Blaney Wins, Larson Dominates at Atlanta


Ryan Blaney won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon to pick up his first victory of the year.

Kyle Larson had a dominant car throughout the race and won both stages while leading 269 of 325 laps.  Over the final run, Blaney was able to close in on Larson.  With eight laps remaining, Blaney got around Larson to pick up the victory.

Blaney said the long run at the end of the race worked to his car’s strengths.

“We had a great long-run car all day, and it took us a bit to get going,” Blaney said.  “A couple long runs at the end that let us get there.  It looked like Kyle was getting loose and I’m happy it worked in our favor.”

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As Blaney was chasing Larson down, his teammate Joey Logano was fighting Larson to stay on the lead lap.  Logano disrupted enough of the air around Larson’s car to take the handling away.

Blaney said the lapped traffic played a role in his ability to get around Larson.

“[Larson] got stoved up behind some lapped traffic,” Blaney said.  “We’ve been good this year and had some bad breaks; it’s nice to close out a race like that.”

At one point in the race, Larson had a 10-second lead on the rest of the field, which allowed him to save his tires while keeping a safe distance on the rest of the field.

With Blaney closing in, Larson said he didn’t get a chance over the final run to save his tires and fight for the win.

“I think [Blaney] got a lot better that last stage and it kind of changed up my flow of the race,” Larson said.  “I could get out to such a big lead and then I could take care of my stuff.  He was fast there and I just wanted to maintain that gap; I had to run on the faster part of the racetrack and just used my stuff up.”

“Our Chevy was stupid fast there for a long time.  Hate to lead a lot of laps and lose, but a really good car that we brought to the track.”

Unofficial results:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Alex Bowman
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Austin Dillon
  7. Chris Buescher
  8. William Byron
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Matt DiBenedetto
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Ross Chastain
  15. Joey Logano
  16. Bubba Wallace
  17. Daniel Suarez
  18. Cole Custer
  19. Michael McDowell
  20. Aric Almirola
  21. Christopher Bell
  22. Austin Cindric
  23. Chase Briscoe
  24. Erik Jones
  25. Ryan Preece
  26. Tyler Reddick
  27. Anthony Alfredo
  28. Brad Keselowski
  29. Corey LaJoie
  30. Justin Haley
  31. Cody Ware
  32. James Davison
  33. Quin Houff
  34. BJ McLeod
  35. Joey Gase
  36. Timmy Hill
  37. Josh Bilicki
  38. Chase Elliott
  39. Kurt Busch