BLANEY FINISHES STRONG IN RICHMOND

  • Ryan Blaney started his No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Fusion from the 13th position in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
  • In the first, 100-lap stage the young driver radioed that he needed help with forward drive off the corners, in addition to being loose on corner entry. He would finish 15th as the stage ran green for all 100 laps.
  • Crew chief Jeremy Bullins made significant adjustments during the break, allowing Blaney to begin the second, 100-lap stage with a better feel underneath his No. 12 Ford. However, the handling began to deteriorate over the course of the stage that also ran green for 100 laps.
  • Over the course of the second half of the race, Blaney told Bullins that rear grip was his biggest issue as the temperature continued to drop around the track.
  • While pitting under the green flag at lap 326, the No. 12 Ford was issued a pit road penalty for an uncontrolled tire during the pit stop. This resulted in Blaney having to make a drive-through penalty that cost him one lap to the race leaders.
  • On lap 354, Blaney was contacted from behind by the No. 17 of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on entry into Turn 4 to bring out a caution. While the damage was not terribly severe it took several trips to pit road to make the necessary repairs, which also cost the team one lap to the leaders.
  • Two more cautions allowed the team to take the wave around and get both of the lost laps back. A final caution gave Bullins an opportunity to call Blaney to pit road for fresh tires to make a strong run to the end, but unfortunately the team had to settle for a 22nd-place finish.

Quote “Honestly, this is not one of our better tracks and we just never got a handle on the No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Fusion this weekend. We were probably going to finish somewhere around 15th because that’s really where we ran most of the night, but the uncontrolled tire and the accident with the 17 car dropped us back in the field and we had to plat catch up from that point. Disappointing but we go to Talladega with a lot of confidence in our restrictor-plate program.”

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