Ryan Blaney snags Michigan NASCAR win on last restart
Ryan Blaney took the lead from William Byron on a late restart and bobbed and weaved his means throughout the ultimate seven laps to win at Michigan Worldwide Speedway.
Blaney edged Byron by 0.077 seconds — the closest end on the two-mile observe since digital scoring started. He has two victories this season and 6 general.
Kyle Busch gave Byron the push he wanted to drive previous Byron with eight laps left, and Kyle Larson, could not get shut sufficient to assist his Hendricks Motorsports teammate, Byron, hold the lead. Larson completed third, Busch fourth, and Denny Hamlin fifth.
Blaney gave Crew Penske a weekend sweep of NASCAR and IndyCar races and ended Kevin Harvick’s reign because the Michigan champ.
Harvick gained thee final three races and 4 of 5 on the observe. The comfort prize was wrapping up the 15th spot within the 16-car playoff that begins in two weeks.
Chase Elliott beat his teammate, factors chief Larson, to the end line on the finish of the primary stage. Austin Dillon added some badly wanted stage factors in third. Dillon began the day in 17th, the fallacious facet of the lower line.
However Dillon’s day ended with the No. three Chevrolet slamming into the surface wall and into the air whereas racing facet by facet with Brad Keselowski on the finish of the second stage.
Busch completed forward of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell to win the second stage, with Larson third.
Erik Jones informed reporters Sunday he signed a contract extension this weekend to stick with Richard Petty Motorsports subsequent season.
Jones didn’t reveal phrases of the deal, which retains him within the No. 43 Chevrolet. The announcement comes throughout a busy week during which he threw the primary pitch at a Detroit Tigers sport, stared a brand new charitable basis and made an look for Chevy in Detroit.
“It’s cool to have it achieved,” he mentioned on a video name. “Joyful to have it achieved at this level of the season not solely so I can concentrate on the remainder of this season but additionally so I can concentrate on subsequent yr.”
TALKING IT OUT
Denny Hamlin mentioned he’s moved on from final week’s tangle with Chase Briscoe at Indianapolis. Briscoe spun out the No. 11 Toyota with lower than two laps left — and after Briscoe’s workforce had been informed he could be penalized for chopping off the second flip by driving by means of the grass.
They first spoke on pit highway then engaged in a Twitter spat when Briscoe’s radio transmissions had been broadcast. It appeared to point out the workforce was conscious of the penalty earlier than the contact. Briscoe then urged Hamlin to name him.
“We talked,” Hamlin mentioned. “We talked on pit highway and we talked after that, so yeah, I’m good. He can’t return and alter it. Would we do issues otherwise subsequent time? In all probability. It was a bummer for me, yeah. I had as a lot at stake as he did.”
Hamlin hasn’t gained but this season however has clinched a playoff spot. Briscoe could make the playoffs with a win.
Bubba Wallace drives the No. 23 Toyota for basketball Corridor of Famer Michael Jordan but it surely hasn’t stored him from assembly different NBA gamers. On Sunday, Wallace and Detroit Pistons ahead Saddiq Bey exchanged jerseys.
Bey was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up watching Cup races although he by no means attended one.
Former Pistons star Ben Wallace, a 2021 Corridor of Fame inductee, confirmed up for Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Collection race. But it surely may not have been best promote to Jordan.
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“I feel it is nice for us to get extra athletes which are taken with our sport — the NBA, the NFL, no matter it’s to get them speaking about it to carry our sport up the place we must be in city areas, extra range, ” Wallace mentioned. “I do know I can get some free tickets to Pistons sport now though I did inform him it is a bit bizarre due to the lengthy rival historical past between M.J. and Chicago with the Pistons.”