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Charlotte roval NASCAR: Blaney wins as Truex and Johnson collide

Ryan Blaney wins Charlotte roval NASCAR 2018

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.

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.

Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr collide Charlotte roval NASCAR 2018

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

PosDriverTeamCarLapsGap
1Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFord1093h01m34.s
2Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet1090.792s
3Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFord1091.205s
4Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet1092.037s
5Kurt BuschStewart-Haas RacingFord1092.444s
6Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet1093.246s
7A.J. AllmendingerJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet1093.571s
8Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet1094.529s
9Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFord1094.567s
10Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord1094.767s
11Ryan NewmanRichard Childress RacingChevrolet1096.665s
12Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota1096.806s
13Matt DiBenedettoGo FAS RacingFord1097.298s
14Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row RacingToyota1097.606s
15Regan SmithLeavine Family RacingChevrolet1098.384s
16David RaganFront Row MotorsportsFord1098.849s
17Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet1099.146s
18Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFord10911.467s
19Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFord10911.834s
20Cole WhittTriStar MotorsportsChevrolet10912.895s
21Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs RacingToyota10913.166s
22Ty DillonGermain RacingChevrolet10915.559s
23Daniel HemricRichard Childress RacingChevrolet10921h58m26.s
24Ross ChastainPremium MotorsportsChevrolet10917.783s
25Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi RacingChevrolet10945.367s
26Jeffrey EarnhardtGaunt Brothers RacingToyota1091m32.634s
27Justin MarksPremium MotorsportsChevrolet1081 Lap
28J.J. YeleyBK RacingToyota1081 Lap
29Landon CassillStarCom RacingChevrolet1081 Lap
30Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyota1081 Lap
31Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFord103Accident
32Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyota103Accident
33Paul MenardWood Brothers RacingFord103Accident
34William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet103Accident
35Trevor BayneRoush Fenway RacingFord103Accident
36Darrell Wallace Jr.Richard Petty MotorsportsChevrolet103Accident
37Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway RacingFord100Accident
38Timmy HillMBM MotorsportsToyota70Axle
39Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet64Accident
40Stanton BarrettRick Ware RacingFord11Accident

Playoff standings

PosDriverPoints
1Kyle Busch3055
2Kevin Harvick3050
3Martin Truex Jr.3038
4Brad Keselowski3025
5Clint Bowyer3015
6Joey Logano3014
7Kurt Busch3014
8Ryan Blaney3013
9Chase Elliott3008
10Kyle Larson3006
11Aric Almirola3001
12Alex Bowman3000


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