NASCAR: Kyle Busch has enough gas to win on Sunday at Pocono

The action is back at Pocono Raceway and the Pocono Record has reporters Micaela Hood and Frank Piscani at the Tricky Triangle to provide live coverage of the day's events.

Saturday results:Alex Bowman zips past Kyle Larson after late flat and wins at Pocono

Of interest:Lehigh Valley native, NASCAR crew member returns to Pennsylvania for Pocono doubleheader

Of interest:NASCAR fans happy to be back at the Tricky Triangle for Pocono


We have a winner

Kyle Busch won an exciting race, just before running out of gas. In fact, he couldn't even do a burnout after because he didn't have enough fuel. It was the second win of the season for Busch. He held off Denny Hamlin to get the win. 

Interesting finish

With 10 laps to go, the race could come down to whoever runs out of gas. Literally. Brad Keselowski leads the pack, with William Bryon and Denny Hamlin running behind him. Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch round out the top five. 

Alex Bowman takes the lead

Saturday's Cup race winner Alex Bowman took the front spot of the inside line during a restart in the Sunday race, poising him to take the lead.

The maneuver was similar to one he executed in Saturday's race, setting up potential déjà vu for the race's finish.

Byron claims Stage Two

No. 24 driver William Byron completed Stage Two of Sunday's Cup race with the lead, good for 10 points in the Cup Series standings.

Behind Byron is Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 car and Brad Keselowski driving No. 2. 

Busch gets stuck in fourth gear, loses hold of first place

Race-leader Kyle Busch pitted at Lap 72 but got stuck in fourth gear, forcing him to lose both time and the lead. William Byron and Bubba Wallace have traded places leading the race, with Byron taking over with six laps to go in Stage Two.

Music to his ears

The sky’s the limit: Kyle Busch sings to Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle,” as he takes the lead. Could be the crowd-pleaser of the day.

Transmission troubles     

Kyle Busch says over radio that he can’t get his car out of fourth gear. He’s in second.

Truex Jr. takes the lead 

Stage One completed with Martin Truex Jr., leading the pack. Aric Almirola comes in second, Brad Keselowski in third. Only 110 laps to go. 

First caution of the day

Anthony Alfredo hit the wall on Turn 3 tearing his tire. Crew replaced No. 38’s wheel. 

Explore the Poconos Cup race begins

The pre-race prayer and National Anthem are a go. Ladies and gents: it’s time to start your engines! Will Kyle Larson race ahead today or will Alex Bowman take the title again? 

Kyle Larson and his family meet with media before gearing up for the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 Cup Series race on Sunday, June 27, 2021.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch (right) stands with his wife Samantha (left) and son Brexton (center) for the national anthem at Pocono Raceway in Long Pong on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Busch in 2021 drives the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Gibbs closes in during final lap, but Cindric holds on

On the Xfinity Series race's final lap, Ty Gibbs closed into the tire tracks of Austin Cindric, but the No. 22 driver was able to hold onto the lead to win the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro and Sons Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons winner Austin Cindric sprays a pit crew member with champagne after winning the Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The win was Cindric's fourth of the season.

Riley Herbst hits the wall to draw a caution

No. 98 driver Riley Herbst collided with the wall to draw a caution flag. The hard contact came with the rear of his DGM Racing Chevrolet into the wall.

Herbst collided with the wall just after No. 22 driver Austin Cindric soared through the leaders to take over in first place just past the race's halfway mark. Ty Gibbs and Noah Gragson each sit behind Cindric by less than 

Gibbs wins out in Stage Two

Taking the lead shortly after a collision between Justin Allgaier and Harrison Burton, No. 54 driver Ty Gibbs closed out Stage Two with a win.

Noah Gragson sits behind him in second place, and Brandon Jones in third.

Crews work on a wrecked No. 11 car at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Crash at the front of the race drops Burton

The Xfinity Series race saw several lead changes among the three leaders, but contact with the No. 7 driver Justin Allgaier spun No. 20 driver Harrison Burton into the wall.

Allgaier took the lead from Burton earlier in Stage Two, then No. 18 driver Daniel Hemric used a side draft to pass Allgaier for the lead.

Burton was able to drive out from the collision and make it to Pit Road, but it threw off the three-way lead between the race's leaders. The crash ends Burton's day in the

With a few laps left in Stage Two, Ty Gibbs takes over in first place, followed by Myatt Snider and Noah Gragson.

Hard hit wipes out Justin Haley

Crews work on the wrecked No. 11 car, driven by Justin Haley at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 27, 2021 during the NASCAR Xfinity series race. Haley collided with No. 6 driver Ryan Vargas just after Stage One. Both drivers were done for the day.

A hard collision in a congested race spun No. 11 driver Justin Haley across the track, bouncing him off the wall and through the race's traffic.

The crash also stopped No. 6 driver Ryan Vargas. Haley narrowly missed colliding with at least four other cars, all of which were able to avoid serious contact.

Haley was able to get out of his car after the crash to lay down on the track, appearing to have the wind knocked out of him. He stood up and was able to walk away on his own power.

Vargas was also able to get out of his car himself. Emergency medical staff made it out onto the track to assist the drivers.

Both drivers are done for the day.

Burton claims Stage One victory

Looking for his first win of the Xfinity season, Harrison Burton finished Stage One in the lead at Pocono Raceway. The No. 20 Toyota Supra driver for Joe Gibbs Racing leads Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier by less than one second each.

Crash at the wall

The No. 92 car of Josh Williams made contact with Santino Ferrucci's No. 26 car, before spinning out and colliding with the wall. Over halfway into Stage One of the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons, Williams will have time to try and get back into the race, but will need to make a major pit stop.

Harrison Burton is in the lead through 12 laps just after the crash.

Larson presents check 

Kyle Larson and NASCAR partner to offer Philadelphia's Urban Youth Racing School a $70,000 check at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Larson has built a close relationship with the school after a scandal surrounding his use of a racial slur in April 2020.

Following yesterday’s loss — and ahead of the Explore the Pocono Mountains Cup race — Kyle Larson held a press conference with Anthony Martin, founder of Philly’s Urban Youth Racing School. Larson works closely with Martin and the kids at the racing school, which provides racing opportunities for minorities. Larson was caught using a racial slur an at iRacing event in April 2020. At today’s conference, he gave the school $70,000. 

Junior signs autographs for fans

Dale Earnhardt Jr. walked around Pit Road and the track early Sunday morning. With fans everywhere to be found, Junior had a hard time resisting the pleas for autographs and photos.

Micaela Hood is a lifestyles reporter for the USA TODAY Network Mid-Atlantic features team and is based at the Pocono Record. Reach her by emailing

Frank Piscani is the Sports Life multimedia reporter at the Pocono Record. You can email him at or find him on social media platforms @frankpiscani.