Larson Wins Rain Shortened Pocono Green 250
Kyle Larson races during the Pocono Green 250 Saturday.
Photo by Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts



By Justin Melillo
Staff Reporter
June 5, 2016
jmelillo@theracingexperts.net



LONG POND, Pa.—The Inaugural Pocono Green 250 ended 47 laps prematurely Saturday after rain showers halted the event after 53 of the laps were completed. Kyle Larson was awarded the victory, his first of 2016, and the fourth of his career in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

“We were good, a little bit better than I thought we’d be,” Larson said post-race. “We were more comparable to Gibbs’ cars than what I thought we’d be based off practice and qualifying, so that was good.”


The race began approximately at 1:15 P.M. ET, and just after an hour of racing, the rain halted the race at approx. 2:20 P.M. ET. Track drying efforts began immediately, but pop-up showers prevalent enough to end the race early.


THROUGH THE FIELD

Erik Jones started on the pole alongside teammate Kyle Busch. Busch took off and led the first 15 laps until the competition caution flag flew at lap 15. After multiple cautions, multiple pit stops and differing strategies, Busch was never able to find his way back to the front. Busch finished in 4th.


“Our car was good and decent,” he said.


Kyle Busch's pit crew services his car during the Pocono Green 250 Saturday.
Photo by Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts

“The 20 [of Erik Jones] was definitely better than we were probably. When we up front leading early, we were good up there, but 20 could make better moves through traffic so he got where he needed to be, but still was a little short.

“I don’t know. We were good. We were close.”



Jones, who seemed to be one of the fastest cars all day, pitted for four tires and fuel on the final pit stop of the day. He was running second to Larson before the red flag. Jones wound up second place.

“If we were able to keep racing, we needed probably about two more corners or a lap at most to really get there and get around Kyle,” Jones said.


Erik Jones
Photo by Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts

“We had a good Sport Clips Camry, but it’s just a matter of running out of time and the way strategy worked out.”


Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, and Ryan Reed all found trouble during the event. Allgaier, who started in the top-ten, got loose in Turn 2 on lap 19 and slammed the wall hard enough to end his day.

On lap 39, Reed spun down into Clements, triggering big contact between both drivers. Clements finished 31st, Reed finished 33rd, and Allgaier finished 39th, all out of the race.


Daniel Suarez started third and finished ninth, and maintained an 11 point lead over Elliott Sadler. The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline next Saturday.




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