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For Dale Earnhardt Jr., it was refreshing to feel some speed in his No. 88 Chevrolet.
Earnhardt couldn’t match the dominating Chevy of Jimmie Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports shop mate, but after a lackluster performance last Sunday at Dover, he was glad to post a third-place result in Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway.
It was the first top five for Earnhardt since he ran second to Kyle Busch on March 24 at Fontana, Calif.
Arguably, Earnhardt had the second-best car at Pocono, but restarting from the inside lane with four laps left hurt his chances of holding the runner-up position.
"We’ve been running good all year--just have had some troubles," Earnhardt said after the race. "…Excited to be able to run well. We had a good car all weekend--glad we could get a good finish.
"Jimmie was faster in Turn 3, much faster. That’s where you have to be good. That’s where he was good. We’ve got to gain a little bit there. We know some things we can try to get better before we come back (Aug. 4)."
Earnhardt has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono, but he has scored four top 10s in his last five starts at the Tricky Triangle.
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THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by our third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, fighting for the win there at the end on that last restart. Take us through what happened there, Dale.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: We knew we had a good car. The last restarts were kind of tough. Being on the inside on the front row, really ain’t the catbird seat...
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin is not satisfied with a good points day, he needs race victories, and Sunday he never really had a chance. Hamlin finished eighth on Sunday at Pocono Raceway, where he’s won four times. He moved up one position in the standings, which did little
By the time Dale Earnhardt Jr. reached Victory Lane last season at Michigan, the win seemed as much inevitable as implausible.
One top 10 finish at a time, Earnhardt built and built before a four year and 143-race winless streak was snapped; a legion of fans sent into a frenzy as NASCAR's most popular driver finally gave them all a reason to go wild.
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There's a reason Jimmie Johnson has won five NASCAR Sprint Cup championships and leads the points battle again this year: He, crew chief Chad Knaus and the rest of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are simply better than everyone else right now.
Johnson won Sunday's Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart at Pocono Raceway, utterly drubbing the field by leading...
Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway to win his third race of the season.
The Sprint Cup points leader, Johnson pulled away on both of the last two restarts that came over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2004.
Johnson also won this season the Daytona 500 and at Martinsville Speedway. He led 128 of 160 laps and...
LONG POND, PA. – Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS, scored his third win of the season and third win at Pocono Raceway in dominating fashion today. Johnson closed the deal by leading 128 of the 160 laps in the race, and was untouchable while cruising to his 63rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory. He extended...