Dale Earnhardt Jr. took advantage of a slight mistake by Brad Keselowski to win yesterday’s Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway in Pong Pond, Pa. Keselowski had dominated most of the race and was leading when his car began to overheat. He pulled behind the lapped car of Danica Patrick with five laps to go to try to get the trash to blow away. But when he did, he lost his momentum and Earnhardt blew past him.
Keselowski closed on Earnhardt’s bumper twice in the final four laps, but could not get back around him. The win was Earnhardt’s second of the season — he won the season-opening Daytona 500 — and marked the first time that he has won multiple races in one season since 2004. He became the fourth driver this year to win two races to secure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Keselowski finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson and Jimmie Johnson. After sweeping the last two races at Charlotte and Dover, Johnson came into Pocono with hopes of winning at another track he’s had success at during his career. The six-time champion experienced issues throughout the race before finishing strong with another top-10 result.