Capping off the triple header weekend is the Monster Energy Cup Series with the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Speedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Seven time Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson makes his 600th Cup Series start this weekend.
After three rounds of qualifying with a qualifying time of 50.663 Kevin Harvick won the pole.
The starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors 400:
Kevin Harvick – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Daniel Suarez – new pole sitter
Kyle Larson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Joey Logano – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
William Byron – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Austin Dillon – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Paul Menard – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Ryan Blaney – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Aric Almirola – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Clint Bowyer – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Bubba Wallace – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Kasey Kahne – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection
Rickhy Stenhouse Jr
In post qualifying inspection, NASCAR discovered a number of violations from nearly a third of the field including some of the front runners. These infractions will result in a shake up of the starting lineup for the race and a loss of their chosen pit stalls.
Pole sitter Kevin Harvick’s number four Stewart-Haas car failed the body scan portion of the inspection. The number 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch also failed inspection when his M&M’s car failed to pass the chassis station.
As a result, both Harvick and Busch will have to forego their front row positions and will start the race from the back of the field. With the front row starting in the back of the field, Daniel Suarez earns his first pole position.
A total of 13 drivers had their qualifying times disallowed for failing portions of the inspection. Kyle Larson’s number 42 car, Joey Logano’s number 22 car, William Byron’s 24 car, Clint Bowyer’s number 14 car, Ryan Blaney’s number 12 car, Aric Almirola’s number 10 car, Jimmie Johnson’s number 48 car, Paul Menard’s number 21 car, Austin Dillon’s number three car, Bubba Wallace’s number 43 car, and Kasey Kahne’s number 95 car also failed inspection and will have to start the race from the back of the field.
The 13 drivers will be seeded according to their Monster Energy Cup Series standings.
In addition to starting from the rear of the field, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne will have the additional penalty of losing their car chiefs, being docked 10 car owner points, and losing 10 driver points after failing the inspection process three times.
Joey Logano and Paul Menard’s car failed inspection twice; as a result, they will lose their car chiefs for the race.
Known as “The Tricky Triangle”, Pocono Speedway has the longest front stretch in the NASCAR circuit. While there are only three corners, the track poses some issues for the drivers…and their crew chiefs.
Stages one and two of the race are 50 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps for a total of 160 laps around the two and a half mile track. The drivers cannot complete a stage without making a pit stop.
Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead s the drivers get three and four wide in the first laps.
The top five are Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Erik Jones. After starting 29th, Kevin Harvick has already moved up to 18th place. With Kyle Busch right beside him.
Lap three Daniel Suarez has a third of a second lead on Denny Hamlin.
On lap four, Kevin Harvick is in 13th and Kyle Busch are in 15th place.
Lap five Daniel Suarez has increased his lead to over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones round out the top five.
Lap seven, Kevin Harvick is in 12th place with Kyle Busch right behind him in 13th.
Lap eight, Daniel Suarez’s lead is up to nearly a second on Denny Hamlin. There are 39 cars on the lead lap.
Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has moved into the top 10 n ninth place with Kyle Busch in 12th.
Lap 13 Daniel Suarez continues to lead the race; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones round out the top five.
Lap 16 Daniel Suarez holds on to his lead over Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick is in ninth and Kyle Busch is in eleventh.
Lap 18, Daniel Suarez has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson has moved up to 16th place after having to start the race from the back of the field. There are 38 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 19 Denny Hamlin is closing in on Daniel Suarez as Kevin Harvick picks up another position to eighth. Martin Truex Jr is reporting brake issues and a bouncing tire.
Lap 20 Daniel Suarez leads with Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, and Erik Jones. Kyle Busch has cracked the top 10.
Lap 21, Kevin Harvick is the first driver to make his green flag pit stop.
Lap 22, the leaders come down pit road for service. Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race.
Lap 34, Brad Keselowski comes down pit road giving the lead over to Jamie McMurray.
Many of the teams are changing only two tires.
Lap 25, Kurt Busch is the new leader as green flag pit stops continue.
Jamie McMurray was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
Matt Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
Lap 29 Kurt Busch continues to lead the race as one of the drivers who has yet to make a pit stop.
Lap 30, the top five are Kurt Busch, Chris Buescher, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Austin Dillon.
Lap 31, Jimmie Johnson makes his green flag pit stop.
Lap 32, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with 25 cars on the lead lap.
With a few drivers still needing to make a pit stop, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are in the top 10.
Lap 34, Kurt Busch gives up the lead to make his green flag pit stop.
With pit stops complete, Denny Hamlin is the new leader with Daniel Suarez in second, Chase Elliott in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth. Kyle Busch is in seventh.
David Ragan was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
Chase Elliott has erased a lead of over a second by leader Denny Hamlin and is closing in on the leader.
Lap 39, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.
Lap 39 Chase Elliott passes Denny Hamlin for the lead.
Lap 40, leader Chase Elliott is battling slower cars and increasing his lead over Denny Hamlin; Daniel Suarez, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is in seventh place.
Lap 44, Kevin Harvick passes Daniel Suarez for third.
Lap 45, Kyle Busch passes Brad Keselowski to take sixth place.
Lap 46, Kevin Harvick is now in second place over three seconds behind leader Chase Elliott.
Lap 48, Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr come down pit road before it closes and will be out in front at the beginning of stage two.
Chase Elliott wins stage one for his second stage win.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
After having barrelled through the field in stage one, Kevin Harvick reports that he is terrible in traffic.
After taking ony two tires, Kurt Busch wins the race off of pit road.
Joey Logano has an extended pit stop while his team makes further repairs to the nose of his car as a result of damage from an incident at race start.
Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 57 with Erik Jones getting out in front of the field with Chase Elliott in second and Kevin Harvick in third.
Lap 58 the top five are Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman in the Philadelphia Eagles car.
Lap 60, Erik Jones has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch has gotten around brother Kurt for sixth place.
Lap 61, Chase Elliott is closing in on leader Erik Jones with Kevin Harvick on his bumper.
Lap 62, Kevin Harvick gets around Chase Elliott for second place.
Martin Truex Jr is still reporitng some brake issues.
Lap 64, Erik Jones has a lead of only a tenth of a second on Kevin Harvick.
Lap 65, Kevin Harvick passes Erik Jones to take over the lead of the race.
The top five are Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Alex Bowman.
Lap 68, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Erik Jones.
Kurt Busch makes a green flag pit stop.
Kevin Harvick has increased his lead over Erik Jones to nearly two and a half seconds with Chase Elliott in third.
After coming off of pit road behind leader Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch finally gets around Harvick to get back on the lead lap.
Lap 72, Erik Jones has closed the gap on Kevin Harvick to under two seconds.
Lap 73, Kevin Harvick has again pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Erik Jones; Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Chris Buescher is off the track.
Green flag pit stops begin on lap 75. Martin Truex Jr reports some front end damage after being hit by something on the track.
Leader Kevin Harvick comes down pit road on lap 78 giving the lead to Daniel Suarez.
Lap 82, after making his green flag pit stop, Kevin Harvick is in seventh place. Daniel Suarez, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard have yet to make their green flag pit stops.
Lap 83, Corey LaJoie brings out the first on track caution flag when he gets into the wall.
The drivers who have not pitted, make their pit stops.
Lap 84, Kurt Busch makes a trip down pit road to check that all of the lug nuts are secure.
Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 88 and gets a challenge from Chase Elliott as the cars get four wide across the track. Kevin Harvick takes the lead with Kyle Busch in second.
Lap 89 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.
Lap 90, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.
Lap 91, the top two cars of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch started the race in 29th and 28th.
Lap 92 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.
Lap 95, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Kyle Busch.
With five laps remaining in the stage several drivers give up stage points and bring their cars down pit road for service.
Lap 98, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman,and Kyle Larson round out the top five.
Kevin Harvick wins stage two for his tenth stage win of the season. Harvick has never won a race at Pocono in the Monster Cup Series – he is 0 for 35.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Taking only two tires, Kasey Kahne jumps 13 spots and wins the race off of pit road.
After short pitting – lap 84, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 106 and gets into a battle for the lead as the drivers get three and four wide. William Byron comes out ahead for the lead with Erik Jones in second and Kyle Busch in third. Kevin Harvick restarted the race in ninth place and has dropped to eleventh on the restart.
