LONG POND, Pa. – Sunday at Pocono, three Hendrick Motorsports teammates took the green flag back-to-back-to-back.
And when the checkered flag waved after 160 laps, three teammates earned back-to-back-to-back finishes.
Chase Elliott led the way for the organization in 10th, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. right behind him in 11th and Kasey Kahne crossing the finish line 12th.
Jimmie Johnson was scored 35th after damage during Stage 2 ended his day prematurely.
"Definitely not the day we wanted to have," Johnson said. "Just a bummer day for this whole Lowe's team. We'll get our Chevy ready for next week and go do it again."
Kyle Busch took home the victory.
Below is a closer look at how the four Hendrick Motorsports teammates fared Sunday at Pocono.
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 GREAT CLIPS/SHARK WEEK CHEVROLET SS
RECAP: Following his Brickyard 400 win, Kahne started Sunday’s race at Pocono in 12th. He was running 14th after Stage 1 and continued pressing forward to finish Stage 2 in sixth. With 25 laps to go, Kahne was inside the top five as competitors made green-flag pit stops. Kahne made his own green-flag stop with 20 laps remaining, returning to the track inside the top 15. He picked up several more positions down the stretch to finish the race 11th.
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET SS
RECAP: Rolling off the grid 13th, Elliott finished Stage 1 inside the top 10. He finished Stage 2 in 18th due to pitting just prior to the end of the stage to set himself up for the final segment. The strategy paid off, as he was running inside the top five – fourth – with 25 laps to go. As competitors made green-flag pit stops, Elliott remained on the track. He made his way to pit road with 21 laps to go, however, and returned to the track inside the top 15. The driver continued to battle toward the top 10, finding 11th with 12 laps remaining, just behind teammate Earnhardt. Two laps later, he passed Earnhardt to re-enter the top 10. He took the checkered flag 10th.
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS
RECAP: Johnson took the green flag in 14th and by the end of Stage 1 he had gained two positions to finish the segment in 12th. Early in Stage 2, however, Johnson and teammate Kahne made brief contact on the bottom of the track and Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS headed toward the wall. The ensuing damage was enough to send Johnson to the garage, ending his day. He was scored 35th.
DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS
RECAP: Earnhardt began Sunday’s race 23rd, and due to a penalty for speeding on pit road, he finished Stage 1 down one lap in 27th. In Stage 2, he regained the lap back during a caution and finished the stage in 26th after pitting just prior to its conclusion to set himself up for the final segment. The strategy paid dividends, as after a cycle of green-flag pit stops Earnhardt found himself inside the top 10 with less than 20 laps remaining. With 10 laps to go, teammate Elliott passed Earnhardt, putting the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in 11th. He would take the checkered flag 12th.