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Pennsylvania 500 - Pocono Raceway

Kurt Busch Puts on a Show to Win in Pocono
Kurt Busch took off like greased lightning when the green flag dropped on the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway and with the exception of a bad lug nut that cost him time in the pits, Busch totally dominated the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, leading all but 25 laps of the 200-lap event over the 2.5-mile track. Busch’s dominance breaks the record for laps led in a Pocono race. The previous record for laps led was Jeff Gordon’s 164 at the 1998 Pennsylvania 500. It was Busch's first win since Bristol in March of 2006. He won it, however, in style. Pushed back to ninth position for a restart with 64 laps to go, Busch charged through the field to take the lead for good. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., finished second despite having a car he couldn't steer for more than half the race. His pit crew changed a shock after an Earnhardt spin and he was able to bring the Bud Chevrolet back to second. Ironically, it was a one-two finish for the beer sponsors, with Busch's Miller Lite Dodge on top in this particular race. Denny Hamlin was third, Jeff Gordon fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth. Tony Stewart was sixth, followed by Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin, Casey Mears and Jeff Burton. Busch showed from the beginning he had the car to beat. He jumped out front of pole winner Earnhardt on the first lap and drove away with teammate Newman in his slipstream. Several cars had to start at the rear of the field, including substitute driver P. J. Jones, who replaced parked driver Robby Gordon, forced to sit out Sunday's race after failing to recognize the black flag in Saturday's Montreal Busch race. NASCAR took Gordon out of Pocono Nextel Cup competition as punishment for his unsportmanlike conduct. Martin Truex, Clint Bowyer and Ward Burton gave up their starting spots after equipment changes. By 50 laps, the front of the field consisted of NASCAR's hardest chargers, including young Hamlin, who has dominated things at the Pocono track the past few races. Earnhardt, battling an ill-handling car, stayed in the top five but struggled to stay there. At the halfway point of the 500-mile event, Busch had led all but just a few laps. Younger brother Kyle was not having that kind of day. He scraped the wall on lap 74 which put him a lap down at halfway.

Pennsylvania 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes and Audio Files
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Ward Burton Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes

Earnhardt Jr. Wins Bud Pole in Pocono
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. captured the Bud Pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway after he turned a quick lap of 169.975 mph, at an average speed of 52.949 mph. It is Junior's first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole since Sept. 29, 2002 at Kansas Speedway – a span of 171 races. This is his seventh Bud Pole in 276 career starts. But Junior's pole was not without drama. Scheduled 40th in the order of the 47 cars attempting to qualify for the 21st race of the season, he had rolled off pit road, taken the green flag and started lap one of his qualifying effort when rain started to fall around the 2.5-mile track. Instead of taking the white flag to complete his first lap, quick thinking saw Junior dive down pit road and stop before the start/finish line. NASCAR waited for the shower to pass, dried the track, allowed Junior's Tony Eury, Jr.-led crew to cool down the car and put a new set of tires on and Junior headed out to attempt his qualifying run in full. He then went out and snagged the pole. Earnhardt’s previous best start at Pocono Raceway was fifth (June 8, 2003). He now has two top-five and three top-10 starts at Pocono. The brothers Busch will line up second and third on the starting grid, with Kurt starting from the outside pole position and Kyle starting third. Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne round out the top-five starting spots.

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