Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR) No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series, made his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Dover International Speedway Friday after posting a 4th place qualifying run earlier in the day.
Blaney got off to a strong start, consistently staying within the top five for the first long run of the night and only complaining of being loose in and tight off exit. The No. 57 spun on lap 45 bringing out the caution which prompted crew chief, Doug Randolph, to bring Blaney, who was in the fifth position at the time, to pit road for fuel, four tires, grill tape off and a track bar adjustment. The No. 29 pit crew did an exceptional job of retaining the fifth position for Blaney before the restart on lap 50.
Randolph brought the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series machine, which was in the second position, to pit road under green on lap 123 for fuel, four tires and up two rounds on the track bar. Blaney exited the pits and grabbed the fourth spot on track before closing in on third during lap 179.
Blaney continued to battle hard against the No. 17 and the No. 94 for third place as the Lucas Oil 200 closed in on the final laps. During the final restart of the night, with Blaney in the fourth position, he made one final push for third as the checkered flag fell, providing him his second third place finish of the 2013 season.
Miles the "Monster" tried to tame Blaney, but the youngster had other reservations in mind, as he was the highest finishing rookie -- posting a top five in his first ever NCWