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Lap-by-Lap: Pocono

June 12, 2011, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Jeff Gordon gets his fifth career win at Pocono and his second of 2011. Kurt Busch finishes second; Kyle Busch is third, Jimmie Johnson claims fourth and Kevin Harvick takes the fifth spot. Gordon's 84th career win in the Cup Series ties him with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for third all-time.

Lap 199 -- WHITE FLAG: Jeff Gordon leads by 2.9 seconds.

Lap 198 -- Jeff Gordon is just a two laps away from victory.

Lap 197 -- Juan Montoya drops to seventh; Dale Jr. holds the sixth position.

Lap 196 -- No change to the top 10 as the No. 24 maintains pace.

Lap 195 -- Jeff Gordon's lead grows to 2.665 seconds with five laps to go.

Lap 194 -- Despite losing third gear, Ryan Newman is running strong in ninth but is more than 4 seconds behind Matt Kenseth for eighth.

Lap 193 -- Martin Truex Jr. rounds out the top 10; Joey Logano is in 11th. Jimmie Johnson can't close on Kyle Busch, in third.

Lap 192 -- Greg Biffle is back on pit road. Jeff Gordon's lead is 2.2 seconds. Kevin Harvick has debris and/or a puncture on the grill of the No. 29.

Lap 191 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves up to sixth and prepares to make a move on Kevin Harvick for fifth.

Lap 190 -- Kevin Harvick does battle for fifth with Juan Montoya. Kurt and Kyle Busch run 2-3 and Jeff Gordon shows no signs of slowing.

Lap 189 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves up to seventh. Ryan Newman may be leaking fluid onto the track.

Lap 188 -- Jimmie Johnson moves up to fourth as Juan Montoya slides back to fifth.

Lap 187 -- Jeff Gordon's lead ahead of Kurt Busch grows to 1.8 seconds.

Lap 186 -- Jimmie Johnson can't get around Juan Montoya for fifth.

Lap 185 -- With 15 laps to go, Jeff Gordon leads in the No. 24. Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch are running 2-3. Kyle hasn't had much to say over the radio today.

Lap 184 -- Ryan Newman reports third gear is grinding -- it's gone.

Lap 183 -- Kurt Busch moves up to second. Meanwhile, Carl Edwards is back in the broadcast booth thanking his sponsors.

Lap 182 -- A.J. Allmendinger reports debris on the frontstretch. Jeff Gordon passes Landon Cassill on the inside.

Lap 181 -- Landon Cassill leads as Jeff Gordon passes the No. 2 for second.

Lap 180 -- With 20 laps to go, Landon Cassill stays out to lead another lap. Brad Keselowski holds onto second, with Jeff Gordon in pursuit.

Lap 179 -- Jeff Gordon moves into third as Landon Cassill will soon pit and give up the lead.

Lap 178 -- Jeff Gordon pits with Kurt Busch. Gordon takes fuel and a slight chassis adjustment. Kurt Busch likes the car and takes four tires and fuel. Landon Cassill stays out to take the lead. Brad Keselowski finds second.

Lap 177 -- Kyle Busch is on pit road for four tires and a full tank of fuel. Ryan Newman takes on tires, fuel and an air adjustment.

Lap 176 -- Jimmie Johnson pits along with Dale Earnhardt Jr.. The No. 48 gets a slight chassis adjustment. Denny Hamlin is on pit road with no brakes.

Lap 175 -- Jimmie Johnson moves up to fourth as Kevin Harvick pits for four tires. Joey Logano pits for tires and fuel.

Lap 174 -- Juan Montoya is back on the track and in 22nd.

Lap 173 -- Juan Montoya pits early under green. The No. 42 takes four tires this time after taking two, three times during the race.

Lap 172 -- Jeff Gordon's pace remains the same as Kurt Busch struggles to make up time from second.

Lap 171 -- Jeff Gordon leads by 1.2 seconds. Greg Biffle goes a lap down.

Lap 170 -- Dale Jr. makes up a spot and passes Joey Logano for 11th.

Lap 169 -- Juan Montoya has led 38 laps today and is currently running in fourth.

Lap 168 -- Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch distance their cars from the field. Kyle Busch, in third, needs to make up 2.8 seconds for clean air. Dale Jr. drops out of the top 10 and into 12th.

Lap 167 -- Greg Biffle spins coming out of Turn 3 -- no caution.

Lap 166 -- Jeff Gordon puts a second between the No. 24 and Kurt Busch; Matt Kenseth moves to seventh.

Lap 165 -- Jimmie Johnson finally gives up fifth, a spot he's owned with the No. 48 for most of the race; Kevin Harvick assumes the position.

Lap 164 -- Paul Menard moves up to 10th. Martin Truex Jr. is in ninth. Jeff Gordon remains the leader but Kurt Busch is right there.

Lap 163 -- Denny Hamlin has damage to the car and appears to have been hit, causing the valve stem to fail on the tire.

Lap 162 -- Kyle Busch moves up to third with brother Kurt in second. Juan Montoya holds onto fourth. Denny Hamlin has smoke coming from the back of the No. 11 after leading 76 laps.

Lap 161 -- Denny Hamlin has a flat tire and drops off the pace.

Lap 160 -- Jeff Gordon takes the lead.

Lap 159 -- GREEN FLAG: Juan Montoya leads the field to green.

Lap 158 -- Tony Stewart leads the lap, followed by Juan Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, and you guess it -- Jimmie Johnson in fifth.

Lap 157 -- Pit road is open: Kyle Busch takes four tires and fuel. Jeff Gordon says the track changed the most during his last run and gets an air adjustment. Denny Hamlin takes an air adjustment as well as a wedge adjustment, tires and fuel. Kurt Busch loses a ton of position coming off pit road. Juan Montoya continues with a two-tire strategy, wins the race of pit road and moves into second behind Tony Stewart, who stayed out to take the lead.

Lap 156 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: NASCAR confirms debris (metal) in Turn 2. Mark Martin gets the free pass. Most of the field should pit.

Lap 155 -- Drivers reporting debris high in Turn 2.

Lap 154 -- Juan Montoya is in fourth and had the best times on pit road up to this point.

Lap 153 -- Twenty-two cars remain on the lead lap. Mark Martin would get the free pass should a caution come out.

Lap 152 -- Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin continue to put space between them and the rest of the field as Juan Montoya struggles to make up 9.3 seconds on the top three.

Lap 151 -- No change to the top 10.

Lap 150 -- Carl Edwards says Denny Hamlin will be the car to beat at the end; Edward may have a future career as a TV analyst -- he seems comfortable next to Larry Mac.

Lap 149 -- Kevin Harvick takes ninth as Dale Jr. drops to 10th.

Lap 148 -- Carl Edwards is in the broadcast booth and out of the race. Edwards shows off part of the valve that failed in the No. 99 and reports track conditions are tough with the heat and shifting under high RPMs.

Lap 147 -- Ryan Newman moves up to seventh as Kyle Busch finds sixth. Jimmie Johnson remains in fifth.

Lap 146 -- Kevin Harvick rounds out the top 10; Tony Stewart is in 11th.

Lap 145 -- The top three separate themselves from the field as Juan Montoya runs in fourth, 9.4 seconds off the pace.

Lap 144 -- Kyle Busch gives up the lead to pit for tires and fuel. Kurt Busch leads again as the top five remains the same.

Lap 143 -- Ryan Newman moves into second but will pit on this lap. Dale Jr. pits for a wedge adjustment, four tires and fuel. Kevin Harvick wants to lay the throttle down but cant. Mark Martin has yet to pit and moves to ninth.

Lap 142 -- Jeff Gordon pits as Kyle Busch assumes the lead. Gordon needs grip on the No. 24, takes four tires and fuel. Jimmie Johnson gets a track bar adjustment. Juan Montoya pits from fourth for four tires and a small air adjustment and waits on fuel. Greg Biffle takes tires and fuel.

Lap 141 -- Green-flag pit stops begin: Martin Truex Jr. pits for tires and fuel and the first car down pit road. Kurt Busch approaches his pit stall as Jeff Gordon stays out to lead. Busch takes a quarter down adjustment, four tires and fuel. Denny Hamlin has tape put on the grill, takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 140 -- Drivers are beginning to shift less as the race progresses.

Lap 139 -- Kurt Busch's lead grows to 2.2 seconds.

Lap 138 -- Dale Jr. drops to ninth.

Lap 137 -- Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray and Marcos Ambrose have all had the transmission replaced on their race cars.

Lap 136 -- Jimmie Johnson has raced the No. 48 in the top five for most of the day, but Kyle Busch is knocking on his door as both drivers nick the wall but save their cars.

Lap 135 -- Kurt Busch leads another lap.

Lap 134 -- Kurt Busch's lead grows to 1.9 seconds. Jeff Gordon remains in second as Denny Hamlin struggles to make up ground from third.

Lap 133 -- Brian Vickers remains the last car on the lead lap. Landon Cassill is the first car, one lap down.

Lap 132 -- Tony Stewart is in seventh and reports he lost third gear on the No.14. The problem will grow if metal breaks loose inside the transmission.

Lap 131 -- Kurt Busch leads another lap. Paul Menard reports the handling of his car is changing drastically as the sun moves in front and behind the clouds.

Lap 130 -- Greg Biffle climbs back to 11th but is fighting dirty air. Kasey Kahne is struggling to get the front tires to turn and will need to address during the next pit stop.

Lap 129 -- Jimmie Johnson reports the No. 48 is lazy in the center. Kyle Busch wants the car to turn better as he runs in sixth. Dale Jr. is running strong in nine and continues to chat with Steve Letarte about late-race strategy.

Lap 128 -- Denny Hamlin has dialed in more rear brake after the last pit stop and drops to 2.2 seconds off the pace of leader Juan Montoya.

Lap 127 -- Marcos Ambrose heads to the garage with engine trouble.

Lap 126 -- Ryan Newman moves to eighth.

Lap 125 -- David Ragan moves up to 12th.

Lap 124 -- Juan Montoya holds on to fourth. Denny Hamlin can't catch Jeff Gordon, in second.

Lap 123 -- Kyle Busch moves to seventh and does battle for sixth with Tony Stewart. Kurt Busch's lead grows to 1.1 seconds.

Lap 122 -- Dale Jr. takes ninth away from Kasey Kahne. Seven drivers in the top 10 are previous winners in Long Pond.

Lap 121 -- Paul Menard drops back to 11th. Pole-sitter Kurt Busch leads another lap. Jamie McMurray is 10 laps down and back on the track after a transmission change.

Lap 120 -- Tony Stewart is trying to run down the No. 48 for fifth.

Lap 119 -- Kasey Kahne drops to seventh. Jimmie Johnson remains in fifth as Tony Stewart runs in sixth.

Lap 118 -- Paul Menard finds the top five.

Lap 117 -- Kurt Busch leads the lad with Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin closing.

Lap 116 -- GREEN FLAG: Juan Montoya leads the field back to green, followed by Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, pole-sitter Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne. Kurth Busch leaps outside and takes the lead. Jeff Gordon passes Juan Montoya for second.

Lap 115 -- Cleanup continues during this extended caution. Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he'll deal with a loose car.

Lap 114 -- Brian Vickers is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 113 -- Still a few laps to go until green. Cleanup is almost complete.

Lap 112 -- The field bunches up and prepares to pit. Kasey Kahne is loose and takes a track bar adjustment. Denny Hamlin is tight and takes four tires. Juan Montoya goes two tires, holds track position and wins the race off pit road. A two-tire strategy has worked well for drivers up to this point, but with the track heating up, and with Hamlin on four new tires, no one would be surprised if the No. 11 found the front in just a few laps.

Lap 111 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Debris on the track. A.J. Allmendinger will get the free pass. Brian Vickers owns the fastest lap of the day at 206 mph -- no surprise considering back-to-back speeding penalties.

Lap 110 -- Matt Kenseth is proving he likes a hot track and puts the No. 17 in the 13th position. Juan Montoya leads by 4.1 seconds.

Lap 109 -- A.J. Allmendinger goes a lap down.

Lap 108 -- Jamie McMurray heads to the garage to address mechanical issues with the No.1.

Lap 107 -- Drivers reporting oil or transmission fluid in Turn 2; NASCAR officials can't confirm and say the track is clear.

Lap 106 -- Despite troubles on pit road, Jimmie Johnson is running strong in fifth. Jamie McMurray is off the pace with mechanical issues.

Lap 105 -- Juan Montoya is maintaining his lead of more than 5 seconds. Denny Hamlin is in second as Jeff Gordon looks to close on the position.

Lap 104 -- Twenty-four cars remain on the lead lap after cycling though green-flag pit stops. Mark Martin goes a lap down and would get the free pass under caution.

Lap 103 -- Juan Montoya's lead is now 5.3 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin.

Lap 102 -- Jeff Gordon is back up to third; Kurt Busch finds the fourth spot.

Lap 101 -- Denny Hamlin heads down pit road. The No. 11 takes four tires, fuel, an air adjustment and a slight wedge adjustment. Juan Montoya takes back the lead.

Lap 100 -- Jeff Gordon pits as Denny Hamlin leads. Juan Montoya slides back to second at the halfway mark.

Lap 99 -- Denny Hamlin leads with Jeff Gordon in second. Hamlin led 74 of the first 99 laps.

Lap 98 -- Jimmie Johnson has yet to pit and remains in fifth. Juan Montoya's lead is about to come to an end as green-flag pit stops continue.

Lap 97 -- While serving a speeding penalty, Brian Vickers is nabbed for speeding, again. Matt Kenseth hopes the sun stays out and reports the car is getting better. Kasey Kahne is happy with the car but keeping an eye on his temperature gauge.

Lap 96 -- Marcos Ambrose takes four tires and fuel. Joey Logano is pleased with his fuel runs and has no complaints with the car. Dale Jr. pits for four tires and fuel.

Lap 95 -- Brian Vickers pits for two turns of wedge, tires and fuel. Jeff Burton comes to a stop in his stall after running in the 13th spot. The No. 31 struggles to re-fire as it takes on fuel. Vickers is nabbed for speeding. Kevin Harvick is back on pit road for tires and fuel; the No. 29 needs a caution to gain back track position.

Lap 94 -- Jeff Burton is off the pace, on the access road and may be out of fuel.

Lap 93 -- The No. 11 is fast, and it wont be long before Juan Montoya will have to fend off Denny Hamlin.

Lap 92 -- Denny Hamlin is working his way through lapped traffic and trying to save fuel by not shifting as much.

Lap 91 -- Things are heating up at the Tricky Triangle as drivers approach the halfway point.

Lap 90 -- Juan Montoya loses more time with each lap but still leads Denny Hamlin by 3.1 seconds.

Lap 89 -- Kyle Busch moves to ninth and is closing on Kevin Harvick for eighth.

Lap 88 -- Juan Montoya leads by 4.9 seconds.

Lap 87 -- Drivers are reporting debris in Turn 3, possibly coming off the No. 6.

Lap 86 -- Denny Hamlin is on the move and making up space between the No. 11 and leader Juan Montoya.

Lap 85 -- The sun is out and heating up the track. Brad Keselowski reports the No. 2 still has a vibration after taking new tires. A bent drive shaft? A broken shock?

Lap 84 -- Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle do battle for 11th.

Lap 83 -- Juan Montoya's lead is 5.2 seconds. Denny Hamlin is gaining ground with each lap.

Lap 82 -- Jeff Gordon is in third and holding off Kurt Busch for the spot.

