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Live-Blogging NASCAR In Pocono: Denny Hamlin Wins As Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano Clash In Crazy Finish

Denny Hamlin avoided a multi-car wreck on the final lap to win at Pocono for the fourth time in his career, and for the fourth time this season. Check back here for updates, news and analysis from our Motorsports Editor, Jeff Gluck.

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Updated Pocono Race Results, Sprint Cup Point Standings

Here's the complete finishing order from NASCAR for Sunday's Pocono race:

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Jeff Burton
  8. Juan Pablo Montoya
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. AJ Allmendinger
  11. Sam Hornish Jr.
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Joey Logano
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. David Reutimann
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Matt Kenseth
  18. Regan Smith
  19. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  20. Scott Speed
  21. Brad Keselowski
  22. Travis Kvapil
  23. Casey Mears
  24. David Stremme
  25. Martin Truex Jr.
  26. David Ragan
  27. Kasey Kahne
  28. Greg Biffle
  29. Mark Martin
  30. Marcos Ambrose
  31. Elliott Sadler
  32. Jeff Gordon
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Max Papis
  35. Kevin Conway
  36. Jamie McMurray
  37. JJ Yeley
  38. Bobby Labonte
  39. Michael McDowell
  40. Dave Blaney
  41. Geoff Bodine
  42. Chad McCumbee
  43. Joe Nemechek

Here are the updated Sprint Cup Series point standings following the Pocono race:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch -19
  3. Denny Hamlin -136
  4. Matt Kenseth -170
  5. Kurt Busch -182
  6. Jimmie Johnson +164 to Chase
  7. Jeff Gordon +142 to Chase
  8. Jeff Burton +118 to Chase
  9. Carl Edwards +44 to Chase
  10. Greg Biffle +42 to Chase
  11. Mark Martin +26 to Chase
  12. Clint Bowyer +1 to Chase
  13. Tony Stewart -1 from Chase
  14. Ryan Newman -18 from Chase
  15. Martin Truex Jr. -67 from Chase
  16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -87 from Chase
  17. Joey Logano -101 from Chase
  18. Jamie McMurray -110 from Chase
  19. David Reutimann -146 from Chase
  20. Juan Pablo Montoya -173 from Chase
  21. Paul Menard
  22. AJ Allmendinger
  23. Kasey Kahne
  24. Brad Keselowski
  25. David Ragan
  26. Scott Speed
  27. Sam Hornish Jr.
  28. Regan Smith
  29. Elliott Sadler
  30. Marcos Ambrose
  31. Travis Kvapil
  32. Brian Vickers
  33. Bobby Labonte
  34. David Gilliland
  35. Robby Gordon
  36. Kevin Conway
  37. Mike Bliss
  38. David Stremme
  39. Max Papis
  40. Joe Nemechek

Chase change: Clint Bowyer in, Ryan Newman out.

Biggest gainers: Tony Stewart, Regan Smith (+3 spots)

Biggest losers: Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray (-3 spots)

Owner points: Robby Gordon's No. 7 team remains in 36th, 60 points out of the top 35.

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Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle Upset With AJ Allmendinger Following Violent Crash

Richard Petty Motorsports' Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger became the latest teammates to clash in NASCAR this season when Allmendinger ran Kahne down into the grass on the final lap of Sunday's Pocono race, causing a violent wreck.

Kahne's car went through the grass but then came back up the track, and nearly got airborne before it was clobbered by other cars.

"I don't know what AJ was doing there," Kahne said. "I don't really talk to AJ ever and I doubt I'll talk to him about this."

Greg Biffle, who was caught up in the wreck, said Allmendinger "totally caused that whole thing."

"He ran him down on the grass," Biffle said. "You can't run a guy down on the grass. You can't run your teammate down onto the grass. That is horrible. He could have backed out of that before he put him down like that."

Allmendinger said he felt bad, but wasn't sure what happened.

"Kasey had such a run on me and I went to defend," Allmendinger said. "By the time I defended, he was in the grass. That is my bad. I feel bad about that, I really do. It is what it is though."

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Transcript: Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick Postrace TV Comments

Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano had an on-track incident that left Logano livid following the Pocono race. Here's what each had to say to TV reporters afteward.

