Ryan Blaney came away from a dramatic race to win Sunday night’s All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blaney held off JGR Denny Hamlin and Austin Cindric on a two-lap restart after Blaney thought he had won the race just moments before.
The restart came after an unneeded caution for Ricky Stenhouse Jr, as Blaney was between Turn 4 and the finish line. The No.12 driver didn’t realize the caution had flown when he crossed the finish line and took his window net down to start celebrating.
“I’m not sorry for what I said, we sucked!”- Bubba critical of his 23Xi pit crew heading into the All-Star at Texas
Denny Hamlin was quick to call out NASCAR for not showing a black flag to race winner Ryan Blaney.
“Never should have been a yellow in the first place. They put Blaney in the situation he was in. “
Hamlin says nascar should have black flagged blaney.
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“To make up for it they let him break a rule. 2 wrongs don’t make a right.
Blaney W, NASCAR L” – Hamlin added
If Ryan Blaney had not outrun Hamlin and Cindric to the finish line, NASCAR officials would have been a major focus after the race.
RYAN BLANEY (officially) WINS THE 2022 ALL-STAR RACE.
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The actions of race control still deserve scrutiny, however Blaney at least bailed NASCAR out from a lot of discussion by winning the race on the final restart.
Never should have been a yellow in the first place. They put Blaney in the situation he was in. To make up for it they let him break a rule. 2 wrongs don’t make a right. Blaney W, NASCAR L
— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) May 23, 2022
NASCAR All-Star Race unofficial results
#12 – Ryan Blaney
#11 – Denny Hamlin
#2 – Austin Cindric (R)
#99 – Daniel Suarez
#22 – Joey Logano
#48 – Alex Bowman
#16 – A.J. Allmendinger
#17 – Chris Buescher
#6 – Brad Keselowski
#20 – Christopher Bell
Toyota Racing expressed their “concerns and displeasure” for NASCAR favoritism towards Hendrick Motorsport