Sprint Cup drivers are going to Pennsylvania today for the Pocono 500. Kyle Busch today is finishing up his swing of three NASCAR races at three different racetracks. He has yet to win a race this weekend.
Kasey Kahne has the poll for today’s race with Jimmy Johnson starting in second.
Jeff Gordon stated that it is going to be tough to pass today. Dale Jr. said that he would like his car a little bit better, but also said that every single car is going to struggle a bit.
The first caution of the day popped out at lap 27 for debris. This caution was right around the time cars were going to stop for the first green flag pit stops. During the first 27 laps Jimmie Johnson had the lead of the race for the first 16 laps and then Kasey Kahne took over.
The second caution popped up at lap 39 for a Kurt Busch spin that sent him into the grass, jumped up in the air and then destroyed the struts on the splitter. It took a bunch of stops under yellow flags before they were able to fully repair the damage.
After the green flag dropped the yellow came out in a couple of laps as Kyle Busch crashes. Kyle stated the he a window broke on his car and that he could not see him at all. He wound up finishing in last place.
The fourth caution of the day comes out on lap 56 as Sam Hornish Jr. and Patrick Carpentier get together. After we got back to green flag racing Jimmy Johnson quickly took the lead of the race again.
At lap 68 another multi car incident occurs as Sam Hornish Jr. David Gilliland, and Patrick Carpentier all get together. Just barely missing all the action was Terry Labonte. This brought out caution and then on lap 71 the red flag came out for some rain that started to fall on turn 2. The red flag lasted around 8 minutes.
At lap 80 Juan Pablo Montoya and his car erupts on fire and we also had a Clint Bowyer spin as well. “We had a pretty good car,” said Juan.
When we got back to green flag racing it was Denny Hamlin getting to lead a whole bunch of laps.
The next caution occurred on lap 105 as Michael Waltrip spins out. After the green flag dropped Tony Stewart makes his move to the front to start leading some laps.
The caution flag waves again on lap 122 for Dario Franchitti who spins out.
With 70 laps to go Kasey Kahne takes the lead of the race again and the caution comes out again as Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. get together.
With 63 laps to go Jimmy Johnson comes in for a green flag pit stop. Mark Martin comes in one lap later.
With 50 laps left Tony Stewart pits and a couple laps earlier Denny Hamlin pitted. The leader Kasey Kahne comes in with a bunch of other drivers with 48 laps to go. This put Greg Biffle into the lead for a while.
Biffle comes in with 44 laps to go along with some other cars leaving Brian Vickers in the lead of the race for a while. With 36 laps to go Brian Vickers gives up the lead of the race. One lap later Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon pit.
This finally put Kasey Kahne back as the leader of the race.
With 29 laps left Tony Stewart comes down to pit road, but winds up with a speeding penalty. With 25 laps left Kasey Kahne gives up the lead to pit.
This put Carl Edwards into the lead of the race for a while. The yellow flag finally does come out again with 23 laps to go as Kyle Busch spins out. A bunch of drivers pit with different strategies, but leaving pit road Carl Edwards winds up getting a flat tire.
This left Brian Vickers in the lead with Dale Jr. in second and Kasey Kahne in third.
The green flag drops with 19 left. Dale Jr. made one attempt to take the lead of the race, but it did not work. Then it was not long before Kasey Kahne took over second place. With 16 laps left Denny Hamlin took over third place and then Kasey Kahne takes the lead of the race.
Kasey with the lead started to bust over a 2 second lead with only 10 laps left. With seven laps left it was over 3 seconds and Kasey was cruising onto another win this season.
“Never had a car that dominant,” said Kasey Kahne.
Hopefully we will get a win one day said Brian Vickers who finished in second.
“Working mans six today,” said Jimmy Johnson.
At the end of the race day Kyle Busch and his lead shrinks big time. He now has only a 21 point lead over Jeff Burton and a 145 point lead over Carl Edwards.