Blaney perseveres for strong finish — NASCAR notebook

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Despite all that we still came home with a clean auto for MI.

"We've talked about Hendrick's struggles as a team at the beginning of the season", Cassill said. Defending track victor Kyle Busch is looking for a second-straight win in the Cup Series while series wins leader Kevin Harvick looks to get back on track after a disappointing finish last week.

Truex stayed out on pivotal caution late in the race to take the lead, then pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win Sunday at Pocono Raceway and thrust himself into title contention. "Where in reality, I think that is a good way to get behind and I think he did a good job of staying up on things and making sure we improved and didn't just stay the same".

Truex said it with a straight face, as the 37-year-old Furniture Row Racing driver is still having the type of season that - oh, all but two drivers - would love to produce.

Truex took the checkered flag in the No. 78 Toyota after two straight runner-up finishes in a season where he was nearly an afterthought compared to the Busch-Harvick dominance.

Harvick is a whopping 0 for 34 at Pocono and stands with Kentucky as the only active tracks where he's failed to win a Cup race.

"Our team is very similar and has a lot of respect for their team and the things they do on the race track", Harvick said.

"You haven't had exciting one, two, three guys mixing it up back-and-forth for the lead, stuff like that", Busch said.

"We couldn't get back up through there for anything back up to those guys", Busch said. They have combined for nine wins - five by Harvick. "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 auto, it's pretty close".

"We made our final stop, or what we all thought would be our final stop when we were in the lead", Kyle Busch added after a third place finish.

Also collecting stage points were Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.

Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday to help Toyota sweep the weekend.

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Martin Truex Jr. has won the first stage of the NASCAR race at Pocono. "So, it's really hard to do here as everybody knows and we got all the way to second there at the end and the 18, us and the four were just so equally matched it felt like, speed-wise and whoever was out front was going to win it and we took a gamble".

Hey, who says the young kids in NASCAR can't celebrate in victory lane? Before we do, our usual disclaimer: Just like in other DFS articles, we're not going to give you a copy/paste lineup, though we will give you a sample lineup with picks that we feel good about that fits under the salary threshold. "We were running around there and they called debris in turn one and when I came back around and looked at it, that's what it looked like to me".

She was by his side three weeks ago when they were both honored on the South Lawn of the White House. The state also declared that May 31 was Martin Truex Jr. Day.

But what Igdalsky and Co. can't control is the core product and ultimately, that's the excitement on the track where there was little this time around.

"Honestly, as insane as it's been, it's been a lot of fun", he said. There's a few I missed out on over the years that I wish I would have been able to get. "Going to the White House was wonderful and to get to meet the President and get the tour and the way he treated our team really made us feel special".

Blaney, son of former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, grandson of dirt track star Lou Blaney, has led 418 laps this season and is 11th in the points standings.

After 13 races this season, only six drivers have won a race. He cited how at this time last year he only had two wins (he went on to win eight times in 2017), while this year he came into Pocono with just one win.

"I made a mistake on pit road speeding again here at Pocono", Wallace said ruefully after steering his auto to the garage.

It was the same package used in the Xfinity race at Indianapolis past year and by the Cup cars in the All-Star Race at Charlotte two weeks ago. Elliott, winless in 90 career starts, has three top-five finishes this season. Larson is winless this season. Somewhat quietly third in average FanDuel fantasy points per race behind you know who.

He expected to race for the win again on Sunday.

Harvick and Truex pitted from the lead on Lap 24, almost halfway through the stage. Track position is so important and if you get behind you lose so much time to the leader.

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