Lap 198, William Byron has a lead of just a tenth of a second on Erik Jones with Kyle Busch in third a half of a second back.
Kyle Busch gets around Erik Jones for second place with William Byorn a half a second ahead.
There are 30 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 110, William Byron has a two tenths of a second lead on Kyle Busch with Erik Jones in third.
Lap 111, Kyle Busch challenges William Byron for the lead with Erik Jones on their bumper. Kyle Busch is the new leader as brother Kurt cuts a tire. The track stays green as he gets down to pit road.
Lap 112, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on William Byron; Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is mired back in ninth place.
Lap 115 Kyle Busch leads Daniel Suarez by over two seconds as William Byron is falling through the field on old tires.
Lap 118, Kyle Busch leads the race with Daniel Suarez over two seconds behind; Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five with Kevin Harvick up to sixth place.
Lap 120, Brad Keselowski blows a tire backing into the wall bringing out the caution flag just as he was battling Jimmie Johnson for position.
Kevin Harvick is now in fifth place.
On the outside edge of the fuel load, teams must ensure that they get the fuel cells packed full in order to make it to the end of the race.
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Kasey Kahne advanced 19 spots after taking only two tires.
Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road.
After having a slow pit stop, Kevin Harvick makes contact with team mate Aric Almirola and has to make a second trip down pit road for repairs. Aric Almirola also has to make a trip down pit road for repairs.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 123 and the caution comes back out quickly when Landon Cassill has a smoking car and dropping liquid on the track from a blown engine.
Brad Keselowski takes his car to the garage.
When the green flag came out, Kevin Harvick had yet to catch up to the field.
The extra caution laps is aiding in the fuel issue and whether or not the drivers can make it to the end of the race.
Kevin Harvick makes an additional trip down pit road for repairs…and a fuel top off.
There is an extended caution flag as crews work on getting the track cleaned up.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 and battles with Daniel Suarez for the lead. Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Suarez in second and Chase Elliott in third.
Back in the field the drivers are getting three wide with only 27 laps remaining in the race.
Lap 133 Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Daniel Suarez with Chase Elliott over a second behind.
Lap 134, Kyle Busch as the lead; Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.
Lap 135, Kevin Harvick has gained nine spots since the restart after dropping to 29th after making repairs to his car.
Lap 136, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Daniel Suarez with Chase Elliott in third.
Lap 137, Kevin Harvick is eleven seconds behind in 15th.
Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop
Twenty to go, Kyle Busch is out in front of the pack with Kevin Harvick in 12th place.
Lap 142, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with team mate Daniel Suarez in second.
Four of the top five drivers are from Joe Gibbs Racing; only third place driver Chase Elliott is not a part of JGR.
Fifteen to go and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Daniel Suarez.
With 14 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Daniel Suarez with 29 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 147, Kevin Harvick has made it back to the top 10.
Lap 149, Daniel Suarez has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to under two seconds.
Bubba Wallace hits the wall very hard bringing out the caution flag on lap 153. There is a great deal of damage to the car but Bubba put his window net down and exits the car. He spends a few minutes sitting on the track against his car before making his way to the ambulance for the trip to the infield care center. Pit reporters stated that Bubba called it the hardest hit he had ever had. His girlfriend tweeted that she was never so happy to see Bubba get out of a car.
NBC Sports broadcasters note that prior to slamming into the wall, parts of the brakes were scattered about the track.
NASCAR has put out the red flag to get the track cleaned up and check the safer wall for damage.
After a 10 minute red flag, NASCAR puts out the caution flag and the engines gets refired with only five laps remaining in the race.
With only three laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and jumps out for the lead.
With only two laps to go the caution flag comes out when Aric Almirola’s spins out.
In overtime racing, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and the drivers get three wide with Kyle Busch coming out in front with Daniel Suarez in second and Erik Jones in third.
Kyle Busch takes the white flag.
After winning the truck race on Saturday, Kyle Busch wins the Gander Outdoors 400 for the Pocono weekend sweep. This is Busch’s sixth win this season and 49 career wins in Monster Cup. This win ties Busch with Tony Stewart on the career wins list.
The unofficial results of the Gander Outdoors 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr