Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took home the trophy at the Pocono 400 on June 8, leading the race in the final five — out of 160 –laps to secure his number one spot! The win came as a surprise to Dale, who didn’t seem to have the race locked in until driver Brad Keselowski slipped up toward the end. Read on for more details!
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. didn’t think he was going to leave the Pocono 400 race on top, but surprisingly, he did! He may not have had the lead for most of the race, but it came down to the final five laps at the Pocono 400, a 160-lap, 400-mile race. Brad Keselowski almost had the win in hand until his car took a turn for the worse and he fell behind. That’s when Dale made his move — talk about putting the pedal to the medal for a great finish!
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Wins Pocono 400 Nascar Race On June 8
Dale and his No. 88 Chevrolet team were not at their best for most of the day, but they were good enough to be in the right position at a critical time. The Hendrick Motorsports driver was able to zoom past the lead driver just in time for it to matter.
Although fellow NASCAR driver Brad was leading the race with the better car, he dropped the ball and fell back with only a few laps left due to debris on the front of his grille. The trash spiked Brad’s engine temperatures to a dangerous level, allowing Dale to make his move to the front.
This can only lead us to wonder — was it a hot dog wrapper or a popcorn bucket that took down Brad’s car? Can one of Brad’s fans blame themselves for his loss? Tough break!
Dale told the press, “I don’t know what his temperatures were, but they must have been very, very hot for Brad to do that.
“I knew right then when he did that, he was so slow, I thought, ‘We’re going to pass him, we’re going to take the lead,'” Dale continued. I thought if I just run tidy corners, he would have trouble with the dirty air and wouldn’t be able to get to us.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Adds Another Win To His Books
It’s the first time since 2004 – when he won six times – that the No. 88 driver has had a multiple-win season, and the first during his six-plus years at Hendrick Motorsports.
Dale now sits third in the standings behind new points leader and teammate Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Hopefully, staying in the Top 30 should be an easy task for the remainder of the regular season for Dale.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers, do you think Dale will continue to go on to win more races this season? Let us know!
— Brittany King