Posted By DAN GELSTON (AP Sports Writer)
But for as strong as he ran in the No. 88 Chevrolet, Keselowski gift-wrapped this win when he yielded the lead with five laps left in a desperate attempt to clear debris from his grille and cool his overheated engine.
Junior shook off the rising red gauges in the No. 88 that could have had his car meet a similar fate as Keselowski.
Earnhardt, long NASCAR's most popular driver, gave the Pocono crowd plenty of reason to go wild. He was mobbed by almost 100 fans outside the Pocono media center, screaming his name and clamoring for a picture with the winner.
He waved and ducked into a waiting car, whisked away for another party.
Maybe the fans should try tweeting at him to earn his attention.
He said he underestimated the amount of fun he'd have interacting with fans. He loved the ''go get 'ems'' that dot his feed, though it's the ''haters'' that he really feeds off.
''The real short ones, like, 'You suck,' those are the best ones,'' he said, smiling. ''I just favorite them and block them. It's so much fun.''
Earnhardt's second win means he is guaranteed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. He won for the 29th time in 519 career Sprint Cup starts.
Letarte, who had a Pocono win with Gordon, has become one of Earnhardt's best friends.
That tightness off the track just may have sparked the wins on the track.
''He's a normal guy, he's a great guy, he's a great talent. I don't have any idea what it's like to be him.''
Earnhardt led three Hendrick drivers in the top 10; Gordon finished eighth.
Johnson hit Ambrose and spun 180-degrees, which forced him to back into his stall for more repairs. He needed two tires, had right-front damage and dropped to 29th on the restart.
Busch posted his first top 10 since his win at Martinsville nine races ago. He salvaged a rough day for his team that saw fellow Stewart-Haas Racing drivers Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick drop from contention with various issues.
Stewart held the lead and was in great position late to win until he was busted for speeding on pit road and was dropped to 31st. Harvick was running second when had tire trouble.