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Saturday’s NASCAR schedule at Pocono Raceway

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Today’s action at Pocono Raceway includes qualifying for both the Cup and Xfinity Series, as well as the Pocono Green 250 Xfinity Race.

Today’s forecast: afternoon thunderstorms expected with a high of 74 degrees. There is a 15% chance of rain at race time.

Here’s the weekend’s full schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times are Eastern)

7 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. – Cup garage open

8:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage open

10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying impound (single vehicle/one-lap all positions) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

11:35 a.m. – Cup qualifying impound (single vehicle/one-lap all positions) (FS1, MRN)

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1 p.m. – Pocono Green 250 Xfinity race (Stages 25/50/100 = 100 laps/250 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Pocono Raceway

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This weekend marks the first of two race weekends this season at Pocono Raceway. 

The Cup and Xfinity Series will be in action this weekend at the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off until June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Friday’s forecast, per wunderground.com, calls for partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 70 degrees. There is 10% chance of rain.

Saturday’s forecast – afternoon thunderstorms expected with a high of 76 degrees. There is a 20% chance of rain at race time. Sunday’s forecast calls for afternoon storms expected with a high of 68 degrees at race time. There is a 60% chance of rain at race time.

Here’s the weekend’s full schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, May 31

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

1:05 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NASCAR.com, Motor Racing Network)

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – First Cup practice (NASCAR.com, MRN)

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (FS2)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Cup practice (FS2, MRN)

Saturday, June 1

7 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. – Cup garage open

8:30 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

10:05 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying impound (single vehicle/one-lap all positions) (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

11:35 a.m. – Cup qualifying impound (single vehicle/one-lap all positions) (FS1, MRN)

12:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

1 p.m. – Pocono Green 250 Xfinity race (Stages 25/50/100 = 100 laps/250 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, June 2

9 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Cup driver/crew chief meeting

1:20 p.m. – Cup driver introductions

2 p.m. – Pocono 400 Cup race (Stages 50/100/160 = 160 laps/400 miles) (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Preliminary entry lists for Cup, Xfinity at Pocono

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Following this past Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, the 26-race NASCAR Cup regular season is now halfway down before the playoffs.

Sunday, the Cup and Xfinity series visit the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle, otherwise known as Pocono Raceway. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is off until June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Here are the preliminary entry lists for this weekend’s two races:

Cup – Pocono 400 (2 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1)

Thirty-seven cars are entered.

Cody Ware will make his fifth consecutive start and 11th overall in the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet, while JJ Yeley will be in the No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford. Quin Houff will be back in the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevy.

Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race winner, beating Kyle Larson.

Click here for the preliminary entry list.

Xfinity – Pocono Green 250 (1 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1)

There are 38 cars entered in this race.

Cup regular Austin Dillon will be in the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. Cup regular Ryan Preece will drive the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Camden Murphy is entered in the No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet.

Ronnie Bassett Jr. will make his fifth start of the season in the No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet.

Jeffrey Earnhardt is back in the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing for a second consecutive weekend. 

Kyle Busch won this race last year, beating Chase Elliott.

Click here for the preliminary entry list.

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Results, Xfinity point standings after Pocono Green 250

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Kyle Busch claimed his first Xfinity Series win in five starts, winning the Pocono Green 250.

Busch won over Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

Elliott Sadler finished sixth for his 13th consecutive top 10. He’s the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 12 races this season.

Click here for results.

Points

Sadler has a 62-point lead over Custer through 12 races.

The top five is completed by Hemric (-63 points), Tyler Reddick (-64) and Christopher Bell (-79).

Click here for the full standings.

Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Pocono

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A special rules package that includes restrictor plates couldn’t keep Kyle Busch from handily winning Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Busch led 64 of 100 laps to claim his first Xfinity win in four starts this season. It’s his first victory in five starts, snapping his longest winless streak since 2014 (eight starts).

Busch took the lead for good on a Lap 61 restart and won over Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

“Feels good for as good as our car was,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “This car was on rails this week. It was last week too, but was just able to overcome our deficit that we had this weekend and get back to the front.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver led all but two laps in the first stage and won it by a seven-second margin over second place. A speeding penalty in Stage 2 forced Busch to climb through the field to place sixth.

The race saw seven lead changes among six drivers.

The rules package, which debuted last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will be used again next week at Michigan International Speedway, includes a larger spoiler, air ducts and a 2014 style splitter.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Paul Menard

MORE: Results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cole Custer started on the pole and led 23 laps on the way to earning his third top five of the season … Elliott Sadler placed sixth. He is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 12 races this season …  Ross Chastain placed 11th for his fourth top-15 finish this season … Daniel Hemric has finished third four times this season … Austin Cindric’s result is his best in 13 Xfinity starts.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Michael Annett finished 35th after getting loose and wrecking with Chase Briscoe on Lap 57. Briscoe finished 38th with his first DNF of the season … Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier wrecked out on a Lap 61 restart. Allgaier made contact with Dylan Lupton, which turned him into Bell.

POST-RACE INSPECTION: Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota failed post-race heights, an L1 violation. Any penalties will be announced next week.

NOTABLE: Kyle Busch has now won on 26 different tracks in the Xfinity Series and every active track on the circuit … Elliott Sadler has finished in the top 10 in 13 consecutive races without a win, matching a Xfinity record set by Chase Elliott.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not sure it’s the perfect fit, at least for this race track. You’re still lifting a fair amount. It’s a fine line of how well you want your car to drive versus how fast you want it to go. … I think it will probably be pretty good next week at Michigan because I think you’ll be closer to wide open there easier. You have to be open with a fair amount of confidence because when you get in traffic you can probably split that in half.” – Chase Elliott on how the restrictor plate package worked at Pocono.

WHAT’S NEXT: Lti Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway at 1:30 p.m. ET on June 9 on Fox.