published Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Johnson dominates in NASCAR win at Pocono Raceway

Jimmie Johnson smokes his tires to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Long Pond, Pa.
Jimmie Johnson smokes his tires to celebrate after winning the NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Long Pond, Pa.
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LONG POND, Pa. — Jimmie Johnson absolutely dominated Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his third victory of the season.

The Sprint Cup points leader, Johnson pulled away on both of the last two restarts over the final 10 laps to pull into Victory Lane at Pocono for the first time since 2004.

Johnson also won the Daytona 500 and at Martinsville Speedway this season. He led 128 of 160 laps and was never seriously challenged a week after his run at a possible win at Dover International Speedway was taken away by a penalty off a restart.

Greg Biffle was second and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Johnson’s teammate, was third. Dover winner Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by fellow Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman.

Johnson started first and won from the pole after rain washed out qualifying Friday.

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