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Pennsylvania 500 - Pocono Raceway

Denny Dominates to Pull Pocono Sweep
It was as if Denny Hamlin never left Long Pond, Pennsylvania. When he returned to the triangle-shaped Pocono Raceway after winning from the pole last month, he was able to repeat what he accomplished in his first race here. The rookie driver for Joe Gibbs totally dominated the field Sunday at Pocono International Raceway and calmly said it was a "pretty uneventful" day afterwards. Hamlin crossed the finish line first for the second time this season at Pocono and was comfortably ahead of runner-up Kurt Busch by 1.510 seconds. Hamlin also won the first race of the season at Pocono, giving him a season sweep of the events and is now batting two for two at the tricky Pennsylvania tri-oval. This is the first year he has ever raced at Pocono. Neither Busch, a former champion, nor third-place finisher Jeff Gordon, a four-time champion, could mount a charge to get past Hamlin as he led lap after lap in his No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet. Hamlinís second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory comes in only his 27th career start as he became the first rookie to sweep both races at a track since Jimmie Johnson won both races at Dover in 2002. Hamlinís two victories at Pocono this season marked the sixth time that a driver has swept both races at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin joined the likes of Jimmie Johnson (2004), Bobby Labonte (1999), Tim Richmond (1986), Bill Elliott (1985), and Bobby Allison (1982). Hamlin led the most laps for the second time in his career. He also led the most laps at Pocono in June when he scored his career-first victory, leading 83 laps. He led five times for 151 laps including the final 20 laps in the Pennsylvania 500, a career high. Kurt Busch finished in the second position and has now finished first, second and second in his last three races at Pocono. Jeff Gordon finished third, scoring his 19th top-10 finish in 28 races at Pocono Raceway. He remained ninth in the point standings and is now 50 points ahead of 11th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brian Vickers ended his day in the fourth position, his third top-five finish in six races at Pocono Raceway. Kevin Harvick crossed the stripe in fifth, scoring his 11th top-10 finish 20 races in 2006, including the last four races. Harvick extended a 32-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak. With the win, Hamlin climbed from 12th to eighth in the point standings, the highest points position of his 27-race career.

Pennsylvania 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
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· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
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· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes

Saturday's Cup Practices Rained Out
The two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practices scheduled for today at Pocono Raceway have been canceled due to rain. The majority of drivers worked on race setup during Fridayís practice, anticipating the inclement weather.

Hamlin Picks up Where he Left off at Pocono
Rookie Denny Hamlin picked up right where he left off last month at Pocono Raceway, at the front of the field. Hamlin, who won the event at Pocono in June after starting from the pole, again won the pole position for Sundayís Pennsylvania 500, giving him a sweep of the seasonís poles at the triangle-shaped Pennsylvania track. Hamlin becomes the first rookie contender to sweep both Bud Poles at a track in a single season since Davey Allison did so at Rockingham in 1987. Hamlin put down a qualifying lap of 52.995 seconds, at an average speed of 169.827 mph, to score his third Bud Pole in 27 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. He posted his 12th top-10 start in 2006, including three of the last four races. Hamlin became the first repeat Bud Pole winner at Pocono in the last 21 races at the 2.5-mile track. Hamlin actually posted his first Bud Pole last season, before his official rookie year. Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying effort with a lap of 53.123 seconds, at an average speed of 169.418 mph. Newman will join Hamlin on the front row of the starting grid, his eighth top-10 start this season and the only time this season that he has had back-to-back front row starts. Newman won the Bud Pole last week at New Hampshire. Kasey Kahne will start third, posting his 12th top-10 start of the season and his third in six races at Pocono. Kahne also started third here in June. Brian Vickers will roll off from the fourth position, giving him a top-10 start in all six of his appearances at Pocono. It is his eighth top-10 start this season. Vickers also started fourth here in June. Jeff Gordon rounds out the top five-spots on the grid, posting his 16th top-10 start in 28 races at Pocono.

Chaffin's Qualifying Lap Disallowed
Chad Chaffinís No. 61 Hilton Garden Inn Dodge failed post-qualifying inspection and will not race on Sunday. Chaffinís car was too low during the inspection process following the qualifying session where Chaffin qualified in the 38th position. After the car failed inspection, his qualifying time would be disallowed, causing Chaffin and the No. 61 team to miss the race. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, driven by Jimmy Spencer this week, will now race on Sunday instead of making the trip back home.


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