Joey Logano (to TNT's Ralph Sheheen):

"It's disappointing. We had a top-five run going. ... For us, that was going to be awesome and I was pretty pumped up about it.

"Racing the 29, and he let me go in the middle of the straightaway and decided to dump me in the next turn. I don't know what his deal is with me.

"It's probably not his fault. His wife wears the firesuit in the family and tells him what to do, so it's probably not his fault.

"It is what it is. It's just ridiculous. I don't know what I've ever done to piss him off, but he is apparently stupid.

"He needs to know how I feel, and nobody lets me go up and talk to the guy. You get out of the car, you want to talk to the guy and see what's going on. And there's 6,000 crew members around him that you can't go up and talk to him.

"I don't know how you're supposed to settle something when you can't even talk to the guy. But there's no talking to him anyway."

Kevin Harvick (to Speed's Bob Dillner):

"That's just racing. I got in there and thought I held a straight line, and he wound up coming down. Hate that it happened and we'll just go on and keep at it. ... You can't talk to him. He's 20."

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How To Survive 500 Miles At Pocono? Chat Here With Other Fans About The Race

We already knew Pocono was going to be a long 500 miles (as always), but with rain in the forecast, today could be even longer.

Keep yourself entertained during the race by chatting about all things NASCAR, including the action on the track, the commercials and the TNT broadcast.

A friendly reminder: Make sure your auto-refresh box is checked so you see the newest comments from other fans without having to refresh your page.

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UPDATE: Your picks from our Twitter poll

  1. Denny Hamlin (30 votes)
  2. Kyle Busch (11)
  3. Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7)
  4. Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton (5)
  5. Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Brad Keselowski (3)
  6. Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray (2)
  7. Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick (1)
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Robby Gordon Sends 'Personal Note' About Missing Pocono Race

Robby Gordon's No. 7 car failed to qualify for a race for the first time since 2005 yesterday at Pocono. The driver/owner was in Mexico preparing for the Baja 500, so veteran Ted Musgrave practiced and qualified the car.

Unfortunately for Gordon, who fell out of the top 35 in owner points following the Coca-Cola 600, Musgrave's speed was not fast enough to get the car in the field.

The following is a "personal note" issued by Gordon this afternoon:

While I am in Ensenada for today's Baja 500, the No. 7 team was in Pocono preparing for this weekend's Cup race. I want to personally thank Ted Musgrave for his help yesterday practicing and attempting to qualify our Cup car as well as our team members for their hard work. Despite missing the race, Ted and team made a valiant effort to get the No. 7 into the race.

I believe that all successful companies go through times like this – they have highs and lows. I remember Penske Racing missing the Indy 500 with three cars in 1995 and Paul Tracy just last month. We will recover from this just like Penske did, and we will be stronger because of it.

While I am disappointed that we will not participate in tomorrow's race at Pocono Raceway, I want to thank our employees for their hard work and our sponsors for their continued support. What remains through all of this is Robby Gordon Motorsports' commitment to the success of our diversified racing programs.

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Chevrolet's Jeff Gordon Drove Marcos Ambrose's Toyota At Test

Jeff Gordon confirmed Friday that he swapped cars with Toyota driver Marcos Ambrose at this week's Watkins Glen tire test, an eyebrow-raiser in that Gordon is a longtime Chevrolet driver.

Gordon said both he and Ambrose had approval from their respective manufacturers before making the move. The swap was first reported by Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press.

But in a not-so-subtle shot at Toyota, Gordon said he learned that Ambrose's speed at road courses is "not his race car."

"He's just really fast," Gordon said. "He got in my car and went really fast. I got in his car and went slow. It was just basically that Marcos is fast – and that we've got really good power (with the Chevrolet engine). That's what I learned."

Gordon said the manufacturers approved the swap because it was a test and there as an opportunity to learn something about another team.

"Our Chevys haven't been as good as we felt like they needed to be, so just gathering information," Gordon said. "Plus I like Marcos. He's a good guy and a heck of a road-course racer."

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Carl Edwards Recalls His Jim Joyce Moment

Carl Edwards shook his head as he thought of umpire Jim Joyce's bad call that robbed pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game this week.

"My brother showed me that clip on the internet," Edwards said. "That was heartbreaking."

Edwards can relate in a small way. It wasn't as big of a deal as a perfect game, but when Edwards was an up-and-coming driver racing in the Truck Series, he was denied a win thanks to a bad call by NASCAR.

