Quick Take - Blaney's Dominating Xfinity Win at Dover

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DOVER, DE - RIS - Ryan Blaney took the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang to victory lane in dominating fashion on Saturday. Blaney won Saturday's NASCAR XFinity Series Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway.  He bested the field leading 136 laps and taking the checkered flag with nearly a five second lead over second place Justin Allgaier.

Blaney was happy to get his Fitzgerald Gliders Mustang checkers, the first for both Blaney and Fitzgerald this year.

“Yeah, it’s really hard to get a car like that and to be honest we didn’t have it in the first run,” Blaney said of his dominating performance. “We were a little bit off on the first run. We made some great changes after the first Stage to get it better to where it needs to be. We actually got it better for the last run.

“I think this team does a great job with that of maybe not firing off the greatest but they know how to work on it and make it better throughout the race. As a driver that all you can ask for, great changes throughout. It’s awesome to get to Victory Lane with Fitzgerald.”

Allagier, William Byron, Daniel Hemric, and Brandon Poole rounded out the top five.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Saturday afternoon for the final race of the opening round of the playoffs.

Unofficial Race Results: 32Nd Annual Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 - September 30, 2017 - Dover International Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Pts, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts, Status
1) 8, Ryan Blaney(i), No. 22 Fitzgerald Ford, 200, 2, 1, 0, 2, 136, , Running
2) 4, Justin Allgaier (P), No. 7 Textron Off Road Chevrolet, 200, 4, 3, 50, , , , Running
3) 1, William Byron # (P), No. 9 AXALTA/Central Aluminum Chevrolet, 200, 1, 2, 53, 1, 62, 1, Running
4) 9, Daniel Hemric # (P), No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet, 200, 9, 8, 38, , , , Running
5) 7, Brennan Poole (P), No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet, 200, 10, 9, 35, , , , Running
6) 23, Matt Tifft # (P), No. 19 Comcast NBC Universal Salute to Service Toyota, 200, , , 31, , , , Running
7) 2, Daniel Suarez(i), No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 200, 3, 4, 0, 2, 2, , Running
8) 6, Cole Custer # (P), No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 200, 8, 7, 36, , , , Running
9) 10, Elliott Sadler (P), No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, 200, 6, 5, 39, , , , Running
10) 13, Brendan Gaughan (P), No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, 200, , , 27, , , , Running
11) 16, Michael Annett (P), No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, 200, , , 26, , , , Running
12) 12, Ross Chastain, No. 4 DelawareOfficeofHighwaySafetyUseYourMelon Chev, 200, , , 25, , , , Running
13) 11, Ty Dillon(i), No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Chevrolet, 200, , , 0, , , , Running
14) 21, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 Midstate Basement Authorities Chevrolet, 199, , , 23, , , , Running
15) 14, Corey LaJoie(i), No. 24 youtheory Toyota, 199, , , 0, , , , Running
16) 17, Ryan Reed (P), No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford, 198, , , 21, , , , Running
17) 25, JJ Yeley, No. 14 Superior Essex Toyota, 198, , , 20, , , , Running
18) 18, Casey Mears, No. 98 GEICO Military Ford, 198, , , 19, , , , Running
19) 19, Blake Koch (P), No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 198, , , 18, , , , Running
20) 3, Erik Jones(i), No. 20 Pixel Pals/GameStop Toyota, 198, 5, 10, 0, , , , Running
21) 27, Ray Black II, No. 07  Chevrolet, 198, , , 16, , , , Running
22) 22, Jeremy Clements (P), No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 198, , , 15, , , , Running
23) 26, Austin Dillon(i), No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet, 198, , , 0, , , , Running
24) 20, Spencer Gallagher Jr. #, No. 23 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet, 198, , , 13, , , , Running
25) 29, Brandon Brown, No. 90 W.G. Speeks Chevrolet, 197, , , 12, , , , Running
26) 5, Tyler Reddick, No. 42 BBR/Dustin Lynch Chevrolet, 197, 7, 6, 20, , , , Running
27) 28, BJ McLeod, No. 8  Chevrolet, 194, , , 10, , , , Running
28) 35, Joey Gase, No. 52 Eternal Fan/Katie J's Bar & Grill Chevrolet, 194, , , 9, , , , Running
29) 30, Garrett Smithley, No. 0 Heroes Haven Chevrolet, 194, , , 8, , , , Running
30) 39, Josh Bilicki, No. 78 Prevagen Chevrolet, 192, , , 7, , , , Running
31) 37, Mike Harmon, No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Dodge, 87, , , 6, , , , Clutch
32) 36, Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Visone RV Chevrolet, 43, , , 5, , , , Suspension
33) 38, Timmy Hill, No. 13 TLC Resorts Chevrolet, 35, , , 4, , , , Overheating
34) 40, Gray Gaulding(i), No. 38  Chevrolet, 31, , , 0, , , , Electrical
35) 24, Reed Sorenson(i), No. 15 Stockley Tavern Chevrolet, 25, , , 0, , , , Accident
36) 34, Chad Finchum, No. 40 Smithfield Homes Chevrolet, 25, , , 1, , , , Accident
37) 31, Harrison Rhodes, No. 01 Meding's Seafood/Iron Source Chevrolet, 17, , , 1, , , , Engine
38) 32, David Starr, No. 99 Alarm Tech Systems Chevrolet, 7, , , 1, , , , Accident
39) 15, Brandon Jones, No. 33 Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet, 4, , , 1, , , , Accident
40) 33, Jeff Green, No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 4, , , 1, , , , Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs driver

Time of Race: 1 hr, 47 mins, 10 secs.
Average Speed: 111.975 mph
Margin of Victory: 4.852 seconds
Race Comments: Ryan Blaney won the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway, his sixth NASCAR XFINITY Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason indicated: No.15 (missing drivers meeting), No.19 (tire change) and No.39, No.78 (unapproved adjustments). 
Caution Flags: 5 for 28 laps: Laps: 7-13 (No.33, 93, 99, 19 Incident Turn 3 [38]); 19-23 (Fluid On The Track From No.01 [38]); 26-29 (No.39, 40, 15 Incident Turn 2 [38]); 62-67 (Stage 1 Conclusion [90]); 122-127 (Stage 2 Conclusion [39]).
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers: W. Byron # (P) 1-62; D. Suarez(i) 63; R. Blaney(i) 64-122; D. Suarez(i) 123; R. Blaney(i) 124-200.
Coors Light Pole Award:  William Byron, No.9 156.209 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race:  Roush-Yates Engines, No.22 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Matt Tifft, No.19 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  William Byron, No.9

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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