Lap 81 -- Denny Hamlin turned the fastest lap of the race at just under 54 seconds. Brad Keselowski is on pit road with a vibration and thinks he may have a loose rear wheel.

Lap 80 -- Denny Hamlin has made up 2 seconds on Juan Montoya, but is still 5.7 seconds behind.

Lap 79 -- Jimmie Johnson moves up to fifth. Kyle Busch joins the party in 10th.

Lap 78 -- Juan Montoya makes a quick pit stop pay dividends and earns a 7.2-second lead ahead of Denny Hamlin.

Lap 77 -- Denny Hamlin is on pit road for a minor wedge adjustment, tires and fuel. A stubborn lug nut keeps the No. 11 in its pit stall. Juan Montoya takes the lead.

Lap 76 -- Paul Menard pits for tires and fuel and want the handling left alone.

Lap 75 -- As green-flag pit stops cycle through, Jimmie Johnson slides into seventh.

Lap 74 -- Pole-sitter Kurt Busch is on pit road with a loose car; he gets an air adjustment and waits on fuel. Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin is shifting much and has the field covered.

Lap 73 -- Juan Montoya pits with a loose car but doesn't want adjustments. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon pit. The No. 48 is slow with trouble on the right front. Dale Jr. takes four tires and fuel with a loose car. Dale Jr. started 21st and has run in the top 10 for most of the race.

Lap 72 -- Green-flag pit stops continue: Kasey Kahne takes four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Joey Logano stops for tires and fuel, chassis adjustment.

Lap 71 -- Kyle Busch in on pit road for four tires, fuel and a slight air adjustment. Ryan Newman takes tires and fuel. Brad Keselowski gets a chassis adjustment.

Lap 70 -- Tony Stewart heads to pit road and takes four tires and fuel. He's happy with the No. 14 but says it's a bit loose.

Lap 69 -- Kevin Harvick goes a lap down.

Lap 68 -- Mark Martin is running in 27th and is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 67 -- Kevin Harvick will need to pit soon for fuel. Tony Stewart moves up to 14th.

Lap 66 -- Brad Keselowski had a throttle stick on the No. 2 during qualifying but is showing no signs of trouble running in 11th.

Lap 65 -- Dale Jr. is "shifting everywhere" and running strong in sixth. Kasey Kahne moves to seventh. Kevin Harcik and team are convinced the radiator on the No. 29 is fine after picking up a piece of metal on the track earlier in the race.

Lap 64 -- The No. 22 will have some wedge taken out during its next pit stop. Denny Hamlin and Juan Montoya are 7.5 seconds ahead of Busch.

Lap 63 -- Juan Montoya has made two tires work in second as pole-sitter Kurt Busch runs in third with a tight race car.

Lap 62 -- Carl Edwards and team report the No. 99 is down a cylinder.

Lap 61 -- Ryan Newman to ninth.

Lap 60 -- Carl Edwards is headed to the garage with engine trouble. Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are running 4-5-6.

Lap 59 -- Denny Hamlin and Juan Montoya start to separate themselves from Kurt Busch, in third.

Lap 58 -- Denny Hamlin continues to put on a clinic as Brad Keselowski rounds out the top 10.

Lap 57 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. moves up to sixth with teammates in the front and back of the No. 88. Jeff Gordon is in fifth; Jimmie Johnson is running seventh.

Lap 56 -- Kevin Harvick gives up eighth to Jimmie Johnson; Denny Hamlin's lead grows to more than 3 seconds.

Lap 55 -- Jimmie Johnson takes over ninth from Brad Keselowski and is on the bumper of Kevin Harvick for eighth.

Lap 54 -- Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson battle for ninth.

Lap 53 -- Greg Biffle is rebounding and moves up to 19th. Paul Menard was penalized for speeding on pit road and is now running in 31st but on the lead lap.

Lap 52 -- Denny Hamlin has run the past few laps, exactly 2.7 seconds ahead of Juan Montoya.

Lap 51 -- Kyle Busch passes Jeff Burton for 12th.

