RYAN BLANEY, TOUGHEST MAN IN SONOMA

It was not an easy day for Ryan Blaney in Sunday’s race in Sonoma.

The Team Penske driver lost the power steering in his No. 12 Ford early in the final stage of the race. But instead of parking the car, he stuck it out through the end and placed 34th.

NASCAR America’s Dale Jarrett said Blaney was the “toughest man” on the track Sunday.

“If this happens on an oval and when that power steering goes out, the banking can help you and you can manage there,” Jarrett said. “It’s a tough afternoon to finish that, but it couldn’t have happened at a worse place, with so many turns here, you’re still having to shift, do everything that you can. … For him to be able to do this, he’s not a very big guy, I was very impressed physically that he was able to handle this throughout the day.”

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