Blaney Cops Dillon Money

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Ryan Blaney (center) won Saturday's PASS late-model feature at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Sharing the podium are runner-up Preston Peltier (left) and third-place Jay Fogleman. (PASS photo)
Ryan Blaney (center) won Saturday's PASS late-model feature at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Sharing the podium are runner-up Preston Peltier (left) and third-place Jay Fogleman. (PASS photo)

DILLON, S.C. — Ryan Blaney won at Dillon Motor Speedway for the second consecutive season Saturday night as the Pro All Stars Series late models held the South Carolina Clash 150.

 

After the redraw Jimmy Weller took the green flag from the first position with Bradley McCaskill alongside. McCaskill got the jump, taking the early lead with Weller dropping into second. With the field scrambling for positions behind, the first yellow flag flew at lap four for a single-car spin in turn one by Joe Heigl.

 

On the restart, the front row flip-flopped from the initial start and McCaskill held the lead, but Hindman moved to the second with Justin Wakefield driving up into third. Weller settled into the fourth position with Preston Peltier fifth. On lap 20, after pressuring McCaskill for several laps, Hindman moved into the top spot.

 

Yellow-flag fever took over as the following 50 laps saw the field slowed multiple times for spins.

 

After a yellow flag at lap 112 for a spin by Lavender Hindman and McCaskill, who restarted in the first two positions, made contact in turn one. Hindman continued on the leader but McCaskill dropped several positions in the mix. A few laps later, Blaney began to show his muscle, moving into second position and looking to run down Hindman. Blaney took the lead on lap 130 and drove away until a caution with four laps remaining set up a late dash to the checkered flag.

 

Blaney, who saved his tires until it was “go time,” easily navigated his way around the track to take the win.

 

“We had a game plan going into this thing,” said Blaney. “I made a driving mistake last race going to early and ended up being a sitting duck. We thought long and hard about this the last couple weeks.

 

“It is great racing with Jay, Preston, Andy and everyone in the PASS Series. I hate it that so many cars got torn up right before North Wilkesboro. I just want to thank everybody for making this thing possible.”

 

Peltier battled hard with Fogleman over the final few laps, crossing the line in second.

 

“I wasn’t clear there once on the front stretch and came up (on Fogleman),” explained Peltier. “My spotter said ‘clear’ and he got back in there real quick. I tried to get down as quick as I could so we didn’t tear up any cars.”

 

Fogleman, Hindman and Wakefield rounded out the top five.

 

The finish:

Ryan Blaney, Preston Peltier, Jay Fogleman, Heath Hindman, Justin Wakefield, Bradley McCaskill, Roger Lee Newton, Grant Davidson, John Batten, R.A. Brown, Alex Fleming, Steven Legendre, Gray Gaulding, Jimmy Weller, Jody Lavender, Dana White, Jimmy Doyle, Clete Caywood, Andy Loden, Joe Heigl, Mark Reedy.