RPW Column: Harvick And Hamlin Trade Jabs In Early Regular Season Points Battle With Wins At Pocono

Column By: JESSY MILLER/ RPW – POCONO, PA – Before Coronavirus and NASCAR decided to (wisely) take a break to keep everyone safe, there was supposed to be a double header at Pocono for the Cup Series. That’s right, a race on Saturday and then another the next day on Sunday. Well, taking a two month break didn’t stop NASCAR because this last weekend… they delivered!

On Saturday it was Kevin Harvick that was victorious. There would be no burnout from the No. 4 since the drivers had to use the same cars on Sunday’s race. This marked Harvick’s third win in the 2020 season to date. The top twenty finishers would be inverted for Sunday meaning that Harvick started Sunday’s race in 20th and Ryan Preece (who finished 20th on Saturday) started on the pole. All drivers 21st and behind started Sunday in the positions they finished Saturday in.

Top-10 Saturday: (Via NASCAR.com)

1 Kevin Harvick
2 Denny Hamlin
3 Aric Almirola
4 Christopher Bell
5 Kyle Busch
6 Martin Truex Jr.
7 Clint Bowyer
8 Michael McDowell
9 Brad Keselowski
10 Chris Buescher

On Sunday it was as if Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick had switched cars, Hamlin took the checkered flag and Harvick finished in second. This was Hamlin’s 4th win of 2020. The other three wins came at the Daytona 500 in February, Darlington in May and Homestead in June. It was also Hamlin’s 6th win at Pocono which tied him with Jeff Gordon for most wins at the Tricky Triangle.

Top-10 Sunday: (Via NASCAR.com)

1 Denny Hamlin
2 Kevin Harvick
3 Erik jones
4 Chase Elliott
5 Aric Almirola
6 Matt DiBenedetto
7 William Byron
8 Clint Bowyer
9 Alex Bowman                                                                                                                                                  10 Martin Truex Jr.

Next weekend the NASCAR Cup Series will compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. The race is scheduled for July 5th, at 4:00 pm EST on NBC.