Ryan Blaney led three Ford Performance drivers who swept NASCAR championship weekend. It was the first time in Ford’s history that the company has had a driver win each series in the same season.
Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney drove Mustang to its second straight NASCAR Cup Series title at Phoenix Raceway, capping a weekend that saw Ford claim all three of NASCAR’s major touring titles for the first time in its history.
Blaney got the job done by finishing second in Sunday’s race, and beating fellow Championship 4 drivers Kyle Larson and William Byron, who ended up right behind in third and fourth, respectively. The race came down to a 31-lap dash to the finish. Blaney restarted sixth while Larson was third and Byron fifth, but the Team Penske driver passed Byron three laps later and then battled Larson for the next eight circuits before finally getting past him on lap 292 of the 312-lap event.