BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Blaney bolted past Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps remaining and won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night for his second career victory.
Blaney’s victory was a surprise after Busch, seeking to become the first driver ever to win four consecutive races in the series on the 0.533-mile oval, had dominated, especially on restarts.
Battling at various times against the youngest and brightest stars in the series, Busch generally made quick work of them. He led 161 of the 300 laps and seemed poised for his record 67th victory in the series. But on the final restart, Blaney darted to the lead from the inside, and Busch never quite caught up.
Chevy wins title
Chevrolet has clinched its third straight IndyCar manufacturers championship with two races left in the series’ season.
Chevrolet has won all three manufacturers titles since returning to the series in 2012.
Its IndyCar V6 engine program has won 10 of the first 16 races of the season heading into the weekend’s event at Sonoma Raceway.
Bristol date change
Bristol Motor Speedway will host a NASCAR weekend next April 17-19, instead of mid-March like this year.
Truex cleared to race
Ryan Truex is back behind the wheel of his Toyota for BK Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Truex, 22, missed last weekend’s race at Michigan after he suffered a concussion in a single-car crash during practice.
He is 37th in the points standings.