Watch the video of the post-race altercation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
On Sunday the NASCAR Cup Series unloaded in Speedway, Indiana. The 14-turn Indianapolis Road Course hosted the Verizon 200 and it was a drama filled show.
Watch the Ryan Blaney vs Daniel Suarez video below.
With three laps to go, Chase Elliott and William Byron both spun from inside the top 5. Ironically, it was off the bumper of Blaney himself. However, Blaney was tagged by Byron after he forced into a late three wide scenario into turn one.
That caution sent the race into NASCAR overtime. Blaney was in a position to capitalize as he restarted 3rd with tires slightly fresher than the race leader Tyler Reddick.
Daniel Suarez vs Ryan Blaney
As the green dropped on Overtime, Blaney had a run on Reddick. Reddick threw a block and just as he did that, Suarez cut to the inside of Blaney. They ran four wide for 2nd into turn one.
The outside car of that four wide situation, Ross Chastain bailed on the corner completely. He took the access road and then took the lead. However, Chastain was penalized after crossing the finish line.
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For the other three, they all played dominoes and ran into each other. Suarez pushed both Blaney and AJ Allmendinger off the track as he ran wide out of turn one. As Allmendinger went through the grass, he was left nowhere to go but into the left rear of Blaney by the time they reached turn two.
Blaney was spun in front of the field. He stepped on the gas, throwing a smoke cloud as the field attempted to avoid him.
After the checkered flag, Blaney located the rear bumper of Suarez. He retaliated, sending him for a spin.
Ironically, there are possibly the two most friendly drivers in the garage area.
Indianapolis Race Results: July 31, 2022 (NASCAR Cup Series)
Ryan Blaney comments
After the race, Blaney had some words for his fellow racers.
“That’s all people do at the end of these things, just dive in there and wreck you,” Ryan Blaney said.
“I don’t know who shoved who and I don’t care, but tires didn’t matter at the end. We restarted top three both times and tires don’t really matter.”
“It’s just a matter of getting through on the restart, but, apparently, that’s a hard thing to ask. People just run over each other.”
Blaney hasn’t scored a win so far this season. However, he is currently one of only two drivers eligible to qualify for the playoffs based on points. He sits 121 points above the playoff cutline after Indianapolis.
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Ryan Blaney spins Daniel Suarez
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