Lap 50 -- Jimmie Johnson is back to 10th with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. just in front of the No. 48.

Lap 49 -- Jamie McMurray waits on fuel and makes sure the No. 1 gets full as green-flag pit stops come to an end. Denny Hamlin has the lead.

Lap 48 -- Paul Menard pits for four tires and a wedge adjustment. Jimmie Johnson takes a chassis adjustment and keeps the engine alive but remains loose on exit.

Lap 47 -- Carl Edwards pits and gets a wedge and track bar adjustment. Dale Jr. is "real, real loose" and takes four tires and an air adjustment. Denny Hamlin slows down pit road as Jimmie Johnson stays out to take the lead. Jeff Gordon is tight on the exit and takes tires and fuel. Jimmie Johnson has yet to pit and seems off the pace. Out of gas?

Lap 46 -- Juan Montoya pits for four tires and fuel. Kyle Busch is in for four tires and fuel. Tony Stewart is tight. Matt Kenseth calls for a chassis adjustment.

Lap 45 -- Kasey Kahne takes the No. 4 down pit road and takes tires and fuel. Greg Biffle is tight on exit and takes an air adjustment. Marcos Ambrose is tight and takes four tires.

Lap 44 -- Jeff Burton pits and is tight. He takes tires and fuel. David Ragan takes four tires and fuel.

Lap 43 -- No. 81 and 46 are out of the race for brakes. No. 87 is our for transmission and the No. 50 is out for electrical; No. 66 is out for electrical.

Lap 42 -- Paul Menard rounds out the top 10 as Ryan Newman prepares to challenge for the spot.

Lap 41 -- No change to the top five as Jimmie Johnson and teammate Jeff Gordon run 6-7.

Lap 40 -- Denny Hamlin adds another half second to his lead ahead of Juan Montoya. Kevin Harvick makes an unscheduled trip down pit road after the No. 29 failed to get fuel during his last pit stop. The No. 29 gets one round on the track bar, two tires and plenty of fuel this time.

Lap 39 -- Ryan Newman is on the inside and doing battle with Kyle Busch for 14th. The No. 18 gives up the position and lets Newman pass.

Lap 38 -- T.J. Bell heads to the garage. Juan Montoya still can't close on Denny Hamlin.

Lap 37 -- Jeff Gordon fights off Kasey Kahne for seventh.

Lap 36 -- Brad Keselowski moves up to ninth.

Lap 35 -- Denny Hamlin's lead grows to 3.1 seconds.

Lap 34 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. drops to fifth, giving fourth to Carl Edwards.

Lap 33 -- Juan Montoya isn't gaining any ground on Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch prepares to challenge for the second spot.

Lap 32 -- Paul Menard challenges Kyle Busch for 12th but has to back off with Jeff Burton at his door.

Lap 31 -- Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch run 11-12 and appear to be behaving themselves.

Lap 30 -- NASCAR has warned Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick to back off each other and race. Both drivers remain on probation.

Lap 29 -- Kyle Busch moves up to 12th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to run inside the top five.

Lap 28 -- Thirty-seven cars remain on the lead lap. Denny Hamlin's lead grows to 2. 5 seconds. Juan Montoya and Kurt Busch do battle for second.

Lap 27 -- Kevin Harvick cracks the top 10; he started the race from 32nd. Denny Hamlin's lead grows to 2.2 seconds.

Lap 26 -- Jeff Burton remains on the move, up 21 spots to 12th.

Lap 25 -- Denny Hamlin continues to lead as Scott Wimmer takes the No. 7 to the garage.

Lap 24 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. cracks the top five. Kasey Kahne moves up to seventh and pole-sitter Kurt Busch moves into third.

Lap 23 -- Brad Keselowski trades paint with Brian Vickers as Denny Hamlin screams toward the front and takes the lead from Juan Montoya.

Lap 22 -- GREEN FLAG: Juan Montoya leads the field back to green, followed by J.J. Yeley, Scott Wimmer, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 21 -- One to go until green.

