• NASCAR Cup Series
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Pocono Raceway

Pocono Organics 325 in partnership with Rodale Institute Results

June 27, 2020

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Kevin Harvick

4 |

9

Running

130

17

44

5

2

Denny Hamlin

11 |

3

Running

130

10

37

0

3

Aric Almirola

10 |

1

Running

130

61

53

1

4

Christopher Bell

95 |

36

Running

130

0

33

0

5

Kyle Busch

18 |

4

Running

130

0

42

0

6

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

11

Running

130

14

39

0

7

Clint Bowyer

14 |

18

Running

130

0

30

0

8

Michael McDowell

34 |

26

Running

130

1

29

0

9

Brad Keselowski

2 |

8

Running

130

0

31

0

10

Chris Buescher

17 |

24

Running

130

3

27

0

11

Matt Kenseth

42 |

22

Running

130

0

26

0

12

Ryan Blaney

12 |

2

Running

130

0

40

0

13

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

21

Running

130

0

34

0

14

William Byron

24 |

16

Running

130

0

23

0

15

Ryan Newman

6 |

13

Running

130

13

22

0

16

Cole Custer

41 |

25

Running

130

0

21

0

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

14

Running

130

0

20

0

18

Kurt Busch

1 |

7

Running

130

0

24

0

19

Austin Dillon

3 |

17

Running

130

0

18

0

20

Ryan Preece

37 |

30

Running

130

0

17

0

21

Jimmie Johnson

48 |

12

Running

130

0

16

0

22

Bubba Wallace

43 |

23

Running

129

0

15

0

23

Corey Lajoie

32 |

29

Running

129

0

14

0

24

John H. Nemechek

38 |

20

Running

129

0

13

0

25

Chase Elliott

9 |

5

Running

129

0

19

0

26

Ty Dillon

13 |

34

Running

129

0

11

0

27

Alex Bowman

88 |

10

Running

129

0

17

0

28

Daniel Suarez

96 |

37

Running

128

0

9

0

29

Brennan Poole

15 |

27

Running

127

0

8

0

30

Tyler Reddick

8 |

15

Running

126

0

7

0

31

JJ Yeley

27 |

33

Running

125

0

0

0

32

Josh Bilicki

7 |

40

Running

125

0

0

0

33

Garrett Smithley

53 |

31

Running

125

0

0

0

34

James Davison

77 |

35

Running

125

0

3

0

35

Timmy Hill

66 |

38

Running

125

0

0

0

36

Joey Logano

22 |

6

Running

124

11

20

1

37

Joey Gase

51 |

28

Running

121

0

0

0

38

Erik Jones

20 |

19

Accident

70

0

2

0

39

BJ McLeod

78 |

39

Transmission

36

0

0

0

40

Quin Houff

00 |

32

Accident

19

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Kevin Harvick

    #1

    LEADER

    Kevin Harvick

    4|

  • #2 | 0.761

    Denny Hamlin

    #2

    0.761

    Denny Hamlin

    11|

  • #3 | 15.224

    Aric Almirola

    #3

    15.224

    Aric Almirola

    10|

Harvick holds off Hamlin's charge, finally peaks at Pocono

Benefiting from a two-tire pit stop with 36 laps left, Kevin Harvick held off charging Denny Hamlin over the final green-flag run to win for the first time at Pocono Raceway.

Harvick crossed the finish line in Saturday‘s Pocono Organics 325 just .761 seconds ahead of Hamlin to post his third victory of the season — tying Hamlin for the NASCAR Cup Series lead — and the 52nd of his career, 12th most all-time.

RELATED: Race results | Stage recaps

“We weren‘t where we needed to be to start the race and lost a bunch of track position, but we came back and made some great strategy calls to get in clean air and get out front and make some good laps,” said Harvick, who led the final 17 laps after pit stops were complete. “It‘s great to finally check Pocono off the list.

On Lap 94, Harvick entered the pits behind Aric Almirola, but with a two-tire stop, he swapped positions with his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, who needed four tires on the same stop. After pit stops cycled out, Harvick had the lead, Hamlin was second, and Almirola was far behind in third.

After the flip-flop of positions on pit road, Harvick was confident the two-tire strategy would pay dividends.

“I knew when we came out of the pits, and they told me how big of a lead we had (over Almirola),” Harvick said. “I saw the 11 (Hamlin) come out of the pits, and he was in second. … He caught us a little in traffic, but I knew I could be pretty patient with the gap we had.

“As I started to see everything cycle out and see with the track position we had with the fresher tires, you could kind of start to put it together in your mind as we started to run through the last stage and cars started to have to pit. Just a great call by (crew chief) Rodney Childers and all the guys up on the pit box for having the right strategy and getting us to Victory Lane.”

Though he led a race-high 61 laps and won the second stage, Almirola rolled across the stripe in third, 15.224 seconds behind Harvick‘s No. 4 Ford.

“We opted to score a lot of points (in the stages), and that probably hurt us on strategy a little bit, but I‘m really proud of Buga (crew chief Mike Bugarewicz) and these (crew) guys,” said Almirola, who also finished third last Sunday at Talladega.

“They‘ve been bringing some awesome race cars. I felt like we were tit-for-tat there with the 4 (Harvick) when we were on older tires and in clean air… We‘re trying to keep the momentum going — three top fives in a row. I‘m really proud of my race team.”

Even though his car picked up a severe vibration in the late going, Hamlin whittled Harvick‘s lead from more than two seconds to less than .3 seconds, as Harvick worked traffic late in the 130-lap event at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

“With about 15 or 20 (laps) to go, the vibration just got really, really bad,” Hamlin said. “It still would have been tough to pass. Even though we got there, it would have been tough to get around him.”

RELATED: Denny Hamlin discusses the vibration he had late at Pocono

Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Christopher Bell posted a career-best fourth-place finish, followed by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer, Michael McDowell, Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher completed the top 10.

Cup drivers will race 350 miles at Pocono on Sunday in the same cars they used on Saturday — with the exception of those needing backups because of damage. The Pocono 350 will be the final event in an unprecedented tripleheader, with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starting the action in the rain-postponed Pocono Organics 150 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The Pocono Green 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will follow at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Cup event at 4 p.m. ET. Never before have all three of NASCAR‘s top touring series raced at the same track on the same day. All three races will be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

With the starting order for Sunday‘s Cup race determined by inverting the top 20 finishers from Saturday, Ryan Preece will start on the pole, and Harvick will take the green from 20th.

MORE: Sunday’s starting lineup

Joey Logano notched the other stage win, but his No. 22 Team Penske Ford scraped to pit road with a flat left-front tire with seven laps remaining, relegating him to a 36th-place finish.

The 130-lap race began 56 minutes after its scheduled start time of 3:54 p.m. ET because of pesky afternoon rain.

Notes: Post-race inspection in the Cup Series garage went without major issues. Two teams — the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 for Hamlin and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford of seventh-finishing Clint Bowyer — were each found with one lug nut unsecured in a post-race check. Those infractions will mean a fine for their respective crew chiefs, according to guidelines in the NASCAR Rule Book.

Contributing: Staff reports