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Dale Earnhardt Jr. sweeps to Pocono win

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Monday 9th June, 2014 - 7:09am

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Earnhardt Jr. takes his first win at the 'Tricky Triangle'

Earnhardt Jr. takes his first win at the ‘Tricky Triangle’

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has swept by Brad Keselowski with just five laps remaining to win the Pocono 400.

Keselowski had dominated the race leading a total of 95 of the 160 laps, but on the final run to the chequered flag he picked up debris on the front of his car and had engine temperature issues.

The Penske driver attempted to run up behind the car of Danica Patrick, who was being lapped, to have the paper sucked off the grille.

However, he miscued things and it allowed Earnhardt Jr. to drive by into the lead.

It was the second victory of the year for Earnhardt Jr., who opened the season with a win in the Daytona 500. It was his first win at the ‘Tricky Triangle’.

“That’s unfortunate for him (Keselowski),” said Earnhardt

“He had me beat. I couldn’t get to him. It’s real hard to pass here. I’ve lost some in some strange ways. It feels good to win one like that.

“We had a little temperature on our car. Brad definitely had the better car. I’ll own up to that, but we won the race.”

Keselowski was left with no option than try something to remove the debris.

“(It was) running really hot, the motor was going to blow up,” said Keselowski. “I had to do something. I couldn’t catch up to him. I had a really fast car. Had a piece of debris and had to do something. … Had to do some kind of move or it wasn’t going to make it.”

Johnson spins after contact with Ambrose on pit lane

Johnson spins after contact with Ambrose on pit lane

One of the major moments occurred on the pit lane when Jimmie Johnson collided with Australia’s Marcos Ambrose.

Johnson’s team called for a two-tyre stop and as Ambrose was coming to his pit box, two stalls down from the #48, the six-time champion drove into the side of the Tasmanian’s Ford.

Johnson spun and was fortunate not to hit the pit crew of Justin Allgaier. Both cars required repairs on pit road with Johnson finishing sixth, while Ambrose ended the day back in 24th.

“We did a two-tyre stop and didn’t know who was coming into the pit stall,” said Johnson.

“Ambrose was coming into his pit stall and Chad (Knaus) thought he was actually heading out. He told me there was two cars out beside me and I didn’t know the no.9 was actually heading in and we made contact.

“I don’t know the crew on the no.51 car (Justin Allgaier), but God was looking after them today. My car somehow pivoted around the right-front tyre changer and carrier and I didn’t hit those guys. So I was scared to death that I was going to hurt someone.”

Johnson sits fourth while Ambrose remains 22nd in the championship standings.

