Pocono Raceway marked the twelfth race of the season for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Many were skeptical if they would see any on track action at all this weekend due to threatening skies in the area. Fortunately, the rain held off and it was a beautiful day for racing in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
Boyd would roll off from the 36th position for the Pocono Green 250. The race began and Boyd was immediately challenged with an extremely tight handling car. The field spread out and the first stage would finish without any interruptions. Kyle Busch won the first stage, while Boyd managed to pick up a few positions from his starting position.
Boyd would start the second stage in the 31st position thanks to the aid from his Grunt Style Gladiators on pit road. Caution was displayed early in the second stage as the 5 of Michael Annett spun around. Boyd continued to battle a tight handling car for the remainder of the second stage. After an intense battle with Cole Custer, Paul Menard went on to win the second stage, with Boyd finishing 32nd.
The action intensified early in the final stage as the 60 of Chase Briscoe and the 5 (Michael Annett) tangled on lap 57, which brought out the fourth caution of the day. The action continued on lap 61 when the 7 of Justin Allgaier and the 20 of Christopher Bell collided. The accident forced about twenty cars, including Boyd, to scatter in all directions to avoid the wreck. After coming in to top off on fuel, Boyd fought his way up to the 28th position. The race went caution free for the final 34 laps. Kyle Busch won the race and Boyd brought home the Grunt Style Chevrolet a solid 28th place finish.
After the race Boyd reflected, “I’m really proud of the work my guys put in this week. We were pretty far off in practice yesterday, so it’s a real testament to the guys around me that we were able to make the gains we did.”
“They don’t call this place the ‘Tricky Triangle’ for nothing, that’s for sure”, Boyd smirked.
Boyd slipped back to 31st in the point standings after his 28th result today at Pocono. The next stop on the calendar for the XFINITY Series will be Michigan International Speedway. Coverage of the LTI Printing 250 from Michigan International Speedway will begin next Saturday June 9th at 1:30 p.m. ET.
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