There are just six races remaining in the regular season of the Monster Energy Cup Series, and despite seeing a new winner last week in New Hampshire, an all too familiar name is likely to take the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway in the Gander RV 400.
Kyle Busch leads the field of favorites as he looks to repeat the winning success he had on this track in June. Busch, who sits second in the Cup Series standings, has won two straight at Pocono Raceway and three of the last four. His win in the Pocono 400 was his fourth of the season, but also the last time No. 18 crossed the finish first.
Typically a track that's produced fast and furious finishes, the new 2019 aero package led to some rather anticlimatic final laps in June. NASCAR has spent more than a week adding heavy amounts of a traction compound to the 2.5 mile, triangle-shaped track, hoping for a more dramatic finish.
Kevin Harvick, who finally recorded his long-awaited first win of the season last week, is likely to compete with Busch for the win. Harvick has four runner-up finishes in his last 10 races at the Tricky Triangle, and overall has had a great season – he sits third in the standings – despite going winless until New Hampshire. He will start from pole position.
Sporting News is tracking live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Gander RV 400. Follow along below.
NASCAR at Pocono: Live updates, highlights from Gander RV 400
(All times Eastern)
Lead changes: 1
Lap leaders: Kevin Harvick (40), Kyle Busch (6)
3:52 p.m.: Five laps left in the stage. Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are in a back-and-forth battle for fourth.
3:47 p.m.: Harvick and Denny Hamlin have now pitted from first and second.
3:44 p.m.: Every single car (10 of them) in front of Kyle Busch will have to pit before the end of the stage. Busch is in prime position to win this stage.
3:41 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson is up to eighth after starting the race from the back.
3:36 p.m.: Harvick is one of the few drivers yet to hit pit road. Possibly hoping for a caution with 22 laps left in the stage.
3:31 p.m.: Kyle Busch pits from a very close third-place position. Erik Jones follows.
3:27 p.m.: Kyle Larson is flying by drivers. He's up to 11th after starting in the rear with a backup car.
3:23 p.m.: Alex Bowman is the first to head to pit road for a scheduled stop. He takes two tires.
3:15 p.m.: Brad Keselowski hit the wall and his tire is smoking. The No. 2 already has to head to pit road. Disastrous start.
3:12 p.m. Green flag!
3:08 p.m.: Drivers have hit the track. Details of the race layout are below.