No. 12 Advance Same Day Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney
Stage 1: 14th
Stage 2: 7th
Laps Completed: 260/260
Laps Led: 0
Point Standings (behind first): 8th (-197)
Ryan Blaney started 14th and rallied forward throughout the race to score his fourth top-five finish of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and his third top-10 finish in the last four races during Sunday’s Quaker State 400 from Atlanta. Blaney battled a No. 12 Advance Same Day Ford Mustang that was tight for the majority of the race but remained disciplined, preserving his tires and bringing home the fifth-place finish.
On the opening run of the race, Blaney reported the Advance Same Day Ford was a little free through the bumps while chattering the front tires on corner entry. At the competition caution, crew chief Todd Gordon adjusted with air pressure and wedge. Blaney’s Mustang swung tight on the second run of the race, resulting in a 14th place result in the opening stage.
During Stage 2, Blaney reported he was still struggling with the front of the Advance Same Day Mustang but continued to work forward. The team pitted at lap 119 for four tires and a stagger change. Late in the tire run, Blaney began running some of the fastest laps on the track, reporting he needed the front tires to stay with him longer into the run.
Despite reporting a tight condition, Blaney began working forward after the race resumed from a red flag for track repairs. Blaney continued battling a tight condition but maintained position in the top-10.
Blaney showed long-run ability, gaining positions and reaching the top-five before the conclusion of the race. The fifth-place finish was the fourth top-five for the No. 12 Ford team on the season and the third top-10 in the last four races.
Quote: “It was definitely a long, hard-working day. We weren’t that good, to be honest with you. The front was pretty numb. The rear was stepping out and just kind of all over the place and we worked on it all day and just got a little bit better and a little bit better. That long run there at the end kind of played in our favor. We kind of got going there pretty good at the end, but, overall not a bad day for our Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang and back to running top five, which is good for us. We’ve been struggling a little bit lately, but proud of everybody on the 12 group today.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!