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NASCAR: Buescher Wins Weather-shortened Race At Pocono

August 1, 2016 GMT

LONG POND — Rookie Chris Buescher won the Pennsylvania 400 on Monday at Pocono Raceway when heavy fog and severe weather halted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race 22 laps from its scheduled end. Buescher, a 23-year-old from Texas who won the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship last season, inherited the lead in the Front Row Motorsports No. 34 Ford on lap 127 of 160 during a green-flag pit stop sequence. Five laps later, heavy fog rolled in and blanketed the 2.5-mile triangular track. NASCAR put out the caution flag, then threw the red flag on lap 139. When the conditions did not improve — and a severe storm moved in — it was forced to call the race, giving Buescher the improbable victory. About 3:45 p.m., Pocono Raceway announced the area was in a severe weather alert and instructed fans there to clear the grandstands and immediately seek shelter. Brad Keselowski finished second, Regan Smith was third, Kevin Harvick place fourth and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. Contact the writer: swalsh@timesshamrock.com @swalshTT on Twitter