After a banner day for Roger Penske on Sunday in Indianapolis, Ryan Blaney finally snapped his 59 -race winless streak on Monday as he took his #12 Penske Ford to victory lane in NASCAR’s longest race of the season.
Leading a race high 163 laps out of 400, Blaney’s machine was on rails as he held off pole-sitter William Byron on the final restart with 20 laps to go to take his first 600 win of his career. As in Sunday’s 500, Blaney kept the win margin scant at 0.663 seconds over the #24 machine, bringing to close the Penske Sweep on Memorial Day.
Toyota continued their strong run in recent races with Martin Truex Jr., Bubba Wallace, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top 5, as the dominant Hendrick Motorsports had an unusually forgettable day behind Byron’s runner-up finish. Returning from a broken back, Alex Bowman managed to post a top-15 result, finishing 12th in his #48 Ally Chevrolet, while Kyle Larson and Chase Elliot both DNF’d as they crashed out earlier in the race.
Edit: As of Tuesday May 31st, Chase Elliot has been suspended one race as a result of his actions during the wreck between himself and Denny Hamlin.
You can catch up on the action and highlights below as teams pack their backs and head west to the World Wide Technology Raceway, outside of St. Louis, IL, for the Enjoy Illinois 300.