No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 1st
Stage 2: 3rd
Stage 3: 2nd
Laps Completed: 140/140
Laps Led: 72
Ryan Blaney started third and finished sixth in the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night in the No. 12 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang. The High Point, NC-native led a race-high 72 laps in the non-points event.
By way of the pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. failing pre-race inspection, Blaney would bring the 20-car field to green in first. After a quick battle with Alex Bowman in the opening laps, Blaney would take the lead and run away with the Stage 1 victory.
Following a pit stop for four tires and an air pressure adjustment, Blaney would restart third for the second stage. He would remain third for the entire 35-lap stage.
After staying out on the track under the Stage 2 break, he would begin the third stage from the lead. Battling a tight BODYARMOR Ford Mustang, he would lose lead to Chase Elliott late in the run and settle for a second-place finish leading into the final stage.
Blaney would once again stay out, then opt to for outside line on the final 15-lap restart. Still battling ill-handling car on older tires, Blaney would fall back to sixth when the 140-lap All-Star race concluded.
Quote: “We had a pretty good BODYARMOR Ford Mustang tonight. We managed to win Stage 1 but fought a tight condition most of the race. I should have pitted at the end of Stage 2, but it was a fun event and glad to see fans back in the stands at Bristol tonight. We’ll be ready to go racing for real on Sunday in Texas.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!