No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Race Finish: 17th
Stage 1 Finish: 8th
Stage 2 Finish: 4th
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings: 6th (-37)
Race Rundown: Ryan Blaney quickly wheeled the No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford Mustang into the top-10 in the opening laps of Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Blaney improved seven spots in the first laps to settle into sixth place before suffering from a lack of rear grip as the opening stage progressed, resulting in a ninth-place effort in Stage 1. After restarting seventh to open Stage 2, Blaney made his way into the top-five on lap 91 en route to a fourth-place finish in the stage. Following another round of adjustments during the stage break, Blaney fought his way up to second before a loose handling condition relegated him to third before the start of green flag pit stops. Blaney brought the No. 12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford Mustang to pit road for four tires and fuel on lap 208 but was involved in an incident exiting pit road to bring out the caution. Blaney was able to get back on the lead lap prior to the last green flag run of the afternoon and settled for a 17th-place finish.
Blaney’s Thoughts: “We were in a decent spot running third on the green flag stop and then I just made a mistake. That is two weeks in a row I made a mistake and it cost us a good run. I couldn’t get back up through the field after that. It was an unfortunate end of the day again, due to a driver mistake again.”