Blaney Wins Truck Series Thriller

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Blaney held the top spot while Quiroga moved alongside several time with the lead up for grabs until the duo raced to the finish line with Blaney ahead by 0.05-seconds. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Ryan Blaney edged German Quiroga in a thrilling finish to win Sunday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Blaney and Quiroga put on a furious battle for the lead in the closing laps of the race around the twisting road circuit setting up a classic final run to the checkered flag. Blaney held the top spot while Quiroga moved alongside several time with the lead up for grabs until the duo raced to the finish line with Blaney ahead by 0.05-seconds.

“I noticed since that last restart he'd get huge tows down the backstretch," Blaney explained of the battle with Quiroga. "I was protecting the best I could. He was able to get to my left side. I didn't think he could stay out there, but I got really, really loose underneath him there in the corner.

“Old school, short-track racing crossover move I guess worked on him. That was really cool. That was awesome racing German. We've had our problems, but it was nice to go out there and race clean with the guy and put on a great finish for the fans. If that's not good racing, I don't know what it, because it was a blast inside the car."

The win was Blaney’s third of his career and was the second straight for BK Racing, after team owner Brad Keselowski won last week at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was Blaney’s first-ever road course victory and he became the eighth different winner of the season.

Quiroga tied his best career finish at Gateway back in June with another second place performance.

"I hope it was fun for everybody watching on TV," said Quiroga after climbing from the truck. "I don't think for my team and for me, we were just trying to win this race. Everybody at the shop did a fantastic job. Everybody at Red Horse, the built me a winning truck and we just came home second.

“It hurts, you know. We've come close so many times. I just can't believe it. We just have to keep on trying.
Hopefully we can get a win soon. I really want it. I'm really trying hard."

Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded out the top five.

Matt Crafton, Brennan Newberry, Johnny Sauter, Cole Custer and Timothy Peters completed the first ten finishers.

Blaney’s teammate, road racing ace Alex Tagliani, suffered a disappointing day. After starting upfront and running for the top spot in the first half of the race, Tagliani was involved in an incident after making contact with Cole Custer and then wound up spinning out on his own in traffic and could not get back in the hunt.

“We had a stuck throttle all day, and fortunately, the guys put a little bar for the return throttle and I was able to manage and lift it on my own,” said Tagliani, who finished 16th. “But when you’re driving, it’s one thing. And when you race other people, I got caught going into Turn 5A and the throttle got hanging. I got in at like, 4000 rpm, and by the time I realized to pull it myself, I touched [Custer] and I’m sorry about that.
“Then I got it to first gear and the engine was revving too high, and I just lost the rear.”

Sauter still leads his ThorSport Racing teammate Crafton in the standings now by seven points with Blaney 13 behind.

The Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Friday night, September 12 at Chicagoland Speedway.

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