NASCAR at Pocono results: Denny Hamlin beats setting sun, Pocono 350 field with expert strategySporting News — (Dan Bernstein)
Denny Hamlin's crew pulled off a masterful final pit stop to find clear air, put rival Kevin Harvick in his rearview mirror and defeat a setting sun that threatened to end Sunday's Pocono 350 early.
Rain and lightning forced several delays in Stage 1, and because Pocono Raceway doesn't have lights, threatened to shut down the track before the full 140 laps could be completed. No accidents or delays over the final 55 laps ensured a complete race.
Harvick finished second and was followed by Erik Jones, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola.
Kyle Busch crashed out of the race in the early going following a strong start.
Full race results, details from NASCAR at Pocono
Top 20 finishers
|10||Martin Truex Jr.|
|15||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|19||John Hunter Nemechek|
Lead changes: 11
Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday's NASCAR race at Pocono. Follow below to see how Hamlin won the competition:
Race highlights from NASCAR at Pocono
8:43 p.m.: Denny Hamlin wins the Pocono 350.
8:40 p.m.: Sunset is here and it won't matter barring an unexpected caution. There have been no stoppages since Stage 2.
8:37 p.m.: Five more laps to go. Hamlin is cruising. Behind him is Harvick, Keselowski, Jones and Elliott, in that order.
8:32 p.m.: It's Hamlin's race to lose. Can he hold on?
8:30 p.m.: Truex Jr. pits and Hamlin takes command. He expects to win.
8:27 p.m.: This race is getting tense down the stretch.
8:21 p.m.: They're still going with 25 more laps to reach the full 140. Even one caution could lead to an early ending on account of darkness. Top three right now: Hamlin, Almirola, Truex Jr.
8:11 p.m.: Drivers might not be able to see very well soon.
8:03 p.m.: As drivers prepare to finish an abridged race due to the setting sun, Kevin Harvick takes his first lead of the competition.
7:49 p.m.: Brad Keselowski wins Stage 2.
7:42 p.m.: Now Ryan Preece crashes. Bubba Wallace somehow avoided trouble in the aftermath.
7:34 p.m.: Big wreck involving Kyle Busch.
7:30 p.m.: The race will count even if it isn't completed, as drivers have passed the halfway point.
7:26 p.m.: There are still 18 laps remaining in Stage 2. Denny Hamlin is running in first now.
7:17 p.m.: Kyle Busch passes Blaney at the front of the pack with 27 of 55 Stage 2 laps complete.
7:09 p.m.: This could be a losing battle for NASCAR.
7:02 p.m.: Just after the green flag comes out, there's another crash and another caution. This time Chris Buescher crashes.
6:50 p.m.: Caution for Bell spinning into the wall.
6:48 p.m.: Ryan Blaney moves into the lead.
6:36 p.m.: Kurt Busch wins Stage 1. He's followed by Ryan Blaney and Christopher Bell.
6:31 p.m.: Kurt Busch leads with five laps remaining in a discombobulated Stage 1.
6:25 p.m.: Back to green.
6:19 p.m.: Caution. Quick crash involving Michael McDowell.
6:15 p.m.: OK, finally a green flag. Let's hope it lasts.
6:08 p.m.: This is the worst.
6:01 p.m.: For the third time this afternoon, engines are fired.
5:52 p.m.: Looks like NASCAR is going to give this another try.
5:30 p.m.: Uh oh.
5:05 p.m.: After just three laps, the caution flag is out for rain. Red follows soon after. Kurt Busch held the early lead before action was halted.
5:01 p.m.: Green flag is out! But rain in the area means we might have another stoppage soon.
4:52 p.m.: The latest on the weather.
4:20 p.m.: Lightning strikes in the distance and we have a 30 minute delay (at least).
4:15 p.m.: Engines fired.
4:13 p.m.: Here's the instrumental national anthem.
4 p.m.: TV coverage ahead of the race starts now. The race itself should be here soon.
3:41 p.m.: Hopefully there won't be any interruptions this afternoon. We're about 20 minutes away from the start of intro proceedings.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Start time: 4 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FS1
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The green flag for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono will wave shortly after 4 p.m. ET, about 30 minutes later than the start time for Saturday's first leg of the doubleheader.
While the dates for both Pocono races in the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader remain unchanged from NASCAR's original 2020 schedule despite the coronavirus shake-up, the start times are a little later. The pair of races originally were scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET, respectively, rather than 3:30 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET.
Those later start times are notable, because Pocono Raceway does not have lights in the event Sunday's race is delayed by weather.
NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono
Below is the starting lineup for Sunday's race at Pocono based on Saturday's results:
|4.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|15.||Martin Truex Jr.|
|24.||John Hunter Nemechek|