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Chris Buescher on Pole for Sunday’s Cup Race at Pocono

Chris Buescher will start from the pole in Sunday’s (June 27) NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

The top 20 finishers of Saturday’s event were inverted to set the field for Sunday. As a result, the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing driver, who was 20th in the Pocono Organics CBD 325, inherits the first position after getting by Austin Dillon and Erik Jones in the closing laps.

Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell will line up on the front row next to Buescher, while Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell make up the second row. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola rounds out the top five starters.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will roll off sixth Sunday, with Bubba Wallace seventh and Daniel Suarez in eighth. Chase Elliott, who incurred damage at the start of Saturday’s race, begins ninth tomorrow and Tyler Reddick completes the top 10.

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Positions 21-38 remained the same from Saturday’s results; Austin Dillon begins 21st.

Several drivers will go to backup cars, including Kyle Larson, who had a flat tire that sent him into the wall on the final lap and cost him a win. He was listed to start 12th tomorrow, but will drop to the rear on the pace laps. Others going to backup cars are Ryan Preece, slated to begin 23rd, along with Anthony Alfredo (26th), Ross Chastain (33rd), Corey LaJoie (36th), Ryan Newman (37th) and Cole Custer (38th).

Sunday Cup Lineup for Pocono

The Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 airs on June 27 at 3;30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

About the author

Joy Tomlinson

Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised watching motorsports and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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