No. 12 PPG Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 32nd
Stage 2: 9th
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 10th (-218)
- Ryan Blaney battled back from starting at the rear of the field to bring home fifth-place finish Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. Blaney claimed his best finish in four Cup starts at Watkins Glen and his first top-five. He racked up his seventh top-five of the 2019 season and remains 10th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, seven points behind ninth-place Aric Almirola and 218 points behind points leader Kyle Busch.
- Blaney qualified 19th for Sunday’s 90-lap event but was forced to drop the rear of the field prior to the green flag. The team found a part bent in the rear of the PPG Ford during inspection prior to the race and made the necessary repairs.
- Blaney wasted no time motoring through traffic, driving his multi-colored Ford Mustang into the top-20 by lap 14. He would report to crew chief Jeremy Bullins the balance of the PPG Ford was tight, especially through the esses. Blaney pitted under green on lap 16 of the 20-lap Stage 1 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. He returned to the track and finished 32nd when the opening stage concluded. During the stage caution, he made a fuel-only stop on lap 22 and restarted 14th on lap 24.
- Once again Blaney wasted little time slicing his way through traffic when the race went green, moving inside the top-10 on lap 34. He reported the balance of his car was improved from the first run, but still tight overall. Bullins made the call to race for stage points with Blaney claiming a ninth-place finish when the second stage concluded on lap 40.
- Blaney restarted inside the top-10 when Stage 3 went green on lap 43. He would have a slight off-track with his PPG Ford causing grass to get caught in the nose of his Ford. The High Point, N.C. was able to fall behind then ninth-place Alex Bowman to allow the grass to be sucked-off the nose of his car.
- He was running fifth when he made his final stop of the afternoon on lap 58, receiving four tires, fuel and an additional air pressure adjustment. He rejoined the race in seventh position and made one more push to the front during the final 25-lap green flag run. On lap 71, he grabbed sixth position from teammate Brad Keselowski. Four laps later the No. 12 PPG Ford flashed by Kevin Harvick to move into fifth where he would remain for the remainder of the race.
Quote: “Our PPG Ford was fast. We started dead last and took a lot of time to get up through there. We did some pit strategy stuff and got a little bit better throughout the day and got to fifth there. I might have been able to get to fourth, but it would have been tough. It was a good job by everybody for having a fast car and ended up pretty decent.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!