Ryan Blaney scored the 9th win of his NASCAR Cup Series career yesterday after a photo finish in the YellaWood 500, locking the driver of the #12 car for Team Penske into the round of 8 in the playoffs and one step closer to his first Cup Series championship.
It was his third win at Talladega, and believe it or not, it was also his biggest margin of victory – but that’s not saying much, as both of his prior wins at NASCAR’s biggest track have been by only .007 seconds:
And after his big win, Blaney did something that he usually doesn’t do after a victory: He did a burnout.
Burnouts are a tradition after a win, with drivers putting on a show for fans to celebrate. But Blaney generally opts for a more muted celebration after his wins.
So in his postrace press conference, the driver was asked why he generally opts not to do burnouts after a win – and apparently it’s due to some advice from Dale Inman, former crew chief for NASCAR legend Richard Petty:
“He said, ‘Hey, you don’t see the winner of the Kentucky Derby get off his horse and start beating the shit out of it.'”