Ryan Blaney Wins NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race At Texas Motor Speedway

Ryan Blaney celebrates with the million dollar check in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

FORT WORTH – Ryan Blaney won his first career NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race Sunday night at Texas Motor Speedway earning a $1 million payday in the annual fan favorite non-points event. And he and his team celebrated twice.

Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford ultimately beat Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Toyota by .266-seconds in an overtime finish. But at one point, Blaney thought he may have taken the checkered flag twice – a caution flag flew the first time he was approaching the finish line in regulation – only seconds before he crossed the line.

He and his team thought he had won the race, not realizing the yellow light was on for an incident involving Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the backstretch. Moments after cruising across the finish line, Blaney unstrapped the driver side window netting preparing to celebrate the big win with his team, which was high fiving one another and jumping onto pit road to applaud their apparent win.

NASCAR, however, ruled with video evidence that the caution light had activated for the Stenhouse incident on-track – yards before Blaney actually crossed the finish line.

As the cars made laps on the 1.5-mile track preparing for the overtime restart, Blaney could be seen trying to re-fasten the driver-side safety-net with one hand, steering the car under caution with the other. After finally getting the net secured, the race restarted and Blaney pulled away from the field going down the backstretch to take the checkered flag – the 26th different driver to win NASCAR’s prestigious All-Star event.

“It was about to be real bad for us, I thought the race was over,” Blaney said after the race. “Everyone thought the race was over. I already had my window net down.

“I do want to thank NASCAR for letting me kind of fix it and not make us come down pit road. But yeah, that was really tough. Then having to do it all over again after trying to get that window net back up there.

“Great car, [crew chief] Jonathan Hassler, everybody on this 12-group did a great job.

“I know it’s not a points-winning race,” he added. “But it’s going to be a lot of fun. Party is going to be pretty big.”

The runner-up Hamlin was unhappy with the extra accommodation – the extended laps under caution – to allow Blaney to get the safety net back up and secured.

“You know, it’s tough because he deserved to win the race, but if you mess up and you break a rule – not intentionally, but there’s rules and we have rules in place for safety,” Hamlin explained. “My crew chief is taking four weeks off [a penalty from a pit road infraction earlier in the season] because of safety.

“I nearly crashed him off of Turn 2 when I got squeezed there. If I send him into traffic and he’s got no window net, then what, right? Luckily, that didn’t happen.”

Not only did the 28-year-old North Carolinian Blaney hoist the winner’s trophy, he certainly put in the effort on track all evening to deserve it. His 84 laps led was most in the field and he won Stage 3. 

He ran up front all race and was fortunate to stay out of some early race drama involving winners of four of the last five All-Star races.

Defending All-Star race winner Kyle Larson was eliminated only 11 laps into the second stage when his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet blew a right front tire sending him hard into the wall. He nursed the car through the infield to pit road but had to retire.

Only eight laps later, Kyle Busch – who had led every lap of the race at that time (47 laps) and won Stage 1 – suffered a tire problem and slowed toward the inside of the track. Ross Chastain, who was running second at the time guessed wrong on which lane Busch would slow into and hit him on the left side, slid up the track and into Chase Elliott’s No.9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet before hitting the wall.

Busch’s pole-winning No. 18 Toyota was unable to continue as was Chastain’s No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet and Elliott’s Chevrolet.

“Felt like the driver of the 1-car chose the wrong lane to go,” Chastain said, managing a smile as he left the infield care center. “Our car was tight all night and just managing the tightness and saw Kyle have an issue, like a tire down, and I guessed left, and I should have guessed right. Big hits.

“Tough break,” he continued, “But fast cars.”

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric, this year’s Daytona 500 winner, finished third in this first All-Star Race, followed by Team Penske teammate Joey Logano – giving the team three cars among the top-four finishers.

Trackhouse Racing’s Daniel Suarez, who advanced out of the All-Star Open race held earlier Sunday evening, finished fifth. Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman was sixth followed by A.J. Allmendinger, Chris Buescher, Brad Keselowski and Christopher Bell.

Stenhouse Jr., Buescher and Suárez each won a Stage in the All-Star Open to advance to the All-Star Race with Petty GMS Motorsport’s driver Erik Jones earning the fourth and final entry into the big show as the Fan Vote winner. It was the second time Daniel Suárez had won the NASCAR All-Star Open (2017, 2022).

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points competition next week with the traditional Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 2021 series champ, Kyle Larson, is the defending race winner.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – NASCAR All-Star Race

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Sunday, May 22, 2022

               1. (2)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 140.

               2. (16)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 140.

               3. (12)  Austin Cindric #, Ford, 140.

               4. (9)  Joey Logano, Ford, 140.

               5. (23)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 140.

               6. (20)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 140.

               7. (10)  AJ Allmendinger(i), Chevrolet, 140.

               8. (22)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 140.

               9. (18)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 140.

               10. (14)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 140.

               11. (3)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 140.

               12. (8)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 140.

               13. (5)  Kurt Busch, Toyota, 140.

               14. (7)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 140.

               15. (19)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 140.

               16. (17)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 140.

               17. (15)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 140.

