Martin Truex Jr. wins Pocono 400

08 June, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Three penalties across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series were handed down following a weekend of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the Monster Energy Series the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of Martin Truex Jr. was

The only real challenger is Kevin Harvick. While he didn't lead a lot of laps (the reason he fell from No. 1 to 2), he still kept his auto in the battle and nearly stole a Pocono victory; instead, Truex snatched the win from him.

OK, in the sagging sport's version of that story, it's the ballyhooed youth movement that would have paid dividends with checkered flags and publicity bursts as NASCAR nears the halfway point.

Kyle Busch ($12,000) - Like Harvick, Rowdy has never won the Pocono 400, but he did win the July race in 2017. And who won the pole for Daytona?

The sizzling starts haven't carried over as the season nears the midway point. That ties him with Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner just outside the top 50 all time. I thought we were pretty good on that day, but we came home fourth.

Bowman finished a solid ninth last week at the Coca-Cola 600 in his best career finish on an intermediate track. I think I would say me. "I think most of my pressure comes from myself and the fact that I just want to win races and prove that I can do it".

He romped again, overcoming an early penalty that dropped him to the back to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Pocono Raceway for his 189th career NASCAR victory.

It's rare at Pocono for a driver to break through for his first career Cup victory.

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Track: Pocono Raceway (oval, 2.5 miles). Stenhouse and Dillon, the 2018 Daytona 500 champion, each won again.

Harvick and Busch had combined for nine wins out of the first 13 races to start the season, but with the win at Pocono, Truex Jr.is definitely heating up.

The veterans aren't ready to pass the torch.

Only one other driver has more runner-up finishes and no wins at Pocono: Mark Martin with seven.

Denny Hamlin spun the No. 11 Toyota and slammed into the inside wall late in the race and failed to finish a race for the second time this season. "We kind of struggled with some front grip all weekend long, but we started hitting on it right there at the end". The No. 95 (Kasey Kahne) was a little bit better than us, well, for sure better.

Dillon won Daytona in a Chevy - the only one for the manufacturer in its first year using the Camaro.

He debuted with DEI, moved to Michael Waltrip Racing, saw that team and his sponsor disappear and then got on with a fledgling Furniture Row Racing organization and totaled one lap led and one top-5 finish in his first season.

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Meanwhile, NASCAR encumbered his XFINITY Series victory Saturday due to a penalty, resulting in it meaning nothing except in statistics and the name on the trophy.

Elliott, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, is the obvious choice.

"Erik Jones is running good and (Daniel) Suarez is running really well", Blaney said. It was a matter of who could get out front. "I mean, I'm the only one that doesn't have a win in the front four". I just had too much weight and pulled to the left and went from third (gear) to second.

Each has had a three-race winning streak: Harvick at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix; Busch at Texas, Bristol and Richmond.

By the time everyone had completed the green-flag cycle of pit stops, Harvick reemerged as the race leader on Lap 35.

But the wait goes on. "I think that three of those guys are definitely head over heels better than the rest of us, but I think from fourth to sixth or seventh best vehicle, it's pretty close".

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