After severe storms soaked western Pennsylvania Sunday, NASCAR was forced to postpone their race to today just to get it in. With more weather in the forecast, they tried anyway. Just barely did they make it, but what happened in the fog (yes fog) shortened race was something no one say coming.
After the delayed race on Sunday, Driver were antsy to get going on Monday, but still had to deal with fog that had rolled in as the rain stopped overnight. Martin Truex Jr. was sitting on pole for this one and his run was pretty much over early after a lap 19 dace with the wall. After repairs he came back out only to have a tire go down on lap 40, returned in lap 59, hit the wall again on lap 98, and then retired after that. Not a great day for P1.
However, the day turned out incredibly well for a relative unknown. Front Row Motorsports’ driver Chris Buescher who clinched his first ever Sprint Cup win as the race was red flagged on lap 133, 22 short of the full distance.
Buescher, a rookie of the year contender, is the first ROY front runner to win a race since Joey Logano back in 2009 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
This brings Buescher to within 6 points of making the chase as the top 30 would be in. Pocono is famous to being an odd track and produced an odd result, which is why we love it being a staple on the calendar. Also because it’s one of the closest speedways where we can go watch major league auto racing live. And speaking of that.
This coming Sunday NASCAR heads up to Watkins Glen International for the Cheeze-It 355 which, I’m happy to report, we will be there covering live. So keep your eyes peeled for tons of great ‘Murican content this weekend into next week as we meet the drivers and crew chiefs as well as tour the track and take some hot laps!