Dale Earnhardt Jr. found victory lane for the second time this season at Pocono Speedway.
What turn four? Turned into What a second win? Something Earnhardt has not been able to accomplish since the 2004 season when he scored six wins.
With just five laps to go, Brad Keselowski had to let Earnhardt pass him in hopes to get a piece of debris off his front grill and still have enough time to grab the draft and repass Earnhardt. That didn’t happen but Keselowski’s engine was able to maintain speed enough to finish second for the second straight race.
Kurt Busch was third, followed by Denny Hamlin and rookie Kyle Larson rounding out the top five.
The win is the third straight for Hendricks, after Jimmie Johnson had won the past two. Johnson may have contended for a third, but made early contact with Marcus Ambrose in the pits, a collision that Crew Chief Chad Knaus took the blame for, saying that he didn’t realize Ambrose was coming into his pit stall, he thought he had already exited and was heading back out. The damage made Johnson restart back in the 29th spot, but he would rally to finish 6th on the day.
For Earnhardt it is his 29th career win and officially locks him into the chase regardless of how many different winners there are, even though most still doubt that there will be 15 or more before the Chase starts for the final 10 races.
Juan Pablo Montoya returns for his first of two NASCAR races this weekend in Michigan…he will also race the Brickyard. Both tracks are two of his best.
Coming and Going
Reports are coming out that Greg Biffle will stay with Roush Racing and keep 3M as the sponsor. Carl Edwards is still up in the air, but Penske is saying they have no interest as they do not have a third sponsor to field a third car. That also leaves Sam Hornish in Limbo still, but rumor is that he will drive the Wood Brothers #21 next year part-time.
Michigan up next
Roush Fenway Racing has done well with Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth being three of the top drivers there. Jimmie Johnson…one of just five tracks he has not won at. This race could be a toss up and sometimes comes down to fuel mileage. I like Jeff Gordon as my pick this week, but Brian Vickers could be a dark horse.