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article imageNASCAR: Johnson wins and continues to lead Sprint Cup Series

By John Duarte     Jun 10, 2013 in Sports
Long Pond - Jimmie Johnson put the huge disappointment suffered last week behind him and would not be stopped on his way to victory at Pocono Raceway.
Last week in Dover (Delaware), a late-race penalty for jumping a restart cost Johnson a win. This week, the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader was not to be denied getting his third win of the season.
“Things won’t keep us down,” Johnson said from Victory Lane. “We had a great car today and had a lot of fun.”
Johnson rarely came under pressure at Pocono Raceway. He pulled away steadily over the final 10 laps and could have easily coasted across the finish line to win the Party in the Poconos 400. And yet, despite all the successes, Johnson tries never to get too far ahead of himself.
“The sport moves so fast,” he said. “There are no guarantees we’ll win again. There really aren’t.”
Geg Biffle finished behind Johnson and had nothing but praise for the race winner.
“Jimmie was in a league of his own,” Biffle said. “I really didn’t have anything for Jimmie.”
Third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. wanted to win the Party in the Poconos 400 so bad he could taste it. Last year, he was in contention for most of the race, but would up eighth.
“We want to get a win, man,” said Earnhardt Jr. “I can see it right there in front of me. I really thought we got close.”
Things look hopeful for Earnhardt Jr. After the disappointment last year in Pennsylvania, he won the next race in Michigan and the Quicken Loans 400, at Michigan International Raceway, is the next race on the Sprint Cup schedule.
Johnson extends his grip on the Sprint Cup Series drivers’ standings. Carl Edwards drops to 51 points behind the overall leader and Clint Bowyer is another 18 points back, in third place.
The Quicken Loans 400, at Michigan International Raceway, is the next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, on June 16.
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