Lady luck was a cold-hearted woman to Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney yesterday. Elliott had the best car most of the day and it didn’t seem like whoever was in the clean air could get away from him. After winning both stages he had a tire cut down on him and end his day prematurely.
Blaney then took over as the car that nobody could chase down. Alex Bowman seemed poised to challenge him for that title, but a late-race caution from feel-good story Ross Chastain ended either of their chances.
Almost ten cars decided to stay out instead of coming to pit lane like Blaney and the other leaders elected to do. Race winner Joey Logano didn’t even plan on staying out but misheard his radio communication.
This race was the embodiment of the Las Vegas spirit with so much luck both good and bad coming into play for drivers. I know that every race takes a little luck, but it seemed highly prevalent yesterday. When your race winner didn’t even mean to put himself in such a premium position, it is the kind of horseshoe up the butt situation that you can really only laugh about.
I don’t personally take great pleasure in seeing Logano win, but I will say that this ending was fun to watch. Not only did we have a lot of lead changes throughout the entire race, but in the end seeing all ten of these guys without fresh tires try desperately to hold off the likes of Ryan Blaney and Jimmie Johnson with fresh tires was fun to watch for a lap and a half.
Logano had a strong enough car to be able to outrun all of the weaker competition an there wasn’t enough time for anyone to catch up with him. It’s a funny story that I’m sure Paul Wolfe and Joey Logano will have fun bragging about.
Hate to see a guy like Ross Chastain who had been running in the top fifteen have all the success killed, but I think he proved he could deliver solid results in solid equipment. Even if the finishing position was less than satisfactory, he proved he can be a capable Cup driver.
Ryan Blaney may be ready to break out and reach the same point that I feel Chase Elliott has been at since last season. Ready to come out and win multiple races and really put his name in the hat for a championship versus the usual suspects like Logano, Harvick, and Busch.
While he didn’t have the results you want, Ryan Blaney is now the overall points leader in the standings.
A solid product was given to us in the end and while I’m sure many fan’s personal favorites – my own included – had rough days, I think it was a finish worth watching.