- Ryan Blaney started 17th and finished 38th in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The driver of the Menards/Knauf Ford Mustang had worked his way to the lead when he and teammate Brad Keselowski got together on lap 96, ending their days.
- After starting from the 17th position, Blaney worked his way quickly into the top-10 despite reporting to crew chief Todd Gordon that his Ford Mustang was tight on the exit of both corners. Blaney would work his way up to the seventh position when Stage 1 was completed on lap 40.
- Under the stage break, Blaney would pit for four tires, fuel and both a track bar and wedge adjustment. Unfortunately, Blaney had to make an additional stop get the Menards/Knauf Ford Mustang full of fuel. He would restart 29th and he methodically work his way back through the field to come home in the 10th position in Stage 2.
- Strong service by the Menards crew got Blaney out in the seventh position as the final stage began. Using a strong push from Denny Hamlin, Blaney would get the lead on lap 92. Unfortunately, the lead would be short lived after teammate Keselowski got loose underneath the Menards/Knauf Ford, sending both drivers into the outside wall. Blaney would be scored with a 38th-place finish.
- Blaney now sits fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 175 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Quote: “It’s just unfortunate for the whole Penske organization. We had two fast cars battling for the lead and it just stinks that happened. He had a run, like he said, and he didn’t think he had as big of a run as he had and just got loose and, unfortunately, got us both. It’s a shame to end our day like that with the Knauf/Menards Ford Mustang. We were so fast. We had to battle back from having to pit again and got to 10th for the second stage and then got the lead. I was like, ‘All right, we can finally go back at it,’ and just got together there. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not going to carry over. Things happen. Mistakes happen. It’s just a shame both of us got taken out.”