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  • However, he crashed his car during practice and had to use the backup vehicle, meaning he started at the rear of the field

    • by Orrymain

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      The June Pocono 500 race had the privilege of being the first NASCAR regular season event to feature double file restarts. NASCAR had just made the rule change, and it did indeed add to the excitement of the race. There’s still a lot to be worked out, but it was fun.

      Tony Stewart had the pole by reason of the NASCAR rule book, since qualifying was rained out and he’s the points leader. However, he crashed his car during practice and had to use the backup vehicle, meaning he started at the rear of

      the field. This meant that the front row was Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, two Hendrick teammates of a sort (I just don’t think of Johnson as a teammate of anyone’s; he’s far too self-involved to be a teammate to anyone).

      There was some great early racing. The Roush drivers were racing each other hard, which is par for the course. Carl Edwards led a number of laps and looked like he might get a win at last in ‘09.

      As the race wound down, though, rain began to fall, and when the cars pitted,

      • Jeff Gordon stayed out on the chance that the drizzle might develop into something more. It didn’t, so before going back to green, the 24-car pitted. What this did, though, was give him a great shot at making it to the end of the race while those ahead of him would have to pit.

        Sure enough, as the laps went under the 15 mark, fuel-hungry stock cars began to pit. Amazingly, though, the leaders somehow pinched out their mileage. While Johnson ran out of gas on the track, most others had peeled off

        or did make it. Tony Stewart held on with enough fuel left over to celebrate his win with a burnout. Stewart is the first owner-driver to win in quite a while. Edwards held on to finish in 2nd. Gordon made it to fourth.

        Stewart retains the points lead, with Gordon holding on to the second spot.

        It was a good race, with some good racing throughout. It was a pretty good day for just about everyone but Denny Hamlin, who had problems from the start. He won’t be in a good mood this week.

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