Ryan Blaney was a race-winning contender all day Sunday at the Indianapolis Road Course. He finished second in Stage 2 and was inside the top five on the overtime restart.
Despite running up front, the result showed just a 26th-place finish for the 28-year-old after he was spun entering Turn 2 by AJ Allmendinger. Allmendinger tried re-entering the course after being shoved into the grass due to multiple cars all looking to gain position in close quarters.
The Team Penske No. 12 driver showed his frustration after the race as he spun Daniel Suárez after the checkered flag waved.
“That’s all people do at the end of these things, just dive in there and wreck you,” Blaney said of the late-race action. “I don’t know who shoved who and I don’t care, but tires didn’t matter at the end. We restarted top three both times and tires don’t really matter. It’s just a matter of getting through on the restart, but, apparently, that’s a hard thing to ask. People just run over each other.”
With four races left before the playoffs, Blaney sits 121 points above the cutline.