KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Watkins Glen Race Report

Event:  Go Bowling at The Glen (Round 22 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (2.45-mile, 7-turn road course)
Format:  90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish:  15th / 7th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point Standing:  3rd with 777 points, 74 behind leader

Race Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner:  Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

Kevin Harvick started 15th and finished 30th.
● The No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang driver quietly logged laps during the early part of Stage 1. He was in 16th place on lap 15 when he reported that the car was handling on the tight side for right-hand turns.
● As part of their race strategy, the team called Harvick to pit road for a scheduled stop on lap 17. They changed four tires, added fuel and made a wedge adjustment.
● Harvick was in 30th place when Stage 1 concluded, but his pit stop near the end of the stage allowed Harvick to stay out on the track during the caution, placing the Busch Beer Ford Mustang in second for the start of Stage 2.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

Harvick started second and finished third, earning eight bonus points.
● The 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion was in second place for the start of Stage 2. He maintained the runner-up position until pole sitter Chase Elliott passed him on lap 25.
● It was back to second place for Harvick on lap 30 when race leader Kyle Larson made a scheduled trip to pit road.
● The race was slowed by a caution for oil on the track on lap 32. Green-flag racing resumed on lap 36 with the Busch Beer Ford Mustang in second place, but Harvick lost a spot on the restart.
● A caution slowed the race again just two circuits later on lap 38 for an accident. This resulted in Stage 2 finishing under caution, with Harvick in third.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 41-90):

Harvick started third and finished seventh.
● He once again stayed on the track during the stage break, which allowed him to restart in third place. The No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang driver maintained the position despite some aggressive attempts by other drivers during the restart.
● The team’s strategy required one more trip to pit road for fuel. Harvick reported the car was out of gas on lap 56, but he was able to make it to pit road for four tires and fuel without losing time. A number of teams also had to make stops for fuel, and when green-flag stops cycled through, Harvick was in seventh place.
● A caution was displayed for an incident on lap 61. More cars had to make their final stops of the race, which placed the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang in fourth for the restart on lap 65.
● Harvick reported that he had run over “something” on lap 56. The team and spotters checked the car while on track and could see no damage, but they monitored the car as the race continued.
● Harvick dropped a couple spots and ran in sixth place on lap 75.
● After losing another position, Harvick noted that the car had lost both rear and front grip. He was able to hang on to finish the day in seventh place.

Notes:

● Harvick earned his 14th top-10 of the season and his 10th top-10 in 19 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Watkins Glen.
● This is Harvick’s third straight top-10. He won July 21 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and finished sixth in the series’ previous race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
● This is Harvick’s second straight top-10 at Watkins Glen. He finished 10th in the series’ previous visit to the track last August.
● Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling at The Glento score his fifth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his second straight at Watkins Glen. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was .454 of a second.
● There were four caution periods for a total of 13 laps.
● Twenty-nine of the 37 drivers in the Go Bowling at The Glenfinished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch leaves Watkins Glen as the new championship leader with a 13-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We probably overachieved today. We knew we were off and we thought we could, at best, finish fifth, and we finished seventh, so we were fine. We didn’t have any drama, and we just haven’t been very good here.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Watkins Glen Race Report

Event: Go Bowling at The Glen (Round 22 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International (7-turn, 2.45-mile road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 9th/12th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point standing: (9th with 640 points, 211 out of first)

Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-20):

● Aric Almirola started ninth and finished 10th, earning one bonus point.
● The No. 10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang driver raced inside the top-10 until reporting an issue with his shifter.
●The Go Bowling team worked tirelessly to devise a plan that would keep the No. 10 Ford in the race while Almirola held 11th place.
● Almirola was able to hold his position and even gained a spot to finish the stage inside the top-10.
● At the end of the stage Almirola decided that tape would fix his shifter issue, so he pitted for four tires, fuel, adjustments and tape.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 21-40):

● Almirola started 17th and finished 11th.
● Almirola gained two spots in the opening laps of Stage 2.
● By lap 30 he was scored in the 13th position. Three laps later the caution was called.
● He restarted 12th and gained another spot before the stage concluded.
● Almirola and the Ford team decided not to pit at the end of the stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 41-90):

● Started 10th and finished 12th.
● The No. 10 Ford driver noted loose-handling conditions at the beginning of the stage.
● Almirola pitted on lap 59 for four tires, fuel and adjustments under green.
● The caution was called on lap 62. Almirola was 17th before the caution and ended up 10th after it as pit stops cycled through.
● Almirola raced the Go Bowling Ford just outside the top-10 to record his best finish at Watkins Glen.

