Ryan Blaney pulls a 'Newgarden,' celebrates Coca-Cola 600 win & Penske sweep with run into Charlotte stands

Team Penske enjoyed quite the weekend on the track, snagging both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, two of the crown jewels of American motorsports.

When Josef Newgarden emerged out of the cockpit Sunday in Indy, he headed straight for the chain-link fence in front of the grandstand. Or, rather, he headed under it; Newgarden rollicked in delight with a swarm of fans cheering along next to the start/finish line.

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It was a Kodak moment. And NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Blaney took notes.

Blaney recreated the iconic scene after his victory in Monday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It didn't quite have the spontaneity of Newgarden's dive. It did have the same effect, though; it bolstered his stock among fans, in particular the one to whom he handed the checkered flag.

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Blaney was clearly influenced by his Penske counterpart. Just look at the form he employed as he was swept away in the delirium that surrounded him. Roger Penske would be proud.

Blaney told reporters in his post-race presser that the sole reason he opted for that celebration was because Newgarden did at it The Brickyard.

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All in all, it was a great weekend for those who race for The Captain. And they made sure to spread their joy to those in attendance.

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