Kyle Busch wins fuel mileage derby at Pocono


Long Pond, Pa. – Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team were no fools on fuel.

Overcoming transmission problems that forced team car chief Nate Bellows to enter Busch’s Toyota at one point and attempt to pry loose a stuck shifter, Busch stretched his final fuel tank 46 laps to the finish and claimed his second win of the Cup season Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

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Fuel mileage became a factor as the laps wound down. With nine laps to go, Brad Keselowski was forced to pit for a splash, giving the lead to William Byron.

Byron held onto the point until two laps to go, when he had to go to pit road. That left Denny Hamlin and Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, in first and second.

Finally, Hamlin blinked, coming down to pit road as Busch continued on to the white flag – and then, the checkered flag.

At one point, such a result felt far off. The shifter on Busch’s car was popping out of gear early on and then became stuck in fourth gear.

That made getting out of pit road tough for Busch. But it also made him pit a lap later than others who ran out of fuel ahead of him.

“Sometimes, you have to have a little bit of luck on your side, and today, we had some luck on our side,” Busch said. “It felt good. I think the biggest thing this week – everything was (finishing) second, and if that was all we had for today, we will take it.

“It’s pretty cool to win up here at Pocono. It’s such a tough racetrack and all of the guys and everyone in this package, it’s so hard to pass sometimes. We had to fuel save that whole last run to be able to get everything we could out of that gas tank.

“No clutch, no leaving pit road, extended time on pit road – to come back and be at full song by the time the field went green, that was an ordeal.”

Kyle Larson recovered from front-end damage sustained earlier in the race to finish second, bouncing back after losing the win Saturday to a blown tire.

Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five finishers.

Wallace’s fifth-place finish is a season-best for him. It was also the first top five and top 10 for the new 23XI Racing team, co-owned by Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.

STAGE 2 WINNER: William Byron

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Alex Bowman followed up his victory Saturday with a seventh-place finish … Ryan Preece‘s eighth-place finish was his third top 10 of the season, matching his most in a Cup season (2019).

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: After starting from the rear in a backup car, rookie Anthony Alfredo blew a tire and hit the wall on Lap 2. He limped on to a 34th-place finish.

NOTABLE: Joe Gibbs Racing ends a six-race win streak for Hendrick Motorsports. The Hendrick stable finished second (Larson), seventh (Bowman), 12th (Byron), and 27th (Chase Elliott) on Sunday.

NEXT: Sunday, July 4 at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wis.), 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.