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Ryan Blaney Holds Off Kyle Busch For Win At Bristol Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney Holds Off Kyle Busch For Win At Bristol Motor Speedway

by August 23, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – On a late race restart, Ryan Blaney passed Kyle Busch to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.

The win is Blaney’s first of the season, second of his career out of 24 races. Blaney only led seven laps en route to the victory.

“It’s awesome to be here in Bristol Victory Lane,” Blaney said. “I’ve been coming here for 10 years with my dad and it’s been one of my favorite race tracks to watch a race. There’s so much history here that it’s awesome to finally be in victory lane. Hopefully, Team Penske can get another one tomorrow night. That would really be cool.”

The night started off on a slow note due to rain hindering the start of the race for 1 hour and 7 minutes. Once the green flew, the race saw 10 cautions for 57 laps.

On lap 112, the caution came out for a huge accident in turn one. Contact between Matt DiBenedetto and David Starr on the frontstretch, sent Starr hard into the wall. Trying to avoid Starr, Tanner Berryhill and Chad Boat crashed, collecting Starr once again. Berryhill and Boat had words afterwards. The red flag came out for 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

Elliott Sadler had his variety of issues on Friday night, as well. Coming out of turn four, Timmy Hill bounced off the wall and into Sadler, causing major damage. Sadler brought out the next two cautions, as well. Following the 29th place finish, Sadler falls one spot to fourth in the point standings.

With 18 laps to go, Ryan Blaney sent Kyle Larson hard into the wall in turn two. The two drivers were battling each other for the fourth position when the accident occurred. Larson spun down the backstretch and collected Dylan Kwasniewski who had nowhere to go.

“I was trying to get my mind off of it,” Blaney said. “You don’t like to do that to somebody. I feel really bad about it, wrecking him, because we had a great race going. I feel really bad about it and I hope I get to talk to him. It was just a small mistake and he’s made that move so many times and I made that move so many times and he knew what was coming so he dove off in the corner as fast as I did and I didn’t expect him to do that and I got really loose. I didn’t think it intensified anything. I was ready to go before that. We were ready for our opportunity and luckily we got it and were able to take advantage of it.”

The final caution of the night came out on lap 292 when Jamie Dick and Mike Bliss spun in turn four. On the restart, Blaney got the jump on Kyle Busch and was able to hold him off for the victory.

“I knew he was a little bit better than us, at least early in a run he seemed to have the dominant car all night,” Blaney said. “But I honestly was just thinking of trying to stay in second there when we were restarting on the bottom inside of him. And then that happened so fast, we got the lead and I was trying to make some good, solid laps. I was surprised that we got a good restart and were able to get in front of him. I was really just thinking of salvaging second because it was gonna be so hard to try to get by him. He was so good and luckily things went our way tonight and we had a good enough car to put ourselves in that position and luckily it paid off for us.”

Kyle Busch who led 161 laps said, “The leader is at the biggest disadvantage on restarts. I know when I want to go but everybody else is pushing me. My rear tires aren’t on the ground and you can’t go anywhere.”

Chase Elliott who finished third on Friday night continues to lead the championship point standings. Regan Smith and Ty Dillon who are second and third in the standings had words after the race over the two roughing each other up on the track.

The next event for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is the Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 30. Coverage kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN 2 and the Performance Racing Network (PRN).

Food City 300 Results:
1.) #22 Ryan Blaney
2.) #54 Kyle Busch
3.) #9 Chase Elliott
4.) #3 Ty Dillon
5.) #7 Regan Smith
6.) #62 Brendan Gaughan
7.) #5 Kevin Harvick
8.) #20 Erik Jones
9.) #99 James Buescher
10.) Chris Buescher
11.) #2 Brian Scott
12.) #4 Jeffrey Earnhardt
13.) #6 Trevor Bayne
14.) #16 Ryan Reed
15.) #33 Cale Conley
16.) #39 Ryan Sieg
17.) #10 Mike Bliss
18.) #25 John Wes Townley
19.) #40 Matt Dibenedetto
20.) #14 Eric McClure
21.) #55 Jamie Dick
22.) #01 Landon Cassill
23.) #51 Jeremy Clements
24.) #19 Hermie Sadler
25.) #31 Dylan Kwaniewski
26.) #42 Kyle Larson
27.) #93 Kevin Swindell
28.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong
29.) #11 Elliott Sadler
30.) #28 JJ Yeley
31.) #44 David Starr
32.) #52 Joey Gase
33.) #86 Jake Crum
34.) #87 Timmy Hill
35.) #23 Blake Koch
36.) #17 Tanner Berryhill
37.) #84 Chad Boat
38.) #74 Kevin Lepage
39.) #89 Morgan Shepherd
40.) #91 Jeff Green

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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