Ross Chastain is top-five in his seventh start for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his first career start at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during Saturday afternoon's Pocono Mountains 125. After a rained-out morning qualifying session, Blaney started the race in the sixth position, which was determined based off Friday's final practice session.
Blaney went on to lead every lap before crew chief, Doug Randolph, brought the No. 29 Cooper Standard F-150 to pit road under green on lap 26 for fuel and four tires - dropping only one spot to the No. 30 Truck, post-pit stops. A much needed debris caution fell on lap 43, with Blaney stalking the first and second positions during the second long-run of the afternoon. Once the green fell again on lap 46, Blaney had charged his way to the lead before the conclusion of the lap.
An accident involving the No. 30 and No. 31 Trucks brought out the third caution of the race on lap 48, setting up a green-white-checkered, with Blaney and his Cooper Standard Ford sitting in the lead position.
Before the field could make it around to the white flag, there was another incident, this time involving the No. 3, the No. 28 and the No. 98, which set the field up for a second chance at a green-white-checkered.
Blaney started on the outside of the No. 77 on the final restart and never looked back. He went on to win his second career NCWTS race and second for BKR in 20 starts at the age of 19, while also getting Ford back to the Truck Series victory lane for the first time since 2009 at Michigan.
The No. 29 Cooper Standard team currently sits third in the NCWTS driver points standings, 62 points back from first and just 10 points back from second.
Ryan Blaney: "I was very happy with our Cooper Standard team and our performance today. This is a huge win for BKR and Ford, especially since it's been awhile since Ford has been in the Truck Series victory lane. I am confident that this is going to give our team the momentum needed to make a run at this year's NCWTS Championship -- with plenty of more wins in between."
Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 19 Melon 1 Ford, made his seventh start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) during the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway.
Since Chastain's Melon 1 Ford F-150 had been very strong in Friday's final practice session, he started on the inside of the front row, in the second position, due to a rained-out morning qualifying session.
The No. 19 BKR Ford got off to a hot start, leading the first nine laps before his BKR (@TeamBKR) teammate, Ryan Blaney, took over the top spot on lap 10.
The driver of the No. 19 Melon 1 complained early on in the race about his machine being too 'loose in' and off of exit. Crew chief, Chad Kendrick, continued to motivate the young driver over radio communications that the No. 19 BKR team had a plan in place once pit stops began.
Kendrick decided to bring Chastain, who was currently running in the fourth position, to pit road on lap 22 for fuel and two right-side tires.
After the cycle of green flag pit stops were over, Chastain settled in the 10th spot for most of the latter segment of the race. He continued to complain about an issue with the right rear tire, which was later explained by Kendrick as an air leak, ultimately preventing the No. 19 team from running in the top three all race.
Chastain restarted in the seventh position during the second attempt at a green-white-checkered and was able to climb all the way up to a fifth place finish during his second career NCWTS race at Pocono.
The No. 19 BKR team now sits 7th in the NCWTS owner points standings, 71 points back from first.
Ross Chastain: "Although we had a top five finish today, I'm not as happy as I could be with the Truck we had here today. My BKR team fought hard all day, but we just couldn't overcome the little things that eventually stacked up against us in the end. I am however excited about their determination and will to succeed. We will get to victory lane soon with that type of attitude."
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