HARD FOUGHT DAY FOR BLANEY AND TEAM PENSKE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

  • Ryan Blaney started and finished eighth in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. This was his third top-10 finish of the 2018 season and an Auto Club Speedway career-best.
  • Blaney fought both a tight and loose PPG Ford in the opening two runs of the first stage. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins made several air pressure and chassis adjustments to fix the handling of the car throughout.
  • On lap 50, Blaney made an unscheduled pit stop after making slight contact with the outside wall. He subsequently lost a lap in the process.
  • Through a cycle of pit stops during the midpoint of the second stage, Blaney elected to stretch the fuel and tires in the hope he would catch a caution and get back on the lead lap.
  • Blaney would elect to take to the waive-around near the end of the second stage, which put him on equal tires to the leaders to begin the final stage of the race. Blaney drove his way from outside the top-20 to his final finishing position of eighth.

“It was a hard fought day for our PPG Ford team. We started a little tight and after the first couple pit stops got super loose. I made contact with the wall and had to make an unscheduled pit stop putting us way behind. The team did a great job repairing the car and we finally managed to work our way back on the lead lap late. I feel like I set us back, but we worked hard and managed to bring home a solid finish. It stinks we didn’t get any stage points, but we’ll try gain a lot next week in Martinsville.”

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