Blaney Grabs An NXS Victory In Bluegrass Country

Ryan Blaney

(WOMR file photo)

After having a race slip throught his grasp last week, and nearly having that happen to him once again late in the race tonight, Ryan Blaney pulled off the victory at Kentucky.

Ryan Blaney lined up for the final green-white-checkered attempt of the night during Saturday’s XFINITY Series 300 at Kentucky Speedway. When the green flag waved, Blaney gassed it up and pulled away from second-place Ty Dillon, with Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet providing a substantial push to the No. 22. Blaney motored away to earn his fourth career XFINITY win, his second in the Bluegrass State.

After contending for the win on the final restart, Dillon’s Chevrolet crossed the finish line second, while Smith finished third. Smith’s JR Motorsports teammate and reigning series champion Chase Elliott earned a fourth-place result. Rounding out the top five was Brandon Jones, who was recently signed full-time with RCR.

The 200-lap race unintentionally hosted a “halftime”, when the red flag was displayed for 18 minutes for debris clean-up after a wreck between Brennan Poole and Harrison Rhodes around Lap 100. Rain began to fall at Lap 123, bringing out the caution flag until Lap 128. Overall, the race saw 11 cautions and seven leaders, with Blaney pacing the field for a race-high 81 laps.

After the checkered flag, there was a conflict that arose on the pit road between ninth-place Darrell Wallace Jr. and 13th-place Brian Scott.  Scott approached Wallace Jr.’s race car on pit road, and it appeared that the discussion turned into some physicality. I am sure that Brian Scott was not assisiting Darrell Wallace, Jr. in the unhooking and unbuckling of his helmet and safety belts!  Scott walked away momemtarily, then he returned and re-engaged Wallace in more heated words.  I am reasonably sure that Brian Scott was not extending an invitation for dinner and drinks to Bubba Wallace after the race!

After viewing the video Scott’s claim that Wallace came down on his race car really did not bear out to be the truth.  It actually appeared that Scott came up on Wallace’s race car in the turn.  Needless to say there are generally three sides to every story, your view, my view, and the truth!

Stay tuned next week for more on this story!

Check out the unofficial results of the 300.


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