Lap 20 -- Paul Menard is tight in the center and takes tape to the car. Jeff Gordon has a spring rubber pulled. Denny Hamlin is tight and fails to win the race off pit road. Juan Montoya earns that honor after taking just two tires.

Lap 19 -- Drivers who took tires early may gas-and-go to gain position as pit road opens. Scott Riggs heads to the garage -- no free pass.

Lap 18 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Debris on the track; Jimmie Johnson cracks the top five. This yellow will now serve as the competition caution and teams will be able to take on fuel.

Lap 17 -- Denny Hamlin continues to lead as Jeff Gordon fights off Carl Edwards for third.

Lap 16 -- Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are racing 20-21 into Turn 1. Harvick reports a small hole in the front of his car and plans to have it fixed on Lap 20. Jeff Burton shoves Harvick into the corner and past Kyle Busch.

Lap 15 -- David Ragan makes good use of his trip down pit road and slides into 16th.

Lap 14 -- Juan Montoya cracks the top 10, up six spots. Denny Hamlin reports more issues with the clutch; his team will monitor.

Lap 13 -- Jimmie Johnson slides into eighth as Carl Edwards finds the fourth spot. Leader Denny Hamlin may have problems developing with the No. 11 after reporting problems with speed.

Lap 12 -- GREEN FLAG: Denny Hamlin leads the field back to green, followed by Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman. Menard closes on Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 11 -- One to go until green. Half the field heads down pit road with track position to gain. Greg Biffle is pushing tight and gets a track bar adjustment, four tires and no fuel. Tony Stewart takes right-side rubber after getting into the wall on Lap 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes four tires and a slight air adjustment. Kasey Kahne wins the race off pit road.

Lap 10 -- Tony Raines and the No. 37 may have spread the debris. NASCAR officials are checking. Pit road will be open, but no re-fueling until the competition caution on Lap 20.

Lap 9 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Debris in Turn 1. Denny Hamlin opened up a 2.3-second lead before the caution as Paul Menard takes over the second spot.

Lap 8 -- Denny Hamlin had led more than 500 career laps at Pocono and no one has anything for him as of yet.

Lap 7 -- Kyle Busch is the biggest mover during early laps, up nine spots and running in 25th.

Lap 6 -- Jimmie Johnson joins the party, up four spots into 10th.

Lap 5 -- Marcos Ambrose falls out of the top 10 and finds the 12th spot.

Lap 4 -- Denny Hamlin leads by .874 seconds with Kurt Busch and the No. 22 on his bumper. Jamie McMurray takes ninth away from Clint Bowyer.

Lap 3 -- Clint Bowyer jumps up three spots to ninth. There will be a competition caution at Lap 20.

Lap 2 -- It didn't take long for Denny Hamlin to find clean air as the No. 11 passes Kurt Busch for the lead. Carl Edwards moves up to fifth.

Lap 1 -- Kurt Busch jumps quickly out front on the high side and leads the first lap. Denny Hamlin moves up to second.

1:19 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch brings the field to the green as the 200-lap 5-Hour Energy 500 is under way.

1:11 p.m. -- The cars are rolling off pit road for their warm-up laps.

1:07 p.m. -- Jason Lee, Star of TNT's Memphis Beat, gives the command for drivers to start their engines.

1:03 p.m. -- The USO Liberty Bells perform the national anthem.

1:01 p.m. -- Reverend Mike Salnicky delivers the Invocation.

12:05 p.m. -- Everyone at Pocono has their fingers crossed, hoping that the rain stays away from the track. Weather reports reflect a 40 percent chance of rain in the late afternoon. The temperature remains steady at 65 degrees.

Noon -- TNT hits the track in high gear and begins its 2011 Cup Series six-week race coverage starting with the 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono.

11:15 a.m. ET -- It's a big day for racing at Pocono, as the Cup Series teams prepare to put it all on the line around the hanger-shaped oval in Long Pond. Green flag is set for 1:18 p.m. ET.