Jun 8, 2014; Long Pond, PA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr (88) celebrates after winning the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

NASCAR: Pocono 400 Results, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. locked himself definitively in the Chase by getting his second win of the season at Pocono Raceway today. Earnhardt clearly was not the fastest driver in the field (Keselowski and Stewart dominated for much of the race) but he took advantage of  Keselowski having to slow down after picking up debris on his grill and passed him with five laps to go, never letting him fight back again. The top-five was completed by Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and by rookie Kyle Larson.

A lot of contenders had issues during the 400-mile race including Matt Kenseth, who ran into the back of Jamie McMurray’s car and destroyed the nose of his Toyota Camry, Jimmie Johnson who collided with Marcos Ambrose on pit road, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards were involved in a big crash with 18 laps to go with Kahne hitting the wall really hard in turn one probably because of fluid on the track and then colliding with Edwards, before taking another hard hit in the Tunnel turn. With his eighth place finish Jeff Gordon goes back atop of the points standings with a 16-point margin over Matt Kenseth. Here’s the running order of the Pocono 400:

1 88    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 160
2 2    Brad Keselowski Redd’s Apple Ale   (Roger Penske) Ford 160
3 41    Kurt Busch Haas Automation   (Stewart Haas Racing) Chevrolet 160
4 11    Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 160
5 42    Kyle Larson Target   (Chip Ganassi) Chevrolet 160
6 48    Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 160
7 31    Ryan Newman Wix Filters   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 160
8 24    Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger / AARP   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 160
9 78    Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row / Denver Mattress   (Barney Visser) Chevrolet 160
10 1    Jamie McMurray Cushman / Keurig   (Chip Ganassi) Chevrolet 160
11 15    Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 160
12 18    Kyle Busch M&M’s Peanut Butter   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 160
13 14    Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops   (Stewart Haas Racing) Chevrolet 160
14 4    Kevin Harvick Budweiser   (Stewart Haas Racing) Chevrolet 160
15 17    Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Zest   (Jack Roush) Ford 160
16 16    Greg Biffle 3M   (Jack Roush) Ford 160
17 3    Austin Dillon Dow   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 160
18 34    David Ragan Taco Bell   (Bob Jenkins) Ford 160
19 55    Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 160
20 7    Michael Annett Pilot / Flying J   (Tommy Baldwin, Jr.) Chevrolet 160
21 47    A.J. Allmendinger Clorox   (JTG-Daugherty Racing) Chevrolet 160
22 43    Aric Almirola Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs   (Richard Petty Motorsports) Ford 160
23 13    Casey Mears GEICO   (Germain Racing) Chevrolet 160
24 9    Marcos Ambrose Stanley Tools / DeWalt   (Richard Petty Motorsports) Ford 160
25 20    Matt Kenseth Dollar General   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 160
26 27    Paul Menard Moen / Menards   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 160
27 51    Justin Allgaier Brandt   (Harry Scott, Jr.) Chevrolet 160
28 38    David Gilliland Long John Silver’s   (Bob Jenkins) Ford 160
29 32    Travis Kvapil Ask More Get More / Corvetteparts.net   (Frank Stoddard) Ford 160
30 26    Cole Whitt Burger King   (BK Racing) Toyota 159
31 23    Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper   (BK Racing) Toyota 159
32 83    Ryan Truex Burger King   (BK Racing) Toyota 159
33 40    Landon Cassill Newtown Building Supplies   (Joe Falk) Chevrolet 158
34 36    Reed Sorenson Theme Park Connection   (Tommy Baldwin, Jr.) Chevrolet 158
35 98    Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing   (Mike Curb) Ford 158
36 66    Timmy Hill Land Castle Title   (Jay Robinson) Toyota 158
37 10    Danica Patrick GoDaddy   (Stewart Haas Racing) Chevrolet 158
38 44    J.J. Yeley All City Leasing & Warehousing   (Johnathan Cohen) Chevrolet 157
39 33    Alex Kennedy Dream Factory   (Joe Falk) Chevrolet 156
40 22    Joey Logano Shell / Pennzoil   (Roger Penske) Ford 150
41 99    Carl Edwards Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes / Cheez-It   (Jack Roush) Ford 143
42 5    Kasey Kahne Great Clips   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 142
43 77    Dave Blaney Amy R. Fochler Veterans Law Attorney   (Randy Humphrey) Ford 142

Next weekend the Sprint Cup moves to Michigan, where Earnhardt won in 2012. With that in mind and with today’s win, the so-called Jr Nation will probably cheer for him even more than usual and, who knows, he could pull out another victory there.

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