STRONG RUN FOR BLANEY – FINISHES IN TOP 10

  • Ryan Blaney started ninth and finished seventh in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway. The driver of the Menards/Moen Ford Mustang ran amongst the leaders the entire day before sliding back to seventh in the final 30 laps. Blaney collected his 14 top-10 finish of the 2020 season.
  • After starting ninth, Blaney would make his way up to fifth by the lap 25 competition caution. He would report to crew chief Todd Gordon the balance of the Menards Ford was tight center and loose off. He would pit on lap 26 taking four tires along with an air pressure adjustment and tape on the nose. After restarting sixth he would make his way up as high as third before setting into a fourth-place finish in Stage 1.
  • Strong pit service by the Menards crew enabled Blaney to restart second when Stage 2 began on lap 87. He would report an improvement in the balance and would pit under green on lap 125 for four tires and no changes. A caution on lap 145 would see Blaney remain on the track. A 10-lap run to the Stage 2 conclusion would see Blaney come home in the third position.
  • The final stage would see Blaney restart in the eighth position. By lap 190, he would work his way back up to third. The final caution of the day would waive on lap 222, where Blaney would take four tires and an additional air pressure adjustment. After restarting fourth, Blaney would begin to fall back as the balance of his Menards Ford shifting to the tight side. By lap 240, he would settle into seventh were he would finish at the end of the day.
  • Blaney sits 11th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings heading to Texas Motor Speedway next Sunday.

Quote: “We had a really good Menards/Moen Ford today. I think at points we had a race winning car but just lost the balance late, which stinks. Congratulations to Joey (Logano) and the No. 22 on making it to Phoenix. We’ll try a get a win next week in Texas. We had a great car there in the first race this year.”

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