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Young Blaney Wins Pocono Truck Race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 3 2013

Ryan Blaney took the lead on a Lap 53 restart and held it through the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway.

Driving the No. 29 Ford owned by Brad Keselowski, Blaney, 19 and the sone of veteran Cup and short track racer Dave Blaney, beat Miguel Paludo to the finish line by .271 seconds to earn his first victory of the season, his first at Pocono and the second of his career in the Truck Series.

The runner-up finish was a career best for Paludo.

Rookie German Quiroga finished third, followed by Joey Coulter–last year’s Pocono winner – and Ross Chastain, Blaney’s teammate. Ron Hornaday Jr., Darrell Wallace Jr., series leader Matt Crafton, Brendan Gaughan and Brennan Newberry completed the top 10.

Newberry’s top 10 was his first in 21 Truck Series starts.

After a spin by Ricky Ehrgott on the opening lap, the race was caution-free until Lap 42 of a scheduled 50, when NASCAR threw a yellow because of debris on the track.

Todd Bodine, driving in a one-race deal for Turner Motorsports, held the lead at the time, but during a scramble for the lead in Turn 1 after a Lap 47 restart, Bodine spun after contact from James Buescher’s Chevrolet to bring out the third caution.

Contact between the trucks of Ty Dillon and Johnny Sauter, as Dillon moved up the track believing he had a clear lane to the outside, caused the final caution on Lap 50 and extended the race four laps beyond its posted distance.

Blaney took the lead from Quiroga on the final restart and pulled away for the victory.

Pocono Raceway

Saturday, August 03, 2013

1. (6) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 54, $49185.

2. (1) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 54, $25075.

3. (4) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 54, $18220.

4. (10) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 54, $15385.

5. (2) Ross Chastain, Ford, 54, $13860.

6. (21) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 54, $11535.

7. (5) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 54, $11035.

8. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 54, $10810.

9. (14) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 54, $10760.

10. (22) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, 54, $11960.

11. (7) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 54, $10635.

12. (3) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 54, $10510.

13. (17) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 54, $10435.

14. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 54, $10385.

15. (15) Chad Hackenbracht, Toyota, 54, $11335.

16. (23) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 54, $10160.

17. (12) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 54, $10060.

18. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 54, $9935.

19. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 54, $8585.

20. (11) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 54, $9160.

21. (8) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 54, $8385.

22. (29) Kyle Martel, Chevrolet, 52, $7285.

23. (19) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 52, $7185.

24. (27) Bryan Silas, Ford, 51, $7110.

25. (31) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, 51, $7225.

26. (25) Sean Corr, Ford, 51, $7035.

27. (30) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, 51, $7010.

28. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 50, $6985.

29. (32) Dominick Casola, Chevrolet, Accident, 46, $6960.

30. (16) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Engine, 23, $7435.

31. (28) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Rear End, 20, $6910.

32. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ford, Engine, 13, $6885.

33. (24) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Vibration, 9, $6860.

34. (36) Chris Lafferty, RAM, Electrical, 4, $6835.

35. (34) Tony Raines(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 3, $6810.

36. (26) Ricky Ehrgott, Toyota, Accident, 2, $6759.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 128.3 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 03 Mins, 08 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.270 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes: 9 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Paludo 0; R. Chastain 1-9; R. Blaney # 10-24; M. Paludo 25-26; J. Coulter 27-28; D. Wallace Jr. # 29-30; T. Bodine 31-46; R. Blaney # 47-49; G. Quiroga # 50-52; R. Blaney # 53-54.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): R. Blaney # 3 times for 20 laps; T. Bodine 1 time for 16 laps; R. Chastain 1 time for 9 laps; G. Quiroga # 1 time for 3 laps; J. Coulter 1 time for 2 laps; M. Paludo 1 time for 2 laps; D. Wallace Jr. # 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 429; J. Burton # – 377; R. Blaney # – 367; J. Buescher – 365; T. Dillon – 361; B. Gaughan – 354; M. Paludo – 351; T. Peters – 350; D. Wallace Jr. # – 347; J. Sauter – 345.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 3 2013
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