NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr holds on for victory at Pocono

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Reigning NASCAR Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr held on through a spate of late cautions to take his second victory of the season at Pocono.

The Furniture Row Racing driver ran consistently in the top five throughout, although he rarely led the pack after the conclusion of the first stage.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch led the majority of stages two and three, but a caution on lap 139 of 160 brought a split in strategy, with Truex, Harvick, Chase Elliot and Kyle Larson staying out to maintain track position.

Through two more cautions during the final 20 laps kept ahead of the rest of the pack at each restart, Truex edged out a lead to win by 2.4 seconds.

Chip Ganassi’s Larson moved up to second place past Harvick at the restart following the caution on lap 142, and held off Harvick and Kyle Busch to take the runners-up spot.

Busch also passed Harvick for third after the race restarted for the final time. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was the highest-placed of those who pitted for fresh tyres, but even with new rubber could not add to his victory in Saturday’s Xfinity race.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Harvick, who won stage two and led the most laps, had to settle for fourth at the flag.

Brad Keselowski was the leading Team Penske driver in fifth, with team-mate Ryan Blaney finishing just behind in sixth.

Harvick’s SHR team-mate Aric Almirola rose from 34th to finish seventh, with Jimmie Johnson eighth for Hendrick Motorsport after consistently running in the top 10.

His team-mate Elliot rounded off the top 10, trailing the third Penske Ford of Joey Logano.

Result – 160 laps

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row RacingToyota2h52m00.s
2Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet2.496s
3Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota22h08m00.s
4Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord22h08m00.s
5Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord22h08m00.s
6Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFord22h08m00.s
7Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFord22h08m00.s
8Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet22h08m00.s
9Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord22h08m00.s
10Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet22h08m00.s
11Paul MenardWood Brothers RacingFord22h08m00.s
12Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
13Matt KensethRoush Fenway RacingFord22h08m00.s
14Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway RacingFord22h08m00.s
15Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
16David RaganFront Row MotorsportsFord22h08m00.s
17Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
18William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet22h08m00.s
19Kurt BuschStewart-Haas RacingFord22h08m00.s
20Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord22h08m00.s
21Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFord22h08m00.s
22A.J. AllmendingerJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
23Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
24Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs RacingToyota22h08m00.s
25Ryan NewmanRichard Childress RacingChevrolet22h08m00.s
26Cole CusterRick Ware RacingFord22h08m00.s
27Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet22h08m00.s
28Ross ChastainPremium MotorsportsChevrolet1 Lap
29Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyota1 Lap
30Cole WhittTriStar MotorsportsChevrolet2 Laps
31Landon CassillStarCom RacingChevrolet3 Laps
32J.J. YeleyNY Racing TeamChevrolet3 Laps
33Gray GauldingBK RacingToyota3 Laps
34Derrike CopeStarCom RacingChevrolet8 Laps
35Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaAccident
36Kasey KahneLeavine Family RacingChevroletTransmission
37Matt DiBenedettoGo FAS RacingFordBrakes
38Darrell Wallace Jr.Richard Petty MotorsportsChevroletEngine

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr holds on for victory at Pocono

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