Sunday, June 10, 2012

Joey Logano survives the Pocono 400 to claim 2nd career victory

Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
Pocono Raceway is back and the Pocono 400 made a lasting statement. From Lap 1 we saw drama, crashes, a record 21 speeding penalties, fan favorites leading, what more can the fans ask for?

Jr. Nation was riding high, it appeared as though Dale Earnhardt Jr. was about to end his winless streak as he led three different times for a total of 36 laps. The fuel mileage fear bit Earnhardt and crew chief Steve Letarte, who chose to pit and be safe versus gambling and running out, having history repeat itself.

Joey Logano outlasted the Pocono problems and passed Mark Martin in the closing laps to claim his second career win. Martin slightly wobbled, Logano capitalized and made contact, bumping Martin to make the pass.

Beth Bence Reinke will recap more of Logano's win in this week's Gibbs Garage momentarily.

Pit road problems:

Pit road was the talk of the race as 18 drivers were ticketed for speeding penalties, some drivers clocked multiple times.

The list of drivers fined include a who's who of NASCAR: Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch. Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Travis Kvapil both were busted twice.

Next week, the series heads to Michigan, another newly repaved surface.

Results of the Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR:
  1. Joey Logano
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Jimmie Johnson
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Matt Kenseth
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Jamie McMurray
  11. Carl Edwards
  12. Ryan Newman
  13. Marcos Ambrose
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Jeff Burton
  16. Regan Smith
  17. Juan Pablo Montoya
  18. Brad Keselowski
  19. Jeff Gordon
  20. Martin Truex Jr.
  21. David Reutimann
  22. Bobby Labonte
  23. David Gilliland
  24. Greg Biffle
  25. Dave Blaney
  26. Travis Kvapil
  27. David Ragan
  28. Aric Almirola
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Kyle Busch
  31. AJ Allmendinger
  32. Tony Raines
  33. Stephen Leicht
  34. Michael McDowell
  35. Casey Mears
  36. J.J. Yeley
  37. Joe Nemechek
  38. Mike Bliss
  39. Stacy Compton
  40. Scott Riggs
  41. Reed Sorenson
  42. Josh Wise
  43. Landon Cassill

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