Ryan Blaney takes home his first career win at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway. Ford Performance remained on top throughout the weekend at Pocono with the power of Ford FR9 race engines and marked Roush Yates Engines 298th overall MENCS, IMS and FIA win.
“Congratulations to Ryan and the Wood Brothers Racing on their first win together,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan drove the car like a veteran, taking on the best in the sport and battled for his first win. A solid day for the Ford Performance teams with four Fords finishing in the top five.”
Leading only the last 10 laps of the race, Blaney showcased his talents and competed head to head with the best of NASCAR. Even with several technical difficulties, Blaney was able to come out on top.
Blaney commented in victory lane, “It exceeds the dream a little bit. I grew up watching my dad race on this race track and it’s so cool to get the Wood Brothers in victory lane, number one, and to do it here at a race track that is really close to Ohio – a home to me – is pretty awesome.”
Blaney marks the fourth Ford driver to lock in a place in the playoffs; Kurt Busch (Daytona), Keselowski (Atlanta) and fellow first time MENCS winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Talladega).
1st – Ryan Blaney | Wood Brothers Racing
2nd – Kevin Harvick | Stewart-Haas Racing
4th – Kurt Busch | Stewart-Haas Racing
5th – Brad Keselowski | Team Penske