ALL-STAR ACTION FOR BLANEY IN CHARLOTTE

  • Ryan Blaney started from the sixth position in Saturday night’s All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • In stage one Blaney reported his Hawk Performance Ford Fusion was very tight. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for major adjustments on the first cycle of pit stops which included both air pressure and a wedge adjustment. He subsequently restarted ninth for stage 2.
  • Stage two saw Blaney’s Ford go the opposite direction from very tight to very loose. Blaney had to hold on in the 20-lap segment and finish 12th. On the second round of pit stops the team opted to go slightly back on the air pressure adjustments for stage 3.
  • Blaney was happier with the balance of his Ford Fusion during stage three’s 20-lap segment. Using pit strategy, the team elected to keep track position and stay out between three and fourth stage.
  • Blaney restarted fourth for the final 10 lap segment of stage 4. The young driver tried to wrestle an ill-handling car and unfortunately made contact with the turns 3 and 4 wall late. The team made repairs on a lap 91 caution and he came around the line with a 15th-place finish.

Quote: “We just didn’t have the speed tonight to contend for the win. We made some big adjustments throughout the race to try and make the car handle through the corners. This package was certainly interesting and we’ll see what NASCAR does next with it.”

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