It was at Charlotte in May 2004, the year before Edwards came to Cup racing full-time. He was leading the Truck race by "a mile" when he saw Chad Chaffin blow a tire down the backstraightaway.

"I saw the yellow lights come on," Edwards recalled. "I mean, I watched them – they came on. So I start slowing down, loosening my belts, caution's out and Dennis Setzer goes screaming by me. Vroom!

"I thought ‘Why is he going so fast? Caution is out.' So I look up and the lights were green. I was like, 'Holy...I've just seen something, you know?' Or imagined it or something."

Edwards immediately sped up and went back to racing, but as hard as he drove, he was only able to finish second. It turned out later, when NASCAR looked at in-car cameras, that the caution light had indeed come on momentarily by mistake.

Still, even though he correctly responded to the light, Edwards wasn't awarded the win.

"I'm telling you, I was more heartbroken and frustrated with that than I have ever been with any other outcome of a race," he said. "I don't know what they did in that baseball player's situation, but Mike Helton talked to me about it and they actually issued a press release that said, 'We inadvertently turned on the lights, we apologize to Carl Edwards.'

"That meant a lot that they did that, but that was tough. I didn't get the trophy or anything. That is just part of any sport where you have to enforce the rules and there are going to be mistakes, but it was a hard pill to swallow."

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Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch Explain Post-600 Incident

Jeff Burton said Friday he's "over" the Coca-Cola 600 incident with Kyle Busch, but neither driver sounded as if they had changed the way they felt following the race, when Burton yelled at Busch on pit road.

Burton said he was no longer mad, but hadn't changed his perception of events from the late-race contact between the two which resulted in Busch cutting Burton's left-rear tire and spoiling the veteran's night.

"Kyle tried to make it three-wide and got in my left rear," Burton said. "He didn't mean to do it, he didn't set out to say, 'I'm going to cut the tire on the 31 car.' He was doing what he needed to do to pick up positions, and I have respect for that. But...he was just being aggressive and made a mistake."

By the time he woke up on Monday morning, Burton said he was no longer angry, but just wished Busch had given him "a little more respect." He said the drivers didn't have any personal issues and would return to racing each other cleanly on the track without further incident.

"I've got a 14-year-old daughter," Burton said. "I've got all the drama I need."

Busch, who had initially explained the incident by saying Clint Bowyer was the one who made it three-wide (something Burton continued to refute on Friday), didn't apologize but acknowledged he initiated the contact.

Earlier repairs to his car left a four-inch "tire spear" protruding from the splitter area, which Busch said he didn't know of.

"That's no excuse for what happened, just didn't know it was out there," he said. "...The piece on my car was wider than it  should have been. You don't have all the knowings of what's going on around your car."

Busch said if he had been the one yelling at Burton, he would have been criticized for "childish antics." He also said people were quick to blame him for the incident.

"You know I don't get benefit of the doubt. Ever," he said. "So it's all my fault. Yeah, I apparently got into him and cut his tire down. He didn't cut his tire down on himself."

Burton said he lost his cool with Busch because of continued frustration at letting solid finishes slip away this season, which he called "my best shot to ever win a championship."

"This means a great deal to me," he said. "And because of that, because of my passion for it, every now and then I'll behave in a way I probably shouldn't. I crossed the line a little bit last week, but I don't regret it. I felt better."

He credited Busch for keeping his cool in a heated moment and said "It's hard when someone's in your face yelling at you."

Busch said he was "shocked" to see Burton appear on pit road and was initially confused about why Burton was so upset. 

"It was like, 'Where'd this guy come from?'" Busch said. "It was just heat of the moment. We'll both move forward and go on with us behind this and try to race each other as much with dignity and respect as we have before."

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Live-Blogging The Pocono Race Weekend: Where We Hope For Something Exciting

Well, what can you say about Pocono?

Not much, really.

So we're hoping someone does something exciting to spice up the traditionally sleepy Pocono race weekend. And no, we're not talking to you, Mother Nature.

We'll be watching from home instead of at the track this weekend, but you can still check back here for updates, news and analysis.

And of course – more important than ever on Sunday – the live race chat that will help 500 miles of racing in a triangle seem more bearable.

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