No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 9th
Laps Completed: 367/367
Laps Led: 17
Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-58)
- Ryan Blaney started from the pole and led 17 laps before suffering brake failure late in the race, derailing a would be top-five finish. Blaney scored points and despite the brake failure, persevered for a 22nd-place finish in the No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang.
- After leading the opening laps of the race, Blaney reported the Menards/Richmond Mustang was too free on corner entry, prompting crew chief Todd Gordon to make an air pressure adjustment under the competition caution at lap 25. The team would pit two more times during Stage 1, making steady gains in securing the rear of the car as Blaney remained inside the top-five. Blaney finished Stage 1 in the fourth position, collecting seven valuable points.
- An ill-timed debris caution midway through Stage 2 trapped the No. 12 Menards/Richmond Mustang a lap-down, inside the top-10 as the yellow flag occurred during a green flag pit cycle. Blaney remained on track to take the wave around. Blaney would maintain position inside the top-10, finishing Stage 2 in the ninth position. Under the stage break the driver reported he wanted a little more rear security, which prompted an air pressure change on the stage ending stop. Unfortunately, an uncontrolled tire forced the No. 12 Menards/Richmond Mustang to return to pit road and start the race at the tail of the field.
- After the penalty, Blaney began rallying back to the front through lapped cars and cars on the tail-end of the lead lap, racing inside the top 15 before hitting pit road at lap 271. Unfortunately, Blaney lost brakes at lap 317, resulting in a spin on corner entry, bringing out the yellow flag. The team would make numerous pit stops to work on the car to make it safe to finish the race.
- Blaney continued to run laps until the checkered flag, ultimately finishing the race in the 22nd position after leading laps and running inside the top-five for a great deal of the 500-mile race. Blaney was also able to score valuable points in both Stage 1 and Stage 2.
Quote: “It’s a shame. I thought we were pretty decent. I thought we could have run top seven today with our Menards Ford, which would have been a great day, but we got some stage points though and didn’t wreck the race car, so that’s good. It was not a great night, but it could have been a lot worse.”