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

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

NASCAR Cup: Martin Truex Jr holds on for victory 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

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 2h52m00.s
2 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2.496s
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2.636s
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2.972s
5 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3.462s
6 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 4.395s
7 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5.004s
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6.457s
9 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 6.779s
10 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7.019s
11 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 8.349s
12 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 9.120s
13 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 9.904s
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 10.392s
15 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10.915s
16 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 10.945s
17 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 11.230s
18 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 11.426s
19 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 11.879s
20 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 12.562s
21 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 12.576s
22 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 12.940s
23 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 13.297s
24 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.026s
25 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 14.045s
26 Cole Custer Rick Ware Racing Ford 14.099s
27 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.170s
28 Ross Chastain Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 1 Lap
29 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1 Lap
30 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 2 Laps
31 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 3 Laps
32 J.J. Yeley NY Racing Team Chevrolet 3 Laps
33 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 3 Laps
34 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet 8 Laps
35 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Accident
36 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet Transmission
37 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford Brakes
38 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Engine


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