FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Blaney wanted two additional laps after pondering he had already gained the NASCAR All-Star race and $1 million, staying in entrance via a green-white-checkered end after a warning got here out simply yards earlier than he acquired to the road the primary time.
Blaney’s crew was already celebrating the victory within the pit, and the driving force had already lowered the window internet of his No. 12 Ford after crossing the start-finish line.
“Everyone thought the race was over,” mentioned Blaney, who then needed to collect himself and get the window internet again in place to complete the race.
The All-Star race has to complete on a inexperienced flag, and the warning flag initially got here out simply earlier than Blaney had crossed the road as a result of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed into the surface wall going into the backstretch.
Pushed by his Penske teammate Austin Cindric on the restart, Blaney was capable of keep in entrance and maintain off Denny Hamlin, who completed 0.266 seconds behind.
Cindric was third, and Joey Logano, one other Staff Penske driver, was fourth. Daniel Suarez, who acquired into the principle occasion like Stenhouse via a 16-car open qualifier earlier within the day, completed fifth.
Former NASCAR All-Star winners Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson all crashed out within the second stage.
It was the fourth All-Star race victory for Roger Penske’s staff. The final had been Logano in 2016.
Busch, the polesitter and 2017 winner, was main when he had a flat proper rear tire popping out of the fourth activate lap 48 late within the second stage. He was slowing and going towards the underside of the frontstretch when he was hit from behind by Ross Chastain, who was going about 185 mph.
Chastain’s No. 1 automobile went virtually all the way in which on its left facet after the rattling collision, earlier than dropping again on all 4 tires after which careening towards the surface of the monitor and into 2020 All-Star winner Elliott.
“I noticed Kyle have a difficulty with a tire down. I guessed left and I ought to have guessed proper,” Chastain mentioned.
Elliott mentioned he noticed Busch having problem and noticed Chastain hit him actually arduous.
“I simply did not give him sufficient room. I knew he was going to go straight, I simply did not notice he was going to go that far proper that fast. I simply sort of misjudged it,” Elliott mentioned. “It was actually avoidable on my finish. I simply sort of tousled and did not get the hole shot fast sufficient.”
Busch was the polesitter and had led all however one of many first 48 laps earlier than the wreck. His No. 18 automobile wiggled popping out of the fourth flip due to a flat proper rear tire, earlier than slowing on the frontstretch.
That got here just a few laps within the second stage after Larson, who had gained his earlier two All-Star begins (2019 and 2021), acquired free going into fourth flip and slammed arduous into the wall earlier than sliding via the grass infield. Larson hadn’t modified tires and had a proper entrance tire go down.
“It simply let go within the middle and took off,” Larson mentioned. “I hate that it occurred. I really feel like our automobile was ok, relying on restarts since you possibly can’t cross in any respect, particularly the chief in any case.”
Busch had led all 25 laps in a caution-free first stage after ranging from the pole.
Cindric was first on the finish of the second section. Ryan Blaney was second, similar to he was on the finish of the primary stage after beginning the race there. Blaney gained the third 25-lap stage and began the ultimate 50-lap run on the entrance with Penske teammates Cindric and Joey Logano, whose staff had the quickest pit cease between the second and third levels.
Stenhouse, Texas native James Buescher and Suarez drove their approach into the All-Star race earlier Sunday in an open qualifying. Erik Jones, within the No. 43 automobile for Petty GMS Motorsports, acquired the ultimate spot within the 24-car discipline on a fan vote and wrecked within the ultimate stage to complete twentieth.
Stenhouse and Buescher gained the primary two 20-lap levels within the qualifying race. Suarez completed in entrance through the ultimate 10-lap shootout, the third time the Mexican driver has raced into the All-Star discipline.
Texas is the fourth monitor to host the annual exhibition, however solely the second the place the All-Star race has been a number of occasions. The inaugural All-Star race was held in Charlotte in 1985, with Atlanta internet hosting in 1985 earlier than 33 in a row in Charlotte. The race moved to Bristol in 2020 when North Carolina would not enable spectators resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.
The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway subsequent Sunday begins the second half of the 26-race common season earlier than the 10-race playoff chase begins. It is going to be the 14th factors race this season.