This past week at Talladega Superspeedway, Ford Performance driver Ryan Blaney drove his Team Penske number 12 Ford Mustang straight into Victory Lane following a wild NASCAR race that ended in eerily similar fashion to last fall’s race at the same track.

 

Due to repeated rain delay, last Sunday’s GEICO 500 was rescheduled to Monday afternoon, and the full 188-lap race began at 3 p.m.

 

Blaney’s first win of the season didn’t come easy, as the extremely tight race came down to a photo finish which Blaney won by a microscopic margin of just .007 seconds over fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as several other drivers spun-out and crashed behind them.

 

This margin of victory tied for the ninth closest finish in NASCAR Cup Series history. Who did he tie with you ask? Himself! 

 

That’s right, at last fall’s running of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, Blaney crossed the line at the exact same interval over fellow Ford Performance driver Ryan Newman. Last fall’s Talladega race was also postponed to the following Monday due to inclement weather and the win was Blaney’s first of last season as well.

 

When asked about his mindset during the havoc-filled finish which saw Blaney put driver Erik Jones into the wall and caused several other drivers to lose control of their cars as the checkered flag waved, Blaney said, “Just trying to block, block the best we could. Block the top, block the bottom ... just beating and banging to the line.”


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