No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 4th
Stage 2: 2nd
Laps Completed: 266/267
Laps Led: 14
Point Standings (Behind First): 3rd (-100)
Ryan Blaney started fourth and finished 20th in Thursday’s 400-mile race at Kansas Speedway. The driver of the DEX Imaging Ford Mustang ran in the top-five much of the race until contact with the outside wall and unscheduled pit stop on lap 226 ruined his night.
Blaney started fourth and would quickly work his way to second by lap two behind teammate Joey Logano. He would remain there until the lap 25 competition caution. Blaney would pit for four tires and an air pressure adjustment on lap 27. He would restart third and fall back to fourth shortly thereafter. He would remain in that position until the end of the stage on lap 80.
Stage 2 began with Blaney restarting sixth. After working his way back to third he would fall back to fourth after being passed by Denny Hamlin. On lap 131 he would pass teammate Brad Keselowski for third. A pit stop under caution would see Blaney take two right-side tires and come out with the race lead. He would hold on to the lead until the final lap of Stage 2 when Keselowski passed him for the lead, and he would settle for a second-place finish in Stage 2.
Blaney would restart third for the final stage. After working his way back to as high as third, he would pit under caution for two right-side tires again. Unfortunately, the DEX Imaging Ford would begin to slide through the field and shortly after Blaney would contact the Turn 1 wall causing a flat tire and unscheduled pit stop. The Todd Gordon led crew would make repairs and Blaney would cross the line in 20th-place.
Blaney now sits third in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 100 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.
Quote: “We had a decent DEX Imaging Ford today. We were loose most of the race and tried to get the car tighten up with the track conditions constantly changing. Unfortunately, I got in the wall and we had to make an unscheduled stop. We’ll put this behind us and move on to New Hampshire next week.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!