It was an all beer sponsor front row today with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Budweiser Chevrolet had the poll while Kurt Busch in his Miller Light Dodge started in second. Today’s race is at the Pocono track for 500 miles for the Pennsylvania 500 presented by Rush Hour 3.
Kurt Busch fully dominated the race today. No car could keep up with Kurt when he got the lead. Some of his leads before the caution came out have been 8 plus seconds and 11 plus seconds in length. Early in the race he was putting round a half-a-second lap on the field. The longest time he did not have the lead was four around 10 laps while he was navigating through cars ahead of him that took only two tires.
Kurt’s main challenger on the day was Dale Earnhardt Jr. He complained about his breaks throughout the race while his was stuck in the top ten. He did bring out one caution though on lap 123. During the caution he came in to change his shocks that helped him big time and with some pit strategy he was able to get the lead of the race for a few laps.
Minor cautions came out most in this race. Jamie McMurray brought out two cautions on the day for spins on lap 3 and 64. Other cars spinning out for a caution were Greg Biffle on lap 138 and David Ragan on lap 172. One debris caution came out on lap 53.
The only wreck of the day occurred on lap 180. It was a chain reaction type wreck that wound up involving the likes of Jamie McMurray, David Gilliland, Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, and Reed Sorenson.
Total cautions on the day were seven for 27 laps.
For Kurt Busch’s total domination he led a record 175 laps on the day. It marks his first win since 52 races ago at Bristol.
Only a few other races such as Dale Jr, Reed Sorenson, and Jeff Green got to lead more than one lap today.
“I couldn’t be happier to drive this car,” said Kurt Busch. “I feel like a new born kid again.” He also stated that his car was loose at the start, got tighter during the race, and then it was loose again at the end.
“We had a real bad handling car,” said Dale Jr. who finished in second. ”The car was fast in the end.”
“Had break issues,” said Denny Hamlin who finished in third.
Jeff Gordon who finished in fourth stated that other cars would have had a chance to win the race ”if the 2 car did not exist” today. He also stated that he tried to make some changes to his car, but they did not work.
Jimmy Johnson stated that he did not want to make any crazy mistakes. He finished in fifth.
In points not much changed at the top. Jeff Gordon leads Denny Hamlin by 366 points. With the win Kurt Busch moves into the 12th spot while Dale Jr. moves back into 13th spot only 7 points back.