               18. (11)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 140.

               19. (21)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 139.

               20. (24)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, Accident, 103.

               21. (1)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 47.

               22. (6)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 47.

               23. (13)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Accident, 47.

               24. (4)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Accident, 36.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  102.62 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 2 Mins, 47 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.266 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes:  3 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch 1-47;A. Cindric # 48-54;W. Byron 55-56;R. Blaney 57-140.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ryan Blaney 1 time for 84 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 47 laps; Austin Cindric # 1 time for 7 laps; William Byron 1 time for 2 laps.

NASCAR Cup Series Race – NASCAR All-Star Open

Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Sunday, May 22, 2022

               1. (2)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 50.

               2. (7)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 50.

               3. (6)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 50.

               4. (8)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 50.

               5. (4)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 50.

               6. (12)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 50.

               7. (10)  Cole Custer, Ford, 50.

               8. (14)  Todd Gilliland #, Ford, 50.

               9. (13)  Cody Ware, Ford, 50.

               10. (15)  Garrett Smithley, Ford, 50.

               11. (16)  BJ McLeod, Ford, 50.

               12. (1)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, Accident, 42.

               13. (9)  Harrison Burton #, Ford, Accident, 42.

               14. (5)  Chris Buescher, Ford, Stage 2 Winner, 40.

               15. (11)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 25.

               16. (3)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, Stage 1 Winner, 20.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  82.518 mph.

Time of Race:  0 Hrs, 54 Mins, 32 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.393 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  4 for 8 laps.

Lead Changes:  4 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Reddick 0;R. Stenhouse Jr. 1-20;C. LaJoie 21-31;C. Buescher 32-40;D. Suarez 41-50.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 20 laps; Corey LaJoie 1 time for 11 laps; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 10 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 9 laps.


  1. NASCAR has been slowly losing touch with the real world. The cookie cutter cars that all look alike suck. It is like the old boring bad IROC races. Remember those? Going to one lug nut was crazy. On top of that the penalties after a wheel falls off are STUPID. It isn’t enough that the loss of a wheel in a race isn’t enough of a penalty for that? Let’s punish the crew for four races. STUPID!

    Why not go to all electric bumper cars?

    I DVR NASCAR. One can watch the races in less than an hour.

    I love Sprint Cars and Midgets. Watching in person is best. NASCAR is best on the DVR!

  2. You would be changing your tune when one of those wheels fly into the stands and kill someone.

    The effects of that would harm every type of racing in this country.

    The rate at which it is happening makes me think they need to increase the penalties, not reduce them.

  3. Well, that was different. Glad Blanket got the win in the end. If you watched the many replays, Blanket received the checkered before the yellow flag came out, but after the lights were activated, but at 170+ mph thought he had won. NASCAR should have let him come down pit road to fix the net properly, god forbid something happened. The Kyle Busch/ Chastain wreck was scary, and it baffles me that Ross’s car didn’t go over, glad everyone walked away. What’s with that pitstop thing? They should have mandated a green flag stop somewhere in the second or third stage. Then you had that “competition yellow” in the fourth stage essentially making it a 25 lap shootout to the end, that last stage should have been long enough to assure everyone had to stop. But, all in all an entertaining race.

  4. One thing I liked was that the race had to end under green, and the laps between stages didn’t count, actually that’s 2 things, they should do that for every race.

  5. When the cars were using 5 lug nuts wheels did not come off.

    NASCAR is way out of touch with the desires of the fans. No longer does win on Sunday sell cars on Monday . . . . . .

  6. Great. They don’t have 5 lugs anymore and it’s not really possible to have them anymore.

    What cars these days have ugly 15-inch steel wheels, high profile sidewall tires and milk bottle tops for brakes?

    The OEMs ( ie the ones that actually sell the cars on Mondays, I think they would know) wanted this wheel. An 18″ aluminum 5 lug wheels had strength concerns, and an 18″ steel wheel would have been too heavy. So they had to make them center lock and aluminum.

    I’m sure you are pissed at things like the independent rear suspension too. Because you can definitely still go buy a car with a 9″ rear end and truck arms on Mondays. And can’t forget about the hybrid system coming in a few years. Won’t be able to buy anything without that on Mondays either.

  7. LOL I don’t recall the teams asking for a change. Why not change all the other series to the same equipment? They all had to change a lot of things that cost a lot of money. It isn’t progress. NASCAR is stupid. The new cars are stupid. Every time they make a change it costs a great deal of money for all the teams and then there are the team engineering costs to figure it all out and get an edge. NASCAR makes lots of claims on how they will save money but we never hear the teams or drivers praising the changes or reporting any savings. DUH! SILLY no matter how you or they try to spin it.

  8. Teams absolutely asked for this car. The old business model wasn’t working anymore.

    And judging by the new ownership flocking to the sport, guys like Hamlin, MJ, Marks, Kaulig, Keselowski, Gallagher, I think they see the car as a success too.

    Keep in mind, there’s this thing called the RTA these days, who have a say in just about every single major decision the sport makes these days. The owners are represented more now than they ever have been in the history of the sport.

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