Brad Keselowski is upset with his car after a run in with Brett Moffitt at Pocono Raceway .
Hendrick driver upbeat despite not pulling off third straight win at Pocono RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . came to Pocono Raceway looking to join the select company of Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond as the only drivers to win three straight races at the Tricky Triangle. And while that didn't happen for the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet, his reaction on pit road after the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 wouldn't have given away an 11th-place finish. "I had so much fun today," Earnhardt said after the race, his first result outside the top 10 at Pocono in his last five starts at the 2.5-mile track. "My car was awesome, we were passing five, 10 cars on restarts, having a blast." Earnhardt started the race 20th and by Lap 20, found himself in the top 10. On Lap 75, he was running in second place and looked to be making his way toward the lead. He would spend a good amount of the next 50 circuits in the top five before restarting sixth on Lap 126. On that restart, Earnhardt made contact with his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne , resulting in some left-rear quarter-panel damage on the No. 88 Nationwide Chevy. Junior went from sixth to 12th in a short span before pitting under the next caution on Lap 131. He explained what happened after the race. "I can't visually picture what exactly I saw coming off of Turn 2, but I thought I was up on the quarter-panel of the 2 ( Brad Keselowski )," Earnhardt said. "I knew the 5 (Kahne) was down there, and I thought the 2 yanked off the wall as if he had almost hit the fence or something. He sort of yanked the car to the left, and I saw that and moved and hit the 5. Tore the left side of my car up. I'm sorry whatever it did to Kasey. I'm sure it didn't help him being run into like that." Junior restarted in 28th on Lap 134 and in two green flag laps had moved up to 17th before another caution came out. He was able to do something similar on the next restart on Lap 140, moving up to 11th before the last caution of the day occurred. From there, he couldn't work his way into the top 10 over the final green flag run of 16 laps, despite recording the most green flag passes (83) and second-most quality passes (41) on the day, according to NASCAR loop data. "I'm racing hard. It's so hard to pass here. You got to take every position you can and when you get a position on a guy, when you can get to his quarter-panel and draft, you got to go." Earnhardt also didn't think the team's pit stall did them any favors, a result from their worst starting spot since the April race at Richmond International Raceway . The 88 team had stall No. 12, which was right in the middle of the first block of 24 stalls on pit road at Pocono . "We had a really bad pit stall behind the 4," Earnhardt said. "They had to pick last because of their penalty and ended up forced into the stall behind us. So we had to come around him all day and the 16 come around us all day. So we're terrible getting in our stall, losing several spots because of that. And that cost us a lot." Still, on a day where he could have been disappointed by his showing and seeing Hendrick's five-race winning streak at Pocono end, the sport's most popular driver remained very upbeat. "We had a good enough car to run in the top three. Probably not win the race, but I had a blast." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Comeback allowed Johnson to nab seventh top-three result in last eight races RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings LONG POND, Pa. -- For all the convergence and planetary alignment of factors that seemed to stack up against the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 team Sunday, Jimmie Johnson seemingly managed to turn back each one at Pocono Raceway . Still, a third-place result in spite of the obstacles left him eager for improvement after coming up short. Johnson's rally to the short step of the podium in the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 cemented the No. 48 group's seventh top-three finish in the last eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. But how he got there -- surviving a flat tire, a scrape with the wall, and issues during pre-race inspection -- made the result behind race winner Martin Truex Jr . and runner-up Kevin Harvick all the more impressive. "Yeah, our race ability has been a shining spot for us this year," said Johnson, a three-time Pocono winner. "Today we really didn't have pace for the 78 (Truex) or the 4 (Harvick), so we've got to get to work there. With the damaged car we ran third, missing half the splitter and the right side knocked in, some hard racing on one of those restarts off Turn 3. To get a good result, we overcame a lot today, having to deal with a flat tire, the damage to the car, and then I got to third. "We'll take it. Scrappy day for us, but not the end of the world, either." The issues began early for Johnson and Co. with difficulty