Ryan Blaney broke his NASCAR winless record of 59 races by winning the rain-delayed, crash-filled Coca-Cola 600 on Monday.
The Team Penske driver has now won eight times in his career. William Byron, who started on the pole, came in second and was .663 seconds behind. Third place went to Martin Truex Jr.
The 600-mile race, one of the highlights on the NASCAR schedule, featured 16 cautions and 31 lead changes.
The win came just a few days before Penske hosts a racing weekend on the streets of downtown Detroit. Penske is giving his hometown, Detroit, a gift by bringing racing back to the city center. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the few competitions the 86-year-old has yet to win.
Five accidents occurred in the race’s final 50 laps, including one with 26 left when Kyle Larson, the winner of last week’s All-Star race, spun and collided with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Christopher Bell.
On the previous restart, Blaney overtook Byron, and on the subsequent restart, he overcame him once more to win.
Prior to Monday, Blaney’s most recent victory was in August 2021 at Daytona International Speedway.
Blaney is the son of former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney.
David Louis Blaney is a semi-retired American professional stock car racing driver. Before entering the NASCAR ranks, Blaney had a successful career as a sprint car racer, competing in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. He participated regularly in Syracuse, New York’s Super Dirt Week for many years, although he never took home the prize there. He is the owner of Sharon Speedway in Hartford Township, Trumbull County, Ohio. His brother Dale Blaney competes in sprint cars.