Pocono 400: 5 takeaways from NASCAR at Pocono

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Kyle Busch led most of the race here at Pocono Raceway, but with under 10 laps to go, it was Ryan Blaney in the number 21 auto taking the lead and holding off Kevin Harvick for his first-ever Cup series win right here at Pocono Raceway and it's the first win for the Wood Brothers since 2011.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch aren't about to officially pass the torch to the next generation of drivers.

If you watched the "Drivers Only" broadcast of the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, you saw Ryan Blaney as the pit reporter who finished his day interviewing victor Brad Keselowski.

The 2012 NASCAR champion, who finished fifth, was all fired up about the opportunity.

Third was a career best for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, but Jones has his sights set on loftier goals. He certainly has the energy and enthusiasm to do it. An hour or so after confetti fluttered on him in victory lane, he offered an open invitation to Ridley to join the post-race party. That should be a ton of fun.

The first pit stop of the day put Wallace behind when he was called for speeding in sections one, two, seven and nine.

"I think it exceeds the dream a little bit", Blaney said of his initial victory.

Wallace will be just the eighth black driver in history to race in NASCAR's top series.

"What was going through your mind?"

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Darrell Wallace Jr. starts 16th in the No. 43 Ford.

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

"I can only speculate that I got the brakes too hot and when I went to the brakes they just traveled straight to the floor", Johnson said. The vehicle never felt comfortable and I had a hard time hitting my lines. "That would have been the worst thing we could do".

Prior to the final laps, a pair of crashes midway through the day dominated the narrative. Busch is my pick to find victory lane, leaving only Charlotte left on his winless list. Then came an alliance forged with Team Penske in 2015, where the Roger Penske-owned operation supplied the Wood Brothers cars, technical data, and personnel.

"He'll probably want to still go party tonight", Wallace said.

"It's hard man to process", Blaney said.

JOHNSON WRECKSeven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson sat on the track to catch his breath following a fiery wreck late in the race. A vehicle failure led the No. 48 auto to slam into the wall around the first turn. "We ran top-five most of the day, had good strategy and it worked out". 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. I chose to try to drive through and it just didn't work out. "I'm trying to prove to everybody that I belong here". Johnson made hard contact with a SAFER barrier and McMurray's vehicle caught fire. "Just never could charge the corner hard enough to get to his bumper", Harvick said. Holyfield's career spanned more than three decades and included a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight titles, and two memorable fights against Mike Tyson Holyfield had an amateur record of 160-14 with 75 knockouts and finished his professional career at 44-10-2 with 29 knockouts.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series teams look to solve the Tricky Triangle Sunday afternoon. I'm sure he will return to his winning ways as you can't keep a good driver down, but his slide has been going on for a while not with no signs of letting up.

"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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