High Five for Blaney in Xfinity

Ryan Blaney

Blaney celebrates his fifth career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Ryan Blaney captured his fifth career win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series when he took the checkered flag in Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney got by Kevin Harvick on the day’s final restart to drive to his first series win since 2015. It was the first of 2017 for Team Penske. Blaney was the eighth different winner in the series this year.

It wasn’t easy for Blaney by any means. He started at the rear after unapproved adjustments before the race. He’s the first driver to win after going to the rear since Marcos Ambrose was victorious at Montreal in 2011.

“It was really tough,” Blaney said. “We kept having tons and tons of cautions,. We lost the lead on a pit stop when we kind of got blocked in and I wasn’t sure I was going to get a shot at it.

“It worked out where we could put ourselves in position to get the win and we capitalized on it. Everybody did a great job.”

Harvick, Austin Dillon, Christopher Bell and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.

“If I could go back, I’d probably do something different,” Harvick said about the final restart. “Ryan had the best car, he’s the one who helped us get the lead (earlier). He was just able to get through (Turns) 1 and 2 there.

“I felt like if I let (Blaney) and (Brad Keselowski) get paired up on the top, I’d be in double-trouble.”

Bell made his career debut a successful one.

“We had to fight through a lot of adversity there, we had a lot of issues there,” he explained. “We would start passing guys and we’d have to go back and start at the tail. I’m glad it was 200 laps because we used every single bit of it. We didn’t have a lot of luck on the restarts at the beginning of the race starting on the bottom, but we got the luck when we needed it at the end.”

Brad Keselowski, Cole Custer, Brennan Poole, Brendan Gaughan and Tyler Reddick completed the first 10 finishers.

Blaney led four times for 107 laps including the final three.

Elliott Sadler, who crashed late in the race, leads his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier by six points in the series standings.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series now heads to Dover International Speedway next Saturday afternoon.

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