DOVER, Del. — With a checkered flag missing and no highlight reel burnout to be found, Ryan Blaney may at least want to keep the race trophy as a keepsake to prove he won at Dover.

Blaney crashed the Xfinity Series playoffs and the Cup regular dominated Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

“It’s really hard to get a car like that,” he said.

NASCAR imposed limits this season on how many times the elite Cup drivers can race in NASCAR’s second-tier series. But no rule could stop Blaney from reaching victory lane. Blaney made the Cup playoffs with a win at Pocono and played spoiler at Dover in the second race of the Xfinity playoffs.

Blaney, a social media darling in NASCAR, took his checkered flag and slipped it through a fence to give to a young fan. Blaney recalled he was once that same excited kid when he tagged along at the track as the son of former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney and grandson of dirt track star Lou Blaney.

“He seemed really pumped up to be at the race,” Blaney said. “There was a lot of kids here today, which is really cool. I kind of saw a little bit of myself. I was a little kid coming here and watching races. Anything we can to do to try to keep them coming back and show them a pretty great experience at the track. He looked like he wanted it and he was pretty happy when he got it.”

Almost as happy as Blaney was to win it. Blaney, who usually gives a checkered flag to a team member, also skipped the traditional winner’s burnout.

“It’s not really my thing,” he said.

Xfinity playoff drivers took the second through six spots and nine of the top 11. Justin Allgaier was second, followed by William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Brennan Poole.

TRUCKS: Ben Rhodes earned his first career series victory by holding off Christopher Bell at Las Vegas.

Rhodes earned an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs with the win. Bell was the winner a week ago at New Hampshire.

Rhodes was the winner of the second stage but didn’t get a chance to race for the win until John Hunter Nemechek ran out of fuel under caution with 14 laps remaining..

Although Nemechek stayed on the lead lap, he was 10th on the restart with seven laps remaining. It set up a frantic dash to the finish, and Rhodes had to use a late block on Bell to save the victory.

FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix with another brilliant drive under pressure in Sepang, Malaysia, while title rival Sebastian Vettel’s misery continued as he quit early in qualifying after losing power on a straight.