NASCAR: How, When to Watch This Year’s Second Pocono Race

by Emily Morgan
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The NASCAR Xfinity Series Drivers are headed to Pennsylvania this weekend for the Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons. Those hoping to catch the racing action can do so beginning at noon ET on Sunday, with coverage provided by NBC Sports Network. Those without cable can also stream the race live via NBCSports.com/live. 

However, the live streaming will require users to provide a cable login. If you’re without a login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV. On Sunday, Chris Buescher will start on the pole for the race. The finishing top 20 drivers from Saturday’s Pocono race to determine Sunday’s lineup. 

On Saturday, Buescher finished in 20th at the 2.5-mile track, locked in his front-row starting position. Saturday’s victor Alex Bowman will start in the 20th position. After attempting his fourth straight victory at yesterday’s Pocono race, Kyle Larson is heading to track defeated after blowing one of his tires. 

The Hendrick Motorsports driver was able to overtake Alex Bowman with just four laps remaining in the race. He had been close behind him for the previous 15 laps. Suddenly, as Larson entered the race’s final turn, his No. 5 car blew its front left tire, ultimately costing him the win. He ended the race in 9th place. 

“I guess that’s one thing that’s probably keeping me excited and not depressed, is that we get to go back again tomorrow,” Larson said after Saturday’s race. “I’m sure our backup car will be just as good as that one. Feel like we learned a lot about our car today. The track came to us a lot. I think we should be good tomorrow.”

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As for Bowman’s response, he couldn’t help but feel bad about how things panned out for Larson, even though it sealed his win. “I hate to win that way, but hell, yeah, I’ll take it.”

As for Bowman, he garnered his fifth win of his career and his third win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. His win also gave Hendrick Motorsports a record 18th win at the track. The last time fans saw this was when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Pocono 400 in 2014.

As for this weekend’s starting lineup, NASCAR is back to using the original formula for determining the starting lineup. 

Instead of using a formula, NASCAR will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s race on the finishing order from the first race of the 2021 season’s doubleheader.

Second Pocono Race Lineup

1st – Chris Buescher
2nd – Michael McDowell
3rd – Martin Truex Jr.
4th – Christopher Bell
5th – Aric Almirola
6th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7th – Bubba Wallace
8th – Daniel Suarez
9th – Chase Elliott
10th – Tyler Reddick
11th – Brad Keselowski
12th – Kyle Larson
13th – Kevin Harvick
14th – Joey Logano
15th – Kurt Busch
16th – Ryan Blaney
17th – Denny Hamlin
18th – William Byron
19th – Kyle Busch
20th – Alex Bowman
21st – Austin Dillon
22nd – Erik Jones
23rd – Ryan Preece
24th – Chase Briscoe
25th – Cody Ware
26th – Anthony Alfredo
27th – Justin Haley
28th – James Davison
29th – Garrett Smithley
30th – B.J. McLeod
31st – Quin Houff
32nd – Matt DiBenedetto
33rd – Ross Chastain
34th – Josh Bilicki
35th – Timmy Hill
36th – Corey LaJoie
37th – Ryan Newman
38th – Cole Custer

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