No. 12 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 3rd
Stage 2: 16th
Laps Completed: 400/400
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 6th (-136)
- Ryan Blaney started seventh and finished 12th at Dover International Speedway despite running inside the top-five for the majority of the first and second stages in the No. 12 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang. Blaney suffered damage from a piece of debris, forcing multiple pit stops and putting the No. 12 Ford team in recovery mode for the remainder of the race.
- In the opening laps, Blaney kept pace with the race leaders and, after the competition caution at lap 40, quick pit work and a better handling Menards/Cardell Mustang allowed the driver to move into the top five. Blaney maintained a top-five position through the remainder of the stage, making a late charge to the third position with significant long -un speed.
- Blaney suffered nose damage to the Menards/Cardell Mustang at the end of the first stage that had to be repaired during the second stage. Unfortunately, the team also had to repair duct work damaged by the debris, which put the team at the tail end of the lead lap. Blaney was able to climb back to the 16th position before the conclusion of the stage, reporting he needed both air pressure and trackbar adjusted on the upcoming stop.
- Blaney continued to march forward at the beginning of the final stage, working his way towards the top-10 with his repaired Mustang. Inside of 100 laps remaining, Blaney powered back into the top-10, with another caution flag being displayed at lap 314 while being scored in the eighth position.
- As the laps clicked away, so did the handling on the No. 12 Menards/Cardell Mustang with Blaney slipping back to the 12th position. The finish was a disappointing result after the team ran inside the top-five through the opening stages. He remains sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings.
Quote: “We had a fast Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang to start the race, the once we got the damage from the debris and lost our track position it was a battle for the rest of the race. Tough to pass and then there at the end just sort of lost the handle on it.”