NASCAR: Pocono 400 Results, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins


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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:

188   Dale Earnhardt, Jr.National Guard   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet160
22   Brad KeselowskiRedd’s Apple Ale   (Roger Penske)Ford160
341   Kurt BuschHaas Automation   (Stewart Haas Racing)Chevrolet160
411   Denny HamlinFedEx Ground   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota160
542   Kyle LarsonTarget   (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet160
648   Jimmie JohnsonLowe’s / Kobalt Tools   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet160
731   Ryan NewmanWix Filters   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet160
824   Jeff GordonDrive to End Hunger / AARP   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet160
978   Martin Truex, Jr.Furniture Row / Denver Mattress   (Barney Visser)Chevrolet160
101   Jamie McMurrayCushman / Keurig   (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet160
1115   Clint BowyerRK Motors Charlotte   (Michael Waltrip)Toyota160
1218   Kyle BuschM&M’s Peanut Butter   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota160
1314   Tony StewartMobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops   (Stewart Haas Racing)Chevrolet160
144   Kevin HarvickBudweiser   (Stewart Haas Racing)Chevrolet160
1517   Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.Zest   (Jack Roush)Ford160
1616   Greg Biffle3M   (Jack Roush)Ford160
173   Austin DillonDow   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet160
1834   David RaganTaco Bell   (Bob Jenkins)Ford160
1955   Brian VickersAaron’s Dream Machine   (Michael Waltrip)Toyota160
207   Michael AnnettPilot / Flying J   (Tommy Baldwin, Jr.)Chevrolet160
2147   A.J. AllmendingerClorox   (JTG-Daugherty Racing)Chevrolet160
2243   Aric AlmirolaNathan’s Famous Hot Dogs   (Richard Petty Motorsports)Ford160
2313   Casey MearsGEICO   (Germain Racing)Chevrolet160
249   Marcos AmbroseStanley Tools / DeWalt   (Richard Petty Motorsports)Ford160
2520   Matt KensethDollar General   (Joe Gibbs)Toyota160
2627   Paul MenardMoen / Menards   (Richard Childress)Chevrolet160
2751   Justin AllgaierBrandt   (Harry Scott, Jr.)Chevrolet160
2838   David GillilandLong John Silver’s   (Bob Jenkins)Ford160
2932   Travis KvapilAsk More Get More /   (Frank Stoddard)Ford160
3026   Cole WhittBurger King   (BK Racing)Toyota159
3123   Alex BowmanDr. Pepper   (BK Racing)Toyota159
3283   Ryan TruexBurger King   (BK Racing)Toyota159
3340   Landon CassillNewtown Building Supplies   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet158
3436   Reed SorensonTheme Park Connection   (Tommy Baldwin, Jr.)Chevrolet158
3598   Josh WisePhil Parsons Racing   (Mike Curb)Ford158
3666   Timmy HillLand Castle Title   (Jay Robinson)Toyota158
3710   Danica PatrickGoDaddy   (Stewart Haas Racing)Chevrolet158
3844   J.J. YeleyAll City Leasing & Warehousing   (Johnathan Cohen)Chevrolet157
3933   Alex KennedyDream Factory   (Joe Falk)Chevrolet156
4022   Joey LoganoShell / Pennzoil   (Roger Penske)Ford150
4199   Carl EdwardsKellogg’s Frosted Flakes / Cheez-It   (Jack Roush)Ford143
425   Kasey KahneGreat Clips   (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet142
4377   Dave BlaneyAmy R. Fochler Veterans Law Attorney   (Randy Humphrey)Ford142

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.