No. 12 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 5th
Stage 2: 15th
Laps Completed: 117/117
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 6th (-26)
- Driving the No. 12 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang, NASCAR Playoff contender Ryan Blaney started the rain-delayed race at Talladega Superspeedway in the fourth position, and ultimately finished 15th after rain once again hindered the finish, resulting in a shortened event on Monday afternoon.
- During the portion of the race, Blaney worked with his Team Penske teammates and other Ford Performance teams to race inside the top 10 before the competition caution flag flew on lap 25. Scored in the fourth position, Blaney reported the No. 12 Menards/Maytag Mustang ran neutral in the draft and had no issues. On the first stop the No. 12 Mustang received right side tires and fuel. Blaney restarted third and raced his way to the second position, but fell to fifth to finish out Stage 1.
- Blaney began the second stage in fifth before a red flag was displayed for rain showers in turns one and two. Once racing resume, Blaney once again ran fifth before getting shuffled back in the pack.
- With the threat of weather in the area, the field became more aggressive racing the rain. Blaney was able to miss a couple of multi-car accidents and eventually raced his way to 15th before the sky opened once more. This time, the rain was too much and NASCAR was forced to call the race on lap 117 with the High Point N.C native scored in 15th.
Quote: “I would have liked to finish better. We kind of just got shuffled out there saving gas and couldn’t really get back up towards the front with the Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang. I didn’t pick the right lane once or twice and just could never get back up there. I think we all knew we were racing to the rain. We saw rain coming and just couldn’t get back up through there.”