Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ryan Blaney takes home second career win

Ryan Blaney celebrates with the checkered flag at Pocono.
Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images
After a gloomy start to the day, Ryan Blaney earned his second career win in the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday.

Blaney, driver of the No. 29 for Brad Keselowski Racing, started the race in sixth, behind pole sitter Miguel Paludo. Paludo finished second, followed by German Quiroga, Joey Coulter and Chastain, who rounded out the top five.

Blaney has four top fives and seven top-10 finishes this season. He has two season-best third-place finishes: one at Kansas and one at Dover. His last win came last September at Iowa.

Ryan told the media that there came a point when he settled into second that he had to make a decision between letting the No. 32 go and take third to avoid a wreck or giving it all he could to make sure he started out front. With a race made up of hairy restarts, Blaney said, "we were lucky to be on the top end of them most of the time."

Paludo posted his best finish and his first top-10 finish at Pocono Raceway. Quiroga earned a career-best finish to match his other third-place showing earned at Texas in June.

Following the Pocono Mountains 125, Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 52 points over Jeb Burton. Blaney now sits in third, follow by James Buescher and Ty Dillon.

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