The ARCA series took to the track in Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the Pocono 200, and it was relatively uneventful for much of the race. Kyle Larson, rookie in the Sprint Cup series who was trying to gain experience before Sunday’s Pocono 400, was dominant early in the race when he started lapping drivers by lap 5. Before he could really start to take off, the yellow flag waved when Tim Viens spun on lap 6. Viens eventually retired from the race due to damage sustained from the spin.
As the race continued, Kyle Larson became increasingly dominant. At one point, he had even lapped everyone through positions three and was over forty seconds ahead of the person in second. Even when bad luck hit with 26 laps to go and he received a penalty for not merging back into the field properly after a pit stop, he was able to maintain his first place position. However, something that helped may have been Larson’s interesting choice in fuel strategy early in the race. When he started to get low on fuel before a pit stop, he would shut off the car and coast into turn 1.
Unfortunately, Larson’s lead became null towards the end of the race when the yellow flag was brought out with 21 laps to go for debris on the track. Unfortunately he didn’t get the chance to regain space because on the restart with 15 laps to go, Matt Tifft and Justin Boston made hard contact with each other.
Another impressive competitor today was Austin Wayne Self. He was running near the front for much of the race until the middle of the race. He was hit with a pit speed penalty after speeding during a pit stop, which isn’t good to begin with. Then, he was hit with another pit speed penalty after speeding while serving his penalty. His race was unfortunately cut short when he had car troubles.
After a hard fought battle at the end of the race, Kyle Larson went on to win. Mason Mitchell, Brennan Poole, Will Kimmel, and Justin Allison rounded out the top five.