Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
Blaney Edges Quiroga
Ryan Blaney beat German Quiroga by 0.05 seconds to the checkered flag of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, ON. The win was Blaney’s first of the season, and third of his career, and Brad Keselowski Racing’s second consecutive victory.
In the closing laps of the race, Quiroga stuck to the back bumper of Blaney, looking for an opportunity to pass. Quiroga drafted Blaney down the back straightaway and moved to Blaney’s left heading into turn 7. The two stayed side-by-side going into Turn 8, but Quiroga had the inside line going into Turn 9. He pulled in front of Blaney coming off of Turn 9. He got a little loose, but managed to hold it in front of Blaney heading into Turn 10.
Quiroga held the inside line, while Blaney took a wider entry into the corner. As Quiroga’s car slid up from taking the narrow entry into the corner, Blaney turned under him coming off of Turn 10.
Quiroga wiggled slightly, allowing Blaney pull even and eventually stick his nose out ahead of Quiroga as they came to the checkered flag.
I noticed since that last restart that he’d get huge tows down the back stretch and just get a huge draft,” Blaney told Fox Sports. “I had to protect as best I could. He was able to get to my left side, and I didn’t think he could stay out there. But I got really, really loose underneath him there in that corner. The old-school short track racing cross-over move, I guess, worked on him.”
“They gave me a winning truck, and we came second,” Quiroga said. “It hurts. We’ve come so close, so many times. But we have to keep on trying.”
“The last pass, I really drove it hard in the brake zone and I tried to pass him without wrecking, that’s for sure. We came close. We can’t come any closer on a road course.”
Erik Jones finished third, followed by Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger.
Series point-leader Johnny Sauter finished eighth and hold a seven-point advantage over Matt Crafton, who finished sixth.