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Brandon Jones wins wreck-filled Truck race at Pocono

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Brandon Jones passed Sheldon Creed in the Tunnel Turn on the final lap to win Sunday’s Gander RV & Outdoors Truck race at Pocono Raceway.

Creed took the lead on the next-to-last lap off a restart, going between Jones and Austin Hill. Jones and Creed battled side by side on the final lap through Turn 1 and entering the Tunnel Turn before Jones pulled ahead and went on to score his first series win in his 46th career start.

Hill finished second and was followed by Creed, Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes.

MORE: Race results, driver points report

The 60-lap race was slowed by a track record-tying nine cautions.

Christian Eckes, seeking his first series win, was among the victims in the race. He crashed while leading with 12 laps to go when a tire went down. He finished 33rd.

The race saw three cautions and two red flags in the first 13 laps. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton was collected in a crash on the first corner of the first lap. He finished last. Crafton entered the race one point out of what would be the final playoff spot.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Hill, who finished second, scored his seventh consecutive top-10 result but remains winless this season. … Sheldon Creed, who finished a season-best third, won both stages and scored his first top-10 finish in the past three races. … Todd Gilliland placed fourth for his best result of the year. … Ben Rhodes finished fifth for his best run of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Matt Crafton finished last after he was collected in Codie Rohrbaugh‘s crash on the first corner of the first lap. Rohrbaugh finished 39th. … Raphael Lessard hit the grass in Turn 3 and shot up into the wall and in Austin Wayne Self‘s path on the sixth lap. Lessard finished 37th. Self finished 38th. … Ty Majeski, running third, blocked Grant Enfinger and wrecked on the 12th lap. Majeski placed 36th.

NOTABLE: Kyle Busch Motorsports scored its 78th career Truck win. Thirteen drivers have accounted for those victories.

NEXT: The series races at 6 p.m. ET July 11 at Kentucky Speedway on FS1.

UPDATED: Starting lineup for Sunday’s Truck Series race at Pocono

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UPDATE: Rain forced the postponement of Saturday’s Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway to Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. That race will be part of a tripleheader at the 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track, with the Xfinity Series and Cup Series to host races later in the same day.

According to NASCAR officials, this will be the first time in the sport’s history that a track has hosted three national series races in one day.

Here’s Sunday’s updated schedule:

9:30 a.m. – Truck race (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity race (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 p.m. – Cup race (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The wunderground.com forecast for Sunday calls for a high of 70 degrees and a 15% chance of rain at the start of the Truck race.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Johnny Sauter will start from the pole for Saturday’s Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway (12:30 p.m. ET on FS1) thanks to a random draw.

He will be joined on the front row by Sheldon Creed.

The top five is completed by Austin Hill, Christian Eckes and Grant Enfinger.

Click here for the starting lineup.

Here is how the lineup was set:

  • Positions 1 -10:  The first 10 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up Eligibility will be assigned starting positions 1st – 10th using a random draw.
  • Positions 11 – 21:  The next 11 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 11- 21 using a random draw.
  • positions 22 – 32: The next 11 NGROTS Teams based on the Adverse Conditions Line Up eligibility will be assigned starting positions 22nd – 32nd using a random draw.
  • Any vehicles that are eligible for the Event in position 33rd – 40th will be assigned starting positions based on their order of eligibility.

NASCAR Truck Series at Pocono

Race Time: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Track: Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, Pennsylvania (2.5-mile speedway)

Length: 60 laps, 150 miles

Stages: Stage 1 ends on Lap 15. Stage 2 ends on Lap 30.

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Cup race: Saturday at Pocono (130 laps, 325 miles), 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Next Xfinity race: Sunday at Pocono (90 laps, 225 miles), 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1

Results, standings after Miami Truck race

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After having being penalized for a pre-race inspection infraction, Kyle Busch roared back through the pack and eventually into victory lane with his Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

MORE: Kyle Busch overcomes penalties to win Miami Truck race

Busch held off Tyler Ankrum, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott and Johnny Sauter to earn the 58th Truck Series win of his NASCAR career.

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Austin Hill remains No. 1 in the standings, Christian Eckes climbs from sixth to second [44 points behind Hill], followed by Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes [both -48] and Todd Gilliland [-61] climbed five places to fifth place.

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Starting lineup for Saturday’s Truck race in Miami

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Austin Hill starts on the pole for Saturday night’s Truck race at Miami, but he will have Kyle Busch next to him on the front row.

Grant Enfinger starts third and is followed by rookie Christian Eckes and Ben Rhodes. Chase Elliott will start 16th in the 39-truck field.

Saturday morning, it was announced team owner Ray Ciccarelli will drive the No. 49 truck.

Click here for updated entry list

NASCAR Truck Series at Miami

Race Time: 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida (1.5-mile speedway)

Length: 134 laps, 201 miles

Stages: Stage 1 ends on Lap 30. Stage 2 ends on Lap 60.

TV coverage: FS1

Radio: Motor Racing Network (also SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Streaming: Fox Sports app (subscription required); mrn.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Next Cup race: Sunday at Miami (267 laps, 400.5 miles), 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Next Xfinity race: Saturday at Miami (167 laps, 250.5 miles), 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1

Power rankings after Atlanta: Kevin Harvick back to No. 1

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Kevin Harvick’s absence from the top of the NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings didn’t last long.

After his win at Bristol, Brad Keselowski replaced Harvick, ending Harvick’s two-week reign at No. 1. But with Sunday’s win at Atlanta, Harvick is back on top and is once again the unanimous choice by NBC Sports’ NASCAR writers.

Ryan Blaney made the biggest jump in the rankings, from ninth last week to third this week. Only one driver dropped out of the top 10 from last week: Christopher Bell, replaced by Martin Truex Jr.

Here’s how this week’s rankings look:

1. Kevin Harvick (30 points): Of course he’s going to be strong at Atlanta. Of course he’s going to win there. Of course he’s going to be jump back to No. 1 in this week’s ranking. Last week: second.

2. Kyle Busch (27 points): Earned his third runner-up and sixth top-five finish of the season. But when will he finally break through for his first win of 2020? Last week: tied for sixth.

3. Ryan Blaney (21 points): Nice rally back from a last-place finish at Bristol. Atlanta makes it three top-five finishes in the last four races. Last week: ninth.

4. Brad Keselowski (18 points): Got as much out of his car as he could at Atlanta. Earned his fifth consecutive top-10 finish. Last week: first place.

5. Kurt Busch (17 points): Kudos to finishing sixth after having to start at the rear and do a pass through penalty at the beginning of the race because his car failed pre-race inspection three times. Has finished seventh or better in the last four races.

6. Martin Truex Jr. (16 points): Won both stages and finished third at Atlanta. Now heads to Martinsville where he won last fall’s playoff race. Is he about to start a big run? Last week: unranked.

7. Chase Elliott (13 points): Four top-five showings (including a win at Charlotte) and two other top-10 finishes this season. Look for even better things going forward. Last week: third.

8. Jimmie Johnson (11 points): He’s so close to a win that he and his fans can taste it. Could he finally snap his 105-race winless streak Wednesday night at Martinsville, where he has nine career wins? Last week: fifth.

9. Denny Hamlin (5 points): Finished fifth at Atlanta but barely got a look from the voters, even with a win and three other top-five finishes in the last six races. Last week: eighth.

10. Austin Dillon (4 points): Consistency has been an issue during much of his Cup career. But things are looking up of late: Has placed 11th or better in each of the last three races. Last week: tied for sixth.

Others receiving votes: Grant Enfinger (3 points), Ryan Newman (1 point)