VIDEO: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins at Pocono

VIDEO: Johnson and Ambrose collide in the pits

RESULTS: Pocono 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS Car # Driver Make Start Pos. Laps Laps Led Final Status Points Bonus Points
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 8 160 11 Running 47 4
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 160 95 Running 44 2
3 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 2 160 5 Running 42 1
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 160 4 Running 41 1
5 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 14 160 7 Running 40 1
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 20 160 5 Running 39 1
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15 160 0 Running 37 0
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 160 2 Running 37 1
9 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 17 160 0 Running 35 0
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 18 160 0 Running 34 0
11 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 19 160 0 Running 33 0
12 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 160 0 Running 32 0
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 12 160 24 Running 32 1
14 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 4 160 0 Running 30 0
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 28 160 0 Running 29 0
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford 13 160 0 Running 28 0
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 11 160 0 Running 27 0
18 34 David Ragan Ford 32 160 0 Running 26 0
19 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 9 160 1 Running 26 1
20 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 30 160 0 Running 24 0
21 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 21 160 0 Running 23 0
22 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 160 0 Running 22 0
23 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 160 0 Running 21 0
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29 160 0 Running 20 0
25 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 26 160 0 Running 19 0
26 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 23 160 0 Running 18 0
27 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 24 160 6 Running 18 1
28 38 David Gilliland Ford 35 160 0 Running 16 0
29 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 33 160 0 Running 15 0
30 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 40 159 0 Running 14 0
31 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 34 159 0 Running 13 0
32 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 41 159 0 Running 12 0
33 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31 158 0 Running 0 0
34 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 36 158 0 Running 10 0
35 98 Josh Wise Ford 37 158 0 Running 9 0
36 66 Timmy Hill Toyota 39 158 0 Running 8 0
37 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 16 158 0 Running 7 0
38 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 38 157 0 Running 0 0
39 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 42 156 0 Running 5 0
40 22 Joey Logano Ford 7 150 0 Engine 4 0
41 99 Carl Edwards Ford 10 143 0 Accident 3 0
42 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 27 142 0 Accident 2 0
43 77 Dave Blaney Ford 43 142 0 Running 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 498 Leader 14 1 5 10 0
2 Matt Kenseth 482 -16 14 0 5 10 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 476 -22 14 2 7 9 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 475 -23 14 2 5 9 0
5 Brad Keselowski 448 -50 14 1 6 7 0
6 Kyle Busch 443 -55 14 1 3 6 1
7 Carl Edwards 441 -57 14 1 3 7 2
8 Denny Hamlin 420 -78 13 1 4 5 0
9 Joey Logano 418 -80 14 2 6 7 3
10 Kyle Larson 417 -81 14 0 3 6 1
11 Ryan Newman 411 -87 14 0 0 5 0
12 Kevin Harvick 403 -95 14 2 4 6 2
13 Brian Vickers 392 -106 14 0 2 5 1
14 Greg Biffle 385 -113 14 0 2 4 0
15 Austin Dillon 385 -113 14 0 0 1 0
16 Clint Bowyer 383 -115 14 0 2 4 2
17 Paul Menard 380 -118 14 0 1 7 0
18 Tony Stewart 368 -130 14 0 2 5 1
19 Aric Almirola 366 -132 14 0 1 3 2
20 AJ Allmendinger 360 -138 14 0 1 3 0
21 Kasey Kahne 351 -147 14 0 1 4 2
22 Marcos Ambrose 351 -147 14 0 2 2 0
23 Jamie McMurray 351 -147 14 0 1 4 2
24 Martin Truex Jr 324 -174 14 0 0 3 1
25 Casey Mears 322 -176 14 0 0 1 0
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 290 -208 14 0 1 3 1
27 Kurt Busch 283 -215 14 1 3 3 5
28 Danica Patrick 246 -252 14 0 0 1 2
29 Justin Allgaier 241 -257 14 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 212 -286 14 0 0 0 2
31 Cole Whitt 195 -303 14 0 0 0 1
32 David Gilliland 191 -307 14 0 0 0 3
33 David Ragan 184 -314 14 0 0 0 1
34 Reed Sorenson 175 -323 14 0 0 0 4
35 Alex Bowman 169 -329 14 0 0 0 3
36 Josh Wise 158 -340 13 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 108 -390 12 0 0 0 4
38 Travis Kvapil 97 -401 10 0 0 0 0
39 Michael McDowell 63 -435 7 0 0 0 3
40 Parker Kligerman 54 -444 8 0 0 0 4
41 Terry Labonte 44 -454 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -461 3 0 0 0 0
43 Bobby Labonte 29 -469 1 0 0 0 0
44 David Stremme 29 -469 4 0 0 0 2
45 Jeff Burton 27 -471 1 0 0 0 0
46 Michael Waltrip 23 -475 2 0 0 0 1
47 Brett Moffitt 22 -476 1 0 0 0 0
48 Timmy Hill 19 -479 4 0 0 0 2
49 Dave Blaney 16 -482 4 0 0 0 2
50 Alex Kennedy 5 -493 1 0 0 0 0
51 Landon Cassill 0 -498 12 0 0 0 1
52 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -498 1 0 0 0 0
53 Trevor Bayne 0 -498 5 0 0 0 2
54 Brian Scott 0 -498 5 0 0 0 1
55 Ryan Blaney 0 -498 1 0 0 0 0
56 Blake Koch 0 -498 3 0 0 0 0
57 Joe Nemechek 0 -498 8 0 0 0 2
58 J.J. Yeley 0 -498 4 0 0 0 3
59 Morgan Shepherd 0 -498 1 0 0 0 1
60 Eric McClure 0 -498 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

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