No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 25th
Stage 2: 22nd
Laps Completed: 264/271
Laps Led: 0
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 10th (-138)
· Ryan Blaney finished 32nd in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway. The driver of the BODYARMOR Ford Mustang battled an ill-handling car for the majority of race. He now sits 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings –138 points behind the leader.
· Blaney started 13th and reported the balance of his BODYARMOR Ford was very loose on entry. During a competition caution on lap 40, he pitted for four tires and fuel along with a track bar and air pressure adjustment.
· As the 80-lap first stage came to a close, Blaney reported he felt looser, was lacking security on corner entry and fell outside the top-20. When Stage 1 ended, Blaney credited with a 25th-place finish. The BODYARMOR team opted to make a longer pit stop to make a significant wedge, track bar and air pressure adjustments.
· Stage 2 ran caution free and Blaney reported even with the changes from the prior pit stop, his No. 12 Mustang remained on the loose side. Crew chief Jeremy Bullins opted to run long during the stage before pitting, hoping to catch a caution. Blaney pitted with just 18 laps to go in stage 2, getting two right-side tires, fuel and an additional track bar adjustment. He stayed on the lead lap and finish 22nd when segment ended on lap 160. During the stage caution on lap 163, the BODYARMOR team took left-side tires for track position.
· Blaney restarted second when Stage 3 began on lap 168. He fought as hard as he could to remain up front but unfortunately the handling of the No. 12 car didn’t improve. He steadily fell back through the field. On lap 235, his night got even worse when he made significant contact, which led to multiple unscheduled pit stops. He was credited with a 32nd-place finish and is 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings, 138 points behind the leader.
Quote: “We really struggled with the handling all night on the BODYARMOR Ford. We have some work to do before we return to Kansas in the fall.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!