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NASCAR Barometer: Blaney Scores First Cup Series Win

C.J. Radune

Radune covers NASCAR, Formula 1 and soccer for RotoWire. He was named the 2015 Racing Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Ryan Blaney worked hard to pass Kyle Busch and then hold off a serious charge from Kevin Harvick to score his first Monster Energy Cup series victory at Pocono Raceway on Sunday in the Pocono 400. The Wood Brothers Racing driver started on the second row and held station in and around the top 10 throughout the afternoon, while other drivers came and went. His lack of mistakes and fresher tires in the final miles made the difference, as he was able to track down and pass Busch with still enough left in the bag to hold off former champion Harvick. The win wasn’t a one-off event either. This team and driver have proven capable of running up front nearly every outing, and the groundwork for a championship run has certainly been laid.

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