April 11, 2021

by a NASCAR fanatic - not affiliated with NASCAR

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Ryan Blaney became the third different Team Penske driver to win a NASCAR Xfinity Series race in the No. 22 Ford when he took the checkered flag on a chilly Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Blaney was the pole sitter and led 132 of 200 laps.

The Xfinity Series was back on the track after a two-week break since Joey Logano won in the No. 22 car at California. That was a week after Brad Keselowski drove that Team Penske entry to Victory Lane in Phoenix.

Joe Gibbs Racing is the only team in the series to win three straight races with the same car and different drivers. Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin won consecutive races in their team’s No. 20 Toyota in 2008. That car actually won four straight races when Stewart won again.

It was the seventh career Xfinity victory for Blaney, who qualified fourth for Sunday’s Cup Series race at the 1 -mile Texas track.

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