Despite Vegas DQ Muddle, Blaney Is Full Speed Ahead

The first text Ryan Blaney received when he stepped off the plane on his return home from the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a message notifying him he had been disqualified. With Blaney being a NASCAR Cup Series playoff contender in the Round of 8, the loss of points threw the team into a precarious position, as they were demoted to last on the playoff grid with a 56-point deficit to the cutline. “It was like, ‘OK, we have to win one of the next two weeks,’” Blaney said. On Monday evening, NASCAR rescinded the disqualification, restoring his sixth-place finish and the eight stage points Blaney earned at the 1.5-mile track. His points deficit in the playoffs was reduced from 56 to 17 points. “You can do it on points but it is going to be hard.

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