Aug 05 2007

Kurt Busch Dominates at Pocono

Kurt Busch wins the Pennsylvania 500
Kurt Busch dominated the race today in Pocono, continuing the good runs he usually has there, finishing second in both races last year. This was about as good of a race as you can get at Pocono, which usualy seems like a boring race to me for whatever reason. The rest of the top five were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson.

Kurt Busch dominated from the opening lap and raced his way back into championship contention, cruising to his first victory in 51 races Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

The race did not include Robby Gordon, who was suspended by NASCAR early Sunday morning for his conduct at the Busch Series race in Montreal a day before.

Busch, who had surged to 13th in the standings entering the Pennsylvania 500, led all but 25 laps and made his second career Pocono victory look easy. The 175 laps led was a Pocono record.

Not even a lug nut problem on pit road under caution late in the race and a hard-charging Earnhardt affected him very much. His No. 2 Dodge was clearly the car to beat all day. Source: Busch dominant at Pocono, overtakes Junior in points for Chase

Here is how they finished:
1 2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 195/10 200 Running
2 1 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 175/5 200 Running
3 6 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 165/0 200 Running
4 11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/0 200 Running
5 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 155/0 200 Running
6 24 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 150/0 200 Running
7 4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 151/5 200 Running
8 15 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World
/ RVs.com 147/5 200 Running
9 25 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 138/0 200 Running
10 8 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 134/0 200 Off Track
11 18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 130/0 200 Running
12 3 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 132/5 200 Running
13 20 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Combos 124/0 200 Running
14 37 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 126/5 200 Running
15 17 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV / “Rush Hour 3″ 118/0 199 Running
16 9 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 115/0 199 Running
17 23 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 112/0 199 Running
18 21 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 114/5 199 Running
19 32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 111/5 199 Running
20 19 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 103/0 199 Running
21 29 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 100/0 199 Running
22 12 16 Greg Biffle Ford “Dog the Bounty Hunter” / Dish Network 97/0 199 Running
23 13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 99/5 199 Running
24 16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 91/0 199 Running
25 34 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 88/0 199 Running
26 35 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Energizer / Menards 85/0 199 Running
27 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 82/0 199 Running
28 10 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 84/5 199 Off Track
29 28 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 76/0 199 Running
30 26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 78/5 198 Running
31 43 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 70/0 198 Running
32 14 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 67/0 198 Running
33 36 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 64/0 197 Running
34 42 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 61/0 197 Running
35 27 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 58/0 197 Running
36 41 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 55/0 197 Running
37 30 7 P.J. Jones Ford MAPEI / Menards 52/0 197 Running
38 39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 49/0 194 Running
39 33 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 46/0 191 Running
40 22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 43/0 177 Out of Race
41 31 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 40/0 159 Out of Race
42 40 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 37/0 151 Out of Race
43 38 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 34/0 109 Out of Race

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