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NASCAR: Ryan Blaney wins at Martinsville to safe shot at Cup Collection title

Ryan Blaney won Sunday’s Cup Series race at Martinsville to advance to the final four at Phoenix. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Ryan Blaney didn’t need to win at Martinsville to have a chance at the NASCAR Cup Series title but he got the victory anyway. Blaney drove away from Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin

NASCAR: Ryan Blaney wins at Martinsville to safe shot at Cup Collection title

Nick Bromberg

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Discount Tire Ford, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, 2023 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ryan Blaney gained Sunday’s Cup Collection race at Martinsville to advance to the ultimate 4 at Phoenix. (Picture by Chris Graythen/Getty Photographs)

Ryan Blaney didn’t have to win at Martinsville to have an opportunity on the NASCAR Cup Collection title however he got the victory anyway.

Blaney drove away from Aric Almirola and Denny Hamlin over the ultimate 25 laps of the race to get the primary win of his profession at Martinsville and be a part of Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and William Byron because the four drivers racing for the title Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

Because the race wound down, it was clear that Hamlin wanted to get a win to have a title shot. He was eradicated from the playoffs Sunday together with pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr., Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher.

“Man, I simply need to prepare and go attempt to win subsequent week,” Hamlin stated. “I nonetheless like it a lot ‘trigger each week I really feel like I acquired a shot to win. That is what fuels my ardour, even at my age, to maintain doing this, is I am with the crew that I acquired that offers me such quick automobiles each week and provides me an opportunity to proceed to pile on these stats earlier than the tip of my profession.”

Blaney entered the race in fourth within the standings; 10 factors forward of Reddick and 17 factors forward of Hamlin and Truex. However the cut-line drama didn’t contain him. It as a substitute revolved round Byron, who entered the race in third with a wholesome factors lead over Reddick and the others.

However Byron failed to attain stage factors as Blaney and Hamlin ran up entrance for many of the race. Truex took himself out of the working for the ultimate 4 with a pit street dashing penalty within the second stage and Reddick and Buescher have been relative non-factors.

“Actually disenchanted,” Truex stated. “I imply, I assumed I used to be properly beneath velocity leaving that field. Clearly, we have been dashing. … Clearly we’ve got one thing to have a look at there. It is devastating. That is racing.”

The race over the ultimate stage grew to become about how a lot floor Byron might make up by the sphere whereas hoping that Blaney gained and Hamlin didn’t.

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That’s precisely what occurred, as Byron acquired into the ultimate 4 by fewer than 10 factors as he completed thirteenth.

Hamlin led essentially the most laps

Hamlin was working second to Blaney when the warning flew for Michael McDowell’s spin on lap 322 of the 500-lap race. He and Blaney each pitted as they knew they may make it to the tip of the race on gasoline. Different automobiles didn’t with the hope that one other warning or 5 would occur they usually might pit for contemporary tires and needed fuel beneath yellow.

A warning by no means materialized. McDowell’s spin was the final warning of the race and the drivers that have been on the entrance like Chase Elliott and others needed to pit. Blaney was in a position to work his approach ahead higher than Hamlin was and ended up greater than 5 seconds forward of Hamlin on the checkered flag.

Blaney led 145 laps and was the one driver to guide greater than 83 circuits.

Race outcomes

1. Ryan Blaney

2. Aric Almirola

3. Denny Hamlin

4. Chase Briscoe

5. Joey Logano

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6. Kyle Larson

7. Christopher Bell

8. Chris Buescher

9. Austin Cindric

10. Todd Gilliland

11. Bubba Wallace

12. Martin Truex Jr.

13. William Byron

14. Ross Chastain

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15. Harrison Burton

16. Kevin Harvick

17. Chase Elliott

18. Ty Gibbs

19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

20. Ryan Preece

21. Erik Jones

22. Corey LaJoie

23. Austin Dillon

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24. Ty Dillon

25. Michael McDowell

26. Tyler Reddick

27. Kyle Busch

28. AJ Allmendinger

29. Ryan Newman

30. Justin Haley

31. Carson Hocevar

32. Alex Bowman

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33. Brad Keselowski

34. Daniel Suarez

35. JJ Yeley

36. BJ McLeod

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