Kyle Busch wins the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono in a fuel mileage finish and after being stuck in 4th gear.
After a thrilling race yesterday afternoon, Cup Series came back to the Tricky Triangle for the second part of the doubleheader at Pocono Raceway.
The polesitter Chris Buescher had a great start and remained in the lead of the race. Anthony Alfredo forced the first caution of the day after hitting the barrier due to a flat tire on lap 2. Michael McDowell got in the lead after the restart.
Martin Truex Jr. was behind McDowell for quite some time but eventually got in the lead. Some drivers went to the pit road in the final laps of stage 1. Truex Jr. went on to win the opening stage.
Brad Keselowski was in the lead at the start of stage 2. He went to the pit road later, so Kyle Busch inherited the race lead. He built the gap and felt comfortable in the lead.
Another pit stop cycle took place in the second half of the stage. That included the race leader Kyle Busch. However, he was stuck in the 4th gear, which was a huge upheaval for the no.18 car driver. William Byron took the lead. He won stage 2.
William Byron took the green flag in the final stage, followed by Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott. Erik Jones damaged his car heavily as well as had a flat left front tire – caution was out on the track.
Saturday’s winner Alex Bowman took over the race lead at the restart. Ross Chastain and Christopher Bell had a contact. Both had significant damage, so they needed to go to the pit road – no caution was deployed. Elliott had a flat right front tire after the contact with Bell, so he had to pit as well.
Some time after, another pit stop cycle started. Keselowski was leading the race, but had to pit. Byron got to the lead. Hamlin and Kyle Busch were approaching. Byron. however, just did not have enough fuel to finish the race, so he had to pit.
Hamlin got the lead, but he had to go to the pit road as well. Kyle Busch was the new leader. He took the white flag and won the race after a misfortune halfway through the race. Kyle Larson finished the race second, and Keselowski completed the top 3.
The top 10 of the NASCAR Cup Series race 2 at Pocono:
|1||#18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|2||#5||Kyle Larson||Hednrick Motorsports|
|3||#2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|4||#4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||#23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing|
|6||#12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|7||#48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||#37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|9||#8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||#22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|