Denny Hamlin won a rain-delayed Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway when the caution flew for an eight-car pileup occured on the Long Pond straightaway during a green-white-checkered finish. The win is Hamlin’s fourth of the year, the most in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season.
Top 5: Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson.
Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Juan Montoya, Clint Bowyer, and AJ Allmendinger finished sixth through 10th.
Notables: Sam Hornish (11th), Carl Edwards (12th), Joey Logano (13th), Ryan Newman (14th), David Reutimann (15th), Matt Kenseth (17th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (19th), Martin Truex Jr (25th), Kasey Kahne (27th), Greg Biffle (28th), Mark Martin (29th), Jeff Gordon (32nd), and Jamie McMurray (36th).
While Hamlin and Busch completed a Joe Gibbs Racing 1-2, their teammate Joey Logano had issues with Kevin Harvick on lap 199. Logano passed Harvick on the outside. When they reached the corner, Harvick kept on the gas and the two made contact.
Logano slid through the corner before eventually spinning out. After the race, Logano attempted to confront Harvick on pit road. Crew members kept them apart.
After the incident, Logano said:
[I was] racing the No. 29 and he let me go in the middle of the straightaway and decided to dump me in the next turn. I don’t know what his problem is with me but it’s probably not his fault. His wife wears the fire suit in the family and tells him what to do. It’s probably not his fault.
I got into him here going into [Turn] 3 and he just races with not giving people any respect and not much room. So we just wound up getting together. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.
Logano finished 13th while Harvick finished fourth.
During the green-white-checkered finish for the Logano-Harvick incident, Kasey Kahne attempted to get to the inside of his Richard Petty Motorsports teammate AJ Allmendinger. Allmendinger moved down to block him, sending Kahne into the grass.
Kahne hit a puddle and then began to spin up towards the outside wall. He slid in front of Mark Martin and Greg Biffle, and the three cars made contact. Sending Kahne up into the air. Martin Truex Jr, who was behind Martin and Biffle, had nowhere to go and he hit the three crashed cars. Jeff Gordon, who was a little ways behind the incident couldn’t get slowed before driving into Kahne.
Marcos Ambrose turned to avoid the crashed cars and he hit Ryan Newman. The two went into the grass and they spun, though Newman quickly recovered and drove away with damage.
Elliott Sadler also got into the grass to avoid the wreck and he spun back onto the track into Biffle. At the same time, David Ragan and David Stremme attempted to avoid the crashing cars of Kahne and Jeff Gordon but drove into Salder and Biffle. The wreck ended the race, as Hamlin took the white flag before it happened.
Afterwards, Kahne said:
I don’t know what A.J. was doing there. I don’t ever really talk to him much, but you can bet I’ll be talking to him this week.
Allmendinger took responsibility for the wreck, saying:
I’m not really sure what happened. Kasey had such a run on me, and I went to defend. By the time I defended, he was in the grass. That’s my bad. I feel bad about that — I really do. It is what it is, though.
Tony Stewart also wasn’t happy with the restarts at Pocono. He said:
I’ve seen some of the worst driving I’ve ever seen in my life in a professional series right here [Sunday]. So for anybody that’s looking for drama for the next couple races, start looking because I can promise I’m going to start making the highlight reel the next couple weeks.