- Ryan Blaney started second and finished 12th in Saturday’s Pocono Organics 325 at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang ran in the top-five most of the day, but late-race strategy and track position hampered his chances for a win.
- After falling one spot to third at the start of the race, the High Point, NC native ran in that position during the entire 25-lap Stage 1. Blaney reported the Menards/Duracell Ford was handling tight over the “tunnel turn” in Turn 2. He remained on the track during the stage break.
- On the restart for Stage 2, Blaney fell to fourth, as the inside line proved to be a disadvantage for most of the race restarts. The Menards/Duracell Ford made its first pit stop of the day on lap 37 for four tires and fuel. Through the cycle of green flag stops, Blaney worked his way back to fourth at the conclusion of Stage 2 on lap 77.
- During the Stage 2 break, Blaney visited pit lane for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on the No. 12 Ford. After restarting in the 24th position, he raced his way up to 20th before pitting for fuel only on lap 90. From there, Blaney kept moving forward as he earned a 12th-place finish at the checkered flag.
- As a result of the finish, Blaney will start eighth in Sunday’s 350-mile event as the Cup Series will complete its first doubleheader race weekend.
- Blaney now sits second in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 29 points behind leader Kevin Harvick, entering Sunday’s second race at Pocono.
Quote: “We had a really good Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang. We started off too tight and really struggled over the tunnel turn. (Crew chief) Todd Gordon and the crew made good adjustments, but unfortunately our strategy did not pay off, which stinks. We moved up to second in points and we’ll learn from today and be ready for tomorrow.”