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Explore The Pocono Mountains 225

Saturday, July 13th, 2024

Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • 25 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 7 Ford

  • Friday, July 12th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Cole Custer leads the Xfinity Series back to Pocono

New Zealand driver Shane Van Gisbergen collected a series high third win of the season on the Chicago Street Course last week to move into the top position on the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff grid. But racing moves off the city streets to one of the sport’s most traditional ovals, Pocono Raceway for Saturday’s Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 (3 p.m. ET on USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

In eight Xfinity Series races there has never been a repeat winner at the unique 2.5-mile three-turn track and reigning series champion Cole Custer sure would like to change that statistic on Saturday. The driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford won from pole position at the “Tricky Triangle” in 2019 leading more than half of the laps.

A frustrating 19th-place finish at Chicago snapped a five-race top-10 streak for Custer. Although he is still racing for his first win of 2024, he sits atop the regular season standings by 38 points over JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier.

Six of the season’s 12 Playoff positions are filled with race winners. And Custer currently has the regular season championship lead, leaving five spots still to be decided with eight races remaining before the Xfinity Series Playoffs begin Sept. 28 at Kansas Speedway.

Three drivers that won races last season – Riley Herbst (ranked eighth), A.J. Allmendinger (ninth), and Sammy Smith (12th) – are currently Playoff-bound based on their points positions. But, like Custer, are still looking for their first trophy of the year. Sheldon Creed and Parker Kligerman, ranked 10th and 11th respectively, are racing for their career first wins in the series.

Smith holds only a tenuous 23-point advantage over Ryan Sieg for that 12th and final Playoff position.

Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill is the defending Pocono race winner and his title chase momentum could use a trip to Victory Lane. After winning the first two races of the year – at Daytona Beach and Atlanta – Hill led the points and has been ranked first or second eight times in the 18-race season. After a tough Spring, he’s fourth in the championship heading into Pocono, 60 points behind Custer. He’s had top-10 finishes in the last two races, however.

NASCAR Cup Series driver Josh Berry will make his first Xfinity Series start since he was a full-timer in the series in 2023. He’ll drive the No. 15 AM Racing Chevrolet. This year’s Daytona 500 winner William Byron will drive the No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship leader Corey Heim will be in the No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Chevrolet.

Ryan Truex will drive the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota making his second start for the team since a victory at Dover Del. in April.

  • Saturday, July 13th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Cole Custer earns his first win of the 2024 season at Pocono Raceway

Reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer claimed his first win of the 2024 season Saturday beating his closest championship challenger Justin Allgaier to the Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 checkered flag and giving Ford its first series win of the year.

Custer’s No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang took the lead from Allgaier on a re-start with nine laps remaining and then held off the JR Motorsports Chevy by .670-second to secure his 14th career victory in a thrilling finish at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. He becomes first driver to win multiple NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the historic 2.5-mile track – answering his 2019 win.

“You just try to manage it the best you can but it’s kind of the luck of the draw who gets the best push,’’ a smiling Custer said of having to hold off perennial championship contender Allgaier and third place finisher NASCAR Cup Series regular William Byron in the closing laps.

“That was some Doug Yates horsepower right there. We definitely had it on the straightaways and man, I just can’t say enough about these guys. They’ve worked so hard this whole year and just haven’t had that final result. To finally get it, is so awesome.’’

Allgaier led a race best 30 laps of the 90-lap race with the 25-year old Californian Custer out front for 25 laps – the two drivers each winning a stage. For Allgaier, his Stage 1 victory was a series best 11th but a pit road penalty during the ensuing pit stop forced him to work his way back up through the field.

And even with all the impressive race statistics and compelling comeback storyline Saturday, it was missing out on the trophy after such a strong showing that stuck with Allgaier when he climbed out of his Chevrolet.

“Really proud of everyone at Junior Motorsports, just really stinks to come out of here second,’’ Allgaier said. “Led so many laps here and feel like same result every time, just not able to go to Victory Lane. … just came up a little short and it’s going to sting for a little while.’’

This year’s Daytona 500 winner and the 2017 Xfinity Series champion Byron was making his third Xfinity Series start of the season and kept the field honest leading 17 laps.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Sheldon Creed and Taylor Gray rounded out the Pocono top-five. Kaulig Racing’s A.J. Allmendinger, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill, Big Machine Racing’s Parker Kligerman and JR Motorsports teammates Sammy Smith and Sam Mayer rounded out the top-10.

Custer extended his lead atop the Xfinity Series championship and now holds a 51-point advantage on Allgaier. With seven races remaining to set the 12-driver Playoff field, Smith holds a 23-point edge over Ryan Sieg for that 12th position.

  • Drivers Entered: 39 (1 drivers will not make the race)
  • Laps Scheduled: 90
  • Margin of Victory: 0.670 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 8 Minutes 26 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 105.113
  • Cautions: 8 for 30 laps
  • Lead Changes: 10
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,963 (32.7 passes per green flag lap)
Cole Custer celebrates in victory lane
Long Pond, Pennsylvania - July 13, 2024 : Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 at Pocono Raceway.
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Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 at Pocono Raceway results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
6 10 16 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 42 31 11 0 90 0 0 5 6 Running
19 34 20 Ryan Truex Toyota 18 18 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
2 3 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 47 35 11 1 90 30 2 1 10 Running
8 15 48 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet 29 29 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
21 17 27 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 16 16 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
24 23 38 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 13 13 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
36 30 43 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 47 0 0 0 0 Accident
12 7 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 34 25 9 0 90 4 1 8 5 Running
23 21 91 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 14 14 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
3 6 17 William Byron Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 90 16 2 4 0 Running
26 27 44 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 11 11 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
1 8 00 Cole Custer Ford 65 40 19 6 90 25 2 2 1 Running
37 29 92 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 Electrical
7 11 21 Austin Hill Chevrolet 43 30 13 0 90 1 1 6 3 Running
13 2 9 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 24 24 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
30 24 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 7 7 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
18 22 11 Josh Williams Chevrolet 19 19 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
11 18 98 Riley Herbst Ford 37 26 11 0 90 0 0 7 4 Running
29 31 14 Mason Massey Ford 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
14 16 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 23 23 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
33 32 07 Patrick Emerling Chevrolet 4 4 0 0 89 0 0 0 0 Running
4 1 18 Sheldon Creed Toyota 38 33 5 0 90 7 1 10 7 Running
27 14 15 Josh Berry Ford 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
34 35 29 Blaine Perkins Ford 3 3 0 0 72 0 0 0 0 Suspension
20 33 28 Kyle Sieg Ford 17 17 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
10 12 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 27 27 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
38 36 74 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Accident
15 5 81 Chandler Smith Toyota 39 22 17 0 90 0 0 3 2 Running
16 25 26 Corey Heim Toyota 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 9 Running
5 4 19 Taylor Gray Toyota 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
32 13 31 Parker Retzlaff Chevrolet 5 5 0 0 89 0 0 0 0 Running
9 9 8 Sammy Smith Chevrolet 33 28 5 0 90 0 0 9 8 Running
35 38 35 Stephen Mallozzi Chevrolet 2 2 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 Engine
25 28 42 Leland Honeyman Jr Chevrolet 12 12 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
17 20 10 Daniel Dye Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
22 19 2 Jesse Love Chevrolet 15 15 0 0 90 7 2 0 0 Running
31 26 97 Shane van Gisbergen Chevrolet 6 6 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running
28 37 4 Thomas Annunziata Chevrolet 9 9 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 Running

Race Infractions

Penalties imposed prior to or during the race.

Driver Infraction Penalty Lap Lap Assessed Flag
Jesse Love Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Josh Berry Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Taylor Gray Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Ryan Truex Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Brennan Poole Pre-Race to the Rear Inspection failure Tail End 0 0 White
Brennan Poole Unspecified Loss of pit selection next event Pass Thru 1 2 Green
Dawson Cram Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon Tail End 3 5 Yellow
Shane van Gisbergen Speeding on pit road Tail End 3 5 Yellow
Jesse Love Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 5 5 Yellow
Anthony Alfredo Speeding on pit road Tail End 21 24 Yellow
Justin Allgaier Equipment Interference Tail End 21 24 Yellow
Josh Berry Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 22 24 Yellow
Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 24 24 Yellow
William Byron Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 27 29 Yellow
Jeremy Clements Safety violation Tail End 41 45 Yellow
Removing equipment from assigned pit area Tail End 41 45 Yellow
Mason Massey Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 44 45 Yellow
Parker Retzlaff Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 44 45 Yellow
Brennan Poole Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 47 49 Yellow
Parker Retzlaff Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 47 49 Yellow
Leland Honeyman Jr Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 47 49 Yellow
Ryan Ellis Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 47 0 Yellow
Mason Massey Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 49 49 Yellow
Jesse Love Tire violation Uncontrolled tire Pass Thru 61 62 Green
Riley Herbst Speeding on pit road Pass Thru 63 65 Green
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 70 0 Yellow
Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 70 0 Yellow
Jeremy Clements Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 75 77 Yellow
Ryan Sieg Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 77 77 Yellow
Mason Massey Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 77 77 Yellow
Jeremy Clements Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 84 85 Yellow