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Frontstretch 2-Minute Drill: Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono

Sunday (June 27) afternoon’s NASCAR Cup Series race has quite the status to live up to after what happened less than 24 hours before.

On Saturday, Kyle Larson was seemingly on cruise control, having battled and overcome Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in the waning laps of the Pocono Organics CBD 325 to take the lead, set sail and focus on winning the race.

That didn’t happen, because Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet suffered a flat tire in the final turn of the final lap, slamming into the wall. Bowman scooted by to get the win.

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The win was Bowman’s third of 2021.

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As for Sunday, Larson looks to rebound while Bowman could sweep the weekend. All cars were worked on after the race yesterday and will go through inspection again; this story will be updated with any issues.

Chris Buescher will lead the field to green in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Michael McDowell alongside him. Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola round out the top five. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick fill out the top 10.

Bowman starts 20th, all of these slots as a result of the inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday, while Larson, Ryan Preece and several other drivers will turn to backup cars.

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Justin Haley, originally scheduled to race in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77, will be replaced by Justin Allgaier after Haley suffered a hard crash in the Xfinity race Sunday afternoon.

Last year featured two different winners at the Pocono doubleheader in Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, both of whom finished in the top 10 on Saturday.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Camping World Truck Series ran their race before the first Cup event on Saturday, where John Hunter Nemechek outlasted Kyle Busch Motorsports boss Kyle Busch to take the checkered.

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As for the Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric held off Ty Gibbs to take the win on Sunday prior to the Cup Series’ second event.

In Austria, Max Verstappen notched his fourth Formula 1 victory of 2021 at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Tune in to the NBCSN at 3:30 p.m. ET for coverage of the finale of the Cup Series doubleheader.

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Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Doesn’t it make more sense to have the Busch event on Saturday at noon and the 325 miler at 3:30 and the longer 350 miler at 3 on Sunday? I guess it makes cents for NA$CAR.

Bill B

Never try to figure out the logic behind NASCAR’s decisions, because there isn’t any.


Truck race was noon today on Saturday. ARCA was Friday late afternoon.

Idk about you, but 5 races over three days sounds like an awesome race weekend and a hell of a good time tailgating and camping

Bill B

I agree. If you have a camper it sounds like an awesome 3 day event. Woodstock for NASCAR. Get there Friday afternoon and have 5 races, 2 of which are Cup races. Unless NASCAR starts scheduling more double headers where else could you get that deal? That sounds mighty attractive and may end up working better for Pocono than 2 races six weeks apart..

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