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Eventually, Blaney overtook Busch coming around the final turn.
Kyle Busch, who led 100 of the race's 160 laps, was 10 laps away from his first win of the season before Blaney passed him for first place.
Blaney's margin of victory was a mere.139 seconds.
Chase Elliott, Earnhardt's teammate in Hendrick's No. 24 Chevy, will start 25th in the field, missing out on the 24-driver cut after the first knockout round of qualifying by just six thousandths of a second.
Darrell Wallace Jr. woke up around 2:30 a.m. ready to race.
Blaney was a popular victor. The Wood Brothers have won at least one race in each of the last seven decades, but none since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011. Sunday may have been his first win but he's qualified well most of the season and done his fair share of racing up front.
"We felt like it was a good idea to go out there and make a run and get a good idea to how our race set-up feels for (Saturday)", he said. "That would have been the worst thing to do. That was really cool of him".
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"I think it just shows Adam Stevens is able to prepare his team, prepare his cars", Busch said. "I had a tough time driving in the corner all day, and we couldn't stop like we wanted to all weekend and you had to be really careful there with the brakes".
"It's a heck of a way to start my weekend and heck of a way to end my weekend, passing out", said Wallace, who was taken to the Infield Care Center.
Blaney had to work for the win - more than just holding off Harvick.
"These young guys winning is important for our sport", Harvick said. "I grew up watching my dad race on this race track and it's so cool to get the Wood Brothers in victory lane, and to do it here at a race track that is really close to OH - a home to me - is pretty awesome". "A win like this is good for the sport". Pit strategy shuffled Blaney back to fourth for the final restart, but when the race returned to green, Blaney retook second. "That's how I'm treating it", Wallace said Sunday. The excitement got to the young driver.
"You know, it was good to see Ryan win", Jones said. Blaney drives for the Wood Brothers, one of the most storied teams in NASCAR. You have to have everything going right to win races. "It definitely took a few runs there to get my marks down and get a little faith in the auto and what it was doing and where I needed to put it and we got faster each round".
"Jimmie Johnson reached out pretty much as soon as we announced it", Wallace told NASCAR.com. "My dad never won here in the Cup series and if he would have gotten the right opportunities he would have done very well". "It could happen, but I don't see it".
The face featured 13 lead changes among nine different drivers.
Martin Truex Jr. will start from the rear in today's Pocono 400 after Furniture Row Racing changed the engine in his No. 78 Toyota.
Track workers needed a relatively significant amount of time to clean up the damage, leading to a red flag shortly before the end of the second stage, which was won by Kyle Larson.
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