May 6th, 2015
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took advantage of trash on Brad Keselowski’s grille to get his first career win at the Pocono Raceway by taking the Pocono 400 Sunday afternoon. The second win of the season for Earnhardt allows him to breathe a little easier when it comes to the Chase.
“That is unfortunate for him (Keselowski). He had me beat I couldn’t get to him. Just real hard to pass here. But I have lost some in some strange ways so it feels good to win one like that. I want to thank National Guard, Diet Mountain Dew, Kelley Blue Book, Chevy and Sprint and all our partners. Thank Rick and Linda (Hendrick), my team, what a great bunch of guys. We always have to thank those guys, but man when I talk about my team I really mean it. These guys are a hell of a group, obviously Steve Letarte and everybody back home watching. I don’t have much to do tomorrow so tonight is going to be a long one,” an excited Earnhardt told TV reporters in Victory Lane.
Second place finishing Keselowski had dominated the race, leading 95 of the 160 laps. Debris on his grille raised the temperature on his Ford and when he tried to use the lap car of Danica Patrick to help clear it off, he broke his momentum and Earnhardt took the lead with only three laps to go.
“We were just running really hot and the motor was going to blow up so I had to do something so I tried to follow the 10 down in the corner to get the debris off and I just checked up too much,” Keselowski told reporters after the race. “I thought I had more room than I did. The team did a heck of a job, I just messed up a little bit there. We had a really, really good car. It was really a flawless day other than my mess-up there.”
A strong run for Stewart-Haas Racing ran short for three of their four teams. At one point owner Tony Stewart was first, followed by Kevin Harvick in second and Kurt Busch in third. Even Danica Patrick was running in the top-20, but then things fell apart. Harvick lost a tire, Stewart was caught speeding on pit road, and Patrick hit the wall. Busch held on for a third place finish, his best finish since winning at Martinsville.
Matt Kenseth had the lead in the points coming into the race, but ran into trouble, literally. Kenseth ran into the back of Jamie McMurray’s car, ruining his day, settling for a 25h place finish. Because of that finish, Kenseth dropped to second in the driver standings with Jeff Gordon retaking the lead.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is the Quicken Loans 400 next Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway. TNT has the coverage starting at 1 PM EST.
|1||8||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||National Guard||Chevrolet||160||$198,965||Running||11||47|
|3||2||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation||Chevrolet||160||$142,600||Running||5||42|
|4||1||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Ground||Toyota||160||$137,500||Running||4||41|
|6||20||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools||Chevrolet||160||$150,851||Running||5||39|
|7||15||31||Ryan Newman||WIX Filters||Chevrolet||160||$101,365||Running||0||37|
|8||5||24||Jeff Gordon||Drive to End Hunger||Chevrolet||160||$132,251||Running||2||37|
|9||17||78||Martin Truex Jr||Furniture Row||Chevrolet||160||$115,973||Running||0||35|
|11||19||15||Clint Bowyer||RK Motors Charlotte||Toyota||160||$126,631||Running||0||33|
|12||6||18||Kyle Busch||M&M Peanut Butter||Toyota||160||$129,481||Running||0||32|
|13||12||14||Tony Stewart||Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops||Chevrolet||160||$124,073||Running||24||32|
|15||28||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Zest||Ford||160||$118,815||Running||0||29|
|18||32||34||David Ragan||Taco Bell||Ford||160||$106,523||Running||0||26|
|19||9||55||Brian Vickers||Aaron’s Dream Machine||Toyota||160||$112,090||Running||1||26|
|20||30||7||Michael Annett||Pilot Flying J Chevrolet||Chevrolet||160||$97,048||Running||0||24|
|22||22||43||Aric Almirola||Nathan’s Famous||Ford||160||$115,926||Running||0||22|
|25||26||20||Matt Kenseth||Dollar General||Toyota||160||$124,826||Running||0||19|
|26||23||27||Paul Menard||Moen / Menards||Chevrolet||160||$105,154||Running||0||18|
|27||24||51||Justin Allgaier||BRANDT Professional Agriculture||Chevrolet||160||$95,312||Running||6||18|
|28||35||38||David Gilliland||Long John Silver’s||Ford||160||$85,115||Running||0||16|
|30||40||26||Cole Whitt||Burger King||Toyota||159||$75,815||Running||0||14|
|31||34||23||Alex Bowman||Dr. Pepper||Toyota||159||$74,165||Running||0||13|
|32||41||83||Ryan Truex||Burger King||Toyota||159||$73,990||Running||0||12|
|33||31||40||Landon Cassill||Newtown Building Supplies Inc.||Chevrolet||158||$73,790||Running||0||0|
|34||36||36||Reed Sorenson||Theme Park Connection||Chevrolet||158||$73,590||Running||0||10|
|35||37||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||158||$73,440||Running||0||9|
|36||39||66||Timmy Hill||Land Castle Title||Toyota||158||$81,190||Running||0||8|
|38||38||44||J.J. Yeley||All City Leasing & Warehousing||Chevrolet||157||$68,030||Running||0||0|
|39||42||33||Alex Kennedy||Dream Factory||Chevrolet||156||$64,030||Running||0||5|
|40||7||22||Joey Logano||Shell Pennzoil||Ford||150||$100,021||Engine||0||4|
|41||10||99||Carl Edwards||Kelloggs / Cheez-it||Ford||143||$75,030||Accident||0||3|
|42||27||5||Kasey Kahne||Great Clips||Chevrolet||142||$71,430||Accident||0||2|
|43||43||77||Dave Blaney||Amy R Fochler Veterans Law Attorney||Ford||142||$48,530||Running||0||1|