CYLINDER PROBLEM LEADS TO SHORT NIGHT FOR BLANEY

  • Ryan Blaney started from the eighth position in Sunday’s night’s Coca-Cola 600.
  • Blaney raced his way into the top-five early in Stage 1. His PPG Ford Fusion handled well in Turns 1 and 2, but was loose in Turns 3 and 4. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for a wedge and air pressure adjustment plus added tape to the nose. Blaney gained three position on the pit stop thanks to great service by the No. 12 crew. He remained inside the top-two positions and brought home a second-place finish when the first segment of the race ended on lap 100.
  • Stage 2 saw Blaney restart inside the top-five. But ear the end of the stage, Blaney reported an issue with the engine of the No. 12. He rode out the remainder of the segment, scoring a 14th-place finish. During the stage break, the team looked under the hood but unfortunately nothing could be fixed on pit road.
  • Blaney was left to nurse the sick engine to the finish of the race but it wasn’t meant to be. On lap 280 power plant broke, ending Blaney’s night in flames. The young driver safely hopped out of his car but his evening was over.
  • Blaney was credited with a 36th-place finish and now sits 11th in the Cup Series driver standings.

Quote:
“We had a cylinder let go maybe around lap 150 and we were just trying to limp it home. When they go that early you don’t expect it to last all race, but it lasted a lot longer than I thought and then it finally let go into one. That stinks. I thought we had a really good car. I would have liked to see how the race would have progressed for us, but we won’t see that anymore. Hopefully, we can go out and have a good run at Pocono and then at Michigan.”

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