Blaney leads most laps, captures checkered flag at Charlotte
By Matt Courson
May 27, 2017
CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Blaney led the most laps en route to victory in the Hisense 4K TV 300 XFINITY Series race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Blaney, who passed Kevin Harvick after the final restart, led four times for a total of 107 laps. His margin of victory over Kevin Harvick was .244 seconds.
Ryan Blaney and Dave Blaney became the first father-son duo to win to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Back then, it wasn’t the XFINITY Series in ’06, but that was pretty neat for my dad to win here,” Blaney said. “I remember watching that race and that was a heck of a race and I hope this was a great race to watch.
“It was fun to be a part of. We had a really awesome race car all day, having to start in the back and to be fourth by that first segment end was pretty impressive.”
STAGE ONE (LAPS 1-45)
Pole-sitter Justin Allgaier led the opening seven laps.
Austin Dillon beat Allgaier to the line on the start, which resulted in starting from the tail end on lap seven.
A Christopher Bell spin in Turn 4 on lap two brought out the first yellow flag of the afternoon.
Kevin Harvick took the lead away from Allgaier on lap eight.
Cale Conley spun in Turn 4 on lap 16, bringing out the second yellow flag of the afternoon.
The green flag flew for a half of a lap on Lap 20 before Carl Long blew a tire and made contact with the wall in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and brought out the third caution.
Damage to Long’s No. 40 was too extensive to continue the race.
The green-and-white-checkered flag flew on Lap 45, as Kevin Harvick dominated 37 of 45 laps in the first stage.
Denny Hamlin finished in second, followed by XFINTY Series regular Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney, and Brennan Poole.
STAGE TWO (LAPS 46-90)
36 cars restarted the stage on the lead lap.
Denny Hamlin led the field to the green flag and held onto the lead for a half of a lap before Ryan Blaney dove to the inside and took the lead away on Lap 52.
The second stage was free of cautions.
Blaney dominated the second stage, leading a total of 38 laps in the stage and earned the stage victory.
Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Cole Custer rounded out the top five.
STAGE THREE (LAPS 91-200)
Ryan Blaney led the field to the green flag on lap 97.
The sixth caution came out on lap 103 as Spencer Gallagher spun through Turn 2.
Brandon Jones spun off of Turn 2, bringing out the seventh caution on lap 124.
Ryan Blaney won the race off pit road and led the field to the green flag with Kevin Harvick starting on the outside, and after a drag race down the back stretch, Harvick settled into second place.
The eighth yellow flag came out on lap 158 as Brennan Poole and Denny Hamlin were working through Turn 4.
Hamlin took the air off of Poole coming out of the turn, and Poole got into the Turn 4 wall.
Austin Dillon, who swept both XFINITY races at Charlotte in 2015, won the race off pit road, followed by Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney.
The green flag waved for the ninth time on Lap 163. Cole Custer gave Austin Dillon a big push into Turn 1.
While running in the sixteenth position, Brendan Gaughan spun off Turn 4, bringing out the ninth caution. Gaughan eventually rebounded and earned a top-10 finish.
The green flag waved with twenty-five laps remaining on Lap 175. The track was green for three quarters of a lap before Michael Annett, the driver of the No. 5 Pilot Chevrolet, scraped the wall, which ultimately brought out the tenth caution.
The race restarted on Lap 180. The points leader, Elliott Sadler, made contact with Tyler Reddick on the opening lap and slammed into the inside safer barrier at the entrance of pit road.
Sadler climbed out of the car under his own power and was eventually evaluated and released from the infield care center.
This was Sadler’s second DNF in the XFINITY Series this year.
Twenty-nine cars restarted on the lead lap on lap 186. Kevin Harvick and Austin Dillon took the green flag.
Darrell Wallace Jr. cut a tire going into Turn 2 on Lap 193, and scraped the outside wall. Wallace Jr., who brought out the race's final caution, ultimately finished in the twenty-eighth position.
The green flag waved yet again on Lap 197 with two Ford’s on the front row driven by Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney.
Blaney and Harvick drag raced down the backstretch, which ultimately resulted in Blaney taking the lead in Turn 3.
Ryan Blaney was able to lead the final three laps and win the Hisense 4k TV 300.
This win was Blaney’s fifth win of his XFINITY career, and first since September 2015 at Kentucky. This is Blaney’s first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Team Penske now has back-to-back victories at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the XFINITY Series, and two victories in 2017.
Christopher Bell finished fourth in his debut in the XFINITY Series and rebounded after spinning off Turn 4 on Lap two.
Thirty cars finished on the lead lap.