The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions

Calendar


Sports headlines
HeraldNet Newsletter Delivered to your inbox each week.
Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3:41 p.m.

Earnhardt pulls away late to win at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Brad Keselowski down the stretch to win a thriller Sunday at Pocono Raceway.
Earnhardt led just 11 laps but his No. 88 Chevrolet was the car to beat down the stretch, and he zipped past Keselowski, who had debris on his grille and a hot engine, with five laps remaining in the 400-mile race. Keselowski was second for the second straight race.
Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 and now has multiple wins in a season for the first time since 2004.
Keselowski has a runner-up finish to go with his 95 laps led. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.
Earnhardt gvve Hendrick Motorsports three straight wins, following back-to-back victories by Jimmie Johnson. Johnson overcame a pit road mishap to finish sixth.
“I don't have much to do tomorrow,” a grinning Earnhardt said. “Tonight's going to be a long one.”
Keselowski had the car to beat in his No. 2 Ford when a piece of trash stuck to his grille. He appeared to yield the lead to Earnhardt in an attempt to clean off the front grille and not lose time. He stalked Earnhardt down the stretch, but could never recover, losing his shot at his second win of the season.
“I was trying to make a move to clean it off,” Keselowski said. “I realized I made a mistake.”
His misjudgment worked out just fine for Earnhardt.
Earnhardt, long NASCAR's most popular driver, gave the Pocono crowd plenty of reason to go wild. He pulled away from Keselowski and won for the first time at Pocono. Earnhardt said Keselowski may have had the best car — but he had the best one at the end.
“He had me beat. I couldn't get to him,” Earnhardt said. “I've lost in some strange ways, so it feels good to win one like that.”
Story tags » Auto Racing

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.