It’s the final race of this triple header weekend when the Sprint Cup Series runs the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.
On Saturday bad weather canceled out qualifying for the Camping World Truck Series and again on race day July 31 NASCAR is again experiencing a weather delay for the Sprint Cup race.
Rain moved in to the area postponing the race until Monday morning August 1.
After further delays due to rain and a wet track, the drivers finally see their cars lined up on pit road and opening ceremonies begin nearly an hour after the originally scheduled start time.
Pocono Raceway is a two and a half mile triangular track better known as the tricky triangle.
New England native martin Truex Jr will lead the field to the green flag after winning the pole positon during Friday qualifying.
Four time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will again sit in for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior revealed earlier that he is still experiencing balance and gaze stabilization issues and his doctors are preaching patience. Gordon has stated that he will stay on as long as needed until Dale Jr can return to racing.
The starting lineup for the Pennsylvania 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kurt Busch – moved to the back of the field for unapproved body adjustments
Aric Almirola – moved to the back of the field for unapproved body adjustments
Due to the weather issues, NASCAR has announced that there will be a competition caution on lap 15.
And finally after a very lengthy rain delay of nearly 24 hours, the Sprint Cup drivers are on the track and are ready to go racing.
Martin Truex Jr brings the field to the green flag for the start of the race and pulls out in front of the field.
Lap four and Kurt Busch has already moved up to 26th – 14 spots.
Some drivers are reporting mist on the track.
Lap seven martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over a second.
Lap 10 several of the drivers are reporting tight conditions.
Lap 12 leader Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to over two seconds.
Lap 16 NASCAR throws the competition caution for the first yellow flag of the day. All drivers are on the lead lap so there is no “lucky dog”. Drivers bring their cars down pit road for service except Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle.
Martin Truex Jr leads the race off of pit road. Many drivers took only two tires.
Jimmie Johnson was penalized for having too many crew members over the pit wall – the crew was repairing a hole in the front of the car.
Lap 20 Greg Biffle brings the field down for the green flag restart but before the lap is complete, Martin Truex Jr hits the wall bringing out the second caution flag of the race. The valve stem on the inner liner was broken off and caused the tire to go down resulting in hitting the wall.
Paul Menard is also having transmission trouble and takes his car to the garage for repairs.
Lap 23 Greg Biffle brings the field down for the green flag restart and pulls out in front of the field.
Lap 28 Greg Biffle has a lead of half a second over second place driver Joey Logano.
Lap 33 Joey Logano passes Greg Biffle to take over the lead of the race.
Lap 34 Reed takes his car to the garage.
Lap 36 Greg Biffle brings his car down pit road for service; only Brad Keselowski has yet to make a pit stop.
Lap 38 Paul Menard returns to the track 17 laps down.
Lap 40 Brad Keselowski finally brings his car down pit road for service.
Lap 41 Martin Truex Jr loses another tire and has to come down pit road for new tires. The track stays green.
Lap 45 Martin Truex Jr takes his number 78 car to the garage.
Lap 47 drivers begin green flag pit stops. Jeff Gordon is caught speeding on pit road. NASCAR has increased the timing loops from 10 to 18.
Lap 51 Kevin Harvick passes Joey Logano to take over the lead of the race. Kurt Busch has moved into the top 10.
On lap 53 leader Kevin Harvick comes down pit road for service giving the lead back to Joey Logano.
Lap 54 Joey Logano comes down pit road handing the lead to Austin Dillon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr is caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 55 Michael McDowell is caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 57 Danica Patrick is caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 58 Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race – he is on a different pit cycle from the other drivers.
Lap 59 Martin Truex Jr returns to the track 17 laps down.
Lap 61 Kevin Harvick passes Brad Keselowski to retake the lead of the race.
Lap 62 Greg Biffle comes down pit road for service – he is also on a different pit strategy.
Lap 63 Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second. There are 27 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 67 Aric Alirola brings out the third caution flag of the race after making contact with Jeb Burton causing damage to both cars. There is a lot of fluid on the track and NASCAR has a lot of cleaning up to do. Both drivers take their cars to the garage.
Lap 68 the spotters are reporting rain in the area.
During pit stops Clint Bowyer was penalized for having his pit crew come over the wall too soon.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 73 and gets out in front as the field spreads out behind him.
With reports of rain in the area, the race may not go the full 160 laps. It is considered a full race at halfway plus one lap – 81.
Lap 75 Aric Almirola is officially out of the race.
Lap 78 Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon battle for the lead with larson holding on to the lead.
Lap 80 – halfway – Kyle Larson is leading the race, there are 28 cars on the lead lap with one car off the track, and two cars out of the race.
Lap 82 Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race; passing Larson and Dillon as they battle for the lead.
Lap 85 the fourth caution flag of the race comes out for rain on the track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the “lucky dog”.
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.
Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 92 and pulls out in front of the field.
Lap 96 Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth come down pit road for service.
Lap 97 Chris Buescher is caught speeding on pit road.
Lap 100 Martin Truex Jr brings out the fifth caution flag of the race for his third flat tire of the race.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 104. Larson gets out in front as the drivers get spread out and fight for position behind him.
Lap 105 Joey Logano and Chase Elliott make contact bringing out the sixth caution flag of the race. Both drivers hit the wall – Logano the outside wall and Elliott the inside wall. It appeared that Chase Elliott got loose.
Joey Logano is making repairs on pit road. Chase Elliott takes his number 24 car to the garage.
On lap 109 Chase Elliott returns to the track.
Fog is rolling in the area.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 110; Kyle Busch challenges Larson but Kyle Larson maintains the lead.
Lap 111 Jeff Gordon reports a seat belt issue – it has come loose – and plans to come down pit road. He manages to get the belt rebuckled but is the las car on the lead lap.
Lap 115 Kyle Larson holds a lead of just under half a second.
Lap 119 Austin Dillon is again challenging Kyle Larson for the lead of the race.
Lap 121 Jimmie Johnson begins the cycle of final green flag pit stops.
Lap 126 Kyle Larson hands over the lead to Austin Dillon when he comes down pit road. When Austin Dillon pits for service, he hands over the lead to Chris Buescher – his first of the season.
Lap 131 fog rolling in again.
Lap 132 NASCAR waves the caution flag for fog on the track. Spotters cannot see the other side of the track to the backstretch. NASCAR officials and the spotters must be able to see the entire track for safety reasons.
Lap 136, NASCAR tower reports that the fog is slowly beginning to clear.
Lap 138 NASCAR has thrown the red flag and is bringing the cars down pit road. The drivers have been told not to unbuckle. Fog has really rolled in and visibility is near zero.
At 3:08 NASCAR has allowed the drivers to exit the cars and cool off. There is not indication at this point when or even if the race will restart.
At 3:46 NASCAR has told the teams to cover their cars because severe weather is in the area – less than 10 miles from the track – with possible lightening. NASCAR has also told fans in the stands to seek shelter. There is still no word on finishing the race.
At 4:09 NASCAR has made it an official race and has named Chris Buescher the winner. It is Buescher’s first ever Sprint Cup win.
The results of the weather shortened Pennsylvania 400:
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr