Luck Came For Some While Bad Luck Came For Others at The Pennsylvania 500

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

First off, a congratulations for Denny Hamlin and the No.11 FedEx team, a well deserved and emotional win.

Rabbits' feet and four leaf clovers were hanging in many drivers cars as we headed to a postponed Monday race at Pocono Raceway.

Instead of telling you lap by lap what happened I will go by the drivers who started out with bad luck and of course finished well.

First off is Tony Stewart driver of the No. 14 Old Spice Swagger car. Stewart hit the wall during practice and had to go to his back up car. This meant the current points leader would have to start at the rear of the field like the June Pocono race.

On lap 2 Stewart had already worked himself up to 34th. However on lap 11 Stewart had to make an unexpected pit stop and by Lap 12 he was a lap down. On lap 40 Stewart ends up stuck in 32nd position.

On lap 54 Stewart took an extra long pit stop to try and make his car better. At this moment during the race, the current points leader was closer to dropping to second in the points standing.

The four leaf clovers started to work as on lap 104 Tony Stewart was in 11th position, and ends up finishing in 10th.

Jimmie Johnson started off the race very lucky leading many laps as expected. That was up until lap 104 when he started losing many positions and felt as though his engine was going to blow.

After numerous long pit stops and going three laps down, it was still unknown what was wrong with his car.

The 48 team must've been rubbing rabbits' feet the whole race because Johnson gets back all of his laps and miraculously figured out how to fix the car and ends up with a 13th place finish.

Some guys have all the luck.

How about these few drivers who must've walked under ladders and had black cats roaming around their pits because their luck went from bad to worse.

Dale Earnhardt Jr started 22nd and worked himself up to about 13th position throughout the day even after being a lap down.

However throughout the race Earnhardt Jr dropped as far back as 30th, often for having a loose car.

Earnhardt Jr fans were hoping and pray that a top 10 or even 15 finish would come out of this race. However by the end of the race Earnhardt Jr. ended up in a disappointing 28th.

Teammates Marcos Ambrose and David Reutimann both ran really good throughout the race and were both in contention for a top 10 finish. Reutimann was also in contention for the Race for the Chase.

On lap 174 Reutimann and Ambrose got into an accident after Hamlin tapped Reutimann. They ended up finishing 29th and 34th which was a disappointing ending for both drivers.

Good luck, bad luck, or no luck these drivers endured an exciting and unpredictable race.