Ryan Blaney passes Kyle Larson late, wins Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – The Checkered Flag

Kyle Larson was poised to win his second NASCAR Cup Collection race of the season when he gained two levels and led 269 laps in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nevertheless, he didn’t lead the ultimate eight as Ryan Blaney chased down the dominant #5 automotive and took the spot late to win.

Denny Hamlin began on the pole forward of Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate and Phoenix winner Martin Truex Jr. Chase Elliott and Timmy Hill failed pre-race inspection a number of instances (twice for Elliott, thrice for Hill) and have been despatched to the rear, as was Quin Houff for unapproved changes; Hill additionally misplaced his automotive chief Sebastian Laforge and needed to serve a pass-through penalty. On Twitter, Laforge defined the #66 automotive encountered inspection troubles involving the rear toe and camber.

Stage #1

As Hamlin led each lap to the competitors warning on lap 25, Hill served his penalty and Josh Bilicki‘s automotive misplaced energy, forcing him to the storage earlier than returning a number of laps down. Elliott reached fifteenth by the competitors yellow.

Larson was the primary off pit highway to imagine the lead for the restart on lap 31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Corey LaJoie suffered dashing penalties on their stops whereas Kevin Harvick needed to pit once more for a flat left-rear tyre.

When the lap counter reached the sixties, green-flag stops commenced. Kurt Busch and William Byron briefly inherited the lead earlier than they pitted, which cycled the spot again to Larson. The Las Vegas race winner led for the rest of the section to take the green-checkered flag. Kyle Busch, Blaney, Kurt Busch, Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Truex, Elliott, Chris Buescher, and Byron additionally scored stage factors.

Stage #2

Ross Chastain acquired an uncontrolled tyre penalty between levels.

The race resumed on lap 113 as Larson and the within line took off, whereas Kyle Busch spun his tyres on the surface and stacked up the lane. Brother Kurt was hit from behind by Hamlin and went into the flip one wall, ending his day and producing a warning.

One other restart happened on lap 119, with a repeat of the earlier inexperienced flag occurring as Larson drove away whereas Byron suffered a tyre spin whereas main his lane. Blaney led the lap earlier than Larson retook it.

Lap 160 noticed the following pit cycle beneath inexperienced. Daniel Suárez, working with interim crew chief Jose Blasco-Figueroa (the primary Mexican driver/crew chief duo since brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez in 1959), momentarily held the lead earlier than he hit pit highway. Like in Stage #1, the stops ended with Larson taking the lead and pulling away for the stage victory.

Blaney, Kyle Busch, Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Buescher, Hamlin, and Suárez rounded out the highest ten. Suárez’s stage factors have been his first of the season and the primary in Trackhouse Racing Workforce historical past.

Credit score: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Pictures

Stage #3

Hendrick Motorsports team-mates Larson and Byron led the sector to the ultimate stage’s begin on lap 218. As with the earlier section, green-flag racing barely lasted a lap as Hendrick driver Elliott’s engine expired to provide a warning.

Blaney beat Larson off pit highway, whereas Busch acquired a dashing penalty. Larson chased down Blaney and handed him for the spot on lap 237.

The ultimate stops beneath inexperienced commenced on lap 265. Suárez was penalised for dashing on pit highway, whereas Anthony Alfredo spun and practically sandwiched Aric Almirola‘s crewmen between the vehicles.

Blaney tried to provide chase to Larson, whose lead was 2.3 seconds with twenty laps to go. 5 laps later, the margin was all the way down to beneath a second, and was additional decreased to half a second by the ten-to-go mark. Additional complicating issues for Larson was lapped visitors, which included Blaney’s Workforce Penske colleague Joey Logano.

The lead change happened on the frontstretch with eight laps remaining and Blaney started constructing a spot that reached over a second after 4 laps. Blaney pulled away to win his first win of the yr, fifth of his profession, and first on a 1.5-mile observe.

“We had an awesome long-run automotive all day,” Blaney advised Fox. “It took us a bit of bit to get going and I used to be fairly free all day. We made a very good change to tighten me up the place I wanted it and it seemed like Kyle was getting free. I’m pleased it labored in our favour that there was a pair lengthy runs on the finish that allow us form of get there. He obtained slowed up behind some lapped visitors.”

Larson needed to accept second.

“I feel (Blaney) simply obtained rather a lot higher there that final stage and that form of modified up my stream of the race a bit of bit,” he commented. “I might get out to such an enormous lead after which I might deal with my stuff and run the underside the place he was possibly slower however I might deal with my tyres. He was quick there, and I simply wished to take care of that hole that I had, so I needed to run on the quicker a part of the race observe and simply use my stuff up. He was only a lot higher than me late within the run.”

Bowman scored his first high 5 of the season in third adopted by JGR’s Hamlin and Busch. Austin Dillon completed sixth for his first Cup high ten at Atlanta, and behind him was Chris Buescher together with his first high ten of the yr. Blaney’s Penske team-mate Austin Cindric completed twenty-second in his second profession Cup begin.

Race outcomes

End Begin Quantity Driver Workforce Producer Laps Standing
1 10 12 Ryan Blaney Workforce Penske Ford 325 Working
2 6 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 325 Working
3 14 48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 325 Working
4 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 325 Working
5 19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 325 Working
6 13 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 325 Working
7 17 17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 325 Working
8 9 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 325 Working
9 2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 325 Working
10 7 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 325 Working
11 20 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wooden Brothers Racing Ford 325 Working
12 12 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 325 Working
13 28 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 325 Working
14 21 42 Ross Chastain Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 325 Working
15 3 22 Joey Logano Workforce Penske Ford 324 Working
16 15 23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota 324 Working
17 25 99 Daniel Suárez Trackhouse Racing Workforce Chevrolet 324 Working
18 27 41 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 324 Working
19 18 34 Michael McDowell Entrance Row Motorsports Ford 324 Working
20 16 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 324 Working
21 8 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 323 Working
22 39 33 Austin Cindric* Workforce Penske Ford 323 Working
23 24 14 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 323 Working
24 22 43 Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 323 Working
25 23 37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 323 Working
26 29 8 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 323 Working
27 32 38 Anthony Alfredo Entrance Row Motorsports Ford 322 Working
28 4 2 Brad Keselowski Workforce Penske Ford 321 Working
29 30 7 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 319 Working
30 26 77 Justin Haley* Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 319 Working
31 33 51 Cody Ware* Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 316 Working
32 34 15 James Davison Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 316 Working
33 35 00 Quin Houff StarCom Racing Chevrolet 314 Working
34 31 78 B.J. McLeod* Stay Quick Motorsports Ford 313 Working
35 36 53 Joey Gase Rick Ware Racing Ford 308 Working
36 38 66 Timmy Hill* MBM Motorsports Ford 305 Working
37 37 52 Josh Bilicki Rick Ware Racing Ford 285 Working
38 5 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 220 Engine
39 11 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 113 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Yr
* – Ineligible for Cup factors

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