By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kevin Harvick won for the first-time on Saturday at the Pocono Organics 325 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The Bakersfield, California native — who now resides in North Carolina — has won his 52nd NASCAR Cup Series race.
In addition, this is Harvick’s third win this season. All three of his wins have come since the May 17th NASCAR restart at Darlington Raceway following a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Harvick held off Denny Hamlin to get the win at the first-ever NASCAR double-header Cup Series weekend at a facility. He won by 0.761 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin.
“We weren’t where we needed to be to start the race and lost a bunch of track position, but we came back and made some great strategy calls to get in clean air and get out front and make some good laps,” said Harvick, who led the final 17 laps after pit stops were complete. “It’s great to finally check Pocono off the list.”
Rounding out the Top 3 was Aric Almirola. This was Almirola’s second straight third-place finish, as he also finished third at the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama earlier this week.
“We opted to score a lot of points (in the stages), and that probably hurt us on strategy a little bit, but I’m really proud of Buga (crew chief Mike Bugarewicz) and these (crew) guys,” said Almirola. “They’ve been bringing some awesome race cars. I felt like we were tit-for-tat there with the 4 (Harvick) when we were on older tires and in clean air… We’re trying to keep the momentum going—three top fives in a row. I’m really proud of my race team.”
Almirola led a race-high 61 laps. Harvick led 17 laps, while Martin Truex Jr. also led 14 laps. Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Hamlin, and Chris Buescher led multiple laps. Michael McDowell led one lap in the race.
Three cars were not able to finish the race. Those were Erik Jones, B.J. McLeod, and Quin Houff.
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