- Ryan Blaney started 12th and finished 20th in Sunday’s Foxwoods 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang battled all day for the track position he desperately needed late in the event.
- Blaney started 12th and ran there until the first caution on lap 15. Crew chief Todd Gordon opted to pit for four tires and a significant track bar adjustment. Blaney would work his way to eighth prior to the competition caution on lap 30.
- He would remain on-track,restart fourth and run as high as second behind teammate Brad Keselowski. A late-stage caution would set up an eight-lap run to the Stage 1 conclusion,and despite restarting first,Blaney would finish in the sixth position.
- After driving up 14th in Stage 2,another caution would see Blaney remain on-track during pit stops. Restarting second,he would steadily fall back through the field and was forced to make a pit stop on lap 170 under green for tires and fuel. A timely caution would allow Blaney to get the wave-around,finishing Stage 2 in the 20th-position.
- During the final stage break,Blaney remained on-track and restarted from the 17th-position. After a quick cycle back up to the top-five with pit stops,Blaney would make it his final stop of the day on lap 214. Restarting 22nd,the High Point,NC native would get to as high as 16th before the ill-handle Ford Mustang would fall to 20th at race’s end.
- Blaney now sits fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings,118 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Quote: “It was a tough day for our Menards/Sylvania Ford Mustang. We struggled with the balance and our strategy did not work out. We will put it behind us and focus on the Michigan double-header next week.”