NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Pocono: Live Results, Updates and Reaction

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2013

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 04:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 4, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Pocono started out as a Jimmie Johnson favored track, and ended with Kasey Kahne in victory lane.

After leading for most of the early race, Johnson seemed to be set to win again at the tricky triangle.Instead of making it into victory lane though, Johnson would blow a tire and hit the wall. He remained on the lead lap, but was never able to make it to the front again.

Johnson wasn't the only driver to run into bad luck.

Denny Hamlin continues to struggle as his day ended early when he blew a tire and hit the wall.

Will Hamlin be able to recover in time and get into the Chase on wins? Or will he continue to struggle on tracks where he usually runs well?

Matt Kenseth also struggled, as he was caught in an early wreck and was never able to recover. While he is a lock for the Chase, has Kenseth cooled down and lost the hot streak he had earlier in the year?

Hendrick dominated the later part of the race, with Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Jr racing in the top three spots.

Eventually though, it would come down to a battle between Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon, with Kahne getting the better of the veteran driver.

With his second victory of the season, Kahne has made a huge push toward the postseason.

Winner: Kasey Kahne