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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Pocono 400

Dale Earnhardt Jr. triumphed through a long afternoon of miscues and mayhem to win Sunday's Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway and lock himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Fox Sports --  Dale Earnhardt waves the checkered flag as he enjoys a celebratory post-race burnout after winning at Pocono at Sunday.

Earnhardt passed an overheating Brad Keselowski with five laps to go to win his second race of the season, followed by Kurt Busch's Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and rookie Kyle Larson in a Chip Ganassi-owned Chevy.

Keselowski dominated the race, leading 95 of 160 laps, but in closing stage of the race, picked up a piece of debris on his grille that was causing the engine to overheat. When Earnhardt passed him with five laps to go, Keselowski tried to pull up to the rear of Earnhardt's car to dislodge the debris but couldn't get close enough.

Earnhardt said he had to keep Keselowski well back in the final laps. "He knew I wasn't going to do that," Earnhardt said of allowing Keselowski to close on him. "Brad definitely had the better car. I'm owning up to that, but we won the race and we're definitely going to enjoy it."
"The car wasn't going to make it," Keselowski said. "It was already starting to blow up. It was all I could do. But Dale made a heck of a move to take advantage of it and sometimes that's just how racing goes."

With the victory, Earnhardt becomes the fourth two-time winner of the season, in this, his first multiple-victory season since 2004. It also made up somewhat for a race earlier this season at Las Vegas when Earnhardt was leading and ran out of gas on the last lap, handing what seemed to be a sure victory to Keselowski.

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