Posted August 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
Jeff Gordon took advantage of an accident sparked by teammate Jimmie Johnson and a touch of timely rain at Pocono Raceway to win his first race of the season. Gordon earned his 86th career victory Sunday and thrust himself into wild-card contention in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Johnson inadvertently gave his Hendrick Motorsports teammate the help he needed. Johnson got loose off a restart and knocked Matt Kenseth into the wall. Kenseth slid down the track and took out Denny Hamlin. With an unexpected opening, Gordon zoomed to the lead in the No. 24 Chevrolet. It couldn't have come at a better time. The skies opened and cars were ordered off the track. The race was called moments later with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed.

Fan dies following lightning strike at NASCAR race

It’s always a concern when thunder and lightning happen at at sporting event. Unfortunately thunder and lighting are often joked about among fans. On Sunday’s race at Pocono, 10 fans were reportedly struck by lightning.  One of the fans was announced dead on arrival at the local hospital. Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban said the fan, whose identity has not been released, was declared...

Gordon's win changes his Cup season

The way qualifying had played out at Pocono Raceway, I felt Sunday was going to bring us some interesting storylines. I also believed we were going to have some comers and goers. And that's how it all played out. In fact, if you look at our top-five finishers from Sunday, three of those drivers started outside the top 25. Race winner Jeff Gordon finished 27th. Fourth-place...

Gordon wins Heisman Humanitarian Award

Jeff Gordon is NASCAR's charitable champion. The four-time Cup champion was honored Friday as the seventh recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented at the 78th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York. Gordon was joined by Heisman Trophy winners George Rogers and Tim Brown at Friday's announcement at Pocono Raceway...

Jeff Gordon Wins Pocono and Moves Into Wild Card Position

  Jeff Gordon, one of NASCAR racing's biggest rainmakers, got a shower just when he needed it in Sunday's Pennsylvania 400. Gordon didn't lead a lap under the green flag, but he notched a critically important victory at Pocono Raceway, thanks to an opportunistic move to the front after a restart on Lap 91 of a scheduled 160. Coincidentally, it was a mistake by Jimmie...

Jeff Gordon recipient of Heisman Humanitarian Award

Jeff Gordon to be presented with Heisman Humanitarian Award Heisman Trophy winners Tim Brown and George Rogers plus an official of the organization that presents the trophy traveled to Pocono Raceway Friday to announce that Jeff Gordon; driver of the No.24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet will be the seventh recipient to receive the Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award is presented...

Jeff Gordon Pocono Media Transcript – Winner

THE MODERATOR:  We’ll hear from our winning crew chief, that is Alan Gustafson.  Big win today here for the No. 24. Congratulations, Alan.  A big win for the 24 car.  You now move up to 12th in points and you are the number two wildcard contender.  A lot happened here in the last four or five hours for the 24 team.  Certainly an interesting race when you have the rain coming...

Jeff Gordon Pocono Media Transcript

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and discussed this weekend’s race at Pocono, about Dale Earnhardt, Jr. taking over the points lead last week, the race coming up in Watkins Glen and much more. TALK ABOUT THIS WEEKEND, WITH SIX TO GO BEFORE THE CHASE WINS ARE PARAMOUNT FOR YOU. “Yeah, it is. I really...

One Dead, 9 Injured After Lightning Strike At Pocono

((HT: thepoconos)) The rain-shortened race at Pocono Speedway yesterday gave Jeff Gordon his second rain-aided win in the last five years. In post-race interviews Gordon admitted that he even heard the thunder associated with a lightning strike on the property that would kill one and injured nine. Here's the announcement by Pocono CEO Brandon Igdalsky Track spokesman...

Jeff Gordon Named 2012 Heisman Humanitarian Recipient

Long Pond, PA –In a live press event at Pocono Raceway, Heisman Trophy Trustee, Jim Corcoran accompanied by Heisman Trophy winners, George Rogers (1980, University of South Carolina) and Tim Brown (1987, University of Notre Dame), announced today that Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, has been selected as the seventh recipient of The Heisman Humanitarian Award...

Gordon receives humanitarian award

On Friday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., Heisman Trophy Trustee Jim Corcoran announced that Jeff Gordon is the latest recipient of the Heisman Humanitarian Award. Gordon will officially receive the award at the New York Marriott Marquis on Dec. 10 at the 28th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner. “NASCAR fans know Jeff Gordon as one of the greatest drivers in the history...

Team Chevy Pennsylvania 400 Race Recap

It was a banner day for Team Chevy at the Pocono Raceway with Jeff Gordon winning the Pennsylvania 400 and teammate Kasey Kahne coming in second place. To start the day, Chevrolet driver Juan Pablo Montoya won the pole for the race. Other high finishing Chevrolet drivers included Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart (5th) and Ryan Newman (6th) getting top ten finishes. Regan...

Roush Fenway Racing Pocono Post Race Quotes

The Pennsylvania 400 was cut short on lap 98 (of 160) after rain showers with Jeff Gordon being declared the winner. The results for the Roush Fenway Racing team was mixed with Carl Edwards finishing in 7th place, Greg Biffle finishing 15th, and Matt Kenseth finishing 23rd. Kenseth was in second place on the final restart, but contact with Jimmie Johnson ruined his day’s efforts...
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