- Ryan Blaney finished 25th Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the Menards/Pennzoil Ford Mustang and two-time Talladega winner was involved in three incidents during the event. Blaney was sidelined for the afternoon after an accident on lap 192 between Turns 3 and 4.
- Blaney started 14th and made his way up to ninth by the competition caution on lap 25. Crew chief Todd Gordon made the call for fuel-only and a track bar adjustment on lap 26. He restarted ninth and made his way to the front, taking the lead for the first time on lap 33. Blaney settled into a top-10 position as the laps clicked off in Stage 1.
- Unfortunately, on lap 59 he was involved in a four-car incident on the backstretch. The Menards/Pennzoil crew made repairs over multiple pit stops and Blaney was credited with a 32nd place finish when the stage concluded on lap 60.
- Blaney restarted in 25th position when the race went green on lap 65. He made his way back inside the top 20, but reported the steering was slightly off on his Menards/Pennzoil Ford. On lap 88 he had a right-front tire go down and he hit the outside wall. The Menards/Pennzoil crew hastily made repairs to the No. 12 Mustang to get Blaney’s Ford back competitive and strong moves allowed him to bring home a seventh-place finish when Stage 2 ended on lap 120.
- The final stage would see Blaney run as high as second place on lap 135 but he didn’t make it to the finish line. He made his final pit stop of the day on lap 188 during the first of three NASCAR Overtime periods. Blaney was would be caught up a in nine car crash in Turn 4 on lap 192, ending his day and leaving him with a 25th-place finish.
- Blaney is 13th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings heading to the ROVAL at Charlotte Motor Speedway next Sunday.
“Certainly not the day we wanted. A big thank you Todd Gordon and the Menards/Pennzoil crew doing a great job repairing our Mustang to where we could be competitive. Stinks we don’t have the results to show for, but we’ll move on to the Roval next week.”