Johnson leaves them in his dust at Pocono

Johnson celebrates at Pocono

Johnson celebrates at Pocono

Jimmie Johnson has once again shown why he is one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR completely dominating the Party in the Poconos 400.

Johnson scored his third win of the season, third victory at Pocono and his 63rd visit to victory lane. He is now 51 points clear in the standings.

A week after a penalty for jumping the final restart at Dover knocked Johnson out of a near-certain victory, Johnson beat Greg Biffle to the finish line by 1.208 seconds.

“What a race car!” said Johnson.

“Not only a great race car but an engine. We had fuel mileage and plenty of power. It was awesome on the straightaways today to be able to do what I wanted around other cars.

“So hats off to chassis, aero and the engine shop for this awesome race car.”

Johnson was strong on long runs, especially the opening sequence when the first 65 of the 160 laps ran without caution. Then even on the shorter runs he was unstoppable as he led a total of 128 laps in the 400 mile race.

Biffle was happy with a runner-up finish that jumped him three positions to 10th in the standings, but he conceded that his No. 16 Ford was no match for Johnson’s Chevy SS.

“Jimmie was in a league of his own,” said Biffle, who took the green flag from the fourth position on the final restart with four laps left and surged past Earnhardt and Kyle Busch in the first corner. “I was going to have to get up beside him, take the air off him–something to try and gain an advantage.

“But I gave him such a good push on the restart I couldn’t catch back up with him… I couldn’t get him.”

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose climbed from 30th at the start to 17th at the finish, although prior to the final re-start he was looking a few places better. However, a stacked re-start with four laps to run he was shuffled back.

“That’s probably what we deserved,” said Ambrose.

“We had a 17th-place car and we finished 17th with it, so we’ll take it. We fought all day and rallied hard. We couldn’t quite get track position there at the end on those restarts, and then I got checked there on that last restart and we lost a few spots.”

RESULTS: Part in the Poconos

POS

Driver 

Car # 

MFG 

Start

Laps

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points/Bonus

1

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 1 160 128 Running 48/5

2

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 13 160 0 Running 42/0

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet 6 160 0 Running 41/0

4

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 19 160 0 Running 40/0

5

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 23 160 19 Running 40/1

6

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 8 160 0 Running 38/0

7

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 20 160 0 Running 37/0

8

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 17 160 0 Running 36/0

9

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 5 160 0 Running 35/0

10

Joey Logano 22 Ford 21 160 0 Running 34/0

11

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 24 160 0 Running 33/0

12

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 11 160 0 Running 32/0

13

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 22 160 0 Running 31/0

14

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 25 160 0 Running 30/0

15

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 3 160 0 Running 29/0

16

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 10 160 4 Running 29/1

17

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 26 160 0 Running 27/0

18

Carl Edwards 99 Ford 2 160 9 Running 27/1

19

Mark Martin 55 Toyota 14 160 0 Running 25/0

20

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 39 160 0 Running 24/0

21

Aric Almirola 43 Ford 12 160 0 Running 23/0

22

Casey Mears 13 Ford 27 160 0 Running 22/0

23

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota 15 160 0 Running 21/0

24

David Gilliland 38 Ford 31 160 0 Running 20/0

25

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 4 160 0 Running 19/0

26

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford 16 160 0 Running 18/0

27

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 29 160 0 Running 17/0

28

David Stremme 30 Toyota 33 160 0 Running 16/0

29

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 30 160 0 Running 15/0

30

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 9 160 0 Running 14/0

31

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 32 160 0 Running 13/0

32

David Reutimann 83 Toyota 34 159 0 Running 12/0

33

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 18 158 0 Running 11/0

34

Josh Wise 35 Ford 36 157 0 Running 0/0

35

Timmy Hill 32 Ford 38 156 0 Running 9/0

36

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 7 141 0 Running 8/0

37

David Ragan 34 Ford 28 121 0 Running 7/0

38

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 37 70 0 Clutch 0/0

39

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 35 39 0 Transmission 5/0

40

Michael McDowell 98 Ford 41 33 0 Vibration 4/0

41

Scott Riggs 44 Ford 43 28 0 Vibration 3/0

42

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 40 11 0 Engine 0/0

43

Jason Leffler 19 Toyota 42 8 0 Transmission 1/0

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Rank

Driver

Points

Behind

Wins

Starts

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 521 0 3 14 7 9 0

2

Carl Edwards 470 51 1 14 5 7 0

3

Clint Bowyer 452 69 0 14 4 7 1

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr 439 82 0 14 4 9 1

5

Kevin Harvick 434 87 2 14 3 6 2

6

Matt Kenseth 418 103 3 14 3 7 3

7

Kyle Busch 412 109 2 14 6 8 3

8

Kasey Kahne 400 121 1 14 5 6 1

9

Brad Keselowski 398 123 0 14 5 8 1

10

Greg Biffle 395 126 0 14 2 5 0

11

Jeff Gordon 393 128 0 14 3 4 3

12

Paul Menard 385 136 0 14 0 4 0

13

Tony Stewart 378 143 1 14 2 4 0

14

Aric Almirola 377 144 0 14 0 4 2

15

Kurt Busch 374 147 0 14 3 5 2

16

Joey Logano 369 152 0 14 4 6 2

17

Martin Truex Jr 364 157 0 14 2 5 1

18

Ryan Newman 363 158 0 14 2 7 4

19

Jamie McMurray 363 158 0 14 0 3 0

20

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 361 160 0 14 0 0 0

21

Jeff Burton 356 165 0 14 1 2 1

22

Juan Pablo Montoya 337 184 0 14 2 3 0

23

Marcos Ambrose 321 200 0 14 0 2 1

24

Mark Martin 296 225 0 12 1 4 1

25

Denny Hamlin 285 236 0 10 3 4 2

26

Casey Mears 281 240 0 14 0 0 2

27

Bobby Labonte 255 266 0 14 0 0 2

28

Danica Patrick 246 275 0 14 0 1 2

29

David Ragan 245 276 1 14 1 1 3

30

David Gilliland 239 282 0 14 1 1 3

31

Dave Blaney 232 289 0 14 0 0 3

32

David Reutimann 202 319 0 14 0 0 4

33

David Stremme 194 327 0 13 0 0 2

34

J.J. Yeley 192 329 0 14 0 1 4

35

Travis Kvapil 160 361 0 14 0 0 5

36

AJ Allmendinger 133 388 0 5 0 0 0

37

Michael McDowell 80 441 0 13 0 1 11

38

Timmy Hill 80 441 0 8 0 0 1

39

Scott Speed 75 446 0 8 0 1 6

40

Michael Waltrip 63 458 0 2 1 1 0

41

Terry Labonte 52 469 0 3 0 0 1

42

Ken Schrader 29 492 0 3 0 0 1

43

Scott Riggs 10 511 0 5 0 0 5

44

Brian Keselowski 4 517 0 1 0 0 1

45

Jason Leffler 1 520 0 1 0 0 1

46

Regan Smith 0 521 0 6 0 2 0

47

Brian Vickers 0 521 0 5 0 2 1

48

Trevor Bayne 0 521 0 5 0 0 1

49

Josh Wise 0 521 0 14 0 0 3

50

Austin Dillon 0 521 0 4 0 0 0

51

Landon Cassill 0 521 0 13 0 0 3

52

Joe Nemechek 0 521 0 13 0 0 5

53

Sam Hornish Jr 0 521 0 1 0 0 1

54

Elliott Sadler 0 521 0 1 0 0 1

55

Mike Bliss 0 521 0 8 0 0 8

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