BLANEY PICKS UP TWO STAGE WINS IN TEXAS

  • Ryan Blaney started second and finished seventh in Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang had the dominant car all day leading 150 laps and winning both stages, but a late race caution hampered the chances at securing his second victory of 2020.
  • Blaney started second and would run there until the lap 20 competition caution. He would pit under the competition caution and restart eighth. Blaney would drive his way to fifth when the pit cycle began on lap 64. Crew chief Todd Gordon would opt to run the fuel window long and Blaney would pit on lap 90 for routine service. Blaney would inherit the lead and go on to win Stage 1, his first stage win of 2020.
  • Stage 2 began with Blaney restarting first. After falling back to third he drove back to the lead passing Denny Hamlin on lap 126. Through another cycle of green flag pit stops he would go on to win Stage 2.
  • During the Stage 2 break, Blaney visited pit lane for four tires, fuel, and no changes on No. 12 Ford. Restarting first he would once again fall back to third. Blaney worked his way back around Hamlin for the lead on lap 238. He would make his final pit stop of the day on lap 287.
  • Unfortunately, a caution on lap 307 ruined the strategy for Blaney and the No. 12 team. Having to take the waive-around Blaney restarted 16th and managed to work his way back to seventh at race’s end.
  • Blaney now sits second in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 91 points behind leader Kevin Harvick, entering Thursday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

Quote: “It was a strong start to the day. We were able to start on the front row and get the lead there. We pitted on the competition caution, which I thought was a good call, and that inherited us the lead later and was able to win us that stage with just being fast and being able to make up all the time. Then we were able to do the same thing in the second stage, and I thought we had a good strategy for the last stage and the caution came out maybe eight to ten laps before all the other guys that were on the different strategy would have had to pit, so that just stunk. We had to take the wave around and lined up 15th or something and could only get back to seventh in that short amount of time. It is a disappointing finish, for sure. We had a dominant car all day, especially on long runs, but really proud of that and just unfortunate with the way it ended for us.”

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