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Truex Pulls Away On Final Restart To Win At Pocono Raceway

07 June, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Ryan Blaney

Blaney was tops again at the site of his lone NASCAR Cup victory, turning a lap of 176.897 miles per hour to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. All weekend long, the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota maintained a steady confidence that his team was "right there" despite not having the treasure trove of playoff points he had built up past year. It's been a year since he last won - June 4, 2017, at Dover.

Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, Pocono has become one of Harvick's better tracks. In the process, he served notice that the 2018 championship picture is far from a two-car conclusion between Harvick and Busch.

"Obviously, there's a lot of room for improvement", Kenseth said. "It's always fun to win, especially when you beat the best guys out there". These two guys (Busch and Harvick) were so fast today. "We didn't start out very good and worked on it really hard". Of the other three drivers who have captured the checkered flag, who will get their second win first?

With a long road ahead to November and the final race at Homestead, Fla., it's pretty likely that Busch, Harvick and Truex will be in the circuit's version of the Final Four. "It seemed like last year, everything went our way and this year, it's been a lot tougher".

That terminal failure followed a pit road speeding violation that forced Wallace to serve a pass-through penalty, putting the prospect of a strong finish in jeopardy. "I don't think I'm going to have one that I like until we win, but we are getting closer". I just had too much weight and pulled to the left and went from third (gear) to second.

The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion lost this race past year when he chose to start on older tires late in the race and was eventually beat by Ryan Blaney who won earned his first career victory on fresher tires.

Harvick led 89 laps and Busch led 13.

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"The best young driver in Cup right now is Kyle Larson by a landslide, " Harvick said.

Tim: I know reaction is mixed by some, I say with the level of competition at some tracks in previous years would welcome the opportunity to try something new. "PESPT000009568-topic.html" class="local_link" >Martin Truex Jr. led the final 21 laps and not even a late restart could stop him from his second win of the season and his second career win at Pocono.

Truex won the first 50-lap stage by 1.1 seconds after passing Harvick on Lap 43. The decision to stay out did not work out as well for Harvick, who fell to fourth at the end. Last race: Kyle Busch won at Charlotte, his fourth victory in his last eight races.

"Every single weekend this year, I've felt like we can show up and win", Truex said. The question would be if that's good enough for this salary, as you really want him to be leading laps and winning.

"You're always anxious about something insane or unpredictable situations taking place", he said.

As the crew chief of the No. 78 team, Pearn is confident that the team is continuing to make strides week to week as the season progresses.

"I made a mistake on pit road speeding again here at Pocono", Wallace said ruefully after steering his vehicle to the garage.

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