No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 22nd
Stage 2: 21st
Laps Completed: 267/267
Laps Led: 1
Driver Point Standings (behind first): 10th (-178)
- Ryan Blaney battled back from an unscheduled pit stop near the end of Stage 1 to finish sixth in Sunday’s Camping World 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The driver of the BODYARMOR Ford Mustang now sits 10th NASCAR Cup Series standings, 178 points behind the leader.
- Blaney started 10th and quickly drove his way to third when the race was halted on lap 12 for lightning and rain in the area, prompting a three-hour delay. Once racing resumed, Blaney came to pit road on lap 14 for four tires and fuel. He restarted ninth when racing resumed on lap 17 and quickly drove his way back into the top-two racing Kevin Harvick for the lead early.
- A strategy move by crew chief Jeremy Bullins called for Blaney to pit for fuel-only during his second pit stop with 10 laps to go in Stage 1. Unfortunately, he would have come back down pit road for a right-rear tire that was coming apart, losing one lap in the process and finishing 22nd when the segment concluded on lap 80.
- Blaney spent the entirety of Stage 2 working to get back on the lead lap. He reported the balance of the BODYARMOR Ford was tight in traffic. Blaney pitted on lap 106 during the third caution for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustment. Racing resumed on lap 108 and the driver of the BODYARMOR Ford stayed in the free pass position, coming home 21st when Stage 2 concluded on lap 160.
- The High Point, N.C. native would restart back on the lead lap outside the top-20, but would quickly make his way back to 12th position before the final caution of the day on lap 173. He pitted for four tires, fuel and no changes and fought his way back inside the top-10 at lap 200. On lap 221 he made his final stop of the race, receiving four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment under green. Over the final 46 laps Blaney raced his way from 10th to sixth, where he would eventually finish. He is now 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings.
Quote: “Both myself and two other cars blew tires at the same time early in the race and that stunk. We were running second and put a splash of gas in it to end the first stage. There were five or six guys doing that and the right-rear started peeling apart and that pretty much ruined our day. We went a lap down and had to play catch-up from that point. I think we gained seven seconds on the leader there during the last run.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!