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TALLADEGA -- Cup playoff contender Ryan Blaney began Sunday in 11th place but only five points out of eighth.

He got caught up in the second red-flag wreck late in the race, which might cost him a chance to advance in the playoffs. After next week's race in Kansas, only the top eight move on.

"I thought we were one of the fastest cars all day, which was nice to show, but you can be the fastest car and not finish the race and you've got nothing to show for it," Blaney said.

It marked a sour end to a day in which he performed well in the stage racing. He finished third in the first stage and won the second to earn 18 points.

"We're going to finish 25th now," Blaney said as he waited on the end of the race. "(The stage points) really don't mean anything. We had a shot to win the race, but you finish 25th, and you get 18 stage points, it doesn't matter.

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