Ryan Blaney wins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Ryan Blaney claimed his third-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win on Sunday in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, beating German Quiroga by 0.49 seconds. Quiroga was able to pull up beside Blaney a few times in the closing laps and took a brief lead on the last lap, but Blaney was able to recover to retake the lead just in time to take the win.

“The final seven laps were nerve-wracking,” Blaney said.

It was Blaney’s first win of the season and the first of his career at a road course.

“It’s so cool, because it’s so unique,” Blaney said of winning on a road course. “It’s such a unique place.”

Erik Jones finished third.

“We all wish we could be doing burnouts on the front stretch, but you can’t win them all,” Jones said.

While the rest of the race field utilized a two-stop pit strategy, Blaney and his team were on a one stop plan that they stuck to through the two cautions that came late in the race.

When the first caution of the race finally came out on lap 46, the field bunched up behind Blaney after the second and final round of pit stops was completed, negating the advantage of the single-stop strategy.

After most of the field cycled through initial pit stops by lap 17, Blaney took the lead. He gave up the top spot to head down pit road for the first time on lap 30, handing the lead over to Quiroga.

Cole Custer took the lead on lap 33, but then gave up the top spot soon after to make his second and final pit stop of the race. Eventually, everyone else but Blaney pitted again, and with 20 laps to go, Blaney was cycled back to the lead.

The only two restarts of the race came with 13 and eight laps remaining. Both times, Quiroga lined up next to Blaney on the front row, and each time, Blaney was able to get out front.

Quiroga was able to pull up beside Blaney a few times in the final laps and took the lead for a brief moment on the last lap, but Blaney was able to recover to beat him to the checkered flag.

“I knew he had less fuel and older tires. I was trying hard to make him make a mistake,” Quiroga said. “He just got a really good run off of turn nine.”

Gray Gaulding finished fourth, Andrew Ranger was fifth, Matt Crafton sixth, Brennan Newberry seventh, Johnny Sauter eighth, Custer ninth, and Timothy Peters rounded out the top-10.

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