Blaney Struggled With Handling At DIS Road Course

Ryan Blaney & Joey Gase

No. 12 Menards/Libman Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney

Start: 27th

Stage 1: 14th

Stage 2: 15th

Finish: 15th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 0

Final Point Standings (behind first): 19th (-70)

Notes:

Ryan Blaney started 27th and finished 15th in Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course. The driver of the Menards/Libman Ford Mustang battled an ill-handling Ford Mustang and lack of track position to bring home a top-15 finish. Blaney now sits 19th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings, 70 points behind leader Denny Hamlin.

Blaney started 27th and made his way up to 17th by his first pit stop on lap 12. He would report to crew chief Todd Gordon that he was struggling with braking, center turn, and drive off the corners. Once racing resumed with two laps remaining in Stage 1, Blaney would make his way up to 14th. He would pit again on lap 17, taking four tires and an air pressure adjustment.

Blaney would begin Stage 2 from the 23rd position. He would work his way up to 19th by the fourth caution of the day on lap 28. Blaney pitted for new tires and an air pressure adjustment during the yellow and used those new tires to make his way to up 15th at the conclusion of Stage 2 on lap 34.

The driver of the No. 12 Ford Mustang began the final stage of the race from the 16th position on lap 37. Eight laps later a tire rub forced Blaney to make an unscheduled pit stop. Still battling the same handling issues much of the day, the Todd Gordon led crew opted for a longer pit stop on lap 57 to make significant changes to the Menards/Libman Ford. Restarting 31st on lap 60 Blaney would avoid late race carnage to bring home a 15th-place finish.

Quote: “It was a tough day for our Menards/Libman Ford Mustang team. We struggled with the balance and having to start 27th was a heck of a hole to begin with. Todd Gordon and this No. 12 team never gave up working on this Mustang and we brought home a top-15 finish. I’m looking forward to racing at Homestead next week.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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