2018 NASCAR Pocono 400 LIVE updates, results: Martin Truex Jr. wins Stage 1
LONG POND, Pa — NASCAR is at Pocono Raceway for a 400-mile race at the Tricky Triangle. Defending track winner Kyle Busch is looking for a second-straight win in the Cup Series while series wins leader Kevin Harvick looks to get back on track after a disappointing finish last week.
Martin Truex Jr. won his third stage of the season, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in Stage 1 over Harvick. The 2017 champion, Truex, holds the record for stage wins with 19 last season in the inaugural year for stage racing. Harvick finished the stage second followed by Busch, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.
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How to watch the Pocono 400
Location: Pocono Raceway
Date: Sunday, June 3rd
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 160 laps/400 miles
Stage 1: Ends on lap 50
Stage 2: Ends on lap 100
Final stage: Scheduled for lap 160
Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Stage 1: Martin Truex Jr. takes it from Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney started on the pole and got out to an early lead as Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick battled for second behind him. Eleven laps into the race, Harvick made the pass on Blaney for the lead as they crossed the start-finish line.
Blaney began slipping back in the pack after surrendering the lead and decided to make a green-flag pit stop for adjustments 17 laps in. His Penske teammate Joey Logano followed one lap later as the field began making scheduled stops.
Harvick and Truex pitted from the lead on Lap 24, nearly halfway through the stage. Brad Keselowski stayed out as long as he could, stretching 35 laps before coming down pit road in Stage 1. When all was said and done, Harvick recycled to the lead ahead of Truex. The No. 78 made a run on Harvick with less than 10 to go in the Stage and made the pass for the lead with six to go.
Truex went on to win the stage while Logano came into the pits with less than two to go after running out of fuel. Logano had to suffer a penalty and lost lap time.
Stage 1 results
- Martin Truex Jr. (10 points plus 1 playoff point)
- Kevin Harvick (9 points)
- Kyle Busch (8 points)
- Clint Bowyer (7 points)
- Denny Hamlin (6 points)
- Chase Elliott (5 points)
- Ryan Blaney (4 points)
- Kyle Larson (3 points)
- Jimmie Johnson (2 points)
- Brad Keselowski (1 point)