getting their entry through pre-race inspection. The No. 48 was presented to the pit-road grid an hour before Sunday's 400-miler but not until after at least one extra trip through the inspection line. Ron Malec, car chief for Hendrick's No. 48, said the issue dealt with measurements slightly outside the laser inspection's tolerances, but indicated that trying to catch Truex's Furniture Row Racing team and Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing outfit was the driving motivation. "You have to get everything you can before the race, and the machine reads certain things and we didn't have a good baseline for the morning or anything," Malec said post-race. "So it read a little high and we adjusted it once and missed it by just a tick. It's just a matter of hitting it right on the number, and you want everything you can for the most advantage you can get from all of those. "It just helps. Guys like the 78 and the 4 are so fast, it's hard to compete with them, so you have to make sure everything's right and we just missed it a little bit." After those issues subsided, Johnson started ninth and was among several drivers caught in a yo-yo effect up and down the leaderboard on widely varying pit-stop strategies. But the six-time series champion faded to the low point of his pendulum just past the halfway mark, when a left-front tire went flat in the 87th of 160 laps. After falling to the tail end of the lead-lap running order, Johnson methodically rallied back into the top 10 before more trouble cropped up. Racing in close quarters with Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth forced his No. 48 and Logano's No. 22 to kiss the outside wall in Turn 3 with 26 laps remaining, causing Johnson to key his in-car radio to say, "Can you thank the 20 (Kenseth) for driving me into the frontstretch wall, please?" Johnson and Kenseth had a calm, civil post-race discussion on pit road about the incident, a run-in that Johnson and Logano shared a laugh about later. "I really don't know what happened," Kenseth said. "I've got to go watch it on TV, but I thought I was under the 22 ( Joey Logano ) and the 48 hit the wall and they said they moved up there or something. I don't know -- I've got to go home and watch it, to be honest with you." Johnson continued to gain ground during a series of late-race restarts, but still lamented the team's performance deficit behind Truex and Harvick. Johnson wound up slightly more than 12 seconds behind Truex, a distant third at the checkered flag; his deficit back from second-place Harvick was almost 11 seconds. Johnson leads the series with four victories already this season, but still remained eager to reverse Sunday's seeming disparity. The mammoth comeback and resulting top-three finish left him encouraged about his team's ability to regain its performance perch. "I think it says that we're doing a good job," Johnson said. "Our car drives good in traffic, which is something I didn't have last year, so I'm very happy to have that. I've had to pass a lot of cars through this first part of the season, from poor qualifying efforts or a flat tire like we had today. "I think we're doing well. We still need more speed, even if we're the fastest car, I'd probably still want more, but to have the 78 and the 4 so far ahead and the speed that Kevin showed in practice and what kind of speed is really in our Hendrick equipment, we've got to keep working. We're not really where we need to be exactly." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 48 crew chief: 'We did our due diligence as extreme as we can' RELATED: Johnson overcomes hurdles for third-place finish Crew chief Chad Knaus of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team weighed in Monday on his team's third-place finish as well as its three failed inspections before the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway . After going through inspection a fourth time before being cleared to race, the team fought back from a blown tire and contact with Matt Kenseth 's No. 20 before Jimmie Johnson brought home a podium finish. "We did our due diligence as extreme as we can," Knaus said on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" without specifying what the pre-race inspection holdup was. "We went through the first time and weren't in compliance. Went through a second and failed again. It's just about guys making the most out of every advantage that we can." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
NASCAR.com's Matthew Dillner and Zack Albert discuss the tunnel turn at Pocono Raceway and the bumps that have plagued drivers all weekend. They also make their picks as to who will win the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400.
Brian and Amy France talk about their charity work with the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research, as NASCAR hosted several child cancer survivors at Pocono Raceway . For more information http://www.gabriellesangels.org
Cole Pearn, crew chief of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, reflects on his team's win at Pocono Raceway .
