Ryan Blaney collects first career win at Pocono 400


He was a guest reporter for Fox during the Xfinity race. On Sunday, the radio problem along with a loose wheel requiring an additional pit stop appeared to be the hurdles to keep Blaney out of victory in this his 68th career start.

The active drivers with one Pocono win are Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Chris Buescher.

Quotable: "I don't know what they party's going to be like.We've had a lot of bad luck, it's great to get back to where we should run". In this his second full season with legendary Wood Brothers, NASCAR's oldest continuous operating team, he had come close on several occasions to that initial victory. He's the 18th driver to win a Cup race with the Wood Brothers.

"It figures the one race we don't have radio communication, we end up winning it", Blaney said.

"We picked up, but we should have picked up a lot more than we did".

Blaney is part of a bumper crop of blossoming young talent that his hit NASCAR over the last couple of years.

Another young driver, rookie Erik Jones, finished third. He finished 26th. Wallace will drive the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford until Aric Almirola returns from a broken back.

In GPPs, you still need to go after the dominator points with at least one of your picks. Wallace said he was embarrassed, but fine.

"It was definitely a trying day", Truex said.

Blaney interviewed Xfinity victor Brad Keselowski in victory lane on Saturday as part of an all-driver broadcast by Fox. So on Sunday, Keselowski chose to turn the tables, hop out of his auto and run over to Victory Lane to play pit reporter for Ryan Blaney. "That's what kind of went through my mind".

Blaney got to the checkered flag 0.139 seconds ahead of Harvick. The auto never felt comfortable and I had a hard time hitting my lines. He eventually did with 10 laps to go and had the lead.

"Heck of a way to end my weekend, passing out", Wallace said.

Blaney, meanwhile, joined Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon as first-time Cup winners this season, and was happy to "finally add our name to that group".

(48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 175.695 miles per hour. Jimmie Johnson, who entered with three wins on the season, didn't finish the race after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into the outside wall due to brake issues.

Through 13 races last season, JGR drivers won seven times.

"I'm looking just for a good, solid race and gaining respect from the veterans here and to prove to everybody that I belong in the series". "I didn't even have a pedal to push on".

With just two practice sessions at Pocono Raceway this weekend, Wallace, who is filling in for the injured Aric Almirola, had little time to acclimate to the digital dash in the Cup auto and less time to rehearse pitting.

Johnson, who had a form of skin cancer cut out of his right shoulder this week, diffused the wreck with humor.

McMurray appeared to come away the worse for wear as the No. 1 auto caught fire. Chip Ganassi Racing's Jamie McMurray also saw his auto turn into a barbecue.

"I just started spinning and didn't have any brakes", he said. Then we had to hold Kevin off and he was really fast all day.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s winless season stretched into Pocono when he was forced out of the race because of mechanical issues. He said the problem in the No. 88 Chevrolet was shifting issues; he tried to go from third to fourth gear but the vehicle went to second. I think there was also a reason not to with going to Pocono and Michigan, Sonoma and then Daytona. He finished second to last.