BLANEY BOUNCES BACK AFTER REAR GRIP STRUGGLES

No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 3rd
Stage 1: 27th
Stage 2: 19th
Finish: 14th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 8th (-205)

Notes:

  • Ryan Blaney started third and finished 14th in Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen. The driver of the No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang ran inside the top-10 early in the 90-lap race but was forced to rally back after spinning out and losing precious track position. He remains eighth in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 205 points behind leader Kyle Larson.
  • Blaney ran inside the top-10 for the opening 17 laps of the race before making his first pit stop just prior to the end of Stage 1. He finished 27th when Stage 1 concluded on lap 20 but moved up inside the top-10 when the race went green on lap 22.
  • Blaney spun in the Bus Stop corner moments before the third caution waved on lap 26. Crew chief Todd Gordon called Blaney to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment on the No. 12 Mustang. Blaney fought his way through traffic over the next 13 laps to score a 19th-place finish when Stage 2 ended on lap 40.
  • The driver of the DEX Imaging Ford continued to charge his way back towards the front during the final stage. The team steadily improved the Mustang’s handling and Blaney climbed back towards the top-10. But as the race drew to a close, Blaney reported that his brakes weren’t quite as good as they had been earlier in the race and he struggled for rear drive off the corners. Unfortunately, Blaney couldn’t mount a serious challenge for a top-10 finish and he was credited with 14th-place at the checkered flag.

Quote: “Overall we struggled with some rear grip, then had the wheel-hop spin into the Bus Stop and had to work back from there. I’m really proud of the guys on our DEX Imaging team. They never quit and we’ll go get them next week at Indy.”

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