CAUTION COMES OUT AT THE WRONG TIME FOR BLANEY IN DARLINGTON

No. 12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 9th
Race Finish: 13th
Stage 1 Finish: 9th
Stage 2 Finish: 3rd
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings: 6th (-18)

Race Rundown: Ryan Blaney finished 13th in Sunday’s Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway driving the No. 12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang. Blaney started ninth and quickly slipped back outside of the top-10 reporting his Ford Mustang was tight. He would manage to hold on for a ninth-place finish in Stage 1. Good service by the Menards crew gained Blaney spots on pit road. The improved balance on the Menards/Moen Ford Mustang enabled Blaney to bring home a third-place finish in Stage 2. As the final stage began, Blaney would remain around the top-five. Unfortunately, a caution during the cycle of pit stops trapped the Menards Ford a lap down. Blaney took the waive-around and raced back into the top-10. On his final stop of the day, he was forced to come back to pit road for a potential loose wheel. He would come home in the 13th position.

Blaney’s Thoughts: “The caution hit us at the wrong time, but we were going to be fine and then we had to re-pit for a wheel that was going to be loose. You can’t do that when there are 20 laps to go in the race. It’s just unfortunate, but, like I said, we stayed in it all day and got some decent stage points and at least finished.”

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