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June 08, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Steve Letarte

Dale Jr., Letarte and Majors work together for the win

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his second win of the season and first at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. It was a team effort for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports driver and crew, and RaceView Audio subscribers heard all of their communications.

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Pre-race
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Be safe on pit road. We'll have a good day.

Lap 5
(The No. 88 car's temperatures rose as debris collected on his grille)
Earnhardt Jr.: 260 (degrees) and climbing.
Steve Letarte: Keep an eye on it if it keeps going up…Probably 280 we need to start looking.

Lap 9 (Earnhardt Jr. got behind Tony Stewart, attempting to clean his grille.)
Letarte: I can see his bumper cam. It came off…
Earnhardt Jr.: It's coming down.

Lap 10

Earnhardt Jr.:
We need to work on it turning better the first half of the corner.

Lap 71
Earnhardt Jr.: Real edgy in the back on new tires.

Lap 78
Earnhardt Jr. to his spotter:
You don't need to tell me I'm clear of the 17. He's a… football field behind me. More information than I need.

Lap 87
Earnhardt Jr.:
Thank you HMS power!
Letarte: Looks pretty.

Lap 96
Letarte:
All right man, that 11's the leader. We're second.

Lap 101
Letarte:
Still edgy off, is that our biggest problem?
Earnhardt Jr.: Not deep in the run, but to start off with.... I wouldn't [mess] with it.

Lap 103
Letarte:
Great work. One stop from here.

Lap 119 (Fifth caution)
Letarte:
All right buddy, we're going to stay out because we can make it to our window. I bet everyone else is going stay out too.

Lap 119
Letarte:
There's a bunch of people staying out here. That's exactly what we needed.

Lap 120
Earnhardt Jr.:
Can we get to that window pretty easy?
Letarte: We can get there real easy. The 2 is pretty close. The 11 might be able to make it with this caution.

Lap 121
Letarte: All this fuel you're saving is just helping our pit stop.

Lap 129
Earnhardt Jr.:
How many til we run out?
Letarte: We're really good. At least three more laps.

Lap 131
Letarte:
We're going to come this time. This is our lap.

Lap 133
Letarte:
This will be the run to the finish. We were shorter than I thought. I'm not sure if we can make it.

Lap 138 (Sixth caution)
Letarte:
Come on down and get some gas. You're doing a good job.

Lap 144 (Seventh caution)
Letarte:
We obviously are going to stay out here.

Lap 145
Letarte:
This is probably going to be a minute. Get yourself a cool drink while you're riding around.

Lap 148
Letarte:
All right. There will be 12 to go when you take the green. Looking good Dale.

Lap 150
Letarte:
You got this, buddy.

Lap 151
Letarte: Looking good, bud. 9 to go.

Lap 154
Letarte:
Keep pushing, bud. (Brad Keselowski has) got a big piece of trash on the grille, and they're screaming temps.

Lap 156
Letarte:
Alright buddy, four to go.
Earnhardt Jr.: I got temps too.
Letarte: Ignore 'em.

Lap 159
Letarte:
OK, buddy. One more. One to go.

Checkered flag
T.J. Majors:
Good run, bud. You got it.
Letarte: Pocono winner.
Earnhardt Jr.:
We didn't have the best car, but you did a good job. Finally won here. It took so long. It sucks Brad had to do that. Damn.... Par-tay!
Letarte:
All right. Do a good (donut) now!

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