Ryan Blaney | No. 12 Wurth Ford Mustang
Stage 1: 22nd
Stage 2: 19th
Ryan Blaney started fifth and finished second in Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the Wurth Ford Mustang led nine times for a race-high 47 laps on the day. Stage 1 saw Blaney ride inside the top-five the majority of the stage. After attempting to make a third lane near the end of the stage, Blaney would fall outside the top-20, coming home 22nd in Stage 1. Stage 2 would see much of the same as track position continued to play a massive factor, he brought the Wurth Ford home 19th in Stage 2. Great pit service by the No. 12 crew got Blaney out in the 10th position as the final stage began. He would find his way to the lead on lap 131. Using the help from Aric Almirola, he continued to lead when the caution came out on lap 185 setting up a green-white-checkered finish. As the No. 12 team continued to monitor the fuel mileage before the first overtime attempt, Blaney was scored the leader when the caution flag flew following an incident in turn two. On the second and final overtime attempt, Blaney took the white flag in second but was involved in the race-ending incident in turns one and two and settled for a second-place effort on the afternoon.
"The Fords were quick. We did a good job working together, but it's unfortunate we got a little separated there with the No. 4 having to pit and the No. 10 having a right-front flat. I think we worked great together… just I think someone ran out of gas at the restart zone and kind of hurt our lane. By the time we got back up there, we tried to make every run we could. It's a fast car, just a shame not to win. This is a completely separate race than anywhere else, so you take it for what it's worth, get ready to go for the next speedway. Hopefully, the momentum carries over."
Blaney is currently 8th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver points standings.