Race Review


Pocono 500

Long Pond, Pa.

Welcome, race fans. This is the fourteenth race of the season. At the triangular shaped 2.5 mile track in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The only car that didn’t make it into the race was #96 J. J. Yeley. Why 44 cars couldn’t start on this big of a track, is beyond me. But I don’t make the rules. Dario Franchitti is back in the 40. 70 today is Jason Leffler from the Nationwide Series. He also competed in that Series race at Nashville this weekend. 18 Kyle Busch crashed his car in practice, as did 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Both will start from the rear. 29 Kevin Harvick left his ignition switch on all night, and it drained his battery. He had to get a new battery to start the car, and will also start from the rear. 21 is Bill Elliott, who made it in on speed. 45 is Terry Labonte, in for Newscaster this week and all TNT televised races, Kyle Petty. He got in with a past Champion provisional. 9 Kasey Kahne is on the pole.
48 Jimmy Johnson leads the first lap. 99 Carl Edwards is moving up on the bottom of the track. 84 A. J. Allmendinger, 01 Regan Smith and 20 Tony Stewart are three-wide. 84 kept the car off 20 and looses the spot. 9 and 48 battle for the lead. 9 takes the lead. 18 gets by29 for thirty-fifth. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 2 Kurt Busch for ninth. And here, race fans, our electricity went out with a severe thunder storm. So I missed the first two cautions. 2 went spinning, but stayed on the lead lap. The lights come back on after the second caution, with cars exiting pit road. Forty-two laps are complete. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. stays out to lead. 48 takes the lead and 11 gets by 1.
The third caution involves 18. He wasn’t clear of 26 Jamie McMurray when he tried to slide in front of him, and 26 doesn’t let off. 18 goes to the garage. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 24 Jeff Gordon battle. 88 gets by. 11 gets by 8 Mark Martin for third. When 11 was getting out of the pits, he hit another car with his right front. And there is some damage. 9 gets by 99 for fifth. The fourth caution comes out when 10 Patrick Carpentier and 77 spin together. 9 has to come back into the pits. They were going to take four tires, but decided on only two after they had lug nuts off. So they have to pit again to get those tires changed. 83 Brian Vickers stays out to lead. 6 David Ragan got into 31 Jeff Burton trying to miss the cone on the way out of the pits. Forty-two cars are on the lead lap.
48 quickly takes the lead. 11 pushes 99 past 16 Greg Biffle. The fifth caution comes out for 77 and 20 spinning together again. They collect 38 David Gilliland. 45 makes it past all that spinning. There is rain on the track, and we go to a Red Flag with the pace car leading everyone into the pits to dry the track. They dry the track, and the restart is on lap seventy-four. 48 is leading. 84 gets by 16 for seventh. The sixth caution comes out for 07 Clint Bowyer spinning in the pits. 42 of Juan Pablo Montoya is on fire. 07 started spinning out of control and 42 got into him while he was spinning. Montoya drives to the fire trucks to get out of the car. And they take their time putting the fire out.
Six cars stay out. 48 is first out of the pits. So, at the restart, it’s 19 Elliott Sadler, 43 Bobby Labonte, 22 Dave Blaney, 1, 11, 45, 48, 16, 99 and 20 in the top ten. 1 pushes 8 to gain position. 11 catches 19. 11 and 19 battle for the lead. 11 takes the lead. 8 and 43 battle. 48 and 99 get by 19 for second and third. 2 soars by 17 Matt Kenseth and 20. 12 Ryan Newman and 31 battle. 31 hangs on. 9 is up to seventh from thirty-third after the lug nut issue. 19, 43, 20 and 1 pit.
The seventh caution comes out for 55 Michael Waltrip who got into the wall. 45 Terry Labonte is the Lucky Dog. Out of the pits, it’s 88, 16, 9, 99, 11, 17, 48. 19, 20, 43 and 1 had just pitted before the caution and stay out. 20 takes the lead. 9 and 11 battle. 11 gets by 88 for sixth. 99 gets by 88 for seventh. 16 gets by 19 for second. The eighth caution comes out when 38 and 40 get together and 40 gets into the wall. 70 also has damage. 16 takes two tires and heads out before a crew member is clear. And then gets hit by 26 who is already going out of pit road. 48 and 24 stay out, with 9 out of the pits first. 9 gets by 24. 20 gets by 24. 16 gets by 24. 11 gets by 24. 9 catches 48 for the lead. 17 and 99 get by 24. 2 gets by 24. 31 pushes 1 and himself past 24. 9 takes the lead. 16 pushes 20 by 48.
The ninth caution comes out again for 77 and 40. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya is the Lucky Dog. He gets one of forty-two laps back. 18 is back in the race, eighty laps behind. 16 gets by 20 for second. 11 and 99 battle. 99 gets by. 99 and 11 get by 48. 48 pits using backward pitting strategy of a road course. 8 pits. 20 goes low and 99 gets by. 16 leads, then pits. 99 leads, then pits. 83 leading. 22 is fast entering pits, and 10 is fast exiting. Both will have to go down pit road. 16 is too fast exiting and will come back in. 9 is back in the lead. Twenty-eight cars are on the lead lap. 99 and 11 battle. 99 takes second from 11. 9 and 11 pit. 20 pits and is too fast exiting.
The tenth caution comes out when 18 spins. 99 was about to pit when the caution came out and stayed on the track, as pit road had closed as he was about to enter. 17 took the lead when 99 went to pit. 10 Patrick Carpentier is the Lucky Dog. 83 is leading at the restart with nineteen to go. 88 and 83 battle for the lead. 83 stays in the lead. 20, a lap down, gets out of the way so 9 can get by.11 gets by 88 for third. 9 takes the lead. 31 gets by 48 for fifth. 43 gets into the wall.17 doesn’t hit him, and we stay green. 31 and 88 battle. 31 gets by 88. 88 goes low to get back by 31 for fourth.
And 9 Kasey Kahne wins the race from the pole position.

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