STRONG START ENDS IN UNFORTUNATE FINISH

  • Ryan Blaney started his weekend at Michigan International Speedway strong, leading Friday morning’s practice session and qualifying his No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Fusion in the ninth position.
  • With threatening skies, Sunday’s 400-mile race was delayed nearly three hours by rain.  However, when the track was dry and racing finally got underway, Blaney immediately showed that his No. 12 Fusion was going to be strong.
  • At the lap 25 competition caution, Blaney told crew chief Jeremy Bullins that his car was tight off, to which Bullins made several adjustments, including air, wedge and tape on the grill.
  • When racing resumed, Blaney was on a mission to the front of the field.  At lap 47, Blaney took the lead for the first time and kept the top spot until the end of stage one, earning his fourth stage win of the year.
  • All afternoon long, restart lanes would determine track position.  Much of the day, Blaney found himself in the less-than-optimal lower groove, which would cost him several spot on each restart.  However, despite losing spots in the first couple of laps, Blaney consistently found himself passing cars and working his way back toward the front of the field.
  • Despite falling as far back as 14th in the second stage, he crossed the line in fifth to end stage two.
  • Rain began to fall just after the start of the final stage, and Blaney slipped back from fifth to eighth.  NASCAR red-flagged the event and eventually called the race complete, resignation Blaney to an eighth-place finish.

Quote: “We were really fast. We got our car better all day and won that stage and kind of got back there and a lot of guys took two. We were making it back up but then the rain came. It was a really great race car. Definitely not an eighth place car but unfortunately that is where we ended up.”

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