MISTAKES LEAD TO DISAPPOINTING FINISH FOR BLANEY

  • Ryan Blaney and the No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Fusion team started Monday afternoon’s Brickyard 400 from the ninth position. Due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon teams had no practice or qualifying prior to the event.
  • Blaney reported early that his Ford Fusion was very tight on corner exit. He was able to gain several spots before the first of two competition cautions came out on lap 10. When the pits opened, crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for multiple adjustments including air pressure, track bar and a piece of tape on the nose. The changes did not make a huge difference and when the second competition caution came out on lap 30, the BODYARMOR crew made additional air pressure adjustments.
  • The next stop came near the end of stage 1 on lap 42 and Blaney’s left front nose made slight contact with teammate Brad Keselowski on pit road which caused minor damage to both cars. Blaney would finish stage 1 in the 22nd position.
  • During the stage break the BODYARMOR crew made repairs to the nose and got him back on the track. To regain very important track position, Bullins opted for a two tire strategy to get Blaney near the front of the field. He still reported that he was tight, but the clean air helped the handling of his Ford Fusion. Blaney came to pit road on lap 96 for service, four laps shy of the stage 2 checkered flag. He would finish the stage in the 25th position.
  • With good track position, the handling of the BODYARMOR Ford remained consistent and Blaney came pit road again on lap 130 for green flag service, unfortunately the 24-year-old driver overshot his pit stall and had to back up losing valuable time in the process.
  • The help of a couple additional cautions helped Blaney make ground lost and when the checkered flag waived, Blaney crossed the finish line in 11th position. This was an Indianapolis-best Cup Series finish for him.
  • Blaney begins the NASCAR Playoffs next week in Las Vegas as the ninth seed in the Round of 16.

Quote: “We were running fourth or fifth there and green flag stops came and I missed my box.  I went to the wrong box.  I went to the 22 box like I was in the XFINITY race and missed mine.  The bad thing was they were both set up the exact same in each race.  The 12 was before the 22, so I had to come around the 12 in the XFINITY race and I just had a brain fart and cost us a bunch of time.  That was dumb on my part, but I thought we had a fourth or fifth-place car today, and you never know how it would have played out at the end.  It stinks, but it’s cool that Team Penske got one car to win here.  That’s cool for that team, but we’ll put all this behind us and go to Vegas.  That should be a pretty good track for us.”

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