HOT LAPS IN HOT-LANTA; BLANEY FINISHES IN THE TOP-5

No. 12 Wabash Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 6th
Race Finish: 5th
Stage 1 Finish: 4th
Stage 2 Finish: 4th
Laps Led: 2
Point Standings: 2nd (-47)

Race Rundown: Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 Wabash Ford Mustang put up a strong fight in Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ultimately resulting in a fifth-place finish. The Team Penske driver started sixth after inclement weather washed out qualifying Saturday and the lineup was set per the rulebook. Blaney maintained his track position through the onset of the 400-mile event, while working with a loose-handling Wabash Mustang to conclude Stage 1 with a strong fourth-place finish. The No. 12 continued to charge at the front of the field throughout Stage 2 while juggling a back-and-forth balance. After collecting points with another fourth-place finish in Stage 2, Blaney muscled through the final segment and collected a small scuff as two cars made contact ahead of him. In the final push, the No. 12 Mustang charged ahead to record its seventh top-five effort of the season with a fifth-place finish.

Blaney’s Thoughts: “We were OK.  We just lacked a little speed.  We were decent, but we kind of lost track position there when some guys only did fuel and it was hard to get back up.  Luckily, we ended up with a decent finish.  We’ll go on to next week.  We survived it and now we’ll get out of here.”

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