• Ryan Blaney started fourth and finished fifth in Sunday’s 500-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway. Blaney ran the majority of the first stage inside the top-five before the first round of green flag pit stops.
  • He reported the Menards/Richmond Ford Fusion was tight in both the center and exit of the turns. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for a wedge and air pressure adjustment on the first pit stop. Unfortunately the No. 12 team was penalized for an uncontrolled tire, putting Blaney at the tail end of the lead lap at the conclusion of Stage 1.
  • Blaney managed to recover from the penalty thanks to a fast pit stop that got him back inside the top-10 near the end of Stage 2. But on lap 141, Blaney made an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, and once fell a lap down.
  • Blaney received the free pass back on the lead lap during the fifth caution on lap 179, which also prompted a brief red flag delay. The No. 12 Ford received some minor nose damage in the incident that was repaired on later pit stops.
  • Blaney rallied over the last 23 laps for a fifth place finish, his third top-five of 2018 and career-best Texas Cup finish.

Quote“That was a long day. It is a good thing it was 500 miles because we needed every bit of it. We started out good then we had the uncontrolled tire and had to come back in. We worked really hard to get back up there. We got the lucky dog and we were getting back up toward the front then had a loose right-front wheel and had to pit again. We got the lucky dog again and then I got in that wreck and had a bunch of nose damage. It was a long day that felt like it would never end, but everyone did a good job on this Menards Ford Fusion to get back and have a solid finish. It stinks not getting any stage points. We had a good car. It just shows the strength of this team and hopefully we can keep showing our speed in the coming weeks.”

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