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Pennsylvania 500 - Pocono Raceway

Kurt Busch Wins in the Pocono Mountians
Persistent, consistent Kurt Busch kept his Ford Taurus out front most of the day and won a caution-filled NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. A rash of cautions in the last 50 laps kept the crowd of 100,000 on its feet as the defending series champion took the lead for good with 18 laps remaining. Two drivers who announced earlier this season that 2005 would be their last in a Cup driver's seat finished as runners up to the 26 year-old Las Vegas native. Rusty Wallace was second and Mark Martin third. Over the past few weeks Martin has said he might return for another season in the No. 6 Jack Roush Ford if a replacement driver is not available for 2006. A mishap during the final re-start knocked sophomore Kasey Kahne out of a top five spot when Kahne and fellow young hot shoe Carl Edwards got together. Edwards finished fourth while Kahne was relegated to a disappointing 27th. Busch was up on the wheel from the start and dominated the contest (leading 100 of the first 110 laps) even though he had to overcome several minor problems such as a lug nut falling off a tire during one stop. Despite minor incidents such as this, he repeatedly drove his way back to the front. "It was really a superb day," said Busch. "This is Pocono perfection for Jack this year and for us to dominate today and put laps together on short runs, long runs, it's just a tribute to what the crew is doing for me and that's building great cars, super pit stops. It's just a matter of having everything fall our way, which we only depended on pit strategy and it did at the end. It was a super car. It's a big win for us."Tony Stewart, winner of three races this season, and the hottest driver on the circuit heading into this weekend's action, finished in the seventh spot. NEXTEL Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson had a rough weekend, crashing his primary car during practice and being forced to start from the rear of the field in a backup car. Johnson struggled throughout the race but still fought through for a 12th place finish. Teammate Jeff Gordon was 13th but was never a contender on this particular Sunday. Popular Dale Earnhardt Jr. wound up well back in the field, finishing 32nd after being unable to get a handle on his Chevrolet for two-thirds of the race. Earnhardt's DEI teammate Michael Waltrip drove his way to a top five spot in the closing laps but became a victim of Greg Biffle's misfortune and was knocked from contention.

Pennsylvania 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· E. Sadler Accident Quotes
· Dodge Friday Practice Quotes
· Chevrolet Friday Practice Quotes
· Practice 1
· J. Johnson Accident Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes

McMurray Wins Pole at Pocono
Jamie McMurray, who at some point before the 2007 season will leave his current team to join the No. 6 team at Roush Racing, won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole position for tomorrow’s Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Maybe the pole was a goodbye present for the No. 42 team, in an effort to get out of his deal earlier than anticipated. McMurray lapped Pocono Raceway in 53.330 seconds, at an average speed of 168.761 mph, to score his second career Bud Pole in 98 NEXTEL Cup Series races and his first of the 2005 season. Kasey Kahne holds the track-qualifying record of 52.164 seconds, at an average of 72.533 mph, set June 11, 2004. McMurray now gives us 18 different Bud Pole winners in the 19 NEXTEL Cup Series races at Pocono since June 1996. Qualifying was canceled in June 2002. This is McMurray’s third top-10 start this season, his previous best start was fourth here at Pocono in June. This is the third top-10 start in six races at Pocono for McMurray. McMurray gave Dodge its eighth Bud Pole in 2005 and broke a streak of four consecutive Chevrolet Bud Poles this season. Four of the last five Pocono Bud Poles have been won by Dodge, each with a different driver. McMurray also becomes the 13th different Bud Pole winner this season. Kurt Busch posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 53.402 seconds, at an average speed of 168.533 mph – and will join McMurray on the front row. This is Bush’s fifth top-10 start, including three straight top-threes, in 10 Pocono races and is his 10th top-10 start this season. Mark Martin qualified third and has posted 28 top-10 starts in his 38 races at Pocono, while Ryan Newman and Ricky Rudd will round out the top five on the starting grid. Only six NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono have ever been won from a starting position worse than 15th, most recently by Carl Edwards who won this year’s Pocono 500 from 29th, the farthest back that a race winner at Pocono has started. Edwards, who is pulling double duty this weekend at Pikes Peak and Pocono, had Bobby Gerhart qualify his car and will start from the rear of the field after the driver change on Sunday. In 23 years of twice-a-year NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Pocono since 1982, a sweep has occurred only five times: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1985), Tim Richmond (1986), Bobby Labonte (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2004).


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