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NASCAR results at Charlotte: Ryan Blaney wins in crazy finish on 'Roval' course

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31   //    01 Oct 2018, 03:32 IST
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Ryan Blaney grabbed a surprise victory after a crazy final lap in the first race on Charlotte Motor Speedway's "Roval."

Martin Truex Jr. had the lead heading into the final turn, literally yards from the finish line, with Jimmie Johnson driving hard to catch him. Johnson went too hard into the turn, hit Truex Jr., and both drivers spun out.

Blaney, running third, then crossed the finish line for his second career victory.

"We were just in the right spot at the right time," Blaney said after the race. "But we put ourselves in a good spot."

That late crash proved especially costly to Johnson. The seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, who could have played it safe on that last lap and continued to the next round of the NASCAR playoffs, instead was eliminated. He actually finished tied for the final two second-round playoff spots with Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson, but lost on a tiebreaker, based on each driver's best first-round finish.

"I was more worried about the win than anything else," Johnson said.

Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones were the other three drivers eliminated as the first round of the playoffs concluded.

No one knew what to expect heading into the first NASCAR Cup race on Charlotte Motor Speedway's new "Roval" road course. But the closing laps featured a multi-car crash reminiscent of the "Big One" often seen at Daytona and Talladega. On a restart with six laps remaining, leader Brad Keselowski went into the first turn, had no grip in his tires, and drove straight into the retaining wall.

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Several other front-runners and playoff drivers piled into the resulting logjam of cars. 

"The whole field went down into Turn 1 and went straight, it's like we all overdrove it," Keselowski said.

Jamie McMurray finished second, followed by Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup results at Charlotte

1. Ryan Blaney
2. Jamie McMurray
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Alex Bowman
5. Kurt Busch
6. Chase Elliott
7. AJ Allmendinger
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Joey Logano
11. Ryan Newman
12. Denny Hamlin 
13. Matt DiBenedetto
14. Martin Truex Jr.
15. Regan Smith
16. David Ragan
17. Chris Buescher 
18. Michael McDowell
19. Aric Almirola
20. Cole Whitt 
21. Daniel Suarez
22. Ty Dillon
23. Daniel Hemric
24. Ross Chastain
25. Kyle Larson
26. Jeffrey Earnhardt
27. Justin Marks
28. J.J. Yeley
29. Landon Cassill
30. Erik Jones
31. Brad Keselowski
32. Kyle Busch
33. Paul Menard
34. William Byron
35. Trevor Bayne
36. Bubba Wallace
37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
38. Timmy Hill
39. Austin Dillon
40. Stanton Barrett

 

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