NASCAR: Larson flat tire gives Saturday's race to Bowman at Pocono Raceway Doubleheader
Racing returns to the Poconos in grand fashion with Pocono Raceway's NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
Five races in three days give fans an action-packed weekend, so we'll keep you updated on everything going down at Pocono Raceway.
Follow our coverage of the races, fanfare and exciting moments at the Tricky Triangle by checking back on this page. We've also got you covered with everything to know about Saturday's lineups.
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Kyle Larson suffers flat tire. In a shocking victory, Alex Bowman wins the race. His pit crew are currently celebrating. Cheers are heard throughout the grandstands and he’s holding the flag. “I don’t even know what to say,” Bowman tells NBC Sports.
Kyle Larson does not want to hit the brakes on his winning streak. He is following Alex Bowman so close right now with two laps to go.
With less than 20 laps left in this cup race, Alex Bowman takes the lead bumping favorite Kyle Larson into second.
Some debris in the road made things bumpy in Turn 2 as Michael McDowell takes the lead.
Can anyone say awkward family dinner? Kyle Busch’s big brother, Kurt Busch, leads Stage 2. Kyle Larson is second and Joey Lagano is third.
Chastain’s rear right back tire had to be replaced after he hit the wall. The snafu marks the sixth race caution so far.
LaJoie’s car collided with Anthony Alfredo and has suffered back end damage. This will impact his four-race top-20 streak.
Newman’s car hit the wall and spun out of control causing some back damage. He said over the radio his toe is out and he hit both ends.
Busch picked up his third stage win of the year in Stage 1 of the Cup race. William Byron is in second and Kyle Larson is in third.
Cole Custer Crashes
No. 41 Custer — who has had a hard time on the race circuit this season — and his Mustang hit the wall hard on Turn 1 and he was assisted out of his vehicle. He’s out for today and will start tomorrow with a backup car. According to NASCAR, the car started out the race at the rear of the field after failing pre-race inspection twice.
Cup Series race kicks off
With fans on the grid before a Cup race for the first time in two years, drivers and their teams posed for photos and shared laughs with fans just before the Pocono Organics CBD 325.
Kyle Busch began to challenge teammate John Hunter Nemechek with three laps to go, but Sheldon Creed crept up to make his own push for first. With three laps remaining, Creed made contact with Busch, building Nemechek's lead.
Nemechek took that lead all the way to the end, with Busch finishing second and Creed third. Tyler Ankrum and Austin Hill rounded out the top five.
No. 52 Truck makes hard collision with wall
Coming into Pocono in ninth place, Stewart Friesen needs a strong performance to maintain his playoff spot. Only 10 drivers qualify, so with only two more races after this weekend Friesen's finish today has major implications for his playoff push.
Needing a caution flag with 10 laps to go doesn't help that push, as Friesen has fallen outside the race's top 30.
John Hunter Nemechek builds a strong lead with a Stage Two win, with previous leaders Zane Smith and Sheldon Creed losing ground after making pit stops.
Nemechek finished the stage nearly six seconds ahead of second-place Ben Rhodes. Stage One winner Smith finished the stage all the way in 26th, while fellow leaders early on Creed and Kyle Busch fell to 21st and 22nd, respectively.
No. 21 Chevy driver Zane Smith, coming into Pocono fourth in the Truck Series standings, claimed victory in the race's first stage.
Kyle Busch and Sheldon Creed finish the stage dueling for second place, with Smith leading both drivers by over two seconds.
It didn't take long.
Nearly right after the green flag waved, Johnny Sauter hit the outside wall hard, with Jack Wood's No. 24 truck also involved in the collision.Sitting at 12th place in the Truck Series standings, Sauter's early collision sets him on the wrong pace for earning the points he needs to be on the right side of the playoff bubble.
Frank Piscani is the Sports Life multimedia reporter at the Pocono Record. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on social media platforms @frankpiscani.