After a season full of tricks, Brenden Queen finally broke his winless streak at Pocono’s “Tricky Triangle.’
The “Tricky Triangle” lived up to it’s name in the Pocono 130, as 6 cautions for 24 laps plagued much of the last half of the 52 lap event. Despite the flurry of cautions, Brenden Queen was able to fend off some of the WideFive National Series’ hardest chargers on every restart, including a frantic 1 lap dash for the win.
Josef Miele lead the field to the green and paced the field for the following 17 circuits. Although Miele was set sail on a blistering pace, a death slide towards the grass off turn 1 on lap 18 allowed 2nd place Brenden Queen to easily take the race lead.
Although Miele was able to keep pace with Queen throughout the run, green flag pit stops proved to be Miele’s kryptonite. A slow stop for Miele allowed Queen to amass a 2 second lead before the mess of caution flag’s struck.
Queen survived 5 restarts – fending off some of the WideFive National Series’ hardest chargers on 5 consecutive restarts.
The race’s final caution would strike with only5 laps to go setting the field up for a one lap dash for the win. A missed shift by the 2nd place car of Miele would set up a Pocono Style scramble into Turn 1. Chris Cable, as if he had been shot out of a cannon, rocketed past Miele and right up to Queen’s door entering 1, but it was to no avail. The outside line for Queen allowed him to make quick work of Cable.
Behind them points leader Nick Leitz sported his best Kevin Harvick impression – taking not only 3rd from Miele, but 2nd from Cable in the Tunnel Turn. Despite his burst of speed Leitz would have to settle for a runner up position as it was all Brenden Queen out front.
At the stripe Queen would take his long awaited first win of 2017, all but guaranteeing him a spot in the Chase and a shot at defending his 2016 title.
The Nick Leitz Racing team of Leitz and Josef Miele took 2nd and 3rd respectively, Chris Cable would settle for 4th, and hot shoe Justin Wilson would snag 5th.
Heading into Pocono, Brenden Queen had never won a race in any form of iRacing competition. “[This] Feels great honestly, it was probably harder to get a win this year than my first career win. We did everything but win this year and I’m surprised it came at a track I haven’t won at.” The win was the 25th of his CanAm Wide Five Customs National Series career.