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Cup: Pocono - Race results

5 August 2012

Jeff Gordon was back in victory lane for the first time since September 2011, after a late accident for his Hendrick Motorsport team mate Jimmie Johnson handed him the lead which became a win minutes later when the red flags came out for the onset of heavy rain. That gives Gordon his 86th win in 674 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, and the sixth time he's won at the unique three-turn triangular Pocono Raceway in 40 starts.

The race started almost two hours later than scheduled, and ran only 98 of the 160 planned laps before the red flags came out. However, once it had past the midway point the race was 'official' when the heavy rain and storms ended the day's action for good.

Gordon's win provisionally puts him into the post-season Chase for the Sprint Cup through one of the two 'most wins' wild cards. That's at the expense of Kyle Busch, who exited the race just before the planned competition caution on lap 20. Championship leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had a bad day, a lengthy trip to the garage for transmission problems putting him 19 laps off the lead. However, Earnhardt retains the lead by 5pts over Matt Kenseth, with Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson in close pursuit.

A full race report will follow.

Race results

1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 98 laps 1hrs 45mins 34secs (47/1 pts)
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 98 laps + 1.371s (43/1 pts)
3. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 98 laps + 2.843s (41/0 pts)
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 98 laps + 3.398s (41/1 pts)
5. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 98 laps + 5.166s (39/0 pts)
6. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 98 laps + 6.261s (38/0 pts)
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 98 laps + 7.425s (37/0 pts)
8. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 98 laps + 8.228s (36/0 pts)
9. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 98 laps + 9.519s (35/0 pts)
10. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 98 laps + 11.084s (34/0 pts)
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 98 laps + 12.571s (33/0 pts)
12. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 98 laps + 14.198s (32/0 pts)
13. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 98 laps + 15.923s (31/0 pts)
14. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 98 laps + 17.236s (32/2 pts)
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 98 laps + 18.104s (29/0 pts)
16. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 98 laps + 19.406s (0pts)
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 98 laps + 21.331s (27/0 pts)
18. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 98 laps + 24.853s (27/1 pts)
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 98 laps + 26.479s (25/0 pts)
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 98 laps + 45.223s (25/1 pts)
21. #38 David Gilliland Ford 98 laps + 49.679s (23/0 pts)
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 98 laps + 53.243s (22/0 pts)
23. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 98 laps + 54.440s (22/1 pts)
24. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 97 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 97 laps + 1 lap (19/0 pts)
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 97 laps + 1 lap (18/0 pts)
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 96 laps + 2 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 96 laps + 2 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 90 laps Accident (16/1 pts)
30. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 84 laps Accident (15/1 pts)
31. #32 Jason White Ford 81 laps Transmission (0pts)
32. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 80 laps + 18 laps (13/1 pts)
33. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 74 laps Accident (11/0 pts)
34. #30 David Stremme Toyota 43 laps Transmission (10/0 pts)
35. #13 Casey Mears Ford 40 laps Brakes (9/0 pts)
36. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37 laps Brakes (0pts)
37. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 34 laps Brakes (7/0 pts)
38. #36 Tony Raines Chevrolet 31 laps Fuel Pump (6/0 pts)
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 29 laps Overheating (0pts)
40. #37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 27 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #98 Mike Skinner Ford 26 laps Rear Gear (0pts)
42. #191 Reed Sorenson Ford 10 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 9 laps Brakes (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 744pts
2. (--) Matt Kenseth 739pts (-5pts)
3. (--) Greg Biffle 738pts (-6pts)
4. (--) Jimmie Johnson 736pts (-8pts)
5. (+2) Martin Truex Jr. 694pts (-50pts)
6. (+2) Tony Stewart 691pts (-53pts)
7. (+2) Brad Keselowski 690pts (-54pts)
8. (-3) Denny Hamlin 683pts (-61pts)
9. (-3) Kevin Harvick 680pts (-64pts)
10. (--) Clint Bowyer 679pts (-65pts)
11. (+2) Kasey Kahne 622pts (-122pts)
12. (--) Carl Edwards 619pts (-125pts)
13. (+2) Jeff Gordon 611pts (-133pts)
14. (--) Ryan Newman 611pts (-133pts)
15. (-4) Kyle Busch 599pts (-145pts)
16. (--) Paul Menard 597pts (-147pts)
17. (--) Joey Logano 575pts (-169pts)
18. (--) Marcos Ambrose 553pts (-191pts)
19. (--) Jamie McMurray 535pts (-209pts)
20. (--) Jeff Burton 527pts (-217pts)
21. (--) Juan Montoya 500pts (-244pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 497pts (-247pts)
23. (--) Bobby Labonte 444pts (-300pts)
24. (--) Regan Smith 438pts (-306pts)
25. (+1) Kurt Busch 409pts (-335pts)
26. (+1) Mark Martin 406pts (-338pts)
27. (-2) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-344pts)
28. (--) Casey Mears 377pts (-367pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 354pts (-390pts)
30. (--) David Gilliland 351pts (-393pts)
31. (--) Travis Kvapil 324pts (-420pts)
32. (--) Landon Cassill 311pts (-433pts)
33. (+1) David Reutimann 283pts (-461pts)
34. (-1) Dave Blaney 276pts (-468pts)
35. (--) David Stremme 155pts (-589pts)
36. (--) Brian Vickers 135pts (-609pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 131pts (-613pts)
38. (--) Ken Schrader 100pts (-644pts)
39. (--) Michael McDowell 94pts (-650pts)
40. (--) Josh Wise* 91pts (-653pts)
41. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-669pts)
42. (+2) Tony Raines 67pts (-677pts)
43. (-1) Stephen Leicht* 67pts (-677pts)
44. (-1) Terry Labonte 66pts (-678pts)
45. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-694pts)
46. (--) Scott Speed 42pts (-702pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 35pts (-709pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 15pts (-729pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-730pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-731pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-733pts)
52. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-738pts)
53. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-739pts)
54. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-740pts)
55. (--) Mike Skinner 2pts (-742pts)
56. (+1) Kelly Bires 2pts (-742pts)
57. (-1) Chris Cook 2pts (-742pts)

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