Blaney gets first Cup win of career
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.”
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.
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.