Stage 1: 7th
Stage 2: 9th
Laps Completed: 293/293
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-124)
- Driving the throwback No. 12 Advanced Auto Parts Ford Mustang, Ryan Blaney started 16th, ran inside the top-10 all day long and finished eighth in Sunday afternoon’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Blaney and the No. 12 Ford team remain fifth in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings, 124 markers behind leader Denny Hamlin.
- During the opening run of the event, Blaney ran 12th until the first caution flag flew on lap 25. Blaney reported the No. 12 Advanced Auto Parts Mustang took off tight and continued to run a little tight in traffic. As Stage 1 progressed, the handling of the No. 12 Mustang improved and Blaney raced his way to seventh to finish out the first Stage. Crew chief Todd Gordon elected to bring his driver to pit road for an air pressure adjustment, stagger, four tires and fuel on the No. 12 Ford.
- Blaney restarted the second stage in 10th place and remained inside the top-10. He raced his way to eighth before making a green flag stop on lap 140 for fuel and four tires. As the run progressed, Blaney remained inside the top-10 with a tight handling Mustang and was scored ninth when the caution flag ended the second stage. The Advanced Auto Parts team elected to pit for four tires, fuel and adjustments.
- Blaney began the final stage from the eighth position. After making two green flag pit cycles, Blaney was scored fifth but slipped to ninth after marking contact with the wall and ultimately finished in eighth place.
Quote: “Not a bad day. We ran kind of top-10 all day and just kind of hit the wall one too many times. I hit it a few times and the last time I really got into it trying to protect fifth there. I just hurt it a little too much. Overall I am proud of the effort. Here and Richmond are places that I have struggled at in the past and we have had some decent runs at those this year and I am really looking forward to coming back to these two places in the playoffs, so that is big that we seem to be learning a lot.”