BLANEY GETS BEHIND THE EIGHT-BALL IN VEGAS, RALLIES FOR TOP-5 FINISH

No. 12 Menards/Knauff Insulation Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 2nd
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 21st
Finish: 5th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 267/267
Laps Led: 8
Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-33)

Notes:

  • Ryan Blaney started second’ led eight laps and finished in the fifth position on Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the No. 12 Menards/Knauf Mustang. Blaney and the team scored stage points in the opening stage’ while dropping back to the 21st position in the second stage with the field on split pit stop strategies. Blaney now heads to Talladega Superspeedway’ where he’s a two-time race winner.
  • After starting second’ Blaney maintained inside the top-five’ with the team making an air pressure adjustment under the competition caution at lap 25. Late in the first stage’ Blaney reported his cool suit was pumping hot water’ with the team set to try and troubleshoot it under the stage caution. Blaney finished Stage 1 in the fourth position’ collecting seven valuable stage points.
  • On the Stage 2 restart’ Blaney reported he hit something while racing for the third position’ creating a hole in the nose and causing the Menards Mustang to become extremely tight. Blaney would pit at lap 154 and take the wave around to start the third stage.
  • Despite running some of the fastest laps on the track’ Blaney reported that his Menards/Knauf Mustang was too tight. On the potential final stop of the race’ crew chief Todd Gordon elected to make air pressure adjustments and add tape to the nose of the No. 12 Ford.
  • Blaney remained tight through the long green flag stretch of the final stage but continued to work forward towards the top-five. He would finish the race in the fifth position and sits ___ points ahead of the cutoff line headed to Talladega.

Quote: “I thought a couple of cars were a little quicker than us. We got behind the eight-ball a little bit there in that second stage having to pit at the end and take the wave around. That hurt us. We had a fast enough Menards Ford Mustang to finish fifth. That is something to be proud of and we will go on to Talladega.”

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