Martin Truex pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway next Sunday, June 10, for the FireKeepers Casino 400 in the first of two annual visits to the track. As the series begins painting the picture for the summer, it's doing the same for the playoffs. One hundred sixty laps, 480 corners and one victory for Martin Truex Jr.

Here's where we stand after Pocono.

Chase Elliott, another Cup Series regular, finished second, 2.852 seconds behind Busch.

With a long road ahead to November and the final race at Homestead, Fla., it's pretty likely that Busch, Harvick and Truex will be in the circuit's version of the Final Four. Harvick is going for this sixth victory. Likewise, before Pocono, Truex visited with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Truex, a Mayetta, New Jersey native, was honored last week by Gov. Phil Murphy and he declared May 31 as Martin Truex Jr. Day. Pretty big honors stemming from his 2017 championship, but now it's time to focus on winning No. 2. While he didn't lead a lot of laps (the reason he fell from No. 1 to 2), he still kept his vehicle in the battle and nearly stole a Pocono victory; instead, Truex snatched the win from him.

Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday to help Toyota sweep the weekend.

These first three drivers have become permanent fixtures on The 10 this season. The win at Pocono was Truex Jr.'s 17th of his career, and he now sits fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings. "I'm not sure why, just kind of circumstances, the way it's working out right now". However, the victory could be tainted, as the No. 18 Toyota failed a postrace inspection for height requirements.

As the crew chief of the No. 78 team, Pearn is confident that the team is continuing to make strides week to week as the season progresses. Obviously, you want to repeat that.

Blaney's fourth career pole puts him in position to repeat and earn an automatic spot in NASCAR's playoffs. He drives the No. 12 Ford this season for team owner Roger Penske.

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They're shooting 44.2 percent overall and 31.0 percent from deep on the road, 47.7/37.0 at home. "We've got to be better ". He has been an athletic two-way guard, semi-reliable veteran, champion and is top 12 all time in 3's made for his career .

Kyle Busch had a flicker of concern when a speeding penalty dumped him to the rear of the field. I think I would say me. The race will start noon Mountain time.

Two straight subpar races have hurt Joey Logano in The 10.

Busch was not pleased with how his auto was handling after his stop.

Things so far have gone right this season for Harvick.

Johnson finished eighth and extended the longest losing streak of his career to 37. So will just about any veteran driver for Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing.

"Just real unfortunate there that once we all thought we had that caution that brought us all down pit road for what we thought was the final stop of the day, we got tires, we beat everybody off pit road and was in control of the restart and then in control of the race when we were leading there", Busch said.

Keselowski has had to fight for every good finish he's had this season, and Sunday was no different.

Certainly the veterans such as Busch, Harvick and Truex quickly reminded everyone they are repeat championship-worthy, but this week's MI venue, in particular, has recently been a track where the young stars have earned headlines and earned respect.