Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin in the No.11 FedEx Toyota Camry showed his championship contender credentials on Sunday after taking victory in the Pocono 350, the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the weekend. The win was Hamlin’s fourth of the season.
Prior to the race Hamlin who finished Saturday’s race in second place behind winner Kevin Harvick had said that he felt the team had a winning car.
Kevin Harvick in the No.4 Busch Beer Stewart Haas Racing Ford Mustang finished the race in second place while Hamlin’s team mate Erik Jones rounded out the podium in third place just ahead of Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott.
Stewart Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola came home in fifth place in the No.10 Smithley Ford Mustang. Matt DiBenedetto rounded out the top six.
William Byron ended the race in seventh place just ahead of Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman while Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr in the No.19 Sirius XM Toyota Camry rounded out the top ten.
Brad Keselowski ended the race in eleventh place after a late race pit stop finishing the race just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth in the No.42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet and Kurt Busch in the No.1 Monster Energy Chevrolet.
Austin Dillon ended the race in 14th place just ahead of JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the No.47 Kroger Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports was 16th despite having to serve a drive through penalty.
Cole Custer finished the race in 17th just ahead of Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman and John Hunter Nemechek. Richard Petty Motorsports Bubba Wallace in the No.43 Victory Junction Chevrolet had a strong day running inside the top ten but ending the race in 20th place just ahead of Corey LaJoie. Ryan Blaney in the No.12 Menards Ford Mustang was 22nd despite contact with Kyle Busch. Ty Dillon ended the race in 23rd place just ahead of Team Penske’s Joey Logano in the No.22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang.
Ryan Preece ended the race in 25th place just ahead of Gaunt Brothers Racing’s Daniel Saurez and Brennan Poole. JJ Yeley was 28th just ahead of Timmy Hill while Indianapolis 500 regular James Davison rounded out the top 30 for Spire Motorsports.
Quin Houff ended the race in 31st place just ahead of Garrett Smithley and Joey Gase. Josh Bilicki was 34th just ahead of Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher.
BJ McLeod finished the race in 37th place. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch in the No.18 M&M’s Minis Toyota Camry was classified in 38th after contact with the wall saw him retire from the race 10 laps before the end of stage 2. Christopher Bell was 39th following an accident while Michael McDowell was 40th following an accident.
The next race on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule will be the Pennzoil 150 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend.