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Lap-by-Lap: Pocono

June 10, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Lap 160 -- CHECKERED FLAG: The win goes to Joey Logano. It's the second win of his Sprint Cup career, and his first since June 2009 at New Hampshire. Mark Martin finishes second, his seventh runnerup showing here at Pocono.

Lap 159 -- No pressure from behind. Joey Logano is sailing right now.

Lap 158 -- Joey Logano is stretching out his lead over Mark Martin.

Lap 156 -- The lead goes to Joey Logano on the frontstretch.

Lap 155 -- Five laps to go. Mark Martin hops the inside of the track in Turn 3, allowing Joey Logano to close dramatically.

Lap 154 -- Joey Logano is ten car lengths out of the lead.

Lap 153 -- Mark Martin's crew tells him that he's go by about a lap on fuel. "Don't worry about being careful. Go get it!"

Lap 152 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer are the leaders on the restart. Martin grabs the lead going into Turn 1. Matt Kenseth might have scraped the wall in Turn 2.

Lap 150 -- Ten laps to go. Who's it going to be? Mark Martin has finished second here six times, but never won. Brad Keselowski is on pit road, along with a few others.

Lap 149 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7: There's a piece of metal in Turn 2.

Lap 147 -- Joey Logano's lead is now up to about a second over Mark Martin.

Lap 145 -- Joey Logano has eased out to a lead of a few car lengths. Meanwhile, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has charged his way into ninth place.

Lap 143 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are the leaders. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 16th on the restart and Jeff Gordon 17th. Logano and Martin remain side by side through the first turn, but Stewart jumps under Martin for second on the backstretch. That allows Logano to steam away with the top spot.

Lap 142 -- Still not going green.

Lap 141 -- The restart is called off when pace-car driver Brett Bodine spots more debris on the track.

Lap 138 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and several others come down pit road for service.

Lap 136 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Kasey Kahne pounds the wall coming off the tunnel turn.

Lap 129 -- GREEN FLAG: It's a wild scramble on the restart.

Lap 128 -- Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart and several others top off on fuel.

Lap 125 -- The leaders are on pit road. What's the over-under on speeding penalties this time?

Lap 124 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Greg Biffle's engine has finally given up the ghost.

Lap 123 -- If everybody's played their cards correctly, there should be one more round of green-flag pit stops.

Lap 120 -- Throw a blanket over the top-two cars. It's 6.7 seconds back to third-place Mark Martin and another five to fourth-place Joey Logano.

Lap 119 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been able to hold Matt Kenseth off, but it's still a very tight duel.

Lap 117 -- Matt Kenseth has caught Dale Earnhardt Jr. They're on the backstretch now.

Lap 115 -- Greg Biffle has lost a cylinder, and is now in 18th place.

Lap 114 -- Maybe not. Matt Kenseth is closing fast on Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead.

Lap 113 -- First and last time for this ... could this be the day our long national nightmare ends?

Lap 111 -- Matt Kenseth is about a second behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. It's more than five seconds back to third-place Mark Martin.

Lap 110 -- David Gilliland hits the pits, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now your leader. Fifty laps to go.

Lap 108 -- David Gilliland is the only driver now standing between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the lead.

Lap 107 -- Juan Montoya and David Reutimannn -- not Kurt Busch -- are pitting.

Lap 106 -- A few drivers have not yet pitted, but when they do, Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be the leader.

Lap 105 -- Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray are pitting.

Lap 104 -- Joey Logano is on pit road. That gives the lead to Juan Montoya.

Lap 103 -- There's a mass exodus to pit road under green. Joey Logano grabs the lead in the exchange.

Lap 100 -- Sixty laps to go. The top five are Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Marcos Ambrose.

Lap 99 -- According to his on-board telemetry, Tony Stewart just reached 205 mph before braking at the entrance in Turn 1.

Lap 98 -- Matt Kenseth leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. by about one second.

Lap 94 -- Greg Biffle pulls very far to the inside of the frontstretch to allow Dale Earnhardt Jr. to move into second.

Lap 93 -- Give the lead to Matt Kenseth, and now Greg Biffle has a mirror full of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 92 -- Matt Kenseth is going to be making a move on teammate Greg Biffle for the lead any time now. he makes his move coming off Turn 3 and down the frontstretch.

Lap 91 -- Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have dropped Mark Martin back to fourth place.

Lap 88 -- Matt Kenseth has drawn up close to Mark Martin for second place.

Lap 87 -- AJ Allmendiner is officially out of the race due to his accident.

