Cup Series Recap: 2017 Axalta presents the Pocono 400 (Pocono Raceway)

Ryan Blaney wins, jumping from 4th to 1st. Kevin Harvick moved from 12th to 2nd, and Erik Jones surged to 3rd from 15th. Kyle Busch dropped from 1st to 9th after late-race incidents shuffled positions.

Cup Series Recap: 2017 Axalta presents the Pocono 400 (Pocono Raceway)

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Ryan Blaney, driving the 21 car, took the victory after starting in 4th place, finishing 1st with a notable performance indicated by a net gain rating (GR-LR) of 0. Kevin Harvick moved up to 2nd place from 12th, showing a significant shift in position. Erik Jones also had a strong finish, moving from 15th to 3rd. Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five, with each maintaining consistent spots close to their starting positions. Martin Truex Jr. dropped from 2nd to 6th, suggesting possible issues despite his strong start.

The wild shifts in positions were observed mostly due to late-race incidents. Race leader Kyle Busch, who started in pole position, fell to 9th, likely impacted by the caution brought out by Jimmie Johnson's incident on Lap 97. Matt Kenseth, originally in 3rd, ended up 10th, another example of the race's unpredictable nature. Chase Elliott had a bonanza of a race, advancing 17 places from 25th to finish 8th, making him a notable mover among the top ten finishers.

Several drivers were affected by on-track incidents. Jimmie Johnson’s accident on Lap 97 and Kasey Kahne’s crash on Lap 142 shuffled the field significantly. Jamie McMurray, starting in 8th, could not capitalize on his strong starting position due to an accident, ending in 37th. Similarly, Dale Earnhardt Jr. faced mechanical issues, dropping from 28th to 38th. These incidents highlight the variable nature of the race and the impact of cautions on final results.

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