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Sport NASCAR at Pocono live race updates, results, highlights from Saturday

23:50  27 june  2020
23:50  27 june  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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For the first time in the NASCAR Cup Series' modern era, two separate races are being run in consecutive days at the same track. The Pocono Raceway doubleheader, which was on the original NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 and remained intact through the series' coronavirus-related schedule shake-up, begins Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325.

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The last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced on back-to-back days was in August of 1971, but the events took place at two different tracks — the first at Columbia Speedway in Columbia, S.C., and second at Hickory Speedway in Hickory, N.C.

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This year's Pocono doubleheader preserves the track's two dates on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule but squeezes them into one weekend. The starting lineup for Saturday's race was determined by the same protocol that has set the field for other races this year without qualifying, and Sunday's lineup will be set by a top-20 inversion of Saturday's race results.

The Joe Gibbs Racing teammates who won the pair of Pocono races last year, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, are among the favorites to win Saturday's race at the Tricky Triangle. If Hamlin wins this weekend, he can tie or surpass NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for the most Cup wins at Pocono with six.

We're tracking live updates from Saturday's race at Pocono, the first in the doubleheader. Follow along below.

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NASCAR at Pocono live updates, highlights from Saturday race

4:23 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Pocono Organics 325. 

3:48 p.m. ET: NASCAR announces drivers will head to their cars at 4 p.m. ET, and the new green flag time is 4:35 p.m. ET.

 NASCAR almost has the entire track dried, but it is wor3:35 p.m. ET:king on some weepers in Turn 2. The race will not start on time as originally scheduled.

2:50 p.m. ET: NASCAR is making good progress on its track-drying efforts about an hour after the rain let up.

1:33 p.m. ET: Shortly after NASCAR restarts its track-drying efforts, another weather system arrives and dumps more rain on the track.

12:39 p.m. ET: NASCAR, which has been trying to dry the track, shuts down its jet dryers and Air Titans as more rain falls.

11:43 a.m. ET: The Truck Series race, which was supposed to run prior to the Cup race at Pocono on Saturday, is postponed to Sunday due to rain. Its new start time is 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, setting up a Trucks-Xfinity-Cup tripleheader — the first time three NASCAR national series races will be held on the same day at the same track.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

  • Date: Saturday, June 27
  •  Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The green flag for Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono will wave at 3:54 p.m. ET, about 30 minutes earlier than the start time for Sunday's second leg of the doubleheader.

While the dates for both Pocono races in the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader remain unchanged from NASCAR's original 2020 schedule despite the coronavirus shake-up, the start times are a little later. The pair of races originally were scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET, respectively, rather than 3:30 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET.

Those later start times are notable because Pocono Raceway does not have lights in the event either race is delayed by weather.

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NASCAR starting lineup at Pocono

Here are the results from the draw for NASCAR's starting lineup at Pocono:

Pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
2Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
3Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
4Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
5Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
6Joey Logano22Team Penske
7Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
8Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
10Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports
11Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
12Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports
13Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
14Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
15Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
16William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
18Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing
19Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing
20John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports
21Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
22Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing
23Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports
24Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
25Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
26Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
27Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports
28Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing
29Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing
30Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
31Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
32Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
33JJ Yeley27Rick Ware Racing
34Ty Dillon13Germain Racing
35James Davison77Spire Motorsports
36Christopher Bell95Leavin Family Racing
37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing
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