Jeff Gordon won the 5-Hour Energy 500 Sunday at the Pocono Raceway. It was his second win of the 2011 season, his fifth at Pocono, and the 84th of his career, which ties him with Darrell Waltrip for 4th all-time.*
Kurt Busch finished second, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, and Martin Truex. Jr. were the rest of the top-10.
Denny Hamlin had a flat left-rear tire and subsequently lost his rear brakes, effectively ruining his bid for his first win of the season. He finished a disappointing 19th after leading 76 laps. His dominant Toyota appeared unstoppable in the race's opening half.
Kurt Busch, the polesitter, took control after Hamlin, but ultimately Gordon - who started third - took over the top spot and pulled away to write the latest chapter in the history of one of NASCAR's greatest drivers ever.
*Bobby Allison, officially, is scored with 84 victories, but as a fan of the Allison family, your humble commentator falls in line with Bobby's argument that he has 85 career wins. Rick Houston wrote this story at NASCAR.com last year which details the controversey.