- Ryan Blaney finished second in Sunday’s penultimate race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The driver of the Menards/Libman Ford Mustang collected his 11th top-five finish of 2020 and led 36 laps in the event. Blaney finished second in both races at the .526-mile short track this year.
- Blaney started 10th and made his way up to sixth by the competition caution on lap 60. He would pit on lap 63, taking four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. Restarting ninth, he would make his way back to fifth prior to the third caution on lap 105, which would see him return to pit road for four tires and no changes. Unfortunately, Blaney would have to start at the rear of the field after being too fast on entry to pit road. Restarting 25th, he would make his way to 20th at the conclusion of Stage 1 on lap 130.
- Blaney began Stage 2 from the 18th position. He would make his way up to seventh by lap 200. He stayed out under the eighth caution of the race on lap 217. Restarting second, Blaney would lose two spots to cars on fresher tires and came home fourth in Stage 2.
- Blaney would start the final stage of the race from the eighth position on lap 267. The race’s longest green flag run would take place and Blaney would drive his way to third position by lap 290. Blaney was fourth when the caution waved again on lap 353. Strong service by the Menards/Libman crew got Blaney out in the second position. When racing resumed on lap 358, Blaney would take the lead from teammate Joey Logano on lap 369. He would lead until the 11th caution on lap 401. Blaney would pit on lap 403, taking four tires and a wedge adjustment. Restarting in the second position, he would remain there until the 12th and final caution on lap 442. He would make his final stop of the day shortly after and restart fifth. Blaney would battle back, making his way back up to second where he would cross the line at the end of 500 laps.
- Blaney is ninth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings heading to the final race of the season at Phoenix Raceway next Sunday.
Quote: “Our Menards/Libman Ford was pretty decent all day and we got progressively better. I sped on pit road before that first stage and that really set us back. Overall, it was not a bad night, but it stinks to finish second here both times this year. I’m proud of this 12 group. The past 10 full weeks we’ve been strong and had a chance to win a couple races We just need to put it all together.”