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2011 Pocono II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: MSulka on Aug 07, 2011 - 09:16 PM
2011 Pocono II: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

In a hard-fought battle at Pocono Raceway, five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup (NSCS) champion Jimmie Johnson brought his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet home in fourth place in the Good Sam RV Insurance 500. Starting in 19th position, Johnson and his Chad Knaus-led team methodically worked their way through the field in the 200-lap race that was halted by a one-hour, 40-minute rain delay on the 125th lap.

With the strong performance, Johnson sits second in the standings moving to within nine points of the top spot with 21 races in the record books.

Ryan Newman, No. 39 Tornados Chevrolet, was fifth at the checkered flag after starting 12th in the 43-car field. Newman sits eighth in the standings with five races remaining until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


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Four-time NSCS champion Jeff Gordon brought the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet to the sixth finishing position. It was a strong performance and finish for Gordon given he started deep in the field, in 31st position. Gordon remains seventh in points.

Starting 18th, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, battled through the field to finish in ninth place. Earnhardt, Jr. sits 10th in the point standings.

Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard, No. 27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet, had another strong run, bringing home the 10th finishing position. He sits poised for a wild card berth in the Chase currently sitting 14th in the standings, the first driver out of the top-12 with a victory.

Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet, battled a loose race care throughout the 500-mile race but was able to salvage a 14th place finish at sits fifth in the standings.

Tony Stewart, No 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, battled back from a flat tire that put him a lap down to the field to finish 11th in the final order. The two-time NSCS champion remains ninth in the standings.

Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, sits 12th in the standings after finishing 18th in the point standings.

The unlikely winner was Brad Keselowski (Dodge), Kyle Busch (Toyota) was second, and Kurt Busch (Dodge) finished third.

Next up on the Series’ schedule is the second road course race of the season at Watkins Glen on August 14, 2011.

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