Ryan Blaney wins UNOH 200 at Bristol after early penalty, rain

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Ryan Blaney was fast.  So fast he was able to drive his No. 29 Ford back from a controversial restart penalty to win the Camping World Truck Series’ UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

After leading the first 37 laps, Blaney was black flagged for jumping a restart on Lap 38. Blaney returned to the lead lap thanks to a Lap 80 caution. He wouldn’t lead again until the the final three laps on a green-white-checkered attempt.

“I don’t have much to say on that (penalty),” Blaney told Fox Sports 1. “Obviously we didn’t like it. That’s NASCAR’s jurisdiction and we’ll have to clear that up in the future.”

Blaney led a total of 40 laps on the way to his first CWTS win of 2015 and the fourth of his career.

“It says so much of this team to have such a fast (truck) to drive up through there,” Blaney said. “We were one of the cars that could pass on the bottom, so that really meant a lot. We kind of got into the 88 (Matt Crafton) but I think we were both spinning our tires and I couldn’t stay off of him. I don’t know if it cut their left-rear, if it did I apologize.”

A 45-minute rain delay with 34 laps left created a 25-lap shootout, which ended with Blaney beating Matt Crafton to the lead on the final restart as Crafton unexpectedly dropped through the field and pole-sitter Kyle Busch assumed second place.

Busch had won the previous two Truck races he had entered in 2015.

Blaney was followed by Busch, John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones.

MORE: Truck point standings

MORE: UNOH 200 results

HOW RYAN BLANEY WON: The Brad Keselowski Racing driver took advantage of Matt Crafton’s misfortune on a green-white-checkered and stayed ahead of Kyle Busch for the final three laps.

 WHO HAD A GOOD NIGHT: John Hunter Nemechek started seventh and stayed in the top 10 all night before finishing a career-best third … Erik Jones finished sixth, two spots ahead of points leader Tyler Reddick, who had started 19th.

WHO HAD A BAD NIGHT: Cole Custer had led a race-high 111 laps until Spencer Gallagher, a lapped truck in 16th, spun in front of him with 40 laps to go. Custer hit him hard with his right front, severely damaging his No. 00. Custer finished 16th … Matt Crafton was in position to win and take the points lead before his No. 88 Toyota dropped to seventh on the final restart … Daniel Suarez and Cameron Hayley spun out together on Lap 32 to bring out the first caution … On Lap 112, Caleb Holman suffered damage while trying to avoid Ray Black Jr., who had spun, bringing out the caution … Ty Dillon bounced off two trucks before hitting the inside wall and bringing out the caution with five laps remaining. He finished 23rd, eight laps down.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I was just glad I didn’t have phone service so I didn’t tweet something I probably didn’t need to say.” Brad Keselowski, Blaney’s team owner, on the restart penalty Blaney received on Lap 38.

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