Notes:

●  Almirola’s 12th-place result in the Go Bowling at The Glen bettered his previous best finish at Watkins Glen – 16th in 2015.
●  This is Almirola’s fifth straight top-15. He finished 12th in the series’ previous race at Pocono.
●  Chase Elliott won the Go Bowling at The Glen to score his fifth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his second straight at Watkins Glen. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr. was .454 of a second.
●  There were four caution periods for a total of 13 laps.
●  Twenty-nine of the 37 drivers in the Go Bowling at The Glen finished on the lead lap.
●  Kyle Busch leaves Watkins Glen as the new championship leader with a 13-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang:

“Overall, it was a good day for me at a road course. The guys brought me a good Go Bowling Ford and I learned some things. It’s always good to see improvement at places like Watkins Glen.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Watkins Glen Race Report

Race Name: Zippo 200 at The Glen (Race 20 of 33)
Venue: Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Austin Cindric from Team Penske (Ford)
Results: Chase Briscoe: 7th | Cole Custer: 8th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 789 points; trails points leader by 99 points
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 661 points; trails points leader by 227 points

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe qualified sixth but would be forced to pit on lap three due to debris on the grille. Would take fuel and clean the debris.
– A yellow flag on lap 33 would bring Briscoe down to pit road for four tires and fuel. He would restart in the 24th position.
– Briscoe would finish Stage 1 in the 12th position. He would not pit at the end of the stage.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance Mustang would start Stage 2 in the sixth position. He would gain one position before a yellow flag on lap 34. Briscoe would finish Stage 2 in fifth, earning him six stage points.
– Briscoe would pit during the stage break for four tires and fuel. He would restart 13th but would not stay there long as he jumped to ninth on the opening lap.
– Briscoe quickly advanced to fourth in the next 14 laps until the caution came out again on lap 214. 

– The No. 98 would put on lap 49 for fuel only and would rejoin the field in 25th. A yellow flag would fly on lap 68 with Briscoe running sixth. He would pit for four tires and fuel.
– Briscoe would restart the race 10th before another yellow with seven laps to go. He would restart ninth and would gain two spots to finish seventh.

Next Up: B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports car Course on August 10th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:                                   

“I thought we had a great Ford Mustang from start to finish today. With this being the first time I have raced here, I had a lot to learn and had to learn quickly. We were able to run in the top-10 for most of the race and gained a couple spots with a great pit call by Richard Boswell at the end to come and take tires. I’m really looking forward to this stretch of road courses, especially if we can continue to run this well during our first visit to some of these.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Watkins Glen Race Report

Race Name: Zippo 200 at The Glen (Race 20 of 33)
Venue: Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Austin Cindric from Team Penske (Ford)
Results: Chase Briscoe: 7th | Cole Custer: 8th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 789 points; trails points leader by 99 points
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 661 points; trails points leader by 227 points

Cole Custer / Go Bowling Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer qualified 13th but would start from the rear after going to a backup car before final practice.
– The No. 00 would work his way up to 14th by the end of lap six. A yellow flag would fly on lap 10 with Custer running 13th.
– Custer would pit for four tires, fuel and to clean debris off the grille of the car. He would restart 20th with less than five laps remaining in Stage 1. He would end Stage 1 in the 14th position.
– The No. 00 Go Bowling Ford Mustang would restart eighth at the beginning of Stage 2. He would pit on lap 34 during a yellow flag. He would restart 23rd with 4 laps remaining in the stage.
– Custer would finish Stage 2 in the 13th position. He would restart in the 9th position.
– The No. 00 would relinquish his third place running position on lap 57 to pit for four tires and fuel. He would cycle out to the 12th position.
– Late-race yellows would fly on lap 68 and 72. Custer would restart fifth on the last start. A near-wreck by the front runners would push him back to eighth, where he ultimately would finish.

