It Wasn’t Blaney’s Night At Darlington

Ryan Blaney

No. 12 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney

Start: 7th (Started at the rear of the field)

Stage 1: 14th

Stage 2: 20th

Finish: 24th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 366/367

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings (Behind First): 16th (-90)


Ryan Blaney finished 24th in Sunday night’s Cook Out Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The driver of the Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang battled a lack of track position along with an unscheduled pit stop and eventual nose damage.

Blaney would start the rear of the 39-car field after the No. 12 car was found to have improperly mounted ballast during inspection prior to the race. A five-pound bag of lead that is typically used during setup at the shop to simulate fluid weights prior to the race engine being installed was accidentally left in the car. The team was docked 10 driver and owner points and crew chief Todd Gordon was ejected from the track. Competition director Travis Geisler served as crew chief.

Blaney would quickly make his way to 21st by the lap 25 competition caution. After restarting 16th in lap 31, Blaney would fall as low as 19th. A late caution in Stage 1 on lap 82 would see Blaney restart 13th and battle Tyler Reddick for that position with Blaney coming home in the 14th-position in Stage 1.

Stage 2 began with bad luck as Blaney was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop prior to the green flag waving on lap 122 for a flat left rear tire. He would battle to stay on the tail-end of one lap down and luckily catch a caution on lap 181. This enabled him to make his pit stop and take the waive-around back on the lead lap. After restarting 23rd he would finish Stage 2 in the 20th position.

The final stage began, and unfortunately bad luck befell the Menards/Maytag crew as slow restart caused damage to the nose of Blaney’s Ford Mustang. After repairs on a lap 246 caution, Blaney soldiered home for a 24h-place finish.

Blaney now sits 16th NASCAR Playoffs 90 points behind leader Kevin Harvick.

Quote: “Definitely wasn’t our night for our Menards/Maytag team. We had the inspection penalty and lost points before the race started and had some bad breaks. We’ll get ready for Richmond and Bristol and try to gain ground back in the playoffs.”


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