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Blaney beats Newman in thrilling photo finish at Talladega

Ryan Newman got a shove from Denny Hamlin into the lead on the last lap in Monday’s 1000Bulbs 500 but Blaney edged Newman by seven one-thousandths of a second at the line to grab his third career victory.

"It's been an amazing effort the last two days to be honest with you," Blaney said. "Spinning out early yesterday (while pitting) and winning the big one today. I can't thank (Aric) Almirola there for helping me out there at the end.

"That big push that Newman and (Hamlin) got, I knew I wasn't going to be able to block it. They were coming so fast. I just wanted to stay on the bottom and I kind of pulled (Hamlin) off (Newman) there and I tried to make it up front against (Newman) and we hit above the (yellow) line and it kind of pushed me below the line.

"It's a big judgment call and you never know. But I definitely wasn't going below the line before we made contact. We're moving on man - it's pretty cool."

Asked what it meant to him to win at Talladega, Blaney said, "It means a ton. I've been coming here since I was really young, watching my dad run pretty good here a lot. Then driving for the Wood Brothers here. Man, it's a cool feeling. This new infield, it's so special being in Victory Lane. I love coming here and love it even more now."

After a tough race at Dover, Del., last weekend Blaney had a difficult path to advance to the next round of the playoffs but he made it a lot easier with his win.

The victory automatically sends him into the Round of 8 regardless of how he finishes in next weekend’s cutoff race at Kansas Speedway. He joins Kyle Larson as the only other driver locked in through wins (Larson won at Dover).

Newman ended up second, Hamlin was third, Aric Almirola was fourth and Michael McDowell completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Austin Dillon, Corie LaJoie, Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ty Dillon.

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Comment by HighSkirts18 (aka RowdyGal18) on October 15, 2019 at 8:05am
That was wild! And a great finish!!

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