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2021 NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Doubleheader Races Page

Pocono Organics CBD 325 & Explore the Pocono Mountains 350
Pocono Raceway
3:00pm/et Saturday, June 26
and
3:30pm/et Sunday, June 27, 2020
Saturday: 130 Laps - Stages: 25/77/130
Sunday: 140 Laps - Stages: 30/85/140
TV: NBCSN -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Saturday Race Specific News

Sunday Race Specific News

Race Rundown

Kyle Busch overcomes balky transmission for dramatic victory at Pocono: With remarkable perseverance behind the wheel of a car stuck in fourth gear, Kyle Busch saved enough fuel to win Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350, the second leg of a weekend NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Pocono Raceway. After William Byron and Denny Hamlin ran out of gas ahead of him, Busch cruised to an 8.654-second victory over Kyle Larson, who started from the rear of the field in a backup car after crashing while leading in the final corner of Saturday’s race.[Read More](6-27-2021)

#18-Kyle Busch won the Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The win is his 2nd of the year, 4th win at Pocono and 59th career win.
#5-Larson finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #23-Wallace, #12-Blaney, #48-Bowman, #37-Preece, #8-Reddick, and #22-Logano.
Pole sitter #17-Buescher finished 19th.
The race came down to fuel mileage.  #2-Keselowski had to pit with 8 laps remaining, giving the lead to #24-Byron.  Byron had to pit with two to go, handing the lead over to Hamlin.  Hamlin then ran out of fuel, giving Busch the lead on the white flag lap.
Busch had the car stick in gear midway through the race and eventually lost the clutch, but was able to save enough gas at the end to take advantage of fuel mileage.
Stage 1 was won by #19-Truex, Jr. Stage 2 was won by #24-Byron.
There were 12 lead changes among 10 drivers and 4 cautions for 15 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 143.036mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Pocono:
Kyle Busch won the 48th Annual Explore the Pocono Mountains 350, his 59th victory in 589 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his fourth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 34 races at Pocono Raceway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2021.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.
Chase Briscoe (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
The win today was Joe Gibbs Racing’s 16th NASCAR Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway – Denny Hamlin (six wins), Kyle Busch (four), Bobby Labonte (three), Joey Logano (one), Tony Stewart (one) and Matt Kenseth (one).
23XI Racing and Bubba Wallace scored their first top-five finish of the 2021 season and first for the organization in the series.
(NASCAR)(6-27-2021)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Pocono (Sunday):
(race 19 of 26 in the regular season)
1) #5-Kyle Larson [4 wins], 759
2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 606
3) #48-Alex Bowman [3 wins], 543
4) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 650
5) #24-William Byron [1 win], 690
6) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 651
7) #9-Chase Elliott, [1 win], 633
8) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 586
9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 569
10) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 424
11) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 419
12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 761 [point leader]
13) #4-Kevin Harvick, 585
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 518
15) #8-Tyler Reddick, 475
16) #1-Kurt Busch, 430
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #17-Chris Buescher, 427
18) #99-Daniel Suarez, 382
19) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 376
20) #23-Bubba Wallace, 376
See the Driver Points Standings and Owners Point Standings.

Sunday Paint Schemes

Sunday: Cars to the rear: #5-Larson (backup car), #6-Newman (backup car), #7-LaJoie (backup car), #37-Preece (backup car), #38-Alfredo (backup car), #41-Custer (backup car), #42-Chastain (backup car), #77-Allgaier (driver change)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
Saturday race winner, #48-Bowman, chose pit stall 1.
Sunday pole sitter #17-Buescher took the 14th stall.
Selections were based on Saturday’s race finishing order.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(6-26-2021)

#17-Chris Buescher will start from the pole for the Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
#34-McDowell will start second, followed by #19-Truex, Jr., #20-Bell, #10-Almirola, #47-Stenhouse, Jr., #23-Wallace, #99-Suarez, #9-Elliott, and #8-Reddick
The lineup was set based on Saturday’s race finish. The top 20 finishers were inverted. All other drivers start in their finishing position.
See the complete starting order on the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 Starting Lineup page.(6-26-2021)

Sunday Crew Rosters


Alex Bowman, last-lap flat tire at Pocono ends Kyle Larson’s win streak: After an intense, nail-biting battle over the last 29 laps at Pocono Raceway, Alex Bowman won Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 when his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson blew a left-front tire while leading within one corner of the finish line. Bowman’s victory ended a streak of three-straight wins for Larson, who passed Bowman’s No. 48 Chevrolet on Lap 127 of 130 and appeared destined to become the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win four straight NASCAR Cup Series races.[Read More](6-26-2021)