Get analysis for all 43 cars from Sunday's race 1. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The fourth time was the charm for the New Jersey native who led the most laps for the fourth straight race and earns a spot in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The fastest car all weekend couldn't get it done on restarts, although the points leader Harvick cut Truex's lead to 1.5 seconds coming to the white flag. 3. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson rallied for his 10th top-five finish of the year after cutting a tire on Lap 87 to bring out the third caution flag. 4. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano had to climb through the field twice on Sunday -- first for changing a rear gear and second for a pit road penalty. 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The pole sitter pitted near the midway point with tire concerns and used a great late-race restart to resume running in the top five with eight laps to go. 6. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth rallied from an early pit road speeding penalty and was running fifth when he made side contact with Jimmie Johnson on Lap 135. 7. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing . McMurray didn't pit during the final caution period and restarted seventh coming to the final green flag en route to matching his best career Pocono result. 8. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . Larson started 15th on Sunday and quietly worked his way to his third straight top-11 finish at Pocono . 9. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . "I'm getting killed in the tunnel," Busch radioed his team early while running inside the top 10. "Can't get over the bumps today." For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 10. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin safely slid past as the Nos. 31 and 47 cars tangled up on Lap 141 and went on to claim his sixth top-10 finish of the year. 11. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Earnhardt was a big mover early in the race, jumping up to seventh by Lap 22. Contact on a late-race restart, however, stalled his efforts. 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush-Fenway Racing. Continual adjustments helped Biffle improve the balance and handling of his Ford; "The day turned out better than I thought it would," he radioed. For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 13. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne led twice but encountered some transmission issues as he was working his way through the top 10. 14. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . " Stay out," crew chief Alan Gustafson radioed a skeptical Gordon after teammate Jimmie Johnson blew a tire on Lap 87. The decision appeared to ignite an argument that exploded on Lap 160. READ MORE: Gordon, crew chief exchange words 15. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The outside pole sitter matched his best Pocono start and led 16 of the first 29 laps before fading in the field. 16. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears was running 24th on Lap 106, and he kept working with his team on his in-car track bar adjustments. 17. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . "I need straightaway speed," Keselowski, impacted by the sixth caution period, asked his team. "Anybody got any?" For more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView . 18. Ty Dillon , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Dillon, making his third Cup start this year, posted his best career result and the highest of the day among the Richard Childress Racing contingent. 19. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . After making his best start of the 2015 season, Dillon battled a loose-handling race car before picking up a bonus point for leading five laps during the third caution. 20. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier earned the free pass on Lap 87 and employed pit strategy to improve five spots in the final 20 laps. 21. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart was among the few drivers to hit pit road during the sixth caution period to top off his tank in anticipation of a fuel-mileage race. But he was set back during the Lap 130 stop by an uncontrolled tire violation. 22. Clint Bowyer , No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing . With 60 laps to go, Bowyer was holding on as the last car on the lead lap and still searching for speed. 23. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Ragan returned to the lead lap with the free pass on Lap 50 and encouraged his team that the car's balance was improving. 24. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne, making his first Pocono start, returned to the lead lap after the sixth caution flag was waved. 25. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill just missed matching his best Pocono finish -- 24th -- while navigating the ruckus around Pocono's Tricky Triangle. 26. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30th when contact from Brett Moffitt prompted him to spin in Turn 3 on Lap 93 to bring out the fourth caution flag. 27. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland saved fuel and was in position to crack the top 30 during the final 20 laps of the race. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt was complimentary of Pocono's updated Tunnel Turn, but he and other competitors struggled with the bumps. 29. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise narrowly missed a spinning Alex Bowman on Lap 93 and held on to record his second-best Pocono finish. 30. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Moffitt was rolling along 33rd on Lap 129 when he got loose and spun after receiving contact from Brad Keselowski to bring out the sixth caution flag. 31. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . An apparent issue with his tachometer prompted Menard to pick up back-to-back speeding penalties on pit road before blowing a left-front tire within the first 50 laps. 32. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . The rookie adhered his spotter's words, "Be smart," and took advantage of a late-race caution to wrap his first Pocono outing. 33. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . The Pocono newbie was running deep in the field with 23 laps to go when he radioed to his crew, "it's not over yet. Get some popcorn and get ready to watch the crash show." 34. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . It was a challenging day for Annett, who spent the majority of the day running deep in the field. 35. Travis Kvapil , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing. Making his first start of the 2015 Cup season, Kvapil rolled off the grid 42nd and ran as high as 35th on Sunday. 36. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was temporarily sidelined on Lap 38 when a bag stuck to his grille and caused some overheating. 37. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick’s strongest Pocono run to date was dashed when she spun on Lap 135 and then again later in the final laps. 38. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger was running eighth and gunning for his best Pocono finish when he made contact with Ryan Newman on Lap 141. 39. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman was passing AJ Allmendinger on the outside for seventh when Allmendinger traveled up the track and hit Newman's left-rear, sending the No. 31 spinning. READ MORE: Newman: Dinger 'has one coming' 40. Brendan Gaughan , No. 62 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Gaughan rolled off the grid 43rd and struggled to make up position around the long, bumpy 2.5-mile triangle. 41. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish was running 22nd and on the lead lap when he spun in Turn 1 and hit the wall to bring out the caution with 40 laps to go. 42. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse lost his brakes while trying to make a pass going into the Tunnel Turn, and he slammed into the wall on Lap 69. 43. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola's team had just figured out the handling on his No. 43 Ford when he radioed on Lap 74 the engine was blowing up. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Catch up before the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400, 1 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1) What: 34th annual Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 Where: Pocono Raceway , Long Pond, Pa. When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Distance: 160 laps (400 miles) Green Flag: 1:18.30 p.m. ET Pit Road Speed: 55 mph Caution Car Speed: 70 mph Fuel Window: 32 laps On The Front Row ( Full lineup ) 1. Kurt Busch , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet (177.599 mph) 2. Carl Edwards , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota (177.550 mph) To the rear Tony Stewart , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Chevrolet (engine change) Joey Logano , Team Penske No. 22 Ford (rear gear change) Failed to Qualify None Fastest in Practice ( Full practice results ) First Practice: Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (176.932 mph) Second Practice: Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (175.658 mph) Third Practice: Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (175.974 mph) Triple Play Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s season sweep at Pocono Raceway last year sets him up for a chance at a place in the track's history books. Should he secure the checkered flag in Sunday's 400-miler, he'd join NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison and the late Tim Richmond as the only drivers to win three straight at the Tricky Triangle Hendrick's streak, too Earnhardt's modest run of two wins in a row is part of a larger Pocono streak for his Hendrick Motorsports team. Jeff Gordon started the string with a victory here in August 2012, followed by wins in 2013 by teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne -- all before Earnhardt's two-race tear. Bumpy issue The gradual development of bumps in Turn 2 -- also known as the "tunnel turn" over the infield entrance -- has added a new dimension for Sunday's race. Some drivers have turned critical, but front-row starter Carl Edwards is a fan. "To me, if they could just go ahead and take some bumps like that and put them over in the other corners, too, it would be even better," Edwards said. "It adds something. As long as it's not breaking parts, I believe it gives us an opportunity to set up passes. We'll see how it goes in the race, but it could be one of those things where you might have an opportunity to take advantage of a guy's trouble that he has through there." Mixed fortunes for Harvick Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick swept to the top of the leaderboard in all three practices Friday and Saturday, and he landed the fifth starting position in Coors Light Pole Qualifying. His speed wasn't rewarded in the selection of pit stalls, as his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet team picked last in the 43-car field as a result of a P1 penalty assessed this week. Harvick will pit Sunday in unlucky stall No. 13. History lesson Pocono Raceway opened in 1968 as a .75-mile track, expanded to its current 2.5-mile layout in 1971. The triangular speedway began hosting NASCAR's top division in 1974, when Richard Petty edged Buddy Baker to become the first winner. Sunday's race will be the 75th event for NASCAR's premier series. Driver Rating Best driver rating average at Pocono based on past 20 races: 1. Denny Hamlin , 108.3 2. Jimmie Johnson , 106.9 3. Kurt Busch , 105.9 Defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet Former Pocono winners in the field Jeff Gordon (6); Denny Hamlin (4); Jimmie Johnson (3); Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards (2); Ryan Newman , Joey Logano , Brad Keselowski , Greg Biffle (1). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Earnhardt looks to join select few, will line up 20th on Sunday LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . is looking to join some rare company in Sunday's Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Fresh of a 2014 sweep of both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the Tricky Triangle, Earnhardt is looking to become the third driver to win three in a row at 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track. Bobby Allison and Tim Richmond are the other two to accomplish that with the latter's being the most recent occurrence in 1987. However, the Hendrick Motorsports driver will be starting 20th in his bid to win three straight at Pocono and he explained what led to his worst starting spot since Richmond. "I chopped the entrance to (Turn) 1 on the first lap and that cost us a little bit of time. And then the next run we went into Turn 1 and turned sideways and got loose and just kind of killed the lap. So, we had pretty good speed in practice and just didn't … the driver didn’t do a good job." That qualifying performance led Junior to help his No. 88 team push the car back to the garage. Here @DaleJr helps the @nationwide88 team push the car, saying "It's the least I can do after qualifying 20th." pic.twitter.com/BcFfDohG8X — Mike Davis (@MikeDavis88) June 5, 2015 Earnhardt showed speed in Friday's opening practice, placing fourth in the 85-minute session (176.564 mph). In the second practice, Earnhardt was second on the speed chart (175.596 mph) in the 55-minute session. Still, he understands the difficulty in winning one race at Pocono let alone three straight win. "It's just difficult to win one, you know?" Earnhardt said Friday at Pocono . "It’s difficult to win, period. And there’s so much competition in this series now." Junior will be looking to do something Allison and Richmond did not have to do in their run of three straight victories. He will try and join their club by winning with two different crew chiefs. Greg Ives is on top of the box this season as Steve Letarte, his crew chief for the sweep last year, left to be part of NBC's NASCAR coverage after last season. "Well we won those two races by having some great pit strategy," Earnhardt said on Friday at Pocono . "Steve (Letarte) got real aggressive on his pit calls and I think that is definitely going to be what is going to put you in position to win. You kind of call this race in reverse. "The tire is pretty tough here and durable. There is not a whole lot of fall off. You can call the race sort of like a road course in reverse and put yourself up toward the front like we did last year. It makes it pretty difficult to get around you if you have a good car. I mean we were able to pass some guys that tried to get more aggressive than we were. Everything has kind of got to fall in the right place and allow you to make those choices." The change in crew chiefs hasn't affected Earnhardt's performance this season. Entering Pocono , Earnhardt is fifth in the point standings and scored a win last month at Talladega Superspeedway , his 24th victory in the Sprint Cup Series. He has top-five finishes at all intermediate and restrictor-plate tracks this season (seven in total). Earnhardt is looking to keep the good vibes and good times going with Ives, who worked as a crew chief for two years for Earnhardt's NASCAR XFINITY Series organization, JR Motorsports. "He takes this super, super serious. This is his dream come true to be able to crew chief in the Cup Series, and I want to give him every opportunity to be successful and us as a team, we’re in a good position winning races, running well; we don’t want to take a step back." Hendrick Motorsports has had stretches of dominance at Pocono . The organization's four drivers have won the last five races, Jeff Gordon has the most wins here (six) and Jimmie Johnson swept the 2004 events here. In total, the organization has 17 wins at the Tricky Triangle. Johnson says its hard to win here regularly, making a sweep all that more of an accomplishment. Something only seven drivers, including Junior and Johnson have done. "I kind of put sweeping here in the same box as sweeping at Daytona or Talladega," Johnson said. "There are just so many circumstances out of your control at this track. And those lead to the difficulty in winning often and sweeping, for that matter. "This race, there are always long green-flag runs and varying strategies. The teams that don't have the raw speed to race for the win roll the dice and usually catch cautions and lose track position. Track position is so important. There are a lot of moving targets. It's not just a straight-up downforce-style race. And I think that increases the difficulty to win here regularly." With the success that the four-car stable has had here, Earnhardt's recent run of success here makes him the prohibitive favorite this weekend. In addition to last year's sweep, he posted two top-five finishes in the 2013 races at Pocono and has scored top-10 finishes in seven of his last eight starts there. So what contributes to that dominance for Junior and Hendrick as a whole? "Well, we've got four fast cars," Earnhardt said. "This is a horsepower race track where engines can make a difference. I feel like over the last several years we’ve had one of the best engine programs in the sport. So, I think we’ve just got really good stuff. "Your car really, really shines here; whereas the driver is a little bit of the factor or a lot of the factor, especially on restarts and trying to work that difficult air when you’re behind somebody and make a pass and set it up on a particular part of the race track where it will happen. But the car really shines here and we’ve got some of the best equipment in the garage." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule