NASCAR driver Kyle Larson was so close to pulling off his fifth Cup Series win in a row before a flat tire threw that right out the window.
It was Alex Bowman who ultimately came away as the winner at Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325. It will go down as a victory for Bowman, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports, but it’s one where he knows was a little lucky. His own Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kyle Larson, had the race completely in hand and was nearing the final turn when he suffered a flat tire causing him to go into the wall.
The official NASCAR Twitter account posted video of the final lap at Ponoco just minutes after the race had concluded. Take a look at the wild finish for yourself down below:
“We can’t believe it! @Alex_Bowman is your winner!” the NASCAR Twitter account wrote alongside the footage.
NASCAR Fans Chime In on Wild Ponoco Finish
NASCAR fans on Twitter were sounding off after Bowman’s unlikely win at Ponoco on Saturday. Many of them were just happy to see a new winner after watching Larson dominate the field in multiple races this year.
“Thank you Tire Gods! Who wants to see the same driver win every race? Not me,” one of the top comments said.
“Damn that’s unfortunate for Kyle but it’s nice to see another winner,” another fan replied.
“What a battle they had! Unfortunate for Kyle but what a race in front of a packed grandstand! So cool to see fans pack a track again!”
With the win, Alex Bowman now has a total of three victories during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season and five for his career. He was also able to snap Larson’s incredible win streak. At the same time, he gave Hendrick Motorsports their sixth-straight Cup Series victory.
Meanwhile, Kyle Larson gave his thoughts after the race.
“It’s disbelief still,” Larson said. “A little bit laughable just because I can’t believe it. But I hate that we didn’t get another win. It would have been cool to win five in a row. It just wasn’t meant to be I guess today.”
Larson went on to say that he “felt something” just before things went south.
“I felt something like right in the middle of the tunnel and I wasn’t quite sure what it was yet,” the driver explained. “And then it finally kind of shredded halfway through the little short shoot there and I couldn’t turn. Hate that we couldn’t get the win, but Alex still did in another Hendrick car.”