NASCAR at Pocono

Fifth Consecutive Win for Chevrolet at the ‘Tricky Triangle’

On the final restart with only three laps remaining, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead in his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS to win the 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and complete a season sweep at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway.

This was Earnhardt’s third victory of 2014 and 22nd career trip to Victory Lane. The Aug. 3 win marked the fifth consecutive victory at Pocono for Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports. It was the first time a driver has swept at Pocono since Denny Hamlin’s pair of wins in 2006. This is also the second time in Junior’s career to complete a season track sweep and first since 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Earnhardt was able to hold off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevy SS. Harvick rebounded from a midrace speeding penalty and a multi-car crash to finish second, giving Chevrolet a 1-2 finish at the ‘Tricky Triangle’. Harvick’s runner-up performance also secured him a berth in the final 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“They (Kevin Harvick) were faster than my car,” said Earnhardt Jr. in Victory Lane. “I was over-driving it; not rolling the center very good and Kevin was getting me in between turns one and two. I couldn’t back-it-down, and I was just way over-driving the car.  I could get him through the tunnel in (Turn) three and I was fine, but man he could come through (Turns) one and two, and I wasn’t driving the car right.  We had a fast car all day.