KANSAS ISSUES PUSH BLANEY OUTSIDE THE TOP-4 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN

No. 12 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 2nd
Stage 1: 27th
Stage 2: 13th
Finish: 37th
Status: Accident
Laps Completed: 224/267
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 5th (-108)

Notes:

  • Ryan Blaney started second and finished 37th after a late-race incident in the No. 12 Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang on Sunday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Blaney ran inside the top-10 for a majority of the race while battling a loose handling race car and was on his way to another solid points day when the aforementioned disaster struck.
  • Blaney ran inside the top-five for the first 72 laps of the opening stage before cutting a right rear tire and having to pit, dropping the Menards Ford one lap down before the stage ending caution. The team elected to pit for four tires and take the wave around to begin the second stage.
  • For the first run of the second stage, Blaney battled dirty air while trying to recover from the flat tire. The team pitted at lap 123 on the green flag cycle for four tires an air pressure adjustment and added a significant amount of grill tape with the cooler temperatures. Blaney finished the stage in the 13th position, then pitted for a wedge adjustment to the left and right side of the Menards/Cardell Ford Mustang.
  • In the final stage, Blaney started making forward progress with the adjustments consistently improving the handling of the No. 12 Mustang. On lap 220, Blaney would hit pit road for potentially the final stop of the race, getting an air pressure adjustment to continue working on the loose condition.
  • Unfortunately, Blaney was collected in a lap 224 collision with another competitor, sending the No. 12 Menards/Cardell Mustang into the wall and out of the race. Blaney was credited with a 37th-place finish, a disappointing result after a promising top-10 run.

Quote:  “Yeah, we got run into from two lanes below me. I have no idea. Obviously it hurts. Finishing 37th is not prime. We didn’t have a great day but we did a good job of fighting back and getting back into the top-10 but then just got wiped out when we had plenty of room. That sucks. It is very unfortunate.”

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