Ryan Blaney secured his 5th career victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series when he won in Sat.'s Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Blaney drove by Kevin Harvick on the day’s final restart to drive to his 1st series victory since 2015. It was the 1st of 2017 for Team Penske. Blaney was the 8th different winner in the series this year.
It wasn’t easy for Blaney by any means. He began at the rear after unapproved adjustments before the race. He’s the 1st driver to victory after going to the rear since Marcos Ambrose was victorious at Montreal in 2011.
“It was really tough,” Blaney said. “We kept having tons and tons of cautions,. We lost command on a pit stop when we kind of got blocked in and I wasn’t sure I was going to get a shot at it.
“It worked out where we could put ourselves in position to get the victory and we capitalized on it. Everybody did a great job.”
Harvick, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin made the top five./
“If I could go back, I’d probably do something different,” Harvick explained about the final restart. “Ryan had the best car, he’s the one who helped us get command earlier. He was just able to get through Turns 1 and 2 there.
“I felt like if I let Blaney and Brad Keselowski get paired up on the top, I’d be in double-trouble.”
Bell made his career start a successful one.
“We had to fight through a lot of adversity there, we had a lot of issues there,” he explained. “We would debut passing guys and we’d need to go back and debut at the tail. I’m glad it was 200 laps because we used every single bit of it. We didn’t have a lot of luck on the restarts at the beginning of the run starting on the bottom, but we got the luck when we needed it at the end.”
Brad Keselowski, Cole Custer, Brennan Poole, Brendan Gaughan and Tyler Reddick completed the 1st 10 finishers.
Blaney out in Front four times for 107 laps including the final three.
Elliott Sadler, who crashed late in the race, leads his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier by six points in the series standings.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series now heads to Dover International Speedway next Sat. afternoon.