Ryan Blaney rolled off the Roval from 9th where there’s not much progress regarding moving spots.
But he’s somewhat loose and lack of forwarding drive over the first 10-15 laps.
He did pit at the right time during the 1st incident caution on Stanton Barrett hoping for a better next run.
Though, no immediate snowball effect as he finished Stage 1 in 10th.
After he pitted a few laps before the end of Stage 1, there’s no need for Blaney to pit, so he stayed out.
The No.12 Ford ran very well at the start of Stage 2 in 3rd.
With better air & much better race car, He’s kept the car fast ahead of Keselowski for the lead before winning in Stage 2.
So yes, he has got to give credit to the air pressure adjustment for that which kept him in good standing towards Lap 50.
Before the restart, Blaney returned to pit road for adjustments to ensure that the No.12 Ford it’s driveable to finish off the race.
They cannot afford for a repeat of Stage 1 where it halted some of the progress.
But this time he wanted to keep the hard work going on the last 55 laps of the day.
Through the first half of Stage 3, Blaney didn’t make much progress having remained in & out of the Top 20.
Even though he pitted with 20 to go, there’s still not much progress to make up a snowball effect.
The only hope he needed if another few yellows come out.
Yes, he did return into the Top 10 thanks to the crash from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with ten to go.
Then another shocking front row incident immediately at the next restart followed by a last lap blunder from Jimmie Johnson & Martin Truex Jr. saw Ryan Blaney win the Bank of America 400.
Ryan Blaney’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season
- 29 Starts
- 7320 of 7970 Laps Completed, 91.8%
- 602 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, Las Vegas in March 2018
- One Win, 3.4%
- Seven Top 5, 24.1%
- 14 Top 10 finishes, 48.3%
- Average Start: 9.7 & Finish: 14.3
- DNFs: Four, Crash (Bristol, Kansas & Daytona 2) & Engine (Charlotte 1).
- He currently sits 8th in the Drivers’ Standings with 3013 points.
- 7th, Daytona 500
- 12th, Atlanta
- 5th, Las Vegas
- 16th, Phoenix
- 8th, Fontana
- 3rd, Martinsville
- 5th, Texas
- 35th, Bristol
- 22nd, Richmond
- 18th, Talladega
- 8th, Dover
- 37th, Kansas
- 36th, Charlotte
- 6th, Pocono
- 8th, Michigan
- 34th, Sonoma
- 18th, Chicagoland
- 40th, Daytona
- 2nd, Kentucky
- 7th, New Hampshire
- 12th, Pocono 2 & Watkins Glen
- 5th, Michigan 2
- 7th, Bristol 2
- 15th, Darlington
- 11th, Indianapolis
- 5th, Las Vegas 2
- 19th, Richmond 2
- 1st, Charlotte Roval
Ryan Blaney is finally able to add his 2nd Cup Series win since Pocono in June last year.
Don’t forget he last scored a Top 5 & 10 run was at Las Vegas a fortnight ago in 5th.
Plus he finished two times competing for a front-row spot:
- 3rd, Martinsville in March
- 2nd, Kentucky in July
What a drive from Ryan Blaney who became the first ever driver to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval Course.
During the preview post, we wouldn’t want to talk his Playoffs chances just yet.
All he has to do is produce on a great show if any of the top quality equipment provides him with the tools to unleash his full potential and talent to the next level.
Based on his performance today, he’s able to execute his way on the run home such as:
- The No.12 Ford has one of the fastest race cars in the 2nd half of the race
- Keeping an eye on competition and pit strategy to ensure that the No.12 Ford is still driveable
- Managing the tires and fuel
- Soft and patience cornering as long as you don’t hit the curbs
That’s one of his true secrets set up by Jeremy Bullins & Josh Williams in avoiding the tough Roval layout.
Though, it’s one great race when tackling a lot of infield corners and a bit of oval battle here & there.
It what makes Charlotte Motor Speedway one of the best tracks here in America.
And Ryan Blaney feels honored to win the Bank of America 400 in Concord, North Carolina.
Now, it’s time to hunt for more achievements going into the Second Round next Sunday in Dover, Delaware.
It’s still unfinished business as Ryan Blaney always wanting to win this year’s Championship.
So his message to “The Big Three” is, “Game on.”
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