It took until the final 50 laps, but a race broke out in Pocono on Sunday.
After starting the day with the worry that the Sprint Cup Series might have to race on Monday. That's because shortly after sending the 43 cars out onto the racetrack, and just moments from the green flag, the skies opened up. The infield of the Pocono Raceway became a lake, as drivers and fans were left to wait it out.
Amazingly, they didn't have to wait long until the sun came out. The jet dryers got to work, and the racing was finally underway.
When it did, it was a typical Pocono race, as Denny Hamlin dominated, but he did so with some competition from both teammate Kyle Busch, and the Richard Childress Racing duo of Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.
Caution followed by another caution decided to make an appearance, setting up a dash to the finish that saw Hamlin come through the field to the lead for the final 15 laps. But, just feet from the white flag the caution flag came out again, when teammate Joey Logano was taken out by Harvick in turn three.
That would set up a green-white-checkered finish, with Hamlin leading last year's winner Tony Stewart, pole-sitter Busch, and Sam Hornish, Jr.
Busch and Stewart put up the best fight they could, but as he did all day long, Hamlin drove away on the final lap as chaos broke out behind them. Kasey Kahne went down into the grass trying to pass AJ Allmendinger, and then came back across the racetrack to collect Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, and many others.
For Hamlin, it was his fourth win of the year, and fourth career at Pocono. His win was also a win for many of our Creatures on Sunday, as they got back to their winning ways.
For the Creatures that came up short, they still collected solid days as the series moves to Michigan International Speedway next weekend.
Billy Fellin (1,978 ) Tony Stewart finished third (3 )
Kara Martin (1,958 ) Kurt Busch finished sixth (2 )
Sal Sigala Jr. (1,877 ) Denny Hamlin won (1 )
Kelly Crandall (1,848 ) Denny Hamlin won (2 )
Dustin Parks (1,839 ) Denny Hamlin won (2 )
James Broomhead (1,834 ) Denny Hamlin won (2 )
Christopher Leone (1,828 ) Denny Hamlin won (3 )
Rob Tiongson (1,788 ) Kurt Busch finished sixth (0 )
Patti Rodisch (1,714 ) Tony Stewart finished third (0 )
Misan Akuya (1,695 ) Denny Hamlin won (1 )
David Yeazell (1,540 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )
Adam Heasley (962 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )
Alan Wade (166 ) Jeff Gordon finished 32nd (0 )
The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway, where it could once again come down to a fuel mileage race. Mark Martin is the defending winner of the event and is looking for his first win of the 2010 season.
Creatures have your picks in for the race at Michigan by Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET.
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