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


Ryan Blaney held off Kevin Harvick to win his first career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race after overtaking Kyle Busch, the overall laps leader, with less than 10 laps to go Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

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.

On Sunday, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will take the track at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and he will be the first African-American driver to do so in over a decade. Keselowski finished fifth on Sunday and returned the favor by sticking around victory lane and interviewed Blaney. He's the first black driver in a NASCAR Cup race since 2006.

With one lap remaining, Harvick got within 0.14 seconds of Blaney, but the 23-year-old did not make a mistake as he put the iconic number 21 auto back in victory lane for the 99th time in team history. That should be a ton of fun. Busch came home ninth in the final running order when his pit strategy backfired after being one of two cars who stayed out while the rest of the field pitted.

Also, Harvick remained winless this season through the first 14 races.

"Just happy, happy that we finally get a finish that we deserve", Jones said of his career-best finish. "We were just off a little bit all day today to run with the best cars".

"We did it", Blaney said from victory lane.

The video below shows why drivers should be given microphones more often.

Jimmie Johnson, last week's victor at Dover, qualified 19th in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.

Jimmie Johnson starts 19th in a busy week that saw him at Dover move into a tie for sixth on NASCAR's career wins list with 83 and then have a form of skin cancer cut out of his right shoulder on Monday. Jimmie Johnson, who entered with three wins on the season, didn't finish the race after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into the outside wall due to brake issues. Johnson made hard contact with a SAFER barrier and McMurray's vehicle caught fire.

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"I just love getting up close and personal with the drivers".

"I just didn't quite get the launch I needed". McMurray, who also had brake issues, quickly climbed out of the vehicle.

"Those (JGR) guys have been fast and these last couple weeks they've been right there", Truex said.

"We had a really fast auto", Harvick said.

There's probably not one person in NASCAR who doesn't want to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. have a great farewell season.

Half way through the regular season, there are now thirteen races until the start of the Playoffs. Petty, who won 200 NASCAR races, stood by Wallace and offered encouragement. It's exciting we had a fast race auto.

Quotable: "I don't know what they party's going to be like.We've had a lot of bad luck, it's great to get back to where we should run".

“The competition is higher than I thought it would be, ” Jones said. "I'm trying to prove to everybody that I belong here".

The race unfolded in almost ideal fashion for the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing team. The 2.5-mile triangular track is one of only two where Busch has failed to win a Cup points race; Charlotte is the other, although he won the all-star race there last month.

"Heck of a way to end my weekend, passing out", Wallace said.