Big 3 Dominate Pocono With Truex Earning Pocono 400 Victory

Why else would anyone think that this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series “Big 3” would dominate Sunday’s race at the Pocono Raceway? Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. had the top three speeds in final practice on Saturday and all three started in the top five for Sunday’s Pocono 400.

So, when the trio combine to lead 133 of the 160 laps for Sunday’s race and take three of the top four finishing positions, is anyone really shocked?

Martin Truex Jr.
during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 3, 2018 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

In the end, Truex Jr. led the final 20 laps and endured two late race restarts to cruise to his second win in the June Pocono race and 17th of his Cup Series career. The 17 wins ties him with Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner for 51st all-time.

Truex, led 31 laps in all and now has three straight top two finishes on the season in his No. 78 Toyota. The Furniture Row Racing driver also has four straight top five finishes heading to Michigan and nine top fives in 14 tries in 2018.

Kyle Larson would bring his No. 42 Chevrolet home runner-up for his best career Pocono finish. His previous best result was a fifth place run in his rookie start on the Tricky Triangle. Larson, now has three top seven finishes in his last four Pocono starts though and three straight top seven finishes now on the season.

Busch finished third in his No. 18 Toyota. He led 13 laps on Sunday and now has nine top three finishes in the last 12 races of the season.

Harvick came home fourth in his No. 4 Ford. He led a race high 89 laps and now has six top four finishes in the last eight races in Pocono. Furthermore, he has seven top five finishes in the last nine races of the year.

Brad Keselowski earned his sixth straight top five finish in Pocono with a fifth place result in his No. 2 Ford.

Overall, the race was fairly clean with the big three dominating.

Pocono 400 Results

  1. 78 Truex Jr.
  2. 42 Larson
  3. 18 KyBusch
  4.  4 Harvick
  5.  2 Keselowski
  6. 12 Blaney
  7. 10 Almirola
  8. 48 Johnson
  9. 22 Logano
  10.  9 Elliott
  11. 21 Menard
  12.  3 A Dillon
  13.  6 Kenseth
  14. 17 Stenhouse Jr.
  15.  1 McMurray
  16. 38 Ragan
  17. 37 Buescher
  18. 24 Byron R
  19. 41 KuBusch
  20. 14 Bowyer
  21. 34 McDowell
  22. 47 Allmendinger
  23. 13 T Dillon
  24. 19 Suarez
  25. 31 Newman
  26. 51 Custer R
  27. 88 Bowman
  28. 15 Chastain R -1
  29. 20 Jones -1
  30. 72 Whitt -2
  31. 00 Cassill -3
  32.  7 Yeley -3
  33. 23 Gaulding -3
  34. 99 Cope -8
  35. 11 Hamlin OUT
  36. 95 Kahne OUT
  37. 32 DiBenedetto OUT
  38. 43 Wallace Jr. OUT

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