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NASCAR at Pocono Raceway: GoBowling.com 400 rewind

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  • GoBowling.com 400 Final Results
  • 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule
  • 2014 Sprint Cup driver standings
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    Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

    Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International

    When: 1 p.m. Sunday

    TV: ESPN

    Radio: Motor Racing Network

    Last year’s winner: Kyle Busch


  • Unofficial results and points standings

    FinStDriverCarLaps*PtsEarnings
    19Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevy16047$193,265
    26Kevin HarvickChevy16043$206,058
    32Joey LoganoFord16042$180,941
    414Clint BowyerToyota16040$154,466
    525Greg BiffleFord16040$150,450
    65Jeff GordonChevy16040$149,451
    78Jamie McMurrayChevy16037$126,279
    821Ryan NewmanChevy16036$103,515
    913Denny HamlinToyota16035$96,965
    1012Kasey KahneChevy16034$103,215
    111Kyle LarsonChevy16033$123,010
    1224Casey MearsChevy16032$111,298
    134Kurt BuschChevy16032$84,415
    1427Marcos AmbroseFord16030$108,835
    1511Austin DillonChevy16029$132,826
    1622Justin AllgaierChevy16028$105,523
    1730David GillilandFord16028$102,723
    1823Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford15926$116,090
    1939David RaganFord15925$99,573
    2037Ryan TruexToyota15924$86,937
    2133Cole WhittToyota15923$79,340
    2238Michael AnnettChevy15922$78,990
    233Brad KeselowskiFord15921$120,848
    2431Josh WiseChevy15920$78,515
    2534Travis KvapilFord15819$78,790
    2640Dave BlaneyChevy15818$74,940
    2735Reed SorensonChevy15817$77,765
    2842Alex KennedyChevy15816$74,615
    2926Carl EdwardsFord15715$93,465
    3010Danica PatrickChevy15614$86,815
    3136Alex BowmanToyota15413$76,665
    3219Martin Truex Jr.Chevy14412$101,898
    3329Paul MenardChevy14311$101,004
    3420AJ AllmendingerChevy137111$73,590
    3528Aric AlmirolaFord125110$110,376
    3616Tony StewartChevy1248$107,348
    3715Brian VickersToyota11617$105,079
    3818Matt KensethToyota11617$117,166
    3917Jimmie JohnsonChevy11115$117,966
    4041Joe NemechekToyota8810$68,030
    4132Landon CassillChevy2810$56,030
    427Kyle BuschToyota2322$99,871
    4343Johnny SauterToyota1130$48,530

    Race Statistics

    Average Speed: 127.411 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 8 minutes, 22 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.228 seconds. Caution Flags: Eight for 35 laps. Lead Changes: 15 among 10 drivers. Lap Leaders: Logano 1-30; Ku.Busch 31-43; Gordon 44-64; Ku.Busch 65-74; Allmendinger 75-76; Almirola 77; Gilliland 78; Gordon 79-94; Harvick 95; Ku.Busch 96-102; Kenseth 103-105; Gordon 106-131; Harvick 132-135; Biffle 136-146; Earnhardt Jr. 147-160. Wins: Earnhardt Jr. 3; Johnson 3; Keselowski 3; Edwards 2; Gordon 2; Harvick 2; Logano 2; Almirola 1; Ku.Busch 1; Ky.Busch 1; Hamlin 1. *Reason out: 1. Wreck; 2. Engine; 3. Electrical.

    Line at Chase for the Championship cutoff:

    PosDriverPtsBack
    1Jeff Gordon757
    2D. Earnhrdt Jr.740-17
    3B. Keselowski687-70
    4Matt Kenseth668-89
    5Ryan Newman642-115
    6J. Johnson633-124
    7Joey Logano633-124
    8Carl Edwards618-139
    9Clint Bowyer617-140
    10Kyle Busch611-146
    11Kevin Harvick608-149
    12Kyle Larson595-162
    13Greg Biffle590-167
    14Kasey Kahne589-168
    15Austin Dillon588-169
    16Paul Menard562-195
    17M. Ambrose541-216
    18Brian Vickers539-218
    19Tony Stewart537-220
    20J. McMurray536-221
    21Denny Hamlin*532-225
    22Aric Almirola*506-251
    23Kurt Busch*488-269
    24Casey Mears487-270
    25A. Allmndingr477-280
    26M. Truex Jr.477-280
    27R. Stnhouse Jr.423-334
    28Danica Patrick396-361
    29Justin Allgaier371-386
    PosDriverPtsBack
    30Michael Annett347-410
    31David Gilliland312-445
    32Cole Whitt305-452
    33David Ragan287-470
    34Reed Sorenson262-495
    35Josh Wise259-498
    36Alex Bowman257-500
    37Ryan Truex169-588
    38M. McDowell138-619
    39Travis Kvapil132-625
    40Terry Labonte77-680
    41Bobby Labonte54-703
    42P. Kligerman54-703
    43Jeff Burton51-706
    44M. Waltrip48-709
    45J. Montoya47-710
    46David Stremme43-714
    47D. Reutimann37-720
    48Dave Blaney34-723
    49Brett Moffitt32-725
    50Alex Kennedy26-731
    51Timmy Hill22-735
    52Boris Said9-748
    53E. MacDonald9-748
    54Tomy Drissi6-751

