Hamlin victorious at the Tricky Triangle

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Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after scoring his third victory of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series took on Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA, while the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) was at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA, this past weekend.

In an event that went into overtime, Denny Hamlin conserved just enough fuel to drive to the checkered flag, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and posting his third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) victory of the season on Sunday at Pocono.

Teammate Erik Jones crossed the line second, .341 seconds behind, with JGR’s Martin Truex Jr. in third.

The rest of the top 10 included William Byron, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Daniel Hemric, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch (Stage 1 winner), and Ryan Blaney.

Hamlin, along with Truex, Harvick, Keselowski, Busch, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, and Chase Elliott have clinched spots in the MENCS Playoffs with wins this season.

MENCS will compete at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBCSN will televise the event. MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

Chase Briscoe made his first trip to victory lane this season (second overall) in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) event at Iowa Speedway, ending Christopher Bell’s two-race win streak at the 7/8-mile track.

Bell led a dominant 234 out of 250 laps and won the first two stages, but crossed the line second, 1.069 seconds behind Briscoe.

John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five.

With wins this season, Briscoe, Bell, Reddick, Cole Custer, and Michael Annett have secured spots in the NXS Playoffs.

NXS will also be at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. (CDT). NBC will televise the race, while MRN and SiriusXM will provide radio coverage.

After a dominating performance, Ross Chastain soared to his third victory of the season on Saturday in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Pocono.

Chastain (led 54 of 60 laps) held off runner-up Tyler Ankrum by 1.007 seconds at the line.

Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, and Brett Moffitt completed the top five.

Grant Enfinger wound up 10th and still sits atop the point standings (winless this season). Chastain, Ankrum, Moffitt, Austin Hill, and Johnny Sauter are locked in the Gander Trucks season-ending playoffs with victories this season. Two races remain in the regular season and Burton (5th in the standings) trails Stewart Friesen by 13 points for the final playoff spot.

Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be in action at Eldora Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. (CDT). TV coverage will be on FOX Sports 1, with MRN and Sirius XM providing radio coverage.

NASCAR action returns to Talladega Superspeedway, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, for its doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, October 11-13. The Sugarlands Shine 250 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will kick off the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12. The weekend’s anchor event, the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13. For tickets, or more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223)