#48-Alex Bowman won Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The win is his 3rd win of the year, 1st win at Pocono and 5th career win.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #24-Byron, #11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #1-Busch, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, pole sitter #5-Larson, and #2-Keselowski.
Kyle Larson took the lead from Bowman with 3 laps remaining and was pulling away for the win when he cut a tire down on the final turn of the final lap and slid into the wall. Larson fell to 9th at the finish.
Stage 1 was won by #18-Busch. Stage 2 was won by #1-Busch.
There were 14 lead changes among 9 drivers and 8 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 129.453mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Saturday Paint Schemes

Race Fast Facts – Pocono:
Alex Bowman won the 40th Annual Pocono Organics CBD 325, his fifth victory in 207 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Pocono Raceway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 33 races at Pocono Raceway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2021.
William Byron (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Pocono Raceway.
Chase Briscoe (24th) was the highest finishing rookie.
This season Hendrick Motorsports has tied their Modern Era (1972-Present) record for the most consecutive NASCAR Cup Series wins with six straight victories set in 2007.
Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono Raceway with 18 victories – Jeff Gordon (six), Tim Richmond (three), Jimmie Johnson (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Kasey Kahne (one), Geoff Bodine (one), Terry Labonte (one) and Alex Bowman (one).
(NASCAR)(6-26-2021)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Pocono (Saturday):
(race 18 of 26 in the regular season)
1) #5-Kyle Larson [4 wins], 721
2) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [3 wins], 565
3) #48-Alex Bowman [3 wins], 513
4) #24-William Byron [1 win], 655
5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 623
6) #9-Chase Elliott, [1 win], 617
7) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 606
8) #12-Ryan Blaney [1 win], 548
9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 519
10) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 412
11) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 394
12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 729 [point leader]
13) #4-Kevin Harvick, 552
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 494
15) #8-Tyler Reddick, 444
16) #1-Kurt Busch, 413
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #17-Chris Buescher, 409
18) #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 371
19) #99-Daniel Suarez, 358
20) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 351
See the Driver Points Standings and Owners Point Standings.

Saturday: Cars to the rear: #41-Custer (failed pre-race inspection twice)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway have been made.
Pole sitter #5-Larson chose pit stall 2, which is the first available stall.
Outside pole sitter #24-Byron took the 31st stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(6-23-2021)

#5-Kyle Larson will start from the pole for Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
#24-Byron will start second, followed by #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #42-Chastain, #47-Stenhouse, Jr. #1-Busch, #20-Bell, and #11-Hamlin.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metrics, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete starting order on the Pocono Organics CBD 325 Starting Lineup page.(6-23-2021)

Saturday Crew Rosters

Goodyear Tire Notes


The Entry Lists for Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 and Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 NASCAR Cup Series races at Pocono Raceway are posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
The drivers are the same for both races, including: #15-Davison, #53-Smithley, #66-Hill, #77-Haley
See the full entry lists on the Pocono Organics CBD 325 Entry List and Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 Entry List pages.

2021 Cup Series: Pocono Organics CBD 325 at Pocono Raceway TandemDraft Stats

There will not be practice or qualifying at Pocono.

Some logistical notes on the Pocono doubleheader weekend:

  • Teams will use the same car both days.  If a team has to go to a backup car for Sunday, they will start at the rear for that race.
  • Sunday’s pit stalls are based on Saturday’s race finish.
  • Sunday’s lineup is also based on Saturday’s race finish.  The top 20 drivers on Saturday will be inverted for Sunday’s start. Drivers that finish 21-40 on Saturday start in that position for Sunday.

Weekend on-track schedule

Friday, June 25
5:00 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:30 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
8:30 PM 10:30 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Saturday, June 26
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
8:00 AM 2:00 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
8:00 AM 10:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
2:40 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
2:45 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
3:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 25/77/130 LAPS = 325 MILES)

Sunday, June 27
*INFIELD ACCESS LIMITED – APPROVED PERSONNEL ONLY*
7:30 AM 2:30 PM NCS TEAM ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
7:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
3:10 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
3:15 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (DRIVERS STANDING BY CARS)
3:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 30/85/140 LAPS = 350 MILES)
7:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT

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