Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet) picked up his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season Sunday at Pocono Raceway. His first career win at Pocono marks his first multi-win season since he had six victories in 2004. The win came in an unusual fashion as Brad Keselowski had dominated most of the race and looked unbeatable. Late in the race, however, a piece of trash landed on Keselowski’s grill and in an attempt to get it off using lapped traffic, Earnhardt Jr. seized the opportunity to pass for the lead. “That’s unfortunate for him,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “He has me beat and I couldn’t get to him. It’s just hard to pass here, but I have lost some in some strange ways so it feels good to win one like that.” The win makes Earnhardt Jr. the fourth driver to win multiple races in this season and propelled him to third in the championship points standings, 22 behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon. …. Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota) finally secured a win at Texas Motor Speedway. In 26 previous races at TMS, Crafton had a series-high 15 top-10 finishes, seven top fives and three runner-up efforts. “We have an awesome organization,” Crafton said. “We have every tool to work with and it’s so cool to be in Victory Lane in Texas.” Crafton miraculously went the final 61 laps (91.5 miles) without pitting for fuel and came away with the largest margin of victory at Texas Motor Speedway – 13.302 seconds over second-place Justin Lofton. Crafton dominated with a race-high 141 laps led, easily surpassing his previous 42 laps led at Texas over 26 races. … Erik Jones, an 18-year-old rookie in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, received his high school diploma at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night prior to the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. Jones, a native of Byron, Mich., opted to forego his graduation ceremony to that he could compete on his first 1.5-mile track. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage partook in the graduation ceremony prior to driver introductions with both he and Jones dressed in caps and gowns as Gossage presented the young driver with his high school diploma and a second diploma representing his graduation to 1.5 miles tracks in NASCAR. Jones, the youngest winner in NCWTS history, finished 11th in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400.
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