FRUSTRATING DAY IN MARTINSVILLE FOR BLANEY

No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 8th
Stage 1: 12th
Stage 2: 13th
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 501/501
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 7th (-2692)

Notes:

  • Ryan Blaney started eighth and finished 11th in Sunday afternoon’s XFINITY 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the penultimate race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The 11th place finish would cause the No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford team to fall short of reaching the Championship 4 next week at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney currently sits seventh in the point standings heading into next week’s season finale.
  • In the opening stage, Blaney struggled with a tight No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang, even after the team adjusted with two-rounds of trackbar during the competition caution at lap 60. Blaney also took significant left rear damage after contact with another competitor, forcing the team to repair the car and lose valuable track position.
  • Through the second stage, Blaney reported that the adjustments were making headway, but needed a little more to contend with the race leaders. The No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford Mustang finished Stage 2 in the 13th position with the team still seeking to give the driver entry and exit security along with helping the center turn.
  • In the final stage, Blaney would receive additional damage to the left rear, resulting in the team returning to pit road under caution to make repairs and also allow the team to make another adjustment on the Menards/Richmond Mustang. Blaney would continue to battle for track-position outside the top-10, trying to mount a second comeback drive in the 500-lap event. However, Blaney would fall just short of the top-10 at the checkered flag, bringing the No. 12 Menards/Richmond Ford home in the 11th position.

Quote: “It was definitely frustrating.  I was looking forward to today a lot.  We had one run where I thought we got going pretty good and drove up into the top 10 and made an adjustment and went right back to where it was.  It was kind of a head scratcher today.  I wish I could tell you where we missed it at, but I appreciate all the hard work from everybody today.  It just wasn’t quite enough.”

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