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Jimmie Johnson holds on for a top ten finish despite launching Pocono big one


  Elliot Sadler's car on tow after Pocono crash (Photo: Chris Troutman, Getty IMages for NASCAR)

Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon) was the catalyst for a wreck involving Kurt Busch and Elliot Sadler that, unfortunately, is destined to go into the record books. Salder’s car was decimated in the later stages of the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. (See the video below).

Once released from the care center, Busch went on to say that Johnson “drove straight through him.”

Later, Johnson expressed regret for the aftermath of yet another “racing incident” with Busch, which has become a reoccurring theme in the 2010 season.

Sadler was able to exit his car after the accident but immediately laid down on the pavement as his engine laid smoking on the grass, yards from its chassis.

Greg Biffle took the win for his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2010. The win also broke a 64-race winless streak Biffle had since his last victory came on Sept. 21, 2008 at Dover International Speedway. It was emotional win as it was the first for RFR in the 2010 season and followed the Jack Roush plane crash earlier in the week in Oshkosh, WI.

Tony Stewart came in second with his 11th top-10 finish in 2010, with Carl Edwards in third. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield) and his No. 29 Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet picked up a fourth place finish and remained the points leader in the Sprint Cup standings. Denny Hamlin and his No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota's win streak at Pocono was stopped at two after his fifth place run.

Despite being involved in the earlier crash, Johnson was able to finish in 10th.

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