behind LAPS
1 18 Kyle Busch 160
2 2 Brad Keselowski 2.224 160
3 20 Erik Jones 3.967 160
4 9 Chase Elliott 4.563 160
5 14 Clint Bowyer 6.717 160
6 11 Denny Hamlin 7.115 160
7 22 Joey Logano 7.593 160
8 41 Daniel Suarez 8.360 160
9 24 William Byron 8.638 160
10 10 Aric Almirola 9.058 160
11 1 Kurt Busch 10.725 160
12 12 Ryan Blaney 11.219 160
13 8 Daniel Hemric 11.877 160
14 37 Chris Buescher 12.045 160
15 88 Alex Bowman 12.477 160
16 6 Ryan Newman 14.102 160
17 95 Matt DiBenedetto 16.509 160
18 21 Paul Menard 17.278 160
19 48 Jimmie Johnson 17.508 160
20 34 Michael McDowell 19.412 160
21 43 Bubba Wallace 20.356 160
22 4 Kevin Harvick -1 159
23 47 Ryan Preece -1 159
24 15 Ross Chastain -1 159
25 51 Bayley Currey -1 159
26 42 Kyle Larson -1 159
27 13 Ty Dillon -2 158
28 27 Reed Sorenson -3 157
29 77 Quin Houff -3 157
30 38 David Ragan -4 156
31 0 Landon Cassill -6 154
32 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -14 146
33 36 Matt Tifft -32 128
34 52 JJ Yeley -50 110
35 19 Martin Truex Jr. -69 91
36 32 Corey LaJoie -92 68
37 3 Austin Dillon -132 28

 

Points / Playoff Standings

Rank Driver Points Wins
1 Kyle Busch 568 4
2 Joey Logano* 564 1
3 Chase Elliott 511 1
4 Brad Keselowski* 509 3
5 Kevin Harvick* 500 0
6 Denny Hamlin 465 2
7 Martin Truex Jr. 452 3
8 Kurt Busch 437 0
9 Ryan Blaney* 406 0
10 Clint Bowyer* 402 0
11 Alex Bowman 395 0
12 Aric Almirola* 393 0
13 Daniel Suarez* 368 0
14 William Byron 361 0
15 Erik Jones 343 0
16 Jimmie Johnson 342 0
Playoff Cut Line
17 Kyle Larson 342 0
18 Ryan Newman 332 0
19 Paul Menard 310 0
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 308 0

*Ford Mustang Drivers