At the start, it looked to be a stop-gap between the rain hold and that unfortunate spin on Lap 15 from Michael McDowell.
Other than that, the race was quiet when Kurt Busch led the way.
When Ku. Busch quickly worked towards the top spot before the little rain break; nothing has changed for the rest of Stage 1 with the mini win.
The middle stage, though, pushed a lot of re-set dials now and then.
Despite a great first stage run, Christopher Bell, unfortunately, got into the wall.
Then another carnage from Chris Buescher in the No.17 Ford for Roush Fenway affected Ryan Blaney’s fantastic lead into the beginning of Stage 2 off Kurt Busch this time around.
It’s a pain in the neck for Blaney when he couldn’t hold on during the next restart.
That saw Blaney slip away from the top spot to Denny Hamlin, who led the way uninterrupted until ten to go in this stage.
We’ve talked a bit earlier how cautions can change the race not just in a negative way but also in a backup & safe pair of hands standpoint.
When Hamlin pitted late before the halfway mark, Brad Keselowski took over & swooped second mini win.
On the run home, it was quiet to see the race close out in a fantastic note.
Regarding the lead change, Keselowski still ran up front until midway of the final stage, where the usual green flag cycle returned where it was to Hamlin once just before the end of Stage 2.
And Hamlin remained unchallenged for the rest of the day that sealed him the Pocono 350 win as sunset transitions into darkness.
While Hamlin finished 1st, there’s another awesome close battle for the best of the 7th.
Both Clint Bowyer in the No.14 Ford & Alex Bowman in the No.88 Chevy wheel to wheel coming off Turn 3.
And it’s safe to say that Bowyer just closed off Bowman first by a few milliseconds.
So well done to Bowyer on this one who continues to prove a point in the top half having signed a new one-year extension at Stewart-Haas after the end of last year.
Looking back, it’s a wild and long day of Cup Racing. If not, all NASCAR action upon the three national series from morning to afternoon to twilight.
Can’t wait for the IndyCar/IMSA/NASCAR tripleheader when they head to Indianapolis next weekend.