It’s Blaney In Thrilling Second Stage Of Daytona 500


Ryan Blaney in action at Daytona Int'l Speedway. (Nigel Kinrade Photography)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a caution-free second stage to Monday’s Great American Race, Ryan Blaney snuck past Team Penske teammate Austin Cindric for his third career Daytona 500 stage win.

Blaney ducked below Cindric in turn three coming to the green-and-white checkered flag and then held off the 2022 Daytona 500 winner to the flagstand to grab the 10 available stage points by .117 seconds.

The Chevrolets of Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch crossed third and fourth, respectively, followed by Tyler Reddick’s Toyota in fifth.

William Byron, Bubba Wallace, defending Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., A.J. Allmendinger, and Chris Buescher closed the points-scoring positions inside the top 10 at the second stage break.

Logano led the most laps in the stage with 21, as he and fellow Blue Oval driver Todd Gilliland dominated the middle of the second segment by leading 37 straight laps between one another.

But between green-flag pit stops and cycling through the lead pack, it was Blaney and Cindric’s Fords that ultimately ended up out front when the points window opened on lap 130.

It marked Blaney’s 36th career Cup Series stage win, eighth on the all-time list in that category.

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