No. 12 PPG Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 10th
Stage 2: 8th
Laps Completed: 297/400
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 12th (-85)
- A promising day for Ryan Blaney ended in the garage with mechanical issues on lap 297. The driver of the PPG Ford Mustang now sits 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, 85 points behind leader Martin Truex Jr. and 22 points behind the eighth-place cutoff line held by William Byron.
- Blaney started 10th and reported to crew chief Jeremy Bullins that the PPG Ford was extremely tight. He would fall to 12th position by lap 20, but then pass Erik Jones for 11th on lap 50. Blaney would make his first pit stop of the day on lap 76 for four tires and fuel along with a track bar and air pressure adjustment. Strong pit service got Blaney out in the 10th position and he managed to hold on until the conclusion of Stage 1. He pitted during the stage caution for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, reporting that the PPG Ford was looser on that second run.
- Restarting ninth in Stage 2, Blaney would ride in the that very position for much of the stage. He reported the PPG Ford was more stable on entry, but looser off the corners. He would pit again for four tires and fuel, along with an air pressure and wedge adjustment. Strong service again by the PPG crew gained Blaney one spot under green flag pit stops coming out eighth, where he would eventually finish the Stage 2. Under the second and final stage caution, Blaney pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The No. 12 crew once again did their jobs on pit road gaining Blaney a spot up to seventh for the restart on lap 248.
- Blaney would quickly fall back to eighth shortly after the restart but would quickly get back around teammate Brad Keselowski for seventh place. Unfortunately, on lap 294 Blaney would key the radio saying he had no brakes left in his PPG Ford. He would come to pit road on lap 296 and head straight to the garage. The team was not able to repair the mechanical issues and subsequently retired from the race.
Quote: “We had a solid day going with our PPG Ford. Several playoff drivers had issues and we thought this could be a great opportunity to take advantage. Unfortunately, we had our own mechanical problems. We’ll put this behind us and try to get back in contention next week at Talladega.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!