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Sunday, 11 June 2017 23:38

Blaney Picks Up First Victory at Pocono

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Blaney Picks Up First Victory at Pocono Photo courtesy FOX Sports

Blaney becomes the third first-time winner of 2017.

Ryan Blaney won his first career race on Sunday afternoon in the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 from Pocono Raceway.

Blaney took the lead from Kyle Busch in the final 10 laps, and he had to hold off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps to get to victory lane.

Blaney said he was excited to beat two of the best to get to victory lane.

“First we had to pass Kyle, and that was tough,” Blaney said.  “He was on older tires…and we were able to get up under him.  Then we had to hold Kevin off; he was really fast all day.  I want to thank him for racing me really clean.”

Blaney, in his second full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, said he was excited to finally return Wood Brothers Racing to victory lane.

“We got Motorcraft and Ford back into victory lane, Wood Brothers’ 99th win…that was just a lot of fun,” Blaney said.  “We locked ourselves into the Chase; that was awesome.”

Harvick said his car just wasn’t able to drive through the corner as good as Blaney’s.

“I think there at the end we just couldn’t get in the corner like we needed to all day,” Harvick said.  “He could charge the corner, so I needed for him to make a mistake.”

“Never made a mistake, and did a great job.  Ended up winning the race.”

Unofficial results:

1. Ryan Blaney

2. Kevin Harvick

3. Erik Jones

4. Kurt Busch

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Martin Truex Jr.

7. Kyle Larson

8. Chase Elliott

9. Kyle Busch

10. Matt Kenseth

11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

12. Denny Hamlin

13. Austin Dillon

14. Ryan Newman

15. Daniel Suarez

16. Danica Patrick

17. Clint Bowyer

18. Ty Dillon

19. Chris Buescher

20. Paul Menard

21. Trevor Bayne

22. AJ Allmendinger

23. Joey Logano

24. Michael McDowell

25. David Ragan

26. Darrell Wallace Jr.

27. Landon Cassill

28. Corey LaJoie

29. Gray Gaulding

30. Cole Whitt

31. Reed Sorenson

32. Matt DiBenedetto

33. Derrike Cope

34. Jeffrey Earnhardt

35. Kasey Kahne

36. Jimmie Johnson

37. Jamie McMurray

38. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

39. Cody Ware

Bryan Nicodemus

My name is Bryan Nicodemus.  I'm from Pittsburgh, PA, and I am currently a sophomore at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  I am majoring in Public Relations, and I hope to work in NASCAR someday.  Follow me on Twitter: @mmarkaholic55

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