Lap 86 -- Carl Edwards has slipped from sixth on the restart to 13th.

Lap 85 -- Kyle Busch's crew is working on his car, but they don't appear to be very rushed. Is this terminal? He's still in the car.

Lap 83 -- GREEN FLAG: The top five on the restart are Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. Earhardt tries to dive bomb Biffle for the lead in Turn 1, but has to back off. That allows Kenseth to get under him for third place.

Lap 80 -- Greg Biffle is now the leader, followed by Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 78 -- Pace-car driver Brett Bodine has spotted oil in several places around the track, deposited there by Kyle Busch. Jimmie Johnson is on pit road to top off his fuel supply.

Lap 77 -- Kyle Busch has gone to the garage.

Lap 76 -- Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and a few others are on pit road.

Lap 74 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: There's debris in Turn 1 from David Ragan's blown tire.

Lap 73 -- Jimmie Johnson comes to pit road for gas. David Ragan is off the pace with a flat left-rear tire.

Lap 72 -- GREEN FLAG: The leaders on the restart are Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. McMurray comes out of Turn 1 with the lead.

Lap 68 -- The leaders are on pit road. Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Mark Martin take two tires. Jamie McMurray stays on the track.

Lap 67 -- AJ Allmendinger rests his head on the roof of his Dodge after climbing out of his seat, and then on the inside retaining wall. He hit a ton.

Lap 66 --YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: AJ Allmendinger pounds the wall coming off Turn 2.

Lap 65 -- Denny Hamlin is off the pace big time, out of fuel coming off Turn 2. He finally makes it to pit road.

Lap 64 -- Jamie McMurray is pitting.

Lap 62 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 1.2 seconds in front of second-place Denny Hamlin. It's another 4.2 seconds back to third-place Matt Kenseth.

Lap 61 -- There have been 13 speeding penalities so far today. The race record is 14.

Lap 60 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the leader after grabbing the top spot from Denny Hamlin in the first corner.

Lap 59 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going after Denny Hamlin for the lead coming out of the tunnel turn.

Lap 58 -- Matt Kenseth takes over third place from Jamie McMurray on the frontstretch.

Lap 56 -- A lap down now after his pit-road speeding penalties, Jimmie Johnson is trying to work his way through traffic.

Lap 55 -- Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano are going after each other for fourth place. Kenseth has the spot right now.

Lap 54 -- Denny Hamlin has a lead of 1.4 seconds over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 50 -- After the cycle of pit stops, the leaders are Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 49 -- David Ragan pits, and the lead goes to Denny Hamlin. And ... Ragan is caught for speeding.

Lap 48 -- David Ragan has not yet pitted, so he's at the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 47 -- The repaving here at Pocono evidently did away with the old timing lines on pit road. Something happened to them! Greg Biffle gives up the lead to come in ... careful Biff!

Lap 46 -- Matt Kenseth makes his stop.

Lap 45 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is pitting. Kyle Busch is nailed with a speeding ticket. So is Jimmie Johnson for a second time.

Lap 44 -- Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Paul Menard are pitting. Jimmie Johnson has been hit with a speeding penalty.

Lap 43 -- Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Regan Smith and others are coming into the pits.

Lap 42 -- Jeff Gordon and Marcos Ambrose are pitting. Gordon is hit with a speeding penalty.

Lap 41 -- Kyle Busch, shown in eighth place right now, has scraped the wall.

Lap 40 -- A quarter of the way home. Remember ... this race is now 400 miles, 160 laps.

Lap 38 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s best finishes here at Pocono are a pair of second-place showings, in 2001 and 2007.

Lap 37 -- Dale Earnhardt is out front by 1.5 seconds over second-place Joey Logano.

Lap 35 -- Jeff Gordon goes under Marcos Ambrose for third place.

Lap 34 -- Jamie McMurray hits pit road ... and the lead goes to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 33 -- Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are on pit road. Remember ... they didn't pit under that last caution. Keselowski speeds off pit road, so he'll be penalized.

Lap 32 -- So far, fourth-place Joey Logano seems content riding in Brad Keselowski's tire tracks.

Lap 31 -- Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have pulled up to the rear bumper of third-place Brad Keselowski.

Lap 29 -- On the flip side of the success coin at Pocono, second-place Jamie McMurray has never finished better than ninth here, and it's been nearly four years since he wound up that high in the running order.

Lap 27 -- Leader Denny Hamlin has four previous Sprint Cup victories here at Pocono, the most recent in June 2010.

