June 25, 2017

Kyle Busch takes Pocono 400 pole; Darrell Wallace Jr

19 June 2017, 02:55 | Sandy Nunez

Kyle Busch turns fastest lap at Pocono for 2nd straight pole

Kyle Busch turns fastest lap at Pocono for 2nd straight pole

Blaney, 23, is the third driver with four or fewer full-time Cup seasons under his belt to win his first race this year, joining Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Austin Dillon. When Keselowski got there, FOX's Jamie Little gave him her headset and mic, and in a moment of spontaneous and unrehearsed improvisation, Keselowski served as the Victory Lane reporter and interviewed Blaney. Blaney drives for the Wood Brothers, one of the most storied teams in NASCAR.

The Wood Brothers have won at least one race in each of the last six decades, but none since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011.

Now they can add Blaney to the list.

Blaney's victory leaves Joe Gibbs Racing still searching for its first win of the season. "We were just off a little bit all day today to run with the best cars".

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

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

■ Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. qualified 13th at 175.864 miles per hour in his first race as replacement driver for the injured Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. He felt ill after the race and needed to go to the medical center. "You can ask my girlfriend", Wallace said.

"We had a heckuva day", said Truex.

Erik Jones was third, followed by Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. Keselowski finished fifth on Sunday and returned the favor by crashing the broadcast and interviewed Blaney. "That's what kind of went through my mind".

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How Blaney Won: Blaney got the lead away from Kyle Busch, who stayed out on the final round of pot stops and was on older tires.

Blaney got to the checkered flag 0.139 seconds ahead of Harvick. "For the things that are small - and make Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth the champions they are like getting on pit road, those are still things we have to work on".

Busch laid down a fast lap of 179.151 miles per hour in the final round of qualifying.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson sat on the track to catch his breath following a fiery wreck late in the race. A auto failure led the No. 48 vehicle to slam into the wall around the first turn. Johnson was running seventh when he appeared to have an issue with his brakes that shot the vehicle up the track and into the wall.

Last Sunday at Dover International Speedway, Busch's pit crew failed to attach the left rear tire to the No. 18 Toyota before the jack dropped. "My best bet, the way I passed people all day, was waiting for him to slip up off the bottom". "I didn't even have a pedal to push on".

Wallace just wants to make the most of his time in the 43. I knew that going into qualifying and we talked about it right after the first run. Jamie McMurray was caught in the aftermath of Johnson's crash and his auto started on fire. Chip Ganassi Racing's Jamie McMurray also saw his vehicle turn into a barbecue. Kimball's first pole comes in his 109th career start. He said the problem in the No. 88 Chevrolet was shifting issues; he tried to go from third to fourth gear but the auto went to second.

"We don't really have an answer to it other than me just having to pay more attention, but I mean I've been doing this all my life and this isn't a common issue, but it has been this weekend", he said.

"As we saw last week, we definitely missed the eight-ball on that and screwed it up pretty early in the race and knocked ourselves down and out nearly".

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