Ryan Blaney became the first winner of the All-Star Race on Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway with a half-fastened net for the windows, and also survived overtime.
Blaney dominated the race, taking the lead on the 57th lap when he led on the last 84 laps. He easily walked to victory for more than two seconds on Danny Hamlin when caution flew by a few minutes before he crossed the finish line.
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NASCAR rules state that the All-Star Race must end in green, and caution has been exercised with Blaine a few feet from the finish line. Blaney thought the race was over, and lowered the net from the windows. Under caution, he feverishly tried to catch him again, but to no avail. Before moving on to the restart, the net for the window was somewhat pinned, and then Blaney cleared Hamlin from turn 2 to win.
“It must have been very bad for us – I thought the race was over. Everyone thought the race was over and I already had the window net down, “Blaney said.” I want to thank NASCAR for allowing me to fix this and not forcing us down the road. Yes, it was very difficult, and then I had to do it all over again after the window net was restored … Great car, Jonathan Hasler and everyone in this group of 12 did a great job.
“It’s cool. I know it’s not a winning race, but it will be a lot of fun. The party will be quite big. “
The last warning was for Ricky Stanhouse Jr. crashing into a wall from a turn 2.
This is Blaine’s first win in six All-Star Race starts.
Hamlin finished second. Austin Sindrick won the second stage and took third place. Joey Lagana finished fourth and Daniel Suarez finished in the top five.
Logano and Team No. 22 Team Penske won a $ 100,000 bonus at the end of Stage 2 for best overall time on the pit road, including a stop on four tires. As a result, Logano started in the final stage third.
Alex Bowman finished sixth, AJ Allmendinger seventh, Chris Busher eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and Christopher Bell 10th.
Five riders failed to finish the race.
Eric Jones crashed in the 4th turn in the final stage. Kyle Bush, who won the first stage, Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott were eliminated in the second stage, when Bush dropped his right rear tire, and was beaten Chastain, who took Elliott. Kyle Larsson was knocked out at the end of the first stage when he broke a tire and crashed.
There were three changes in the number of four drivers and eight warning signs.