GREAT DAY FOR BLANEY AT PHOENIX IS CUT SHORT BY A LUGNUT

  • Ryan Blaney rolled off from the fourth position in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway. The driver of the PPG Ford Fusion ran well in the opening laps of the 312-lap event. Despite being tight in the center of the turns, Blaney drove from fourth to third early.
  • After leader Kevin Harvick blew a tire, Blaney would come home second in stage one. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins called a four tire change along with an air pressure adjustment during the first round of service on lap 78.
  • Blaney restarted fourth when stage two began on lap 80. He reported the PPG Ford had similar handling to the first stage. The second caution of the race came out with just 10 laps remaining in the stage. Bullins opted for a four tire change, while others stayed out or took two right-side tires. Blaney restarted outside the top-10 and managed to get through multiple three and four-wide scenarios, bringing the multi-colored Ford home eighth. During the stage break, Blaney and many of the cars who took four tires flipped strategy and took two right-side tires.
  • Armed with track position, Blaney raced inside the top-three for the majority of the final stage. He reported his car had gone to the very loose side on entry and tight in the middle.
  • After making what would be his final pit stop on lap 231, Blaney reported the engine’s water pressure was at zero and was losing power. Blaney made an unscheduled stop on lap 237 and team was forced to retire the PPG Ford for the afternoon.
  • He was credited with a 34th-place finish and remains ninth in the MENCS standings.
Quote: “We had an awesome PPG Ford today at ISM Raceway today. This has been a track we’ve struggled at in the past, but we really hit on something good today. Unfortunately, we had a very freak thing happen with a lugnut going through our radiator that ended our day. I’m super proud of everyone on this team and can’t thank them enough for all their hard work.”
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