By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
Denny Hamlin's dashboard had one message on it all weekend: conserve. At a place like Pocono, conserving fuel is vital to winning sometimes, and this time was no different. Hamlin might as well buy Pocono and rename it because since 2006 (when he swept both races) he has won four races at the 2.5-mile triangular shaped track in Pennsylvania.
Hamlin beat teammate Kyle Busch to the line under caution to win the Gillette 500 at Pocono. Tony Stewart finished third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth.
"Denny has this place figured out," said the younger Busch. "I did the best I could."
Harvick and Joey Logano got into an altercation after the race on pit road. Harvick bumped Logano late in the race, and Logano was frustrated. "It's probably not his fault," the 20-year-old said. "His wife wears the firesuit in the family, tells him what to do, so it's probably not his fault."
The Logano family is no stranger to post-race altercations. Last year after a Nationwide race in California his father Tom got his "hard card" credential pulled by NASCAR after going to confront Greg Biffle.
The race ended with one car up in the air. On the final lap Kasey Kahne got airborne and took out many cars including Greg Biffle, Mark Martin and Marcos Ambrose. The resulting caution froze the field and Hamlin cruised to victory.
It was Hamlin's fourth win of the year. He moved to third in the points behind Busch. Everyone is still chasing Harvick though. Next week the Sprint Cup heads to Michigan for the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.