- Ryan Blaney started from the 23th position in his No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Fusion in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
- During the first run on Stage 1, Blaney reported his Ford was a little tight off the turns. Several of Ford teams pitted together on lap 13, a strategic move to have enough fuel to make it to the end of the first segment. After the cycle of pit stops, Blaney was up to seventh in the running order – the position where he finished when Stage 1 concluded on lap 55.
- Blaney raced near the top-five during the entirety of Stage 2. He made a pit stop on lap 68 and managed blend back into the lead pack. He finished the segment in third-place behind teammates Paul Menard and Joey Logano.
- Unfortunately, Blaney’s chances for a top-10 finish went away when he was caught up in a multiple car accident in Turn 3 on lap 167, damaging the left-rear corner of his car. He made several pit stops during the final caution period for repairs to his Menards/Richmond Ford Fusion. The team made sufficient repairs and Blaney soldiered home for an 18th-place finish. He remains eighth the MENCS driver standings, 134 points behind the leader.
Quote: “I thought had a really good Menards/Richmond Ford Fusion today. We sacrificed some qualifying speed to focus on having a good driving car in the race. I felt like we were in a decent position towards in the end to move to the front. Unfortunately I thought I had the accident in turn 3 cleared but Brad (Keselowski) wasn’t able to get stopped and ran in the back of me. We managed to finish the race and congratulations to Joey (Logano) and the entire No. 22 team on the victory. Restrictor-plate racing is all about being in the right spot at the right time and for that moment we weren’t.”