Johnson dominates at Pocono for third NASCAR win of 2013

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Jimmie Johnson scored his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season Sunday staging a dominating performance at Pocono Raceway.  Johnson started from the pole and led 128 of 160 laps on the day and never had any serious challengers as he cruised to victory in the Pocono 400. The win was the 63rd of his career and his third victory at the 2.5 mile tri-oval.

Carl Edwards led the first lap but it took Johnson only 10 laps to take over the point. From there he held onto the top spot through a couple cycles of green flag stops during a relatively tame first 100 laps that saw only one caution for debris.

“That’s the best car I’ve had in a long, long, long time,” Johnson said. “What an awesome race car. We had a great race car today. It was a lot of fun.” MORE>>>

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