For the first time in the modern era of the NASCAR Cup Series, two separate races will be held on the same track over several consecutive days. The Pocono Raceway double header, which was included in the original NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 and remained intact due to the change in the Coronavirus schedule for the series, started on Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325.
A historic race weekend on the track produced a first-time Pocono winner on Saturday when Kevin Harvick drove to his first win in the Career Cup series in the Tricky Triangle. It was the series point leader’s third win of the season.
This year’s Pocono Doubleheader keeps the two dates on the track in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, but squeezes them over a weekend. The starting line-up for Saturday’s race was set according to the same protocol that set the field for other races this year without qualification, and the Sunday line-up is set by a top 20 reversal of Saturday’s race results.
The teammates of Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, who won the two Pocono races last year, were among the favorites to win the race on Saturday in the Tricky Triangle, finishing fifth and second respectively. If Hamlin wins on Sunday, he will win the NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for most cup wins at Pocono at six.
We followed live updates from Saturday’s race in Pocono, the first in the double header. Here’s how it went.
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NASCAR at Pocono Results
Harvick held off an attack by Denny Hamlin in the final laps, but these were the only two drivers to have a shot at the win. Third place, Aric Almirola, was 10 seconds behind when Harvick crossed the finish line.
Below you will find the full results of the Saturday race in Pocono.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
John Hunter Nemechek
NASCAR at Pocono highlights from the race on Saturday
7:16 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins the Pocono Organics 350, his first win in the Cup series in the Tricky Triangle. It is Harvick’s third win in the 2020 season.
7:07 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin has 10 laps to go and is in the lead of Kevin Harvick. However, Hamlin complains about a vibration.
7 p.m. ET: 17 laps before the end Kevin Harvick takes the lead after a round of pit stops with a green flag.
6:32 p.m. ET: Green flag on turn 83 to start level 3.
6:27 p.m. ET: Chase Elliott is punished for an uncontrolled puncture in the pit lane. It will restart from the back of the pack.
6:22 p.m. ET: Attention. Aric Almirola wins the second stage, his first stage win of the season.
Aric Almirola wins the second stage in Pocono. First stage win of the season and first playoff point.
Others get stage points:
– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck), June 27, 2020
6:20 p.m. ET: Green flag with two rounds before the second stage.
6:12 p.m. ET: Attention. Tyler Reddick and Erik Jones come together and rush to the front. In turn 3, Reddick gets into the left rear side panel of Jones’ car. John Hunter Nemechek receives the free pass with five laps before the second stage.
6:10 p.m. ET: The green flag comes out with eight laps before the second stage.
6:02 p.m. ET: Attention. J.J. Yeley blows a left front tire after contacting John Hunter Nemechek and sends debris all the way. Chris Buescher is the free pass car. In phase 2 there are still 12 laps to go.
5:47 p.m. ET: With 30 laps before the second stage, Martin Truex Jr. takes the lead, while others pursue different strategies.
5:30 p.m. ET: Green flag. The second stage begins in lap 31. Aric Almirola takes the lead from Joey Logano.
5:20 p.m. ET: Attention. Joey Logano wins the first stage.
Joey Logano wins the first stage and gets his 14th playoff point of the season. This is the second after Denny Hamlin, who has 18.
Others get level points in level 1:
– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck), June 27, 2020
5:16 p.m. ET: The green flag comes out in round 21. Joey Logano quickly takes over the leadership of Aric Almirola.
5:10 p.m. ET: Attention. Quin Houff turns from curve 2.
5:08 p.m. ET: The green flag comes out in round 17.
5:01 p.m. ET: The planned competition caution comes out with 13 laps before the first stage. Aric Almirola, who started from pole, is still leading.
4:50 p.m. ET: Green flag. The race runs approximately one hour according to the original schedule.
4:48 p.m. ET: NASCAR says the track is ready. Green flag next time from.
4:42 p.m. ET: NASCAR keeps the cars on the track for laps to dry the race surface despite reports of more light rain in Turn 2. Jet dryers are also on the line.
4:31 p.m. ET: The cars roll for speed laps, but the drivers report rain in turns 2 and 3.
4:23 p.m. ET: Fired engines for the Pocono Organics 325.
3:48 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces that drivers will drive to their cars at 4:00 p.m. ET, and the new green flag time is 4:35 PM. ET.
3:35 p.m. ET: NASCAR has dried almost the entire route, but is working on some wines in turn 2. The race does not start on time as originally planned.
2:50 p.m. ET: NASCAR is making good progress in drying the tracks about an hour after the rain has subsided.
1:33 p.m. ET: Shortly after NASCAR resumes its drying efforts, another weather system arrives and throws more rain on the track.
12:39 p.m. ET: NASCAR, which tried to dry the track, turns off its jet dryers and Air Titans when more rain falls.
NASCAR will have the jet dryers refueled as they make no progress with more rain. There is not much behind this band, so it just depends on how long it takes for the track to dry. Had made some progress before this last cell. pic.twitter.com/Yo56M77gBa
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass), June 27, 2020
11:43 a.m.ET: The Truck Series race, which should take place before the Cup race in Pocono on Saturday, is postponed to Sunday due to rain. The new start time is on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (CET) and a Trucks Xfinity Cup triple head will be set up. For the first time, three national NASCAR series races will be held on the same route on the same day.