Last-Lap Pass gives Cole Custer Dramatic NASCAR Xfinity Win at Pocono

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 01: Cole Custer, driver of the #00 FIMS Manufacturing Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway on June 01, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Cole Custer led 59 laps from the pole and, at one point in Saturday’s Pocono Green 250, held a lead of more than 13 seconds, but it took a pass through the final corner in overtime for the driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to win his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season.

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Kyle Busch Claims First NASCAR Xfinity Series Win at Pocono

Kyle Busch, the driver of the #18 Comcast Salute to Service/Juniper Toyota, poses for a photo with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons at Pocono Raceway on June 2, 2018, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo – Chris Trotman/Getty Images

LONG POND, Pa. – A new high-downforce, restrictor-plate competition package at Pocono Raceway brought a familiar result on Saturday—at least where the NASCAR Xfinity Series is concerned. Continue reading

Brad Keselowski Ends Drought for No. 22 Ford with Last-Lap pass

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With a dramatic last-lap pass – the first of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series – Brad Keselowski won Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway, ending a 46-race drought for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Keselowski swept the stages in the 100-lap event but couldn’t get past leader Kyle Larson until he reached the Long Pond straightaway on the final circuit. Keselowski powered off the first turn, down-shifted and blew past Larson before the cars reached the tunnel turn. Continue reading

Harsh Words from Ryan Sieg toward Ryan Reed following Pocono Garage Altercation

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Photo – Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

An on-going track feud between drivers Ryan Reed and Ryan Sieg escalated Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway when a red flag for rain halted the NASCAR XFINITY Series debut at the 2.5-mile triangle just past the halfway point.

Tension between the two drivers from last weekend’s race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway carried over to Pocono and only deepened when the two made contact on Lap 24.

The contact sent Sieg into the turn one wall and eventually to pit road where he lost two laps for repairs.

Sieg vented his frustration to the Roush Fenway Racing driver in the garage area during the rain delay which ended with expletive words, pushing and shoving. Continue reading

Larson Wins Rain-Shortened NASCAR XFINITY Debut Race at Pocono

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The maiden voyage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Pocono Raceway was shorter than planned, but race winner Kyle Larson wasn’t complaining.

NASCAR awarded the checkered flag in the Pocono Green 250 to Larson when the race was red-flagged after 53 of 100 scheduled laps and then called because of persistent rain.

The victory was Larson’s first of the season and fourth in the series, but it was a source of frustration to runner-up Erik Jones, who arguably had the fastest car and was closing rapidly on Larson when a rain shower blew in from the west and stopped the action. Continue reading