Denny Hamlin in the No.11 Fed Ex Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing said he hoped a late caution didn’t come out during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Hamlin who finished Saturday’s race in second took his fourth victory of the season on Sunday and speaking following the race he said:
I was hoping for no caution. “I knew we had the car, and I was just kind of maintaining my gap right there—didn’t want to make any mistakes like I did at Bristol and gave that win away.
The race start was delayed due to lightning at the track and was also delayed further due to heavy rain and following nearly an hour the race got underway again.
Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in the the No.4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang who took victory in Pocono on Saturday finished second on Sunday and speaking following the race he said:
“I just tried to work through the traffic the best I could, and obviously, Chris was paying attention to the strategy there and made the right call.”
Despite his second-place finish, Harvick felt he had a better setup in the No. 4 Ford than the one he drove to victory on Saturday.
“He (Hamlin) just did the opposite of what we did. “We didn’t want to get caught with a caution and then wound up losing a little bit too much time in lapped traffic with all the cars that hadn’t pitted.
“He was out there running clean laps and waited till right to the very end (to pit) and wound up in front of us. I’m proud of everybody on our team. Yesterday, (strategy) won us the race, and today we finished second.”
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones in the No.20 Toyota Camry finished the race in fourth place.
It was a disappointing day for Christopher Bell who was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he said:
“I was kind of rolling out there by myself, and I had a good gap between the guy in front of me and behind me, and it just stepped out getting into turn two there.
“It’s disappointing, but I’m really happy with the speed that we’ve had these last couple weeks. Obviously, yesterday here we were really fast, and we had another great car today, so these guys keep bringing really fast Rheem Camrys to the racetrack, and we’ll have good shows.”
Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch in the No.18 M&M’s Minis Joe Gibbs Racing was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he said:
“The guys did an amazing job from yesterday to today. “I guess it proves that, if you get a little practice time in, we are going to be a force to be reckoned with, so hopefully life gets back to normal eventually.
“But we are in 2020, so it doesn’t surprise me getting crashed out of the lead. The M&M’s Camry was pretty fast today. Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the guys did a great job. It’s just very frustrating and unfortunate. I know what happened, but it doesn’t make any sense to talk about it. It will just come across in a bad way.”