Sparta, KY – The best car didn’t win on Saturday afternoon. Yes, Kyle Busch started on the pole and led 70 laps in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Kentucky Speedway, but Ryan Blaney showed in the end that his No. 12 Ford may have actually been the best car in the 40 car Alsco 300 field.
Blaney, led 52 laps at the Kentucky Speedway on Saturday and was second place entering pit road on the final stop with 20 laps-to-go. Unfortunately, his crew was hit with a pit road penalty, causing the Team Penske driver to have to restart the race in the closing stages in the 23rd position.
That essentially ended his chances of winning today.
Someone forgot to tell him that though.
Blaney, charged through the field and five laps later, he was inside the top 10. In the end, he was challenging for the win, as in 18 laps, he went from 23rd position to second and finished just 1.097-seconds behind race winner Busch.
What’s that tell you?
He had the best car and it really wasn’t even close.
But, the runner-up was Blaney’s fifth second place effort in seven tries this season. He was second at Phoenix, Texas, Bristol, Pocono and now Kentucky, to go along with a win at Charlotte. His worst finish was a fifth place run at Richmond back in April.
Blaney had the car to win today, a pit stop in crunch time ruined it.