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Pocono was the whole 2020 NASCAR season rolled into one weekend.
Both days had weather delays, which has become just a normal part of Stage 1 these days. The Saturday rain delay forced NASCAR to shift the Gander Trucks Series race to Sunday morning, setting up a NASCAR first: three, that’s right, three races in one day on Sunday.
Record-Setting Xfinity Series…for Cautions
The Xfinity Series race set a record for cautions with nine. It’s something that’s put Xfinity on par with the Cup Series this year in terms of popularity among NASCAR fans. The buzz surrounding the Xfinity Series has never been louder than it has been this year.
With the influx of new fans to the sport, wrecks have aided tremendously in keeping the attention of the new fans. It undoubtedly adds excitement to the races. That, in turn, keeps them glued to the race broadcasts long enough to learn the intricacies and strategies that FOX does so well at explaining to the casual viewer.
The Gander Trucks Series race on Sunday morning tied the Xfinity race in cautions with nine. And let’s face it, the Truck races have always been a wreck happy series. That is a big reason we all love watching them.
Harvick and Hamlin Dominate
This weekend’s Cup Series races continued multiple 2020 trends throughout the weekend. The first being a national broadcast of just how bad the aero package is in the series. If NASCAR needed any help trying to decide if it was time to take a look at adjusting the aerodynamics package, Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 didn’t just tip the scales. It broke it.
The Cup Series’ Pocono weekend doubleheader also saw more of the same in terms of winners. Kevin Harvick tied Denny Hamlin for the season wins lead (three). Hamlin crossed the finish line in second place.
Flip that result and you’ll get Sunday’s Pocono 350 race result, with Hamlin retaking the race wins lead (four), and Harvick finishing behind him in second place. Hamlin and Harvick are putting on a clinic this year; Pocono was no different.
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the track this Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400. The race broadcast will start at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Sunday’s race will be NASCAR’s first race on a road course this season.