Dogged by Kevin Harvick for the final eight laps of Sunday’s Axalta presents the Pocono 400, Ryan Blaney held off the 2014 series champion in a breathtaking battle to claim the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of his career.
After a restart on Lap 148 of 160, Blaney grabbed the lead from polesitter Kyle Busch on Lap 151, with Busch on older tires, doing everything he could to block Blaney’s No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Racing side by side with Busch’s No. 18 Toyota down the Long Pond straightaway, Blaney stayed in the gas through the Tunnel Turn and cleared Busch’s Camry off the corner.
A lap later, Harvick passed Busch and closed within a car-length of Blaney, who drove flawlessly for the final eight laps to keep Harvick at bay. Blaney crossed the finish line .139 seconds ahead of Harvick to become the 19th different driver to win for the Wood Brothers and the first since Trevor Bayne took the checkered flag in the 2011 Daytona 500. Blaney, 23, is also the youngest first-time winner since Bayne, who was 20 years old when he took the checkered flag for the Wood Brothers at Daytona.
When Blaney climbed from his car in Victory Lane, the magnitude of what he had just accomplished still hadn’t registered.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
This week Jim, aka Chiefy slithered out on the tip of the limb and selected Ryan Blaney as his choice to win the Pocono race and was rewarded with the victory. So ol Chiefy gets the spoils of victory, the bragging rights of victory for the week and 40 points to add to his totals!
The Movers and The Shakers
This one one of those weeks where the race winner was not the highest scoring driver. Leading the scorers this week were the players who picked Martin Truex, Jr. and Kyle Larson as their men for the race. Both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver were riding shotgun with “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, allowing them to pocket 47 points.
Following the big score getters that led offf this section of the post are six players, Dan the Numbers Cruncher, Zee, aka Sissy, Bobby Blue Crush, Snoopy Dawn, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Bell, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff adding 44 points to their column via “Blaizingly Bad ” Brad Keselowski’s great finish at Pocono
As was mentioned above, Chiefy, added 40 points to his early totals in this segment.
Even though Martin Truex, Jr. did not win the race, his supporters had a really good day at the races. Those supporters include Lonna The Quilt Angel, Carlton The Doorman, Cole The Redneck Understudy and Jerry The Buschwacker, all receiving 39 points this week.
Rounding out the top five scorers this week are Skid-Marc and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey. This unlikely pair sere solidly behind Clint Bowyer as their man for Pocono, and grabbed a nice 20 points for their effort.
Our new leader, Doug The Gandy Candy Man was this week’s biggest mover! The Ageless Sprint Car Driver rocketed up the totem pole six (6) places to take over as the new weekly leader.
The second biggest movers of the week were Jerry The Buschwacker and Linda The Cookie Mom. The Buschwacker stepped up five places this week to rest in 14th place, while The Cookie Mom plummeted five places to sit in 15th spot.
A trio of players, Carlton The Doorman, Zee, aka Sissy and Carole, aka Rudy all are int he next group of movers. Sissy, climbed up four positions to sit in 11th place this week. Meanwhile, The Doorman and Rudy dropped four places to sit in 5th and 17, respectively.
Edie The Las Vegas Super Star moved up on the leader board three places this week to sit in 13th place!
Rounding out our top five movers is A&M Aggie Sue who sits in 16th place, moving down two spots.
Straight From The Outhouse
We have a tie for “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award. Both Bernie The Bay Are Bandit and Jeremy The Coach secured just one (1) point to add to their segment totals this week! That dubious honor was hard fought and is noteworthy for both!
It is noted that The Coach has started off this segment with two miserable races,one point each race, and that has cemented himself in the “The Outhouse” for yet another race week!
Next week it is on to the lightening fast Michigan International Speedway!
Even though it is not yet officially summer, school is out, the temperature is rising, and the racing will be reaching a feverish pitch now! This is the time of the year that often reflect back to the summer that I graduated from high school!
It was the summer of ’69!
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’ GO RACIN’!