Axalta 400 2015: Winner, recap and results from Pocono

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The underdog is now officially the top dog in NASCAR.

Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps in every event over the last three points races, but failed to win each one. On Sunday at Pocono, Truex led the most laps again. The only difference? This time he was able to drive it to Victory Lane.

The No. 78 machine paced the field during 97 of 160 laps and not even Kevin Harvick could catch him on Sunday. Harvick, by the way, finished in the top two for the 10th time this season. Simply put, Sunday was Truex’s day as he finally sealed the deal at Pocono.

With the win, Truex jumped up the Chase Grid and secured a spot for NASCAR’s postseason. Not that he plans on slowing down anytime soon. Here’s a look at the full results from the Axalta 400, beginning with Truex’s triumph.

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kurt Busch
  6. Matt Kenseth
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Kyle Larson
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  12. Greg Biffle
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Jeff Gordon
  15. Carl Edwards
  16. Casey Mears
  17. Brad Keselowski
  18. Ty Dillon
  19. Austin Dillon
  20. Justin Allgaier
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Clint Bowyer
  23. David Ragan
  24. Trevor Bayne
  25. Landon Cassill
  26. Alex Bowman
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Josh Wise
  30. Brett Moffitt
  31. Paul Menard
  32. Matt DiBenedetto
  33. Jeb Burton
  34. Michael Annett
  35. Travis Kvapil
  36. J.J. Yeley
  37. Danica Patrick
  38. A.J. Allmendinger
  39. Ryan Newman
  40. Brendan Gaughan
  41. Sam Hornish Jr.
  42. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  43. Aric Almirola

Several drivers struggled early with penalties on pit road as Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Paul Menard were all too fast during one segment. Menard then returned to pit road and was too fast on nearly every segment again. Outside of the early issues on pit road, most drivers didn’t have problems on the track.

Of the cautions to start the race, most were for debris or minor wrecks outside of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spinning into the wall. That all changed on Lap 120. Sam Hornish Jr.’s car caught on fire and he slammed into the infield wall.

Shortly after that accident, Brad Keselowski made contact with Brett Moffitt and sent him to the garage on Lap 128. Danica Patrick was the next casualty after contact with Kasey Kahne that appeared to cut a tire down. Patrick was unable to hold on to her machine around the next turn and ultimately crushed the rear before heading to the garage as well.

Ryan Newman was the final casualty after contact with A.J. Allmendinger that sent him spinning. Newman said of the accident that Allmendinger simply, “Ran out of talent.” Newman was running eighth before the wreck, but was unable to secure his sixth straight top-10 result.

Every driver will look to catch up to Truex next weekend at Michigan for the Quicken Loans 400. With Truex leading the most laps in four straight races, he will likely be one of the favorites again at Michigan despite never winning a race at the track. He’s just been that good this season.

Hendrick swept Michigan last season with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon winning in the summer and fall races. Can they do it again or will another team rise to the occasion to win in the Great Lake State? NASCAR fans will have to wait another week to find out before racing starts again


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