On Monday at Talladega Superspeedway, Ryan Blaney held on to the lead with two laps to go, earning his second straight win at the track. It was a race that also began with NASCAR drivers throwing their support behind Bubba Wallace, one day after a noose was found in his garage stall.
Blaney edged past Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the finish line for his fourth win and first since Talladega in October, this time before a mostly empty venue.
The crowd dwindled significantly from Sunday, when up to 5,000 fans were allowed into Talladega. The race was only the second with fans since NASCAR returned from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
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