No. 12 REV Group Ford Fusion – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 6th
Stage 2: 9th
Laps Completed: 193/193
Laps Led: 6
Playoff Standings (behind first): 10th (-67)
- Ryan Blaney’s day ended with disappointment after having to make an unscheduled pit stop for fuel coming to the green, white, checkered restart at Talladega Superspeedway.
- Blaney started 19th in the 188-lap, 500-mile event at the 2.66 mile superspeedway. He reported the handling of his REV Ford Fusion was loose on entry and in the tri-oval and tight on exit of the corners.
- The first round of pit service came on lap 13, where crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for four tires, fuel, and a track bar adjustment. Strong pit service by the No. 12 team gained Blaney five spots and put him in the lead on the lap 58 restart.
- The caution quickly came back out on lap 63 and Blaney returned to pit road for a fuel-only pit stop. The 24-year-old driver narrowly avoided incoming traffic and left pit road in the top-10.
- As the race passed the halfway point, Blaney had no significant complaints about the handling of the No. 12 Ford, crossing the finish line ninth to finish stage 2. Service on the Lap 111 stage break saw the REV crew take four tires and fuel with no chassis adjustments.
- As the race neared its conclusion, Blaney was instructed while in the draft to try and conserve as much fuel as possible. The final round of scheduled pit service came under caution lap 137, where the REV crew took two right side tires.
- The final laps saw Blaney work with teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski to make their way back through the field. Blaney worked his way into the top-five when the caution came out on lap 187, which set up a green, white, checkered finish.
- Unfortunately coming to the green flag, Blaney’s Ford Fusion ran out of gas, which forced an unscheduled pit stop. He would cross the line in the 29th position after gaining a few spots from a multi-car crash on the last lap.
- Blaney now sits 10th in the MENCS playoff standings heading into the elimination race at Kansas Speedway next Sunday afternoon.
Quote: “Really disappointing way to end our day. We didn’t have the fastest car today, but we were in a good spot before the caution came out. We have a lot of work to do to keep our championship hopes alive, but Kansas has been a good track for us in the past.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!