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No. 12 Nascar Ford Wins Controversial 2022 All Star Race: Video

Every year, Nascar hosts an exhibition known as the All Star Race that pays no points toward the Cup Series championship and features a unique set of rules implemented by the sanctioning body. The event this year, held at Texas Motor Speedway, culminated in a controversial finish involving the No. 12 Nascar Ford that caused the racing community to question that ruleset.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Mustang, showed strength after a series of incidents took out several top contenders throughout the race. As the laps wound down, he paced the field, trailed by Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Toyota TRD Camry. However, a caution flag on the last lap nearly eliminated Blaney’s hopes of taking home the trophy and the $1 million purse.

At a normal Cup Series event, a caution flag on the last lap ends the race, and whoever is leading at the time of the yellow flag is credited with the win. However, for the All Star Race, Nascar determined that the race would not end under a caution period should a yellow flag have to be waved on the last lap, and the race would go to Overtime. That’s exactly what happened, as the No. 47 Chevy Camaro ZL1 of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun, prompting Nascar to throw a caution just before Blaney’s No. 12 Mustang crossed the finish line in first.

Blaney incorrectly assumed that the yellow flag had ended the race, and pulled his No. 12 Mustang’s window net down to begin celebrating before he was informed that they would have to defend the win in a Nascar Overtime finish. The sanctioning body allowed a long caution period so Blaney could secure his window net without having to pit and was allowed to continue without losing position. He went on to win when the green flag dropped.

“It was about to be real bad for us, I thought the race was over,” Blaney said after winning. “Everyone thought the race was over. I already had my window net down. I do want to thank NASCAR for letting me kind of fix it and not make us come down pit road. But yeah, that was really tough. Then having to do it all over again after trying to get that window net back up there.”

There was quite a bit of debate on social media regarding the caution thrown on the last lap that almost cost Blaney the victory, with some fans and personalities like Dale Earnhardt Jr. debating the legitimacy of the yellow flag.

Nascar All Star Race results, Texas Motor Speedway, May 22, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 2 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Wrangler Ford 140 84 Ford Mustang
2 16 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 140 0 Toyota TRD Camry
3 12 2 Austin Cindric # Keystone Light Ford 140 7 Ford Mustang
4 9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
5 23 99 Daniel Suarez Freeway Insurance Chevrolet 140 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 20 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 140 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 10 16 AJ Allmendinger(i) Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet 140 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
8 22 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
9 18 6 Brad Keselowski Kohler Generators Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
10 14 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 140 0 Toyota TRD Camry
11 3 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 140 2 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 8 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield #BuschBacon Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
13 5 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 140 0 Toyota TRD Camry
14 7 19 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Toyota 140 0 Toyota TRD Camry
15 19 34 Michael McDowell WISE-EV Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
16 17 23 Bubba Wallace Dr. Pepper Dark Berry Toyota 140 0 Toyota TRD Camry
17 15 4 Kevin Harvick #BuschBacon Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
18 11 14 Chase Briscoe Magical Vacation Planner Ford 140 0 Ford Mustang
19 21 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Viva Towels Chevrolet 139 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 24 43 Erik Jones FOCUSfactor Chevrolet 103 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 1 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crunchy Cookie Toyota 47 47 Toyota TRD Camry
22 6 1 Ross Chastain Worldwide Express Chevrolet 47 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
23 13 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 47 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 4 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 36 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. blksn8k

    I’m glad Blaney won. He had the most dominant car, especially at the end and even with Hamlin on fresher tires. However, had NASCAR disqualified him for not having the window net properly secured or if Hamlin had been able to beat him on that last restart, that would have been the last NASCAR race I ever watched.

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  2. Mike

    The only reason he ( and Ford ) won, is because the earlier potential race winners ( Busch, Larson, Elliot and Chastain ) were forced out of the race.

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  3. dinobrewster1

    i was shocked by this and ended up being confused

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