For the first time since 2002, you can pass Dale Earnhardt Jr. the broom for a season sweep.
Earnhardt used a great strategy call from crew chief Steve Letarte and pass with Greg Biffle thirteen laps from the end, then held off Kevin Harvick over a frantic final three laps to win Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at the Pocono Raceway. It is Earnhardt's third win of the 2014 campaign, his second of the year at Pocono, and the 22nd of his Sprint Cup career.
Harvick recovered from a speeding penalty and some involvement in a major 14-car accident to finish second. Joey Logano took third, ahead of Clint Bowyer. Biffle took fifth after a successful fuel gamble - aided by cautions - that saw him run the last 39 laps on one tank of gas. Jeff Gordon dominated the day, leading 63 laps, but the loss of track position late in the going left him sixth at the end. Jamie McMurray was seventh, with Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kasey Kahne rounding out the top-10 finishers.
The big story of the day - Earnhardt's triumph aside - was a major restart accident on the 117th lap. Hamlin got loose exiting turn one. Brian Vickers' evasive move caused him to lose control of his car and slam Matt Kenseth into the outside wall. Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, and others piled into the mess, with Stewart's car ultimately winding up parked atop Menard's machine.
That crash followed up one for Jimmie Johnson, who slammed the wall in turn two after an apparent tire failure - his second of the day. Johnson had recovered from the first issues in the race's opening 10 laps to run fifth when he had his second accident. This one left him 39th in the final rundown.
Kyle Busch popped the motor in his Toyota early on and finished 42nd.
With the win, Earnhardt cuts Gordon's lead in the Sprint Cup point standings to 17. The point is moot, however, as both drivers are locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.