Alex Bowman wins Race 1 at Pocono after flat tire dooms leader Kyle Larson on last lap

Kyle Larson was racing towards history with one turn in sight.

Larson, who had actually won 3 successive NASCAR Cup Series points races, had actually driven his method back to the position he’s remained in for the majority of the 2021 season — blazing a trail after passing Hendrick Motorsports colleague Alex Bowman with 5 laps staying Saturday in the very first race of a weekend doubleheader at Pocono Raceway.

However fate and the Challenging Triangle had other concepts. Coming out of Turn 2, Larson’s left front tire went flat, and seconds later on his No. 5 Chevrolet was crashing into the Turn 3 outdoors wall, enabling Bowman to slip by for his 3rd triumph of the season.

“I hate to win one that way,” Bowman stated after taking the checkered flag, “but heck yeah, I’ll take it!”

Larson was looking for to end up being the very first motorist given that previous Hendrick motorist Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to win 4 successive Cup points races. Larson likewise won the NASCAR All-Star Race previously this month.

“Disbelief, still,” Larson stated. “It would have been to win five in a row. I felt something in the middle of the tunnel. I wasn’t sure what it was yet. It kind of shredded the tire.”

Bowman led simply 16 of the 130 laps in the Pocono Organics CBD 325 in his No. 48 Chevrolet, the large bulk invested discovering a method to keep Larson behind him.

“Man, we didn’t run that good all day, so I’m kind of in shock,” Bowman continued. “Bad-luck Bowman had some luck there. The 5 beat us, but their misfortune — it happens, it’s part of the sport — so I’ll take it.”

Alex Bowman celebrates with his crew after winning Saturday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Alex Bowman commemorates with his team after winning Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Bowman’s triumph pressed Hendrick Motorsports’ Cup Series win streak to 6 successive races, which started with Bowman’s win at Dover on Might 16. That was followed by Chase Elliott’s win at Circuit of the Americas on Might 23 and 3 successive wins by Larson — at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600, Sonoma Raceway and Nashville Superspeedway last weekend.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch ended up second, Hendrick motorist William Byron took 3rd with JGR’s Denny Hamlin 4th and Group Penske’s Ryan Blaney completing the leading 5. Larson hopped house in ninth location.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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