NASCAR Pocono 2013: Ryan Blaney wins Truck Series race in overtime

Geoff Burke

Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Truck race at Pocono in overtime.

Ryan Blaney and his father, NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, discussed one particular point of emphasis before Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway.

"We actually talked about restarts and choosing the right line," the 19-year-old Ryan said. "It was pretty funny that we were talking about restarts before the race, and that's what it came down to."

Ryan grabbed the lead from rookie German Quiroga on a restart that began the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish and held on to win the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race stage at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

Driving the No. 29 Ford owned by Brad Keselowski, Blaney beat Miguel Paludo to the finish line by .271 seconds to earn his first victory of the season, his first at Pocono and the second of his career in the Truck Series. Blaney gave Ford its first victory in the series since Colin Braun won at Michigan in a Roush Fenway Ford on June 13, 2009.

The runner-up finish was a career best for Paludo.

Quiroga, who lost three spots on the restart and regained one before the checkers, finished third. He was followed by Joey Coulter -- last year's Pocono winner -- and Ross Chastain, Blaney's teammate. Ron Hornaday Jr., Darrell Wallace Jr., series leader Matt Crafton, Brendan Gaughan and Brennan Newberry completed the top 10.

Crafton extended his series lead to 52 points over second-place Jeb Burton, who finished 12th Saturday. Blaney gained five spots in the standings to third, 62 points behind Crafton. Newberry's top 10 was his first in 21 Truck Series starts.

With a push from Paludo, Quiroga took the lead from Blaney on a restart on Lap 50. After the fourth and final caution of the race, Quiroga chose the inside lane for what turned out to be the final restart and Blaney took command entering Turn 1.

"It's hard to keep the lead on a restart if you're the leader, but we were fortunate enough to be on the front row on that last restart and capitalized on it," Blaney said.

Quiroga, on the other hand, felt he had little chance to keep the lead when the race went green for the final time.

"Everybody that started first, they lost a lot of positions on every restart," said the rookie from Mexico City. "I would say (the inside lane) was a little bit better than starting on the outside. We just have to learn a little bit more."

After a spin by Ricky Ehrgott on the opening lap, the race was caution-free until Lap 42 of a scheduled 50.

Contact between the trucks of Ty Dillon and Johnny Sauter, as Dillon moved up the track believing he had a clear lane to the outside, caused the final caution on Lap 50 and extended the race four laps beyond its posted distance.

Pocono Mountains 125 Results

1. (6) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 54, $49185.

2. (1) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 54, $25075.

3. (4) German Quiroga, Toyota, 54, $18220.

4. (10) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 54, $15385.

5. (2) Ross Chastain, Ford, 54, $13860.

6. (21) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 54, $11535.

7. (5) Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 54, $11035.

8. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 54, $10810.

9. (14) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 54, $10760.

10. (22) Brennan Newberry, Chevrolet, 54, $11960.

11. (7) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 54, $10635.

12. (3) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 54, $10510.

13. (17) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 54, $10435.

14. (18) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 54, $10385.

15. (15) Chad Hackenbracht, Toyota, 54, $11335.

16. (23) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 54, $10160.

17. (12) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 54, $10060.

18. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 54, $9935.

19. (13) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 54, $8585.

20. (11) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 54, $9160.

21. (8) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 54, $8385.

22. (29) Kyle Martel, Chevrolet, 52, $7285.

23. (19) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 52, $7185.

24. (27) Bryan Silas, Ford, 51, $7110.

25. (31) Mike Harmon, Chevrolet, 51, $7225.

26. (25) Sean Corr, Ford, 51, $7035.

27. (30) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, 51, $7010.

28. (35) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 50, $6985.

29. (32) Dominick Casola, Chevrolet, Accident, 46, $6960.

30. (16) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Engine, 23, $7435.

31. (28) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Rear End, 20, $6910.

32. (33) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ford, Engine, 13, $6885.

33. (24) JJ Yeley, Toyota, Vibration, 9, $6860.

34. (36) Chris Lafferty, RAM, Electrical, 4, $6835.

35. (34) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, Engine, 3, $6810.

36. (26) Ricky Ehrgott, Toyota, Accident, 2, $6759.

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