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Stock Car Scoop: Breaking Down the 2022 All-Star Race Finish

After some generally lackluster racing in the 2022 All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Cup Series’ exhibition event was won by Ryan Blaney after a green-flag run of double-digit laps … or so it seemed.

Instead, a last-second caution forced overtime just as Blaney was about to take the checkered flag. The initial reaction from Blaney, thinking he had won, was to put his window net down, a rule NASCAR typically strictly enforces. Blaney was allowed to hold it up and won a race he deserved to, but how could the situation have been handled better by NASCAR and what was the racing like at Texas? Hosts Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss this and more.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Steve C

Blaney saw the checkered flag in the flagmans hand just like all of us did. The brass in the tower obviously made a decision to quickly withdraw it. Bad decision. That car on the backstretch was still moving forward. Not a crash. Why do these “sophisticated, forward thinking” people continue to embarrass themselves? Oh how I long for the days of Harold Kinder & Dick Beatty.

DoninAjax

Does anyone believe that if Baby Busch was coming to the checkers that the caution still would have been thrown? The toadies in the control tower would have been celebrating and falling all over themselves getting another rum and coke.

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