Ryan Blaney dominates NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover

Ryan Blaney left little doubt in this one.

Ryan Blaney dominates NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover

Blaney took command of Saturday’s Drive Sober 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in Stage 2 and never looked back, earning a dominating victory, finishing almost five seconds ahead of Justin Allgaier.

The win his second in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season and sixth of his career.

“Great job, guys,” Blaney said to his team after taking the checkered flag. “What a car. That was awesome. I don’t know what else to say.”

Pole-winner William Byron finished third, Daniel Hemric was fourth and Brennan Poole completed the top-five.

Blaney led every green flag lap to take the Stage 2 victory, remained in lead after pit stops prior to the start of Stage 3 and never relented.

“I wanted thank everybody for sticking around. It’s really cool to see all these fans out here on this beautiful day,” Blaney said. “What a (car) we had. It was awesome.

“It was pretty neat to finish one off here. We’ve been really close with the (Team Penske) No. 22 team this year. I can’t say enough about this team – we’ve finished second I can’t even count how many times.”

Allgaier was the highest finisher among the 12 Xfinity playoff drivers and leads the series standings heading into next weekend’s Round 1 cut-off race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Stage 2

Blaney took the lead on pit stops between stages and ran away with the Stage 2 victory, holding off Byron by almost three seconds.

Allgaier finished third, Daniel Suarez was fourth and Elliott Sadler completed the top-five.

After a round of pit stops, Blaney maintained the lead going into Stage 3 followed by Byron, Suarez, Allgaier and Sadler.

Matt Tifft, who started from the rear of the field because of a tire change after qualifying and was involved in an early-race incident on the track, rallied back to finish 11th in the second stage.

Stage 1

Byron dominated the first 60-lap segment – leading every lap – and easily held off Blaney to take the Stage 1 victory.

“We were a little bit tight but overall the car has been good all weekend,” Byron said during the break. “We’ve started to put our plan together for the next few races and so far we’re off to a good start.”

Suarez finished third, Allgaier was fourth and Erik Jones completed the top-five.

After a round of pit stops, Blaney was the first off pit road and took over the lead on the restart on Lap 68, followed by Byron and Suarez.

On Lap 7, Brandon Jones got loose and spun and was eventually hit by Jeff Green, which brought out the race’s first caution. David Starr also hit the inside wall during the same incident. The race restarted on Lap 14 with Byron in the lead.

On Lap 19, a caution was displayed after Harrison Rhodes appeared to lose an engine and his No. 01 Chevrolet was enveloped in a cloud of smoke. The race restarted on Lap 23 with Byron leading.

Shortly after the restart, Chad Finchum got into the back of Ryan Sieg and then slammed the wall to bring out the third caution. The race restarted on Lap 30.

Cla#DriverManufacturerLapsTimeLaps Led
1 22 united_states Ryan Blaney  Ford 200   136
2 7 united_states Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 200 4.852  
3 9 united_states William Byron  Chevrolet 200 6.084 62
4 21 united_states Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 200 9.540  
5 48 united_states Brennan Poole  Chevrolet 200 10.475  
6 19 united_states Matt Tifft  Toyota 200 10.701  
7 18 mexico Daniel Suarez  Toyota 200 11.115 2
8 00 united_states Cole Custer  Ford 200 11.217  
9 1 united_states Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 200 16.955  
10 62 united_states Brendan Gaughan  Chevrolet 200 21.485  
11 5 united_states Michael Annett  Chevrolet 200 21.922  
12 4 united_states Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 200 22.293  
13 3 united_states Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 200 25.945  
14 39 united_states Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 199 1 lap  
15 24 united_states Corey Lajoie  Toyota 199 1 lap  
16 16 united_states Ryan Reed  Ford 198 2 laps  
17 14 united_states J.J. Yeley  Toyota 198 2 laps  
18 98 united_states Casey Mears  Ford 198 2 laps  
19 11 united_states Blake Koch  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
20 20 united_states Erik Jones  Toyota 198 2 laps  
21 07 united_states Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
22 51 united_states Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
23 2 united_states Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
24 23 united_states Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
25 90 united_states Brandon Brown  Chevrolet 197 3 laps  
26 42 united_states Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 197 3 laps  
27 8 united_states B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 194 6 laps  
28 52 united_states Joey Gase  Chevrolet 194 6 laps  
29 0 united_states Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 194 6 laps  
30 78 united_states Josh Bilicki  Chevrolet 192 8 laps  
31 74 united_states Mike Harmon  Dodge 87 113 laps  
32 89 united_states Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet 43 157 laps  
33 13 united_states Carl Long  Toyota 35 165 laps  
34 38 united_states Gray Gaulding  Chevrolet 31 169 laps  
35 15 united_states Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 25 175 laps  
36 40 united_states Chad Finchum  Chevrolet 25 175 laps  
37 01 united_states Harrison Rhodes  Chevrolet 17 183 laps  
38 99 united_states David Starr  Chevrolet 7 193 laps  
39 33 united_states Brandon Jones  Chevrolet 4 196 laps  
40 93 united_states Jeff Green  Chevrolet 5 196 laps  


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Event Dover II
Location Dover International Speedway
Drivers Ryan Blaney
Teams Team Penske
Author Jim Utter