Thursday, March 23, 2023

Blaney Wins All-Star Race After Thinking He’d Win, $1M 2 Laps

FORT WORTH, Texas ( Associated Press) — Ryan Blaney needed two extra laps after thinking he had already won the NASCAR All-Star Race and $1 million, after a caution to a green-and-white-checkered finish. Staying in front of the medium came on the line for the first time before coming a few yards away.

Blaney’s crew was already celebrating a victory in the pits and the driver had already lowered his No. 12 Ford’s window net after crossing the start-finish line.

“Everyone thought the race was over,” said Blaney, who then had to collect himself and bring back the window nets to finish the race.

The All-Star race was to end on the green flag, and the caution flag went off just before Blaney crossed the line as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. collided with an outside wall going into the backstretch.

Pushed on the restart by his Penske teammate Austin Sindrick, Blaney was able to stay in front and catch Denny Hamlin, who was 0.266 seconds behind.

Cyndrick was third and Team Penske’s other driver Joy Logano was fourth. Daniil Suarez, who went through a 16-car open qualifier earlier in the day like Stenhouse in a main event, finished fifth.

Former NASCAR All-Star winners Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson all crashed in the second leg.

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