The race, a dirt event at Sharon International Speedway, was billed as a battle of the Blaneys, as Ryan Blaney made the trek over to the family race track to battle father Dave Blaney. A very early wreck in the first heat circumvented Ryan’s chances in the race due to damage, but he was still able to beat his father by finishing seventh in the feature to Dave’s 12th.
Midway through the time-shortened feature, Andretti drove into points rival Ryan Newman in the final restart and sent Newman and himself spinning. As Elliott and Tony Stewart battled for the lead up front, Andretti and Newman battled for the championship near the back of the pack. Dave Blaney tangled with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps, sending Hunter-Reay into both Andretti and Newman behind.
Although Newman seemed to take the worst of the vehicle damage, Andretti revealed following the race that he broke his wrist in the accident. Andretti was able to continue on in the race, and finished ninth to Newman’s eighth, which was just good enough to win the title on a two point squeaker over the “Rocket-Man”.
Elliott and Stewart exchanged the lead multiple times during the final nine green flag laps, but Elliott got by the three time Cup champion with five laps to go and held on for the win.
Matt Kenseth finished third and Hunter-Reay finished fourth. Bobby Labonte came into the feature with an outside chance of winning the championship, but he couldn’t accomplish it and finished in fifth. Greg Biffle rounded out the first half of the field in fifth.
Michael Waltrip finished last in 13th.
A major wreck in the early laps took out Ryan Blaney and Kenseth for this heat and the second heat. Kanaan, Tracy, and Elliott were also involved.
Newman took the lead early and won the heat, holding off Waltrip and Andretti for the heat win. There was a late caution for Biffle spinning near the back of the pack, and there was an extra restart after the original one was waved off.
This race turned into a duel between the master (Dave Blaney) and the young champion (Elliott), with Blaney riding the top and everybody else…