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Blaney Earns OT Victory In Kentucky XFINITY Series Race

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 27 2015
Ryan Blaney was first to cross the finish line in Saturday night's XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

Ryan Blaney was first to cross the finish line in Saturday night’s XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)

Ryan Blaney won his second NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday night after he emerged from a green/white/checkered restart to capture the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Blaney was being challenged by Ty Dillon when a caution was called with four laps to go.

On the final restart, Blaney, driving the No. 22 Ford of Team Penske, got an assist from Regan Smith of JR Motorsports and was able to drive away for the win.

“We were just even with the 3 (Dillon), and the 7 (Smith) gave us a good push [on the final restart],” said Blaney who captured his fourth career XFINITY Series win. “Luckily we were able to get a good [push] and just get a little bit of position on the 3 to kind of use up the race track and get in front of him. I knew once we were clear we had a really good shot at it.

“A great Discount Tire Ford Mustang. We were great all night. It was just a matter getting up the front. Clean air was so important.”

Dillon was not a satisfied runner-up.

“First of all, I am disappointed for second, and that’s a good thing,” said Dillon. “I’m proud to be sitting here saying that. Earlier this year, we didn’t have that opportunity to say that very often. Man, it hurts when you’ve got a big lead with four to go – I don’t even know what the caution was for – but, that’s a stinger.”

Chris Buescher, who finished seventh, now leads Dillon by 19 points in the standings with six races remaining. Chase Elliott, who finished fourth, is third, 25 points out.

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300

Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky

Saturday, September 26, 2015

  1. (5) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 201, $85169.
  2. (4) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 201, $55180.
  3. (3) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 201, $43973.
  4. (8) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 201, $36199.
  5. (22) Brandon Jones(i), Chevrolet, 201, $29266.
  6. (6) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 201, $27116.
  7. (9) Chris Buescher, Ford, 201, $28504.
  8. (10) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 201, $25292.
  9. (14) Darrell Wallace Jr #, Ford, 201, $25664.
  10. (16) Matt Tifft(i), Toyota, 201, $25134.
  11. (12) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 201, $23783.
  12. (26) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 201, $23353.
  13. (2) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 201, $25398.
  14. (18) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 201, $22437.
  15. (13) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 201, $22650.
  16. (25) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 201, $22113.
  17. (27) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 201, $16206.
  18. (11) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, 201, $21875.
  19. (7) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200, $21761.
  20. (29) David Starr, Toyota, 199, $22137.
  21. (30) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 197, $21531.
  22. (39) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, 197, $21425.
  23. (1) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 197, $24698.
  24. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 195, $15167.
  25. (19) Ryan Reed, Ford, 195, $21210.
  26. (34) Carl Long, Toyota, 194, $14954.
  27. (38) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 192, $14847.
  28. (23) Ryan Truex, Ford, Accident, 187, $14741.
  29. (33) Eric McClure, Toyota, Accident, 174, $20615.
  30. (15) Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, Accident, 167, $20809.
  31. (20) Dylan Lupton, Chevrolet, Accident, 118, $20402.
  32. (17) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, Accident, 96, $20291.
  33. (35) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 52, $14200.
  34. (28) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, Accident, 46, $20109.
  35. (32) TJ Bell(i), Toyota, Rear Gear, 27, $14012.
  36. (21) Michael Self, Chevrolet, Accident, 25, $18889.
  37. (37) Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, Suspension, 16, $11889.
  38. (40) John Jackson, Jr., Dodge, Vibration, 12, $10889.
  39. (31) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 3, $9889.
  40. (24) Blake Koch, Toyota, Accident, 2, $14889.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  110.238 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 44 Mins, 06 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.519 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  10 for 55 laps.

Lead Changes:  17 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Suarez # 0; B. Scott 1-28; T. Dillon 29-32; D. Wallace Jr # 33; T. Dillon 34-54; R. Blaney 55-84; T. Dillon 85-87; D. Suarez # 88; E. Jones(i) 89-94; B. Scott 95-111; B. Jones(i) 112-127; R. Blaney 128-152; T. Dillon 153-161; E. Jones(i) 162-168; D. Suarez # 169; R. Blaney 170-192; T. Dillon 193-198; R. Blaney 199-201.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  R. Blaney 4 times for 81 laps; B. Scott 2 times for 45 laps; T. Dillon 5 times for 43 laps; B. Jones(i) 1 time for 16 laps; E. Jones(i) 2 times for 13 laps; D. Suarez # 2 times for 2 laps; D. Wallace Jr # 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 982; T. Dillon – 963; C. Elliott – 957; R. Smith – 935; D. Wallace Jr # – 874; E. Sadler – 872; B. Scott – 857; D. Suarez # – 852; B. Gaughan – 836; R. Reed – 735.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 27 2015
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