DEARBORN – The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team rolls into Kentucky this weekend following one of its strongest performances of the season, marred by a late-race accident, last week in Daytona.
Driver Ryan Blaney was leading the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night with 25 laps to go but crashed and ended up 26th on the scoring pylon. Similar circumstances occurred in last year’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. A lap-87 accident caused the top 10-running Wood Brothers’ No. 21 to finish 35th.
Blaney and company will try to avoid a similar fate this weekend and try to put what they learned last year to good use.
On the Kentucky Speedway Re-Pave:
“I thought the re-pave at Kentucky was okay last year. I thought the track got a little bit of a bigger lane, a bigger groove. Hopefully it widens up a bit more so we can get some two-wide racing going. That would really help it out.”
On His First Kentucky Cup Experience in 2016:
“We were super-fast there last year and got caught up in an accident. If we apply what we learned last year, we should be good.”
On His History at Kentucky:
“Kentucky has always been a good track for us (in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series), whether it was the really rough track a couple of years ago or this new configuration. It’s a place where I’ve enjoyed and our team has seemed to do very well. I like going to that area. The fans are always great and fun.”
RYAN BLANEY KENTUCKY FAST FACTS:
- Started 15th and finished 35th in 2016 race
- Six top 10s (including two wins) in seven XFINITY Series starts at Kentucky
- Three top 10s and a pole in four truck series races at the track
WOOD BROTHERS KENTUCKY FAST FACTS:
- This is only the team’s second start at Kentucky
CREW CHIEF JEREMY BULLINS
On Kentucky Speedway:
“We ran well at Kentucky last year before our accident, even though it was Ryan’s first Cup race there. We also had the unknowns of a new surface and a new track configuration to contend with. We still have the setup challenges of the different banking on either end of the track but we’ve been fast all year and I expect the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion to contend for the pole and the win this weekend.”