Larson had labored furiously late within the race to get round Bowman, who had grabbed the lead on a restart on Lap 112 of 130.
Larson lastly received in entrance of Bowman with 4 laps remaining and seemed to be on his method to his fifth win of the 2021 season when he instantly slowed exiting Flip 2 of the ultimate lap with a flat left-front tyre.
Larson’s #5 Chevrolet ended up slamming into the Flip three wall and Bowman cruised by him to choose up the victory within the first race of a double-header at Pocono Raceway.
Bowman’s win is his third of the season and ends a four-race successful streak by Larson, who had received three factors races and the All-Star Race over the previous month, with Larson ultimately making the end down in ninth place.
“I hate to win one which approach, however hell yeah, I am going to take it,” Bowman mentioned. “Man, we type of gave the lead away. [We] have been on two tyres, simply received super-tight. Tried to carry [Larson] off so long as I may. Cannot say sufficient about all people at Staff Hendrick proper now, physique store, engine store, chassis store. Prime to backside, all people is placing race vehicles on the race monitor.
“We did not run that good all day, so I am type of in shock. I do not know what to say to you guys. Hell yeah, so cool to see all of the followers out right here. It is a cool place day, lovely climate, nice day for a race. Heck, yeah, I am going to take it.”
Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally
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With Larson fading down the order it promoted a bunch of runners up a spot, with Kyle Busch taking second place for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hendrick Motorsports nonetheless loved a powerful exhibiting regardless of Larson’s tyre blow, with William Byron taking third forward of Joe Gibb Racing’s Denny Hamlin in fourth as Staff Penske’s Ryan Blaney rounded out the highest 5.
Kurt Busch moved as much as sixth place late on for Chip Ganassi Racing forward of Joey Logano (Staff Penske), Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Larson and Brad Keselowski (Staff Penske).
Additional frustration will comply with for Larson as a result of he should transfer to a back-up automobile, which means he should begin from the rear of the sector in Sunday’s second race of the double-header.