Rejoice! There is great joy in Junior Nation!
His was not the best car, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his No. 88 Chevrolet SS in the right place (he was second) as a dominant Brad Keselowski had to relinquish the race lead when a piece of paper blocked the cool air flow into his engine.
“Well he didn’t want to let me by, but I don’t know if his motor was going to make it,” said Earnhardt Jr. while being interviewed in Victory Lane. “That is unfortunate for him. He had me beat. I couldn’t get to him.”
Earnhardt Jr. had come close to winning at Pocono several times, but usually, a similarly strange occurrence would rob him of the win at the last minute. Sunday, the stars aligned in his favor.
Several drivers had bad days, either caused by wrecks on the track or, in Jimmie Johnson’s case, on pit road.
Earnhardt Jr.’s win places him on an exclusive list of four drivers who have won more than one race this season (Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson are the others).
With the Sprint Cup Series at its halfway point of the regular season, the discussion revolving around 16 winners seems moot. It’s likely we’ll see more multiple wins than new winners going forward, as the good teams get themselves ready for the start of the Chase, a mere three months away.
A look now at the winners and losers from the Pocono 400.