TOP-10 FINISH FOR BLANEY IN INDIANAPOLIS

  • Ryan Blaney started ninth and finished seventh in Sunday afternoon’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard in the No. 12 Wabash National Ford Mustang. Blaney led 19 laps on the day and will be begin the NASCAR Playoffs next week from the 12th position in points.
  • At the drop of the green flag, Blaney jumped to seventh from his ninth starting position. He reported that the Wabash Ford was a little loose, especially in turn 1. On lap 13, crew chief Jeremy Bullins called the No. 12 Ford Mustang to the pits for two right side tires. Blaney would line up for the restart in the fourth position. Another caution on lap 43 would bring Blaney back to pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments. He would restart sixth for a quick three-lap run to the finish of Stage 1. Gaining two spots in turn 1 and 2 on the outside lane, Blaney would move from sixth to fourth where he would finish Stage 1.
  • Blaney would stay out under the stage caution and restart third when Stage 2 began on lap 56. A strong restart would move the High Point, NC native up from fourth to second. He would report the balance of the Wabash Ford would swing too loose side on entry and tight center. Blaney would attempt to catch leader Kevin Harvick, but the fast pace would take a toll on the front tires, causing him to fall back to third. He would come to pit road on lap 86 for tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment and rejoin in the third position. Stage 2 would finish under the caution, with Blaney being scored in the third position.
  • Stage 3 began with Blaney in the third position. After a caution on lap 106, he would restart second on lap 111. Utilizing the outside lane on the restart, Blaney managed to pass Kevin Harvick for the lead on lap 112 and pull out a sizable lead over the next 19 laps. The Wabash National crew would call Blaney to pit road on lap 130, one lap after Harvick. Unfortunately, the caution flew on lap 130 for an accident by Kyle Larson. When the pits opened Blaney pitted for tires, fuel and a wedge and air pressure adjustment.
  • Blaney would restart this time on the bottom lane. Try as he might Blaney would attempt to get back around Harvick, but instead would lose spots as the race came to its conclusion. Blaney would come home in the seventh position, an Indianapolis career-best and his 12th top-10 finish of 2019. Blaney will begin the NASCAR Playoffs in the 12th position, one point behind Erik Jones and three points ahead of William Byron.

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“We had a really fast Wabash National Ford Mustang today. I really felt like we had a car capable of winning. The caution during the cycle of pit stops really cost us track position. I tried my hardest to try getting back to the front, but just couldn’t get back to the Kevin (Harvick). I feel like this team is hitting its peak at the right time and I’m looking forward to the Playoffs beginning next week in Las Vegas.”

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