Lap 25 -- Denny Hamlin has moved out to a 1.1-second cushion over second-place Jamie McMurray.

Lap 24 -- Brad Keselowski is hot on Jamie McMurray's bumper for second place in Turn 3, but he stays put for the time being.

Lap 23 -- Denny Hamlin goes under Jamie McMurray for the lead on the long backstretch.

Lap 21 -- GREEN FLAG: Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the leaders on the restart. McMurray comes out on top in the first corner. Paul Menard gets in the dirt in Turn 3, but keeps going.

Lap 17 -- The leaders are on pit road. Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and several others stayed on the track. Clint Bowyer will be penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 16 -- The pits will be open the next lap around. This will serve as the competition caution that was planned for Lap 20.

Lap 14 -- Pit road is closed because of Reed Sorenson's wrecked car at the entrance, so drivers won't be pitting this time around.

Lap 13 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: J.J. Yeley, Reed Sorenson and Tony Raines have wrecked in Turn 3.

Lap 12 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has poked his way into fifth place. He's 4.8 seconds behind leader Joey Logano.

Lap 11 -- AJ Allmendinger was black flagged for not lining up properly on the restart, and now he's been tagged for speeding on pit road. Ooops ...

Lap 10 -- Juan Montoya peels off the track to pit and check out the damage on his car.

Lap 9 -- Joey Logano has built a 1.5-second lead over second-place Paul Menard.

Lap 8 -- Juan Montoya has lightly brushed the wall in Turn 1, but he's remaining on the track.

Lap 6 -- GREEN FLAG: The top five on the restart are Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, Jamie McMurray and Regan Smith. Logano jumps into the lead in Turn 1. Carl Edwards is going to be black flagged for not lining up properly.

Lap 5 -- Denny Hamlin is on pit road to repair damage from the first-lap contact with Carl Edwards.

Lap 4 -- Carl Edwards was entering pit road when the caution came out. He kept going without stopping.

Lap 3 -- The damage on Carl Edwards' car came from contact with Denny Hamlin going into the first turn just after the green flag.

Lap 1 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Landon Cassill and AJ Allmendinger wreck in Turn 3. Martin Truex Jr. is also damaged in the mishap.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 1:21 p.m. ET. There's a huge scramble going into Turn 1, and there's smoke coming from Carl Edwards' car. Pole-sitter Joey Logano is the leader.

1:18 p.m. ET -- One lap until the green flag at the stripe. The field is entering the final corner right now.

1:15 p.m. ET -- Cars are on the track for the start of the pace laps. Let's go racing!

1:12 p.m. ET -- The drivers are ready to participate!

1:08 p.m. ET -- Dr. Rose Mattioli, chairman of the board at Pocono Raceway, gives the command to fire engines.

1:03 p.m. ET -- Four T-38s from the 1st Fighter Wing out of Langley Air Force Base in Virginia do the fly-over.

1:02 p.m. ET -- The national anthem is sung by Senior Airman Naomi Scott, USAF 436th, from Dover Air Force Base.

1:01 p.m. ET -- The invocation gives thanks for a "smokin' hot new racing surface." File that one under "Things that make you go hmmmmm ..."

1 p.m. ET -- The colors are presented by the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. After the brief moment of silence for Cotton Owens and Dr. Joe Mattioli, the invocation is given by Father Mike Kloton, from the Dioceses of Scranton, Pa.

12:52 p.m. ET -- There's also going to be a moment of silence for Cotton Owens, the recently elected member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame who passed away Thursday.

12:31 p.m. ET -- TNT is doing a great "NASCAR Generations" interview with Kyle Petty, Ned Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, Bill Elliott and Larry McReynolds.

12:14 p.m. ET -- It was right here in Pocono where a fan ran across the track and jumped over the outside retaining wall right in front of leaders Davey Allison and Kyle Petty in the early 1990s. Let's hope there's not a repeat of that today!

12:02 p.m. ET -- It's an absolutely gorgeous day in the Poconos!

Noon ET -- TNT's NASCAR coverage has started!

11:46 a.m. ET -- The late Dr. Joe Mattioli will be honored before the race with a video tribute, 21-gun salute, the playing of "Taps" and a moment of silence. This one's for you, Doc.

11:24 a.m. ET -- Joey Logano turned the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle at a wicked fast speed of 179.598 mph to collect his first pole of the 2012 Sprint Cup season. The effort is a new track record. Carl Edwards will start second, followed by Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin in the top five.

David Stremme failed to qualify for the race.