No. 12 Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 13th
Stage 2: 31st
Laps Completed: 96/160
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (Behind First): 4th (-103)
Ryan Blaney started 12th and finished 32nd in Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After an early race pit road incident, the driver of the Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang was working his way back towards the front when he was involved in an accident on lap 89.
Blaney worked his way up to sixth by lap five. A competition caution would waive on lap 12 and the leaders would come to pit road. Blaney would receive right side damage when multiple cars got together near the entrance of pit road. The team would make repairs to his Ford Mustang and the High Point, N.C. native would rebound to finish Stage 1 in the 13th position.
Blaney would restart ninth after staying out under the stage break. He would fall to 12th after being stuck on the bottom lane for the restart. On lap 89 while racing the No. 95 car, the two made contact and unfortunately, Blaney ended up in the turn three wall.
The Todd Gordon-led crew would try to make repairs and reach minimum speed, but the damage proved to be too much, and team was forced to retire the Menards Ford on lap 96.
Blaney now sits fourth in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 103 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Quote: “It was a tough day for our Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang. We had the incident on pit road and tried coming back through the field and got in an accident. Appreciate my guy’s hard work and we’ll get ready for Kentucky.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!