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Pocono 500 - Pocono Raceway

Edwards Wins in First Trip to Pocono
Carl Edwards was a little disheartened before the day started, hoping that rain would continue to force a delay in the Busch Series race in Nashville, as he got behind the wheel of his No. 99 Stonebridge Life Insurance Ford to run the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway. When told that the Busch race had started and his point’s lead was gone with the flick of a green flag, Edwards’ only solace would be to go out and win this Nextel Cup race. Edwards would start the event from the 29th position and work his way to the front on a track where passing is a premium, in his very first race on the tough, triangle-shaped track. Edwards would take the lead for the first time on lap 106, when he made the pass around Brian Vickers. In all, Edwards led four times for a total of 46 laps. Edwards made his final pass for the lead when he passed Kurt Busch on lap 187, but a caution soon followed on lap 196 that would send the event into overtime. During the green-white-checkered-finish, Edwards was pulling away from the field until Bobby Labonte crashed, thus ending the race under caution and handing the win to Edwards. The win for Edwards is his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory, coming in his 27th career start. Edwards is the second driver to win in his first race at Pocono Raceway, Richard Petty won the first race here in 1974. Although he lost his points lead in the Busch Series, Edwards climbed from ninth to fourth in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings. Edwards scored the first victory at Pocono Raceway for car owner Jack Roush. Roush finished second 11 times with four different drivers before scoring his first Pocono victory with Edwards. This is Roush’s 81st victory as a car owner and seventh in 14 races this season. Brian Vickers came home in second place, posting his career-best finish in 55 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races; it is his first top-10 finish in his third race at Pocono Raceway. Joe Nemechek was third, while rookie Kyle Busch came home in fourth and Mark Martin limped home with a flat tire in fifth. Edwards’ 29th starting position is now the farthest back a race winner at Pocono has started, besting that of Terry Labonte when he won the 1995 Pocono 500 after starting 27th.

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· Kevin Harvick Notes
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· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
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· Kasey Kahne Notes
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· Scott Riggs Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
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· Mike Bliss Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes

Waltrip Pounces on Pocono Pole Position
Michael Waltrip won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Pocono 500, lapping Pocono Raceway in 53.238 seconds, at an average aped of 169.052 mph. Kasey Kahne holds the track-qualifying record of 52.164 seconds, 172.533 mph, set June 11, 2004. This is only Waltrip’s third career Bud Pole in 620 races, his most recent Bud Pole came at Michigan in June 1991, 457 races ago. This is only Waltrip’s second start better than 18th this season, he started third for the Daytona 500. Waltrip became the ninth different Bud Pole winner this season. He is the 17th different Bud Pole winner in the past 18 races at Pocono. This is the fifth pole position for Chevrolet in 2005; Dodge has six poles and Ford has two. Defending series champion Kurt Busch posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 53.356 seconds, at an average speed of 168.678 mph – and will join Waltrip on the front row for the Pocono 500. Busch has started from a top-10 starting position in four of his nine races at Pocono. This is his seventh top-10 start this season and his second time to post the second-quickest qualifying lap. Brian Vickers qualified in third, posting his fifth top-10 start this season, while Jamie McMurray and Scott Riggs will start in the top-five starting positions. The farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started was 27th by Terry Labonte in the 1995 Pocono 500.


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