- Ryan Blaney ran near the front of the field for the entirety of Sunday’s Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway before finishing fifth. The driver of the Menards/Moen Ford Mustang collected his 17th top-10 finish to close out the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
- Blaney started fifth and made his way up to fourth by the competition caution on lap 30. He would pit on lap 33, taking four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. After restarting in the sixth position, Blaney would make his way back to fifth when Stage 1 concluded on lap 75.
- Blaney began Stage 2 from the sixth position before making his way up to fifth by lap 100 and fourth by lap 120. He would pit under green on lap 136 for four tires and an air pressure adjustment. Blaney would cycle back to the fifth position when the third caution of the day flew on lap 162. Blaney would pit again for tires and an air pressure adjustment on lap 163 before restarting sixth. He would make his way to fifth when Stage 2 ended on lap 190.
- Blaney would start the final stage of the race from the fifth position on lap 200. The race’s longest green flag run would ensue and Blaney remained fifth through the final cycle of green flag pit stops. Unfortunately, Blaney would report rising water temperatures as a piece of debris covered the nose of the Menards/Moen Ford Mustang. As a result, Blaney would fall back to sixth when the checkered flag waived after 312 laps.
- Blaney concluded the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series ninth in the final standings, tying career-best in top-five finishes and surpassing the most laps led by him in a season with 668.
Quote: “We had a really good Menards/Moen Ford Mustang today. We worked on slight balance changes throughout the race and felt like we had a top-five car. We got something on the grille late and I was losing power, so I lost a spot late which stunk. Big thank you to Todd Gordon and this entire team. I felt like we made a bunch of progress throughout the season with communication, even with the challenges of this year. I look forward to coming back stronger in 2020.”