Blaney gets first Cup win of ca­reer

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated press

Ryan Blaney held off Kevin Har­vick down the stretch in a thrilling fin­ish and won his first ca­reer NASCAR Cup race Sun­day at Po­cono Race­way in Long Pond, Pa.

The 23-year-old Blaney, a third-gen­er­a­tion driver, won for the first time in 68 ca­reer starts and made it to Vic­tory Lane for the sec­ond straight day. He was a re­porter for Fox dur­ing the Xfin­ity race and was sta­tioned in Vic­tory Lane.

Blaney got there this time in the No. 21 Ford and with­out a work­ing team ra­dio. Blaney drives for the Wood Broth­ers, one of the most sto­ried teams in NASCAR. The Wood Broth­ers have won at least one race in each of the last six decades, but none since Trevor Bayne won the Day­tona 500 in 2011.

The Wood Broth­ers won for the 99th time. Now they can add Blaney to the list. He’s the 18th driver to win a Cup race with the Wood Broth­ers.

“It fig­ures the one race we don’t have ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion, we end up win­ning it,” Blaney said. “Maybe we should turn the ra­dio off more of­ten.”

Hamil­ton pre­vails

Lewis Hamil­ton won the For­mula One Cana­dian Grand Prix for the sixth time and the third year in a row.

Valt­teri Bot­tas was sec­ond, 19.7 sec­onds be­hind, to give Mercedes a sweep of the top two spots as it jos­tles with Fer­rari in the cham­pi­onship points race.

Hamil­ton en­tered the day trail­ing in the points race by 25 points to Se­bastien Vet­tel, who fin­ished fourth. Hamil­ton cut the deficit to 141-129.

Tor­rence wins

Steve Tor­rence won the 48th an­nual NHRA Sum­mer­na­tion­als in Top Fuel at English­town, N.J.

It was his third vic­tory of the sea­son as Tor­rence used a 3.857-sec­ond pass at 320.28 mph to de­feat An­tron Brown, who ran a 3.932 at 306.74.

Jack Beck­man (Funny Car), Greg An­der­son (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Mo­tor­cy­cle) also won.

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