LONG POND, Pa. — Carl Edwards lost his grip on the points lead in NASCAR's Sprint Cup competition Sunday at Pocono Raceway. His 40-point lead was sliced to six when a bad engine knocked him out early and he finished 37th.
Jeff Gordon won the race, moving into a tie for third on NASCAR's career list with his 84th victory. Gordon led most of the final 40 laps and won for the second time this season.
His 84 wins tie him with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most in NASCAR history. Richard Petty leads with 200 wins and David Pearson is second with 105.
Kurt Busch, the polesitter, was second and Kyle Busch third. Kyle's Busch fun was short-lived. NASCAR announced his No. 18 Toytota failed postrace inspection with a height issue on the left-front end.
Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five. Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued his rebirth with a sixth-place finish. It capped a great day for Hendrick Motorsports — first, fourth and sixth.
Edwards troubles showed up about 60 laps into the race when he left the track for the garage. Not much later, his team reported his car had lost a cylinder. The Columbia native had been running fourth for much of the first part of the race.
Before the race was 150 laps old, Edwards was in the broadcast booth showing off part of the valve that failed in his engine.
Edwards now tops the points standings with 492, but there isn't much of a cushion between him and Johnson (in second with 486) and Earnhardt (third with 482).