If the second of two races at Pocono Raceway is half as thrilling as the first, then NASCAR fans everywhere will be thrilled.
Saturday’s race featured a tight competition late between Hendrick Motorsport teammates Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman, with the former finally overtaking the lead with just four laps remaining. For a time, it seemed the “Tricky Triangle” would be the site of Larson’s fourth straight NASCAR Cup Series victory — until a blown tire sent him skidding into the wall and allowed Bowman to snatch victory from his teammate. Larson ended up finishing ninth in Saturday’s race.
Said Bowman after the race: “I hate to win that way, but hell, yeah, I’ll take it.”
The ordering of the finish isn’t inconsequential for Sunday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 350, either: The top 20 finishers in Saturday’s Pocono Organics CBD 325 had their final positions inverted, meaning Chris Buescher — who finished 20th on Saturday — will take the pole. Though Larson technically is slated for 12th in Sunday’s lineup, he will be moved to the rear as a result of driving a backup car.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race at Pocono on Sunday, the second in a weekend doubleheader. Follow for complete results from the 140-lap, 350-mile Explore the Pocono Mountains 350.
NASCAR at Pocono live updates, highlights from Sunday race
All times Eastern
4:07 p.m.: Bowman was driving 21st at the time NBC caught this audio:
4:06 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. overtakes McDowell for the lead on Lap 14.
3:59 p.m.: And there’s the restart on Lap 7. Michael McDowell has moved into the lead.
3:52 p.m.: Caution 1 (Lap 2). Getting the caution out of the way early. Looks like Anthony Alfredo blew his front right tire, but he should be able to keep driving on it.
3:50 p.m.: And they’re off!
3:35 p.m.: Flyover, complete.
3:33 p.m.: A total of eight cars will move to the rear for Sunday’s race:
The following cars will drop to the rear after switching to backup cars: Nos. 5, 6, 7, 37, 38, 41, 42.
The No. 77 car will drop to the rear following a driver change. pic.twitter.com/mgxvwLsyDw
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 27, 2021
2:57 p.m.: Of note:
NASCAR start time today
- Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN3 in Canada)
- Live stream: NBCSports.com | fuboTV (7-day free trial)
The green flag on Sunday’s race will drop at 3:49 p.m. ET.
Rain could affect that time. The National Weather Service forecast for Long Pond, Pa., site of Pocono Raceway, calls for a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms with high temperatures between 85 and 90. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono
NASCAR used the official results of Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway, the Explore the Pocono Mountains 350.
|1||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|2||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||Bubba Wallace||23||23XI Racing|
|8||Daniel Suarez||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|9||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|12||Kyle Larson*||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|15||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|16||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|17||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|19||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|21||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|22||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|23||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|24||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|25||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|26||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|27||Justin Haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|28||James Davison||15||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|30||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast Motorsports|
|31||Quin Houff||00||Starcom Racing|
|32||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|33||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|34||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|35||Timmy Hill||66||Motorsports Business Management|
|36||Corey Lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|37||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|38||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
*Larson will start at the rear of the field and race in a backup car Sunday because of a crash in Saturday’s race.
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