     

    NOTE: * Driver would qualify for Chase wild-card spot.



LONG POND, Pa. Jeff Gordon had speed, not strategy

Jeff Gordon looked like he had a good shot at making it two consecutive wins Sunday, but he and his No. 24 team ended up with the wrong pit strategy and finished sixth.

Gordon led a race-high 63 laps, but he stayed out under a caution with 39 laps remaining while others, including eventual winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., went to pit road. Several of those drivers then pitted within the next 10 laps to get enough fuel to get to the finish.

“We had the dominant car, but you had to have track position. There at the end we didn’t have it,” Gordon said.

“With Dale getting out in front of us there through that pit sequence, there was nothing we could do. He was really good. Whoever got out front, him or me, was going to win this race.”

Notebook

Bowyer welcomes good finish: Clint Bowyer was in the mix for the win as Sunday’s race wound down and that was good news for him. His fourth-place finish is his second-best of the season. He finished third at Talladega, Ala.

“We had a good car all weekend long and we unloaded good. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing,” Bowyer said.

“Obviously there’s some things that we need to work on – some areas that we need to work on to get a top-five on a track like this with these long straightaways and everything.”

Hamlin has solid weekend: Sunday’s race was the first of what could be six that Denny Hamlin will run without the services of crew chief Darian Grubb. Grubb was suspended six races by NASCAR, but Joe Gibbs Racing is appealing the penalty.

Mike Wheeler, a team engineer, is serving as interim crew chief and Hamlin said he did a good job at Pocono (Pa.).

“He called the race nice. There was good communication and we were on the same strategy as far as what I was thinking and what he was thinking, so that was good,” Hamlin said.

Kyle Busch takes early exit: Kyle Busch started seventh and appeared to have a car capable of challenging for the win, but he was forced to the garage after 23 laps with engine problems. He ended up 42nd.

“The car in practice was strong. It felt good and we were biding our time here early,” Busch said. “Something in between the frame rails just doesn’t want to cooperate correctly.”

Observations

• Earnhardt fans have been waiting patiently for their favorite driver to win his first Sprint Cup Series championship. There have been several seasons when it seemed possible only to end in disappointment. With five races remaining before the Chase will begin, Earnhardt looks in better position than ever to accomplish that goal. He is working with likely the best team he has had, he’s performing at his best and seems more at ease with his position in the sport. Winning the championship won’t be easy, but there is no reason Earnhardt should not be considered a serious contender.

• Before the race, Earnhardt met with Chris Blakeney as part of a visit set up by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Earnhardt told Blakeney if he won the race, Blakeney could join the No. 88 team in Victory Lane. Earnhardt kept his promise and also brought Blakeney with him to the winner’s news conference, even insisting the young man get his own name plate. If anyone wonders why Earnhardt continually wins the most popular driver award, that is plenty of evidence right there.

• Gordon marked two more milestones during Sunday’s race – he has led more than 24,000 laps during his Cup series career, including more than 1,000 at Pocono.

Five key moments

1. Joey Logano jumps to a big lead and is out front for the first 30 laps.

2. Kevin Harvick is penalized by NASCAR for speeding on pit road on Lap 97 and gets shuffled to the rear of the field.

3. A 13-car wreck on Lap 117 collects several contenders, including Harvick, Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth.

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. powers around Greg Biffle, who is trying to save fuel, and takes the lead for the first time on Lap 147.

5. On a restart on Lap 158, Harvick, running second, tries to run down Earnhardt but can’t complete a pass before Earnhardt wins.

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