Next Up: B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports car Course on August 10th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Go Bowling Ford Mustang:

“Our Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi guys did a great job at getting our back up car ready to race after an incident in first practice. I think we could have easily had a top-five but we never restarted in the correct lane and we had people spinning tires on restarts which put us back. The back up car was really competitive and as close to the primary as we could ask for this weekend.”

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Pocono II Race Report

Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 21 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 3rd/12th (Running, completed 163 of 163 laps)
Point standing: (9th with 614 points, 210 out of first)
Note: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 160-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Aric Almirola started third and finished eighth, earning three bonus points.
● The Smithfield Ford driver was caught in traffic when the green flag waved to begin the race, dropping him to seventh place.
● After green-flag pit stops he was scored third but noted tight-handling conditions.
● He pitted on lap 38 for fuel and chassis adjustments and returned to the track in seventh.
● At the conclusion of the stage he pitted for four fresh tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● Started 20th and finished 20th.
● Almirola drove the Smithfield Ford Mustang back to 12th place by lap 68.
● He pitted under caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments to restart 15th.
● The caution was called on lap 92 for inclement weather, but racing soon resumed.
● Almirola avoided an accident during the restart before the caution was called on lap 98. He pitted at the end of the stage for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-163):

● Started 20th and finished 12th.
● He piloted the No. 10 Ford to 15th before a caution on lap 113. During that caution period he pitted for two tires and fuel.
● Almirola advanced to 12th by lap 140.
● Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier radioed Almirola to save fuel on lap 143.
● He opted not to pit on lap 153 under caution to hold his 11th-place spot.
● The yellow flag flew yet again on lap 156, forcing the race into overtime.
● When the green flag waved for the two-lap overtime shootout, Almirola drove the Smithfield Ford just outside the top-10.

Notes:

●  Almirola earned his 14th top-12 of the season and his third top-12 in 15 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono.
●  This is Almirola’s fourth straight top-15. He finished 11th in the series’ previous race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
●  Denny Hamlin won the Gander RV 400 to score his 34th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his fifth at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Erik Jones was .341 of a second.
●  There were seven caution periods for a total of 24 laps.
●  Only 25 of the 38 drivers in the Gander RV 400 finished on the lead lap.
●  Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Pocono with a six-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Pocono II Race Report

Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 21 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Point Standing: (3rd with 739 points, 85 out of first)
Note: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 160-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Kevin Harvick started first and finished third, earning eight bonus points.
● Harvick led the first 39 laps before pitting on lap 40 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
● Said his car was a bit loose early on and he was starting to “lose the noose.”

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● Harvick started first and finished second, earning nine bonus points.
● By lap 58, he already had a lead of 2.787 seconds over second-place Denny Hamlin.
● On lap 72, Kyle Busch passed Harvick for first place.
● Harvick pitted on lap 78 for four tires and fuel. He was in second.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-163):

● Harvick started first and finished sixth.
● On the restart, Harvick fell back to third behind Hamlin and Joey Logano.
● Under caution on lap 115, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel. Several cars used different pit strategies, so Harvick restarted 16th.
● Harvick worked his way into the top-five, but two late restarts caused him to fall back from third to sixth.

Notes:

● Harvick earned his 13th top-10 of the season and his 18th top-10 in 38 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Pocono.
● This is Harvick’s second straight top-10. He won the series’ previous race last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.
● Harvick finished third in Stage 1 to earn eight bonus points and second in Stage 2 to earn an additional nine bonus points.
● Harvick led three times for 62 laps to increase his laps-led total at Pocono to 250.
● Hamlin won the Gander RV 400to score his 34th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his fifth at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Erik Jones was .341 of a second.
● There were seven caution periods for a total of 24 laps.
● Only 25 of the 38 drivers in the Gander RV 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Logano remains the championship leader after Pocono with a six-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Kevin Harvick, Driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Gen X #4TheCup Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was a good day. They had the right strategy, and I just didn’t time those last two restarts right. Our car struggled a little bit on the first lap or two to get the front to turn, but they had everything right where it needed to be. If the caution doesn’t come out, I think we were in good shape, but that’s the way it goes, especially at this place. You have to have the cautions fall your way, and you have to have everything go right. We just had a few little things here and there that didn’t go our way and wound up sixth.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Pocono II Race Report

Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 21 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Note: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 160-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.
Start/Finish: 13th/11th (Running, completed 163 of 163 laps)
Point Standing: 15th (532 points, 292 out of first)

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Clint Bowyer started 13th and finished 10th, earning one bonus point.
● No. 14 Toco Warranty/Haas Automation Ford Mustang moved from 13th to 10th in the first four laps of the 160-lap race.
● By lap 11, Bowyer told the crew his car was a little tight and it was very difficult to pass.
● Bowyer made a scheduled two-tire stop under green on lap 21, dropping to the back of the field.
● As the race proceeded without a caution, cars began to peel off and Bowyer climbed back to 10th in the closing laps of the stage.
● Bowyer pitted during the stage break and dropped to 17th.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● Bowyer started 17th and finished 14th.
● The No. 14 Toco Warranty/Haas Automation Ford Mustang didn’t make much progress on the 2.5-mile track in the opening laps of the stage.
● Bowyer said on lap 74 he was tight in traffic and he was experimenting with different lines through the third turn.
● Bowyer nearly pitted on lap 83, but a caution kept him on the track and allowed him to pit during the caution.
● He restarted the race in ninth on lap 85.
● Bowyer pitted again on lap 94 during a caution for light rain. The late stop dropped him in the field but enabled him to stay on the track during the stage break and start higher in the final stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-163):

● Bowyer started 10th and finished 11th.
● Bowyer held his position through the opening laps of the final stage and a round of pit stops for an accident on lap 113.
● He climbed to seventh for the lap-117 restart after a caution and ran in ninth by the lap-120 mark despite being tight off the turns.
● The crew urged Bowyer to save fuel as he ran ninth in the closing laps.
● A caution with four to go saw Bowyer restart eighth, but in some wild racing he dropped to 18th when another caution sent the race into overtime.
● Before the restart, Bowyer ducked into pit lane for four tires and fuel. He restarted the two-lap overtime shootout in 20th and drove to 11th before the checkered flag flew.

Notes:

● This is Bowyer’s third straight top-12 at Pocono and fourth in his last five outings there. He finished fifth in the series’ previous race at the 2.5-mile triangle in June.
● Denny Hamlin won the Gander RV 400to score his 34th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his fifth at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Erik Jones was .341 of a second.
● There were seven caution periods for a total of 24 laps.
● Only 25 of the 38 drivers in the Gander RV 400finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Pocono with a six-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty / Haas Automation Ford Mustang:

“That was a long hard day. We were up and down. It was so tough to pass, so everything boiled down to fuel and tire strategy. I’m glad we got the No. 14 Toco Warranty/Haas Automation Ford up there for an 11th-place finish at the end.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Pocono II Race Report

Event:  Gander RV 400 (Round 21 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format:  160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish:  7th/24th (Running, completed 163 of 163 laps)
Point Standing:  18th with 501 points, 323 out of first
Note:  Race extended three laps past its scheduled 160-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish.

Race Winner:    Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):

● Daniel Suárez started seventh and finished 12th.
● The No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang was free on entry and tight on exit before Suárez pitted from the sixth position for a scheduled green-flag stop on lap 24.  He received right-side tires and fuel.
● Suárez returned to the track in 24th and worked his way up to 12th before the conclusion of the first stage.
● During the Stage 1 break Suárez pitted for four tires, fuel and additional adjustments as the Haas Automation Ford had become tighter after the previous changes.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):

● The No. 41 driver started 24th and ended the stage in 26th.
● Suárez restarted 24th with several cars staying on track at the stage break.
● The Ford driver advanced to the 16th position before the second caution of the day on lap 85. He pitted under yellow for four tires and fuel.
● Suárez restarted 19th on lap 87 and gained two positions before caution came out on lap 93 for light rain.
● When the field returned to green on lap 95, Suárez was involved in a fierce battle for position when he sustained damage to the right side of his Haas Automation Mustang.
● The 27-year-old driver was able to stay on track until caution came out for a car spinning in turn three.
● He pitted on lap 100 for four tires, fuel and repairs, and returned for a second stop to make adjustments before going green for the final stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-163):

● The Haas Automation driver started 27th and finished 24th.
● The Mexico native gained four spots on the restart to sit 23rd when caution came out on lap 115.
● The No. 41 team chose to pit for fuel only and lined up fifth for the lap-117 restart.
● Suárez had dropped to the 16th position by lap 130 after being passed by teams with fresher tires.
● When caution came out on lap 152, Suárez pitted for right-side tires and fuel. He lined up 19th for the lap-156 restart.
● Suárez jumped to the 10th position on the restart, which was followed by another caution on lap 158.
● After being told that he had received a restart violation, Suárez pitted for left-side tires and dropped to the rear of the field.
● He was unable to advance his position in overtime and crossed the finish line in 24th.

Notes:

● Denny Hamlin won the Gander RV 400to score his 34th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his fifth at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Erik Jones was .341 of a second.
● There were seven caution periods for a total of 24 laps.
● Only 25 of the 38 drivers in the Gander RV 400finished on the lead lap.
● Joey Logano remains the championship leader after Pocono with a six-point advantage over second-place Kyle Busch.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We worked on the Haas Automation Ford Mustang all day and ended up in a really good position in the top-10 for the last restart. We were told we had a penalty and had to restart in the back, which really hurt us because it was just so hard to pass today. It was disappointing to not get a good finish, but we’re usually pretty good at Watkins Glen, so we’ll try to make up for it there.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Iowa II Race Report

Race Name: U.S. Cellular 250 (Race 19 of 33)
Venue: Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (Ford)
Results: Chase Briscoe: 1st | Cole Custer: 29th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 760 points; trails points leader by 97 points
– Chase Briscoe: 7th with 625 points; trails points leader by 232 points

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe qualified second and pitted under yellow on lap 45 running second. He restarted fourth and finished stage one in third to earn eight stage points.
– The No. 98 Ford Mustang stayed out at the conclusion of stage one and started stage two in third. He gained one position and finished the stage in second to earn an additional nine stage points.
– Briscoe pitted at the end of stage two for tires, fuel and minor adjustments and restarted the final stage in second.
– Yellow flag flew on lap 151. The No. 98 team pitted for fuel only and received a violation for running over the air hose. He restarted at the tail end of the lead lap cars in 17th.
– Briscoe advanced seven positions to 10th before caution flew once again on lap 200. He brought the car down pit road for his final set of tires and restarted 11th.
– Briscoe quickly advanced to fourth in the next 14 laps until the caution came out again on lap 214. 

– The race restarted with 22 laps remaining and Briscoe quickly moved to second position. He passed for the lead on lap 244 with six laps to go and held on for his first victory of the season.
– The win marks Briscoe’s second career victory. He also has eight top-five’s and 14 top-10’s in the 2019 season.

Next Up: Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York on August 3rd at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:                                   

“Wow, it feels so good to finally break through and get this 98 car in victory lane. I couldn’t believe all those guys used their final set of tires with almost 100 laps to go – Boswell made the perfect call and we had the tires we needed at the end. I can’t thank this team enough for all their hard work and for believing in me. They deserve this win.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Iowa II Race Report

Race Name: U.S. Cellular 250 (Race 19 of 33)
Venue: Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Race Winner: Chase Briscoe of Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (Ford)
Results: Chase Briscoe: 1st | Cole Custer: 29th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 3rd with 760 points; trails points leader by 97 points
– Chase Briscoe: 7th with 625 points; trails points leader by 232 points

Cole Custer / Haas Automation Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer qualified sixth and would run fourth the majority of Stage 1 before a yellow flag on lap 44.
– The No. 00 would pit for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He would restart fifth and would gain three positions to finish second in Stage 1. He earned nine stage points.
– Custer would restart Stage 2 in second after not pitting. He would run around third until a yellow on lap 74. He would restart third and would finish Stage 2 in the fourth position, earning seven more stage points.
– The No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang would restart third in the final stage. He would run second the majority of the stage until a yellow on lap 151.
– Custer would be caught speeding on pit road and would restart 20th. He would gain seven positions before getting involved in a late-race incident on lap 161, ending his night in 29th.

Next Up: Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York on August 3rd at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang:

“We had a good run going there before getting caught speeding on pit road. Mike Shiplett decided to have us come back down to pit road and put old tires back on, so we could save our new ones for a late yellow. We ended up getting caught in fluid or something but I lost the handle on the car and it ended our night early. I hate it for everyone at SHR but we will move on to Watkins Glen next week to get back on track.”