Xfinity: Kyle Larson Wins Rain-Shortened Race At Pocono

Jun 4, 2016; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Kyle Larson (42) races during the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O
Jun 4, 2016; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Kyle Larson (42) races during the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O /

In the inaugural race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Pocono, the rain stopped the field short, giving the win to Kyle Larson.

The tricky triangle in the mountains of Pennsylvania is not only known for its challenging three turns, but the often challenges that Mother Nature brings to racing there. The NASCAR Xfinity Series faced those head on this Saturday, in the inaugural series race at the Pocono Raceway. In the end, the weather would win out after 53 laps, with Kyle Larson in the lead, inheriting the race win.

Joe Gibbs Racing dominated qualifying once again, with all three of their cars in the top three and young Erik Jones on pole. However, pit strategy would come into play early and often, shuffling up the field and putting Cup Series driver Kyle Larson near the front. He would receive help from JR Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler on multiple restarts, pushing the #42 Chevy to the front in turn 1. And when the rain came out on Lap 52, it was Larson sitting at the front of the pack, and would be declared the winner.

Erik Jones would bounce back from deep in the pack after being caught out on pit strategy to finish second, while Ty Dillon converted his strength at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to success at Pocono in third. Kyle Busch, who looked like the strongest car in the race at the beginning of the event, came home fourth followed by fellow Cup competitor Joey Logano in fifth.

Here are the full results for the Xfinity Series Pocono Green 250:

  1. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing
  2. Erik Jones, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  3. Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  4. Kyle Busch, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  5. Joey Logano, Ford, Team Penske
  6. Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, JR Motorsports
  7. Paul Menard, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  8. Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  9. Daniel Suarez, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
  10. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, JR Motorsports
  11. Aric Almirola, Ford, Biagi-Den Beste Racing
  12. Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing
  13. JJ Yeley, Toyota, Tri-Star Motorsports
  14. Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
  15. Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Kaulig Racing
  16. Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing
  17. Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, JD Motorsports
  18. Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, JGL Racing
  19. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, JD Motorsports
  20. Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, King Autosport
  21. Ray Black Jr., Chevrolet, SS-Green Light Racing
  22. J. McLeod, Ford, B.J. McLeod Motorsports
  23. Joey Gase, Chevrolet, Means Racing
  24. Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, Obiaka Racing
  25. Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, Rick Ware Racing
  26. Brandon Gdovic, Chevrolet, Precision Motorsports
  27. Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, JD Motorsports
  28. Todd Peck, Ford, Rick Ware Racing
  29. Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, RSS Racing
  30. Mike Harmon, Dodge, Harmon Racing
  31. Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Clements Racing
  32. J. Bell, Dodge, MBM Racing
  33. Ryan Reed, Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing
  34. Jeff Green, Toyota, Tri-Star Motorsports
  35. Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Shepherd Racing Ventures
  36. Josh Wise, Chevrolet, RSS Racing
  37. Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, DCR Racing
  38. Carl Long, Toyota, MBM Racing
  39. Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, JR Motorsports
  40. Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Tri-Star Motorsports

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The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series comes one week from today in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Catch the Menards 250 from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 11th at 1:30 pm eastern on FS1.