Ladies and gentlemen that was indeed Pocono

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, leads Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, and Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 The Armed Forces Foundation Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway on June 10, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Normally there are certain things one can count on during any given year; the Cubs will lose the pennant, the IRS will tax you to death and the racing at Pocono Raceway will be some of the most boring during a long NASCAR season.

You can now mark one thing off the list.

Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono delivered something NASCAR hasn’t seen in the town of Long Pond Pennsylvania in recent memory; a great race. The track underwent a repaving since last year; the first since 1996 and teams had two days the week before Sunday’s race to test the new surface.

NASCAR also took another important step by shortening the two races from 500 long miles to 400. The combination of testing and shorter event gave NASCAR and its fans one of the better races of the season to date Sunday. Joey Logano scored his second career win using a bump and run normally seen on short tracks, to move Mark Martin aside in the closing laps. Logano also became the first pole sitter in 31 races to start from the point and take the checkered flag from that same spot in 31 races. MORE>>>


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