Denny Hamlin won his third race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a fuel gamble that paid off from crew chief Chris Gabehart. Hamlin led his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. across the line to score Toyota their second top-three sweep of the 2019 season.
Hamlin was strong throughout the 160-lap race, but due to the size of Pocono Raceway, teams deployed a multitude of different pit strategies throughout the race. Hamlin was a solid car through the first two stages as the Camry-driver scored points at both stage breaks.
Hamlin took the lead for the first time on the restart of the final stage, but when a caution came out with 45 laps to go, Hamlin and most of the field chose to pit. It looked like they were all going to be a few laps short, but Hamlin, Jones, Truex and several others started saving as much fuel as they could. When fellow teammate Kyle Busch was forced to pit with 27 laps to go, Jones took the top spot and led 10 laps before giving way to Hamlin on lap 144. Two late cautions and an overtime finish could not deny Hamlin, who scored his fifth-career Pocono Raceway win.
With his runner-up finish, Jones scored his best finish of the season and third straight top-three result.