Event: Axalta presents the Pocono 400 (Round 14 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: 22nd / 17th (Status, Running 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing: 10th (369 points, 215 out of first)
Race Winner: Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Team (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-50):
- Clint Bowyer started 22nd, finished 11th.
- Reported his car was difficult to turn, which hindered passing.
- Pitted on lap 17 for four tires, fuel and air adjustments.
- He and SHR teammate Kevin Harvick were fastest cars on the track in final laps of the stage.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 51-100):
- Started 11th, finished 25th.
- Right side of the car made heavy contact with wall on lap 58, then pitted for repairs.
- Dropped to 30th place and a lap behind the leaders.
- No. 14 was stretching fuel in closing stage laps when lap-96 caution/red flag enabled him to earn free pass and return to lead lap.
- Bowyer made slight wall contact avoiding Kyle Larsen, who accidently swerved warming his tires under caution.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 101-160):
- Started 26th, finished 17th.
- Climbed to 23rd with 50 laps to go, 20th with 40 laps to go and 17th with 20 laps to go.
- Bowyer made green-flag stops for four tires, fuel and adjustments with 31and 17 laps remaining.
- Handling issues likely caused by the wall contact kept him from climbing higher in the field.
- Ryan Blaney won the Axalta presents the Pocono 400 to score his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory.
- NASCAR red-flagged the race for 23 minutes after Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray crashed on lap 97. Neither was hurt.
- There were four caution periods for a total of 18 laps,
- There were 13 lead changes among nine drivers.
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I thought we had a pretty good car on long runs today, but we got into the wall and that ruined our race. We got a lap down but battled back. Our guys didn’t give up and we got an OK finish.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Firekeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, June 18 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1.