NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
R
Daytona Clash
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Next event in
9 days
08 Feb
-
16 Feb
Next event in
9 days
R
Las Vegas
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
Next event in
22 days
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
29 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
36 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
43 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
50 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
57 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
64 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
78 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
85 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
92 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
98 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
106 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
113 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
120 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
127 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
134 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
141 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
148 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
155 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
161 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
169 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
190 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
197 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
204 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
210 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
218 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
224 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
231 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
239 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
246 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
253 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
260 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
267 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
274 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
281 days

Blaney on final restart: 'I would have wrecked us both'

shares
comments
Blaney on final restart: 'I would have wrecked us both'
By:
Nov 5, 2018, 1:14 AM

After leading late in Sunday’s AAA 500, Ryan Blaney came up just short of a win at Texas.

Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion AAA Insurance, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1, Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Mobil 1
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle, makes a pit stop
Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Accella/Carlisle

Blaney was able to pass eventual race winner Kevin Harvick on the next-to-last restart of Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, Blaney was not able to get past him in the two-lap overtime.

“Yeah, I figured he wouldn't make that move (restart at the bottom) three times,” said Blaney. “We almost cleared him the first restart up top. Then I did the second one. I figured he'd take the top.”

After Harvick chose the top lane on the final restart, Blaney knew how would only have one chance to take the lead.

“The 42 (Kyle Larson) gave me a heck of a push, but I didn't quite get far enough ahead of (Harvick) into Turn 1,” said Blaney. “If we would have went in there, he was kind of on my right rear, I would have been okay. But we went in side‑by‑side.

“If I sailed off in there as fast as he did, I would have got loose, wrecked us both.”

Blaney knew he would have to get out front on the final restart to have any chance to score his second win of the season.

“We got by (Harvick) on that one restart but I just couldn’t hold him off,” said Blaney. “He was really good. I kind of missed (Turns) 1 and 2 by an inch and he took advantage of it. We needed to be mistake-free and then some and I just couldn’t be that.

“Then we had another shot at it. The last one, he took the top, like I knew he was going to and he motored around me. I thought we were a second place car all night really. I thought (Harvick) was head and shoulders above everyone else but I thought we were second-best for sure.”

Blaney and the entire Team Penske group were racing with heavy hearts after the loss of team fabricator Dewayne Felkel, who died unexpectedly earlier this week.

I really wanted to win one for Dewayne and his family,” added Blaney. “We are thinking about him. I wanted to win for him. Maybe we will get one for that family here in the next couple (weeks).”

From the editor, also read:

Next article
NASCAR admits mistake in placing Johnson at the rear of Texas field

Previous article

NASCAR admits mistake in placing Johnson at the rear of Texas field

Next article

Martin Truex Jr.: "I'm telling you, God is testing us"

Martin Truex Jr.: "I'm telling you, God is testing us"
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Event Texas II
Drivers Ryan Blaney
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing
Author Tim Southers