Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Inspection Complete: Ryan Blaney Officially Declared NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Ryan Blaney NASCAR Cup Series championship 2023 inspection
yan Blaney has been named the official 2023 NASCAR Cup Series champion following post-race inspection at Phoenix. Photo Credit: Danny Hansen, NKP, Courtesy of Ford Performance

Ryan Blaney scored a solid runner-up finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway, and with that runner-up finish he secured his first NASCAR Cup Series title.

Following the race, Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang was put through the NASCAR post-race inspection process and engine teardown procedure, and it passed with no issues. As a result, NASCAR declared Blaney the official 2023 NASCAR Cup Series champion.

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Ross Chastain, who scored the overall race win, also passed inspection and has been named the official winner of the race.

Kyle Larson officially finished third, and William Byron officially finished fourth, which secured them the second and third-place spot in the overall NASCAR Cup Series Championship Standings.

Chris Buescher finished fifth, and he was followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Michael McDowell, and Bubba Wallace inside the top 10.

Christopher Bell finished last in the race after a brake failure on Lap 109, and as a result, finished fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series season-ending point standings.

Race Results

Race Results: NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix

Driver Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings

Owner Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings

Race Recap

Ross Chastain Dominates; Ryan Blaney Clinches First Cup Series Title at Phoenix

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Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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