The victory stored in line a robust exhibiting in the aspect of neighborhood entries that also observed Mooresville’s Crew Penske driver Ryan Blaney winning the first and next levels and leading a overall of 157 laps. But his No. 12 Staff Penske Ford dragged an air hose out of the pit box on his closing end, earning a penalty that despatched him to the back again of the discipline for the Lap 459 restart. He fought back again for an 11th-area complete.
“We’ve experienced an problem the last three occasions we have been listed here with a car or truck to win, so that is annoying, but I’m true proud of the work,” Blaney explained. “I just wish we could near a person out.”
A 15-motor vehicle pileup deserving of a “Big One” at Talladega thinned the field of prospective winners and blocked the monitor as properly as the forlorn container ship stopped visitors in the Suez Canal. The wreck, which stopped the race less than a red flag that lasted 21 minutes, 47 seconds, was the coup de grace for two-time Martinsville winner and existing Group Penske driver Brad Keselowski, who had sustained destruction in two before incidents.
“It’s just unlucky that we got caught up in it,” Keselowski reported. “The track was blocked. I think I was just scarcely likely to get stopped in time, and someone clobbered me from driving and just tore us up. It is a bummer. I feel we have been seriously excellent.
“We drove up into the top rated five and misplaced the ability-steering. I was equipped to manhandle it all around the race observe, but I could not get down pit highway the place you go to change in your pit box… Just a single of individuals compounding, frustrating shorter-track days, but we had first rate speed.”