No. 12 Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Start: 6th
Race Finish: 33rd
Stage 1 Finish: 4th
Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
Laps Led: 7
Point Standings: 3rd (-111)

Race Rundown: Ryan Blaney started sixth and finish 33rd in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. The driver of the Menards/Duracell Ford Mustang led seven laps on the day. In stage 1 the Menards crew opted for stage points coming home in sixth. Stage 2 saw the 12 team catch a timely caution after service. Restarting on the front row, Blaney would finish second in stage 2. He would restart the final stage from the third position. Unfortunately, he would experience a flat tire going into turn 1. His day would come to an end on lap 139 after a hard hit off turn 3. Blaney sits third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Blaney’s Thoughts: “I just got loose. It was one of those things. You get loose off three and think you can save it, but you can’t. I just couldn’t save it. Gosh, I hate it for everyone on the 12 group. We finally got the car decent, and we were running top five there and had a flat tire and had to come in and then I just tried too hard and it stepped away from me. I hate it for Menards and Ford and everybody. That was my mistake. We will go at it again next week.”

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