Ryan Blaney Spun Out of Chance in Indianapolis Win, Retaliates

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As the NASCAR With the Cup Series nearing the end of its regular season, the need to earn a race win by any means necessary grows stronger with each passing week. A field of 16 drivers will earn a place in the Cup Series Playoffs, with places awarded first to race winners, followed by the highest-placed non-winner in the points standings receiving the remaining places. With 14 different race winners this season so far, there are only two spots left to advance in points alone.

Yesterday’s Verizon 200 at the Brickyard was not the cleanest affair between the drivers vying for a playoff spot on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Ryan Blaney, the top driver in points without a win, missed out on punching his ticket to the playoffs due to contact with another driver. Frustrated at the missed opportunity, Blaney retaliated after the race.

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On a restart with three laps remaining, wins and points leader Chase Elliott spun after Blaney made contact with him. The inciting incident led to a series of bumps, spins and off-track excursions that ended with Austin Dillon beaching his No. 3 RCR Chevy Camaros. However, that wasn’t the incident that pushed Blaney over the edge. The race will have one final restart in overtime.

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Blaney lined up fourth for the final restart as he did on the previous restart. Going into the first corner, He was essentially pinned in the middle of a three-wide for second place. AJ Allmendinger, the driver to Blaney’s left, ran off the track and clipped Blaney as he rejoined the race surface. The No. 16 Kaulig Racing Camaro became Blaney. He has nowhere to go because Daniel Suárez at No. 99 Trackhouse Camaro was stuck on its right side.

Ryan Blaney retaliated against Suarez after the checkered flag at Indy

The chaos in the first corner allowed Tyler Reddick at No. 8 RCR Camaro to worry only about Suárez’s teammate Ross Chastain on his way to victory lane. Chastain would later be penalized for using an escape road to completely cut the first corner and get to the front of the field. The race may be over, but Blaney is still angry and has taken matters into his own hands. During the cool-down lap, he spun Suárez in retaliation for what happened to him.

Ryan Blaney said The racer:

“That was a case of destruction; that’s just what people do at the end of these things. [They] just dive in there and [expletive] destroy you And I don’t know who pushed who [and] I do not care.”

“The tires didn’t matter at the end. We restarted [in the] top three both times and tires don’t really matter. It’s just a matter of getting through the restart, but it seems hard to ask that because people just run over each other.”

Ryan Blaney has four more races to guarantee himself a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. However, if there are more than 16 race winners at the end of the regular season, at least one race winner will not make the playoffs. Singles race winners are ranked by points, and those below the 16th place cutoff are excluded from the playoff field.


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