Charlotte roval NASCAR: Blaney wins as Truex and Johnson collide

Ryan Blaney snatched victory in the Charlotte 'roval' NASCAR Cup Series race after leaders Martin Truex Jr and Jimmie Johnson collided at the final corner

Charlotte roval NASCAR: Blaney wins as Truex and Johnson collide

Blaney had been running third while Truex and Johnson battled for position in a three-lap dash to the finish line after a late red flag.

Truex held the lead and looked set for the victory when Johnson locked up and spun at the final corner as he made a last-gasp bid for the lead.

Johnson's Hendrick Chevrolet went backwards across the chicane and clipped the back of Truex's Furniture Row Toyota, sending the champion into a spin and allowing Blaney to come through to claim his second Cup victory and first in a championship round with Penske.

The incident cost Johnson his position in the playoffs. Though tied on points with Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola, he falls back to 13th when best race finish is taken into account as a tie breaker.

The late race chaos started when Ricky Steinhouse Jr hit the wall at the first corner with just eight laps remaining, bringing out another caution.

Brad Keselowski, in the race lead, opted not to pit, and led Larson and Truex into what would be the penultimate restart.

Keselowsi - who had until that point enjoyed a tough battle with Larson - locked up and ran into the wall at the first corner on the restart, and was followed by a number of other drivers, including Larson and Kyle Busch.

With dozens of cars stranded on track, the decision was made to red flag the race to clear the incident.

The final restart played into the hands of a number of drivers on the bubble of the cut off, including Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman, who finished third and fourth behind Jamie McMurray.

Kurt Busch enjoyed a strong start to the race, battling with Larson for the stage one win, but fell backwards in the midpart of the race, eventually coming home in fifth.

Chase Elliot took sixth ahead of AJ Allmendinger, who endured a chaotic race.

The outgoing JTG Daugherty Chevrolet driver had been running in the back end of the top 10 after a caution period brought out when Austin Dillon slammed into the wall to avoid a slow moving Chris Buescher.

As the field bunched up for the restart, Allmendinger collided with Denny Hamlin, causing his bodywork to rub against his tyres and dropping him down the order before he regained ground in the late chaos.

Johnson got going again to take the chequered flag in eighth, ahead of Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.

Dillon, Hamlin and Erik Jones joined Johnson in being eliminated from title contention after the race.

Larson looked in jeopardy following the restart crash, but limped to the finish in 25th to secure his place in the next round of the championship fight.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 109 3h01m34.s
2 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 0.792s
3 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 1.205s
4 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 2.037s
5 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 2.444s
6 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 3.246s
7 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 109 3.571s
8 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 109 4.529s
9 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 4.567s
10 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 109 4.767s
11 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 109 6.665s
12 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 109 6.806s
13 Matt DiBenedetto Go FAS Racing Ford 109 7.298s
14 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 109 7.606s
15 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 109 8.384s
16 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 8.849s
17 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 109 9.146s
18 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 109 11.467s
19 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 109 11.834s
20 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 109 12.895s
21 Daniel Suarez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 109 13.166s
22 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 109 15.559s
23 Daniel Hemric Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 109 s
24 Ross Chastain Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 109 17.783s
25 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 109 45.367s
26 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 109 1m32.634s
27 Justin Marks Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 108 1 Lap
28 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 108 1 Lap
29 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 108 1 Lap
30 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 108 1 Lap
31 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 103 Accident
32 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 103 Accident
33 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 103 Accident
34 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 103 Accident
35 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 103 Accident
36 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 103 Accident
37 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 100 Accident
38 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 70 Axle
39 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 64 Accident
40 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing Ford 11 Accident

Playoff standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 3055
2 Kevin Harvick 3050
3 Martin Truex Jr. 3038
4 Brad Keselowski 3025
5 Clint Bowyer 3015
6 Joey Logano 3014
7 Kurt Busch 3014
8 Ryan Blaney 3013
9 Chase Elliott 3008
10 Kyle Larson 3006
11 Aric Almirola 3001
12 Alex Bowman 3000


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