Ryan Blaney Triumphs At The Tricky Triangle

By Christy Valdez
Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

After coming close on a couple occasions on capturing another win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the timing was right at Pocono for Ryan Blaney.

Upon making his first start at the Tricky Triangle of Pocono Raceway, Blaney seemed to have adjusted just enough to win for the second time of his career. After two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, Blaney made all the right moves when he managed to pull away from the rest of the competition.

The win at Pocono make Blaney the fourth different driver to win at the track since 2010.

Blaney made his way back to victory lane about 11 months after his first career Trucks Series win at Iowa Speedway. Not only did he win his first race back then, but it was also Brad Keselowski Racing’s first win as well. The race at Pocono gave both Blaney and BKR another opportunity to find success and celebrate.

Prior to the race, Blaney had demonstrated he was a contender at Pocono after being within the top 10 drivers during practice. Pole-sitter Miguel Paludo finished in second followed by German Quiroga, Joey Coulter, and Ross Chastain to close out the top five. Other winners on the track on Saturday not only included race winner Blaney, but Paludo and Quiroga as well.

Paludo had captured his first pole award this season after qualifying had been cancelled due to rain. He had led the only practice session on Friday, which helped on the pole win. By the time the race was over Paludo went on to capture a career best finish. Quiroga, who continues to improve throughout the season, tied his career-best finish in third.

Heading out of Pocono the biggest mover within the point standings following the win is Blaney, moving from seventh to third. The championship race continues to heat up as the season progresses, now with Blaney within the mix.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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