Blaney captures 1st career Cup win — Sunday's roundup

12 Juin, 2017, 10:16 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • Ryan Blaney takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race Sunday

Ryan Blaney was splashed with beer, accepted some handshakes and even gave a fist bump in a raucous victory lane celebration.

Looking for a new spin on the standard telecast, Fox used eight active NASCAR Cup drivers to provide insight - from the studio to the booth to the pits - during Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Blaney's margin of victory was a mere.139 seconds.

When Blaney climbed from his vehicle in Victory Lane, the magnitude of what he had just accomplished still hadn't registered.

"If we could have got back on the lead lap, I definitely think we had a top-20 vehicle", he said.

The win was the 99th for the iconic Wood Brothers, who won races in the No. 21 with such drivers as Hall of Famers David Pearson, Curtis Turner, Fireball Roberts, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough and Junior Johnson. He had to do it without radio communication with his crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, as his radio failed about 40 laps into the race. "He (Blandy) could charge the corner".

"That will take a smile off your face", he said after failing to advance to the third round, "but that's just the competitive nature".

Emirates Team New Zealand overcame a mistake by helmsman Peter Burling and barely held off Sweden's Artemis Racing at the finish of Race 6 Sunday to reach match point in the America's Cup challenger finals on Bermuda's Great Sound. I predict he will finish much better than his average. Another Top 10 run Sunday will put him the 40-point range at DraftKings, and there is always a chance the four-time Pocono victor does some damage in the dominator categories. We never could stop like we needed to all weekend, so you just had to be really careful with the brakes. "We went out and it was nearly fast enough to make the second round".

The green flag flies to start the race at the Pocono Raceway.

Larson nevertheless was third fastest behind Busch (175.421 mph) and Brad Keselowski (175.285 mph) in Happy Hour, posting a lap at 175.210 mph before his spin.

With nasty weather punishing the track, NASCAR called the red flag with 22 laps left and Buescher declared the victor after about an 80-minute delay. The list starts to get overwhelming. Busch led 68 of the first 100 laps before pitting on Lap 89, handing over the lead to Denny Hamlin. With 10 to go, Blaney moved to the lead on his fresher tires. Harvick, who was also seeking his first win of the season, earned his ninth top-10 finish.

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"Super fast, raw speed - he's got it", Earnhardt said. "It could happen, but I don't see it". The shifter is not different, the handle is not different, the location, everything is the same. I don't think there are enough dominator points to go around to support that strategy. "I wish I could blame it on something else, because this is bad, it feels terrible".

Earnhardt was the next casualty after his transmission failed on Lap 59. His auto, traveling at 200 miles per hour, slammed the wall hard. Parts came off of Johnson's Lowe's Chevrolet and caused Jamie McMurray to crash further down the track. His most recent win came at the Go Bowling 400 in Kansas back in May, winning despite three restarts of the race. “When I get to the race track Im pretty focused. "If I'd over drive it for a lap or two the pedal would start going down, and then I was really at a deficit". At that point, I threw it in third gear and I was just trying to slow it down.

"I had a big run on him off of (turn) three and he did a good job blocking, and we were able to get under him". Johnson made hard contact with a SAFER barrier and McMurray's vehicle caught fire. His vehicle burst into flames as it rolled to a stop.

Kevin Harvick remains the top Ford in the season-long standings. He also was the fastest in final practice Saturday at 175.421 miles per hour.

(1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 160. (Talladega) and Austin Dillon (Charlotte) as first-time winners. Chris Buescher won the 2016 Pennsylvania 400 here.

Darrell Wallace Jr. starts 16th in the No. 43 Ford and will become the first black driver in a Cup race since 2006. All four of the Hendrick Chevrolets suffered from brake issues during the race. "PESPT008401-topic.html" class="local_link" >Dale Earnhardt Jr.

(38) * Cody Ware, Chevrolet, Vibration, 35. Will Power averaged 219.182 miles per hour four years ago.

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Margin of Victory: 0.139 Seconds. There were 13 lead changes among nine drivers.

Lap Leaders: Kyle Busch 1-17; E. Jones # 18-34; Kyle Busch 35-53; R. Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., after pitting late in the first stage, stayed out at the stage's end. He cut the deficit to 141-129.

By the time things cycled through, Wallace was a lap down.

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