Weather problems plagued another NASCAR Nextel race today as it took over a couple hours to get the track ready for the Pocono 500. Ryan Newman has the poll for the race, his fourth of the year.
In some pre race interviews Kyle Busch said that he brought some “front end technology” from his COT into the old school car. Denny Hamlin who swept the 2006 race stated that the flat corners seemed to suit his driving style.
Getting the best out of pit strategy for the rain-shortened race is the Jeff Gordon camp who stayed on the lap 64 caution for debris to take the lead of the race. He did have to come in on lap 82 for tires and fuel, but pit stops were to cycle through and he took the lead of the race at lap 99. Around lap 104 Gordon over the radio says that his tires are shot.
At lap 104 the caution for rain comes out, but Ryan Newman almost made the pass for the lead of the race. The rain was coming down hard in just turn one of the racetrack. A couple more laps go by and the red flag comes out on lap 106. The race was red flagged for around 30 minutes until the race was finally called.
Denny Hamlin was the early car to beat in the whole race. He was able to lead most of the first fifty laps including the first 27 laps of the day. After the lap 64 caution he took four tires and started all the way back in 21st spot and was able to march his way all the way up to the sixth spot.
Ryan Newman was also great for the early part of the race staying in the top five for the first fifty laps of the race. At the lap 64 caution he took only two tires putting him back around seventh. He was able to march his way up the field.
Cars brining out cautions on the day was Robby Gordon on lap 49 who blows a tire and Dave Blaney on lap 55 with some help from Greg Biffle. Ending the race early today was Jimmy Johnson on lap 90 who blew a tire, but somehow did not bring out the caution. He took his car behind the wall for repairs.
“Great great call by Steve Letarte,” said Jeff Gordon. “He(Steve) won this race for me.”
Tony Stewart said that he wanted to race again and though he could get another spot. He finished in fifth.
In points Jeff Gordon leads the new second place person Matt Kenseth by 242 points. Jimmy Johnson falls to 305 points back of the lead. Still in the chase is Mark Martin who is in 12th place. He finished the day in seventh.