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2014 Pocono: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 08, 2014 - 07:03 PM
2014 Pocono: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

With five laps to go in the Pocono 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to make the winning pass in his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS when Brad Keselowski (Ford) yielded while attempting to clean debris from his front grille. Although he only led 11 of the 160-lap NASCAR Spring Cup event at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt Jr. was there when it counted most.

"He (Brad Keselowski) didn’t want to let me by, but I don’t know if his motor was going to make it," Earnhardt, Jr. said in Victory Lane. "That is unfortunate for him. He had me beat I couldn’t get to him. It is 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."


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The win was Earnhardt Jr.’s first at the ‘Tricky Triangle’ and second in 2014 after putting Chevrolet SS in Victory Lane at the season-opening Daytona 500. This was the 21st time in his career that Earnhardt, Jr. has captured the checkered flag, and his first multiple win in a season since 2004.

Chevrolet celebrated today in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Winner’s Circle for the fourth consecutive time in the past four weeks. Likewise, it was the fourth consecutive win for Hendrick Motorsports. Further, it marked four in a row at the track with three turns for Chevrolet; which was also the 29th victory for the Bowtie Brand at Pocono. The win increased Chevrolet’s advantage in the Manufacturers’ Cup standings to a 30-point lead.

With his second victory of the season, Earnhardt, Jr., is guaranteed to be among the top 16 winners after race No. 26. He now needs only to finish in the top 30 in driver points after race No. 26 and attempt to qualify for every race to officially clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

It was a banner day for Chevrolet bringing home eight of the top 10 finishing positions. Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS finished third followed by the top finishing rookie of the year contender Kyle Larson driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS coming home fifth in his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet team once again proved they are in championship form overcoming a pit road accident to rally and earn a sixth-place finish. Ryan Newman, No. 31 WIX Filters Chevrolet SS earned his fifth top-10 finish of the season coming home seventh.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS finished eighth, but regains the points lead by 16 markers over Matt Kenseth (Toyota). For the second week in a row Martin Truex, Jr. piloting the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS earned a top-10 finish taking the checkered flag in the ninth position. Jamie McMurray earned his fifth top-10 finish at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway ending the day in his No. 1 Cushman/Cessna Chevrolet SS in 10th.

Brad Keselowski (Ford) was second and Denny Hamlin (Toyota) was fourth to round out the top five finishing order.

The Sprint Cup Series travels to the backyard of Chevrolet next weekend at the teams and drivers take on the superfast 2-mile Michigan International Speedway next Sunday June 15th.

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