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Gordon Wins at the Tricky Triangle!!!
by B C,posted Jun 13 2011 10:14AM
A super day for the #24 Jeff Gordon as he wins the “5-Hour Energy 500” Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 2nd win of 2011 and 84th win of his career. The win ties him with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for 3rd on the all-time win list in the Sprint Cup Series. The win was Gordon's 5th at Pocono, tying him with Bill Elliott for the most wins at the track. Pole sitter #22 Kurt Busch finished second followed by his brother #18 Kyle Busch, #48 Jimmie Johnson, #29 Kevin Harvick, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., #42 Juan Montoya, #17 Matt Kesneth, #39 Ryan Newman and #56 Martin Truex Jr. #11 Denny Hamlin led the most laps with 76 but lost a tire late and finished 19th. Points leader #99 Carl Edwards had a valve in the engine break and spent a lot of time/laps in the garage, finishing 37th and now only leads #48 Jimmie Johnson by 6 points.
There were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers; 4 cautions for 14 yellow flag laps.
2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Pocono, race 14 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 492
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 486, -6
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 482, -10
4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 481, -11
5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 467, -25
6) #22-Kurt Busch, 457, -35
7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 448, -44
8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 419, -73
9) #14-Tony Stewart, 417, -75
10) #39-Ryan Newman, 417, -75 wild cards
11) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 411, -81 [11th in points]
12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 408, -84 [12th in points]
Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 13 pts out of 20th; and #78-Smith is 27th, 47 pts out of 20th
Texas is hot for Ron Hornaday! The #33 Ron Hornaday, driving the KHI Kroger/AMS Chevrolet was declared the winner of the “WinStar World Casino 400K” at Texas Motor Speedway as a result of #13 Johnny Sauter getting black-flagged as they crossed the finish line. A green-white-checkered restart saw #13 Johnny Sauter with the lead, but Sauter spun the tires, moving out of his lane before passing the start finish line which is against NASCAR rules. So instead of taking the checkered flag, Sauter was black-flagged and relegated to a 22nd place finish. This was Ron Hornaday's first win in 2011; his 48th career overall. It was a crash-marred final lap coming to the line; #8 Nelson Piquet Jr. scraped the wall; #5 Travis Kvapil slid across the grass and back onto the track collecting #20 Johnna Long, resulting in considerable damage to both vehicles. This happened right at the line and Johanna still manage to finish 11th. Rookie #29 Parker Kligerman got his best series finish coming in second; also #2 David Mayhew picked up a series career best, finishing third. Rounding out the top ten were; #18 Brian Ickler, #22 Joey Coulter #4 Ricky Carmichael, #39 Ryan Sieg, #7 Miguel Paludo, #31 James Buescher, #77 Juston Lofton. A number of records were set at Texas: most leaders, most lead changes, 19 among 11drivers; most cautions, 10 for 46 laps.
Next up for the Sprint Cup Series is Michigan International Speedway for the “Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400” Sunday afternoon at 1pm on TNT.
The Nationwide Series takes to the Michigan International Speedway for the “Alliance Truck Parts 250” Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm on ABC.
The Camping World Truck Series returns for a huge weekend at Kentucky Speedway Thursday July 7th at 8pm, under the lights for the “UNOH 225”. This kicks off a triple bill weekend at Kentucky Speedway with the Nationwide Series Friday and the Sprint Cup Series Inaugural race Saturday night under the lights making history at Kentucky Speedway.
Listen to the WING Racing Show for your chance to win tickets to all 3 races at Kentucky Speedway with Brian, Wendy and Eric…Monday afternoon’s a 4pm on 1410 ESPN Radio.