BLANEY GETS CAUGHT UP IN THE EARLY BIG ONE, ENDS HIS DAY

  • Ryan Blaney started from 12th position in Saturday night’s 400-mile race at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Shortly after the drop of the green flag, Blaney settled into the top-five, clicking off laps in Stage 1. As the stage drew to a close, Blaney made a move to get closer to the front, but a lack of drafting help kept him pinned to the slower bottom lane, causing him to fall back in the lead pack. He recovered to finish 14th at the conclusion of Stage 1 on lap 40.
  • During the stage caution, crew chief Jeremy Bullins called Blaney to pit road on lap 43. The BODYARMOR crew took two right side tires and fuel. A miscue on the stop forced Blaney to pit again shortly thereafter because there was not enough fuel to make it to the end of Stage 2.
  • The second segment began on lap 46 Blaney went to work moving his way through traffic and back to the front of the field. On lap 54, Blaney was caught up in a massive 24-car pileup between Turns 3 and 4. The BODYARMOR Ford Fusion was badly damaged in the accident and Blaney’s night at Daytona was over. He was credited with a 40th-place finish and is now 11th in the MENCS driver standings.

Quote:
“I don’t know what happened. By the time I looked up and started checking up I was already in it. It’s just one of those deals. When you come here everyone is really close and racing hard and sometimes you’re the bug as opposed to the windshield. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. You hate it, but that’s just the way sometimes this race goes. I thought our car was really fast.  We just had to kind of work our way back up through there, but we don’t get the chance now. I hate it for BODYARMOR. It’s their first primary race and we really wanted to show something for them and we’ll never get the chance to do that.”

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