Pocono 400 – Grant Sorrell – SVA NASCAR Columnist
Good weather for the “Tricky Triangle” as NASCAR went north of the Mason Dixon line. William Byron Hendricks 24 Chevy was the pole sitter. Team Hendrick, who conquered NASCAR’s victory lane for many years is having trouble getting back to the checker flag for the win. This year has been dominated by the Gibbs Toyota team and the Penske Ford team.
Kyle Larson in the 42 Chevrolet won first two stages of The Pocono 400 and hoped to revive his expectations as a leading driver. With drivers like Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Ricky Stenthouse Jr having issues the door opened for many other drivers. Larson was not able to stay in lead like the first two stages and slid back to finish in the 26th position. Kyle Busch took control and won his 206th NASCAR victory (Cup level 55 wins) in the M&M #18 Gibbs Toyota Camry and he leads the Cup points leader.
Rounding out top 5 for the Pocono 400 was #2 Ford Brad Keselowski, #20 Toyota Erik Jones, #9 Chevrolet Chase Elliott, and #14 Ford Clint Bowyer.
NASCAR crosses mid way across the country to Michigan for the Firekeepers Casino 400.