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NASCAR At Pocono: Jeff Gordon Wins Rain-Shortened Pennsylvania 400

A severe thunderstorm has taken over the Pocono Raceway, with torrential rain and intense lightning. As a result, NASCAR has called the Pennsylvania 400 after 98 of the 160 scheduled laps.

Jeff Gordon has claimed the 86th win of his Sprint Cup career and a record sixth victory at Pocono. He managed to avoid a restart melee triggered by Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to take over the top-spot. With the win, Gordon would claim the second Wld Card position and be able to race for his fifth championship this fall.

Kasey Kahne - who stayed on track after the crash with a flat right-rear tire in hopes rain would end the race before it restarted - finished second ahead of Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Tony Stewart. Ryan Newman finished sixth, followed by Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith, and Marcos Ambrose.

Johnson wound up 14th after the restart tangle, while Kenseth was 23rd. Denny Hamlin, who slammed into Kenseth's Ford in the wreck, wound up 29th.

Kenseth's accident allowed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to maintain his point lead despite a 32nd-place finish. Earnhardt led 17 laps early before a broken transmission ended his race.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.