No. 12 REV Group Ford Fusion – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 3rd
Laps Completed: 247/267
Laps Led: 54
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 9th (-138)
- Ryan Blaney started from the second position Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
- In Stage 1, the driver of the REV Group Ford Fusion reported his car’s handling started out free. NASCAR elected for a competition caution on lap 30 because of overnight and early morning rain. On the first pit stop, crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for an air pressure adjustment to help the car’s overall balance. Quick pit service on the exchange of pit stops put Blaney in the lead on lap 33. He led the next 52 laps to win the segment but had to hold off a strong challenge from Kevin Harvick to win his second stage of the 2018 season.
- In Stage 2, Blaney battled Harvick and Kyle Larson for the top spot. His car was tight early in a run but built free as the laps ticked off. Blaney ran down both Larson and Harvick, but could not find a way around the two before the segment concluded on lap 162, forcing the young driver to settle for a third-place finish in Stage 2.
- The third and final stage saw Blaney’s car build free early in the run. On a restart on lap 242, Blaney got aero loose and slid up the track, losing several positions in the process. He quickly recovered and then methodically began picking off positions and reeling in race leader Larson. While side-drafting on lap 249, the two cars made contact at the entrance to Turn 1, cutting down Blaney’s right front tire and sending his car into the wall, ending his night.
- Blaney was credited with a 37th place finish and fell to ninth in the Cup Series standings.
Quotes: “I made contact and it cut my right-front down. I hate I got the 42, but it was just hard racing. I just about spun out on the restart. We were making some spots back up and just trying to get back up to the front and I tried too hard. That stinks. We had a really fast car and I hate it for REV. We’ve led a bunch of laps in both races they’ve been on our car this year and we ended up wrecked. I thought we made a good gain tonight and where our cars need to be. Hopefully, we can carry that forward into the next upcoming weeks.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!