"I'm shaken, speechless. Ayrton, he was why I wanted to be here today". He will start at the rear of the field regardless because of an unapproved engine change in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet in first practice.
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.
Kyle Busch rolled to his second pole of the season Friday when he qualified fastest at Pocono. He also was the fastest in final practice Saturday at 175.421 miles per hour. Suarez starts 14th and Hamlin starts 18th.
The good news for Truex is that he remains the points leader, a one-point margin over second place Kyle Larson and 104 points ahead of third-place Kevin Harvick. "Overall we had to overcome a number of issues, but in the end we found ourselves once again in contention with our No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota". "That's how I'm treating it", Wallace said Sunday. The team driver that may lead them there is Kyle Busch. "For the things that are small - and make Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth the champions they are like getting on pit road, those are still things we have to work on".
Indeed, it's not all doom and gloom for JGR and Toyota. Busch had a lead of more than 12 seconds on Jones when he made his second-stage stop. Turn One is based on the now defunct Trenton Speedway and Turn Two, "the tunnel turn" is configured similar to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway while Turn Three is shaped similar to turns at the Milwaukee Mile.
"That indicates that we're running well, we're leading laps".
"Just really had to manage that, but everywhere else, the auto handled flawlessly all day and didn't really make any adjustments on it other than a little bit of air here and there".
Then I thought it would be amusing to get it cut into a mullet..
Certainly, Busch has flirted with victory. Wallace has five years of experience in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, and has five wins and 20 top-five finishes.
When a wheel falls off a auto, the team draws a penalty, and part of the punishment is a four-race suspension for the crew chief.
So far this weekend, Busch hasn't seemed to miss a beat without Stevens.
"Adam is the reason why we are successful".
"We've got a rookie out there doing an incredible job", Patrick said of driver Kyle Benjamin. We kind of stalled him out, and I just had to hit our marks and not mess up. "The team and those guys know what to do each and every week".
"I know my family is going to be hard on me after this, not to be so hard on myself, but I'm competitive and I want to win races and I want to lead laps", Wallace said.
Kyle Busch has had plenty of good days at all the Cup tracks. Elliott was in a bit of a funk in recent weeks before finishing fifth last week at Dover. The last restart played out right into our hands.
"I was saying we should just unplug my microphone more so I'm not complaining as much throughout the race", Blaney said jokingly.
He made good on that promise Sunday by holding off former champion Kevin Harvick in the closing laps and winning the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway by a scant.139-second margin, which is about a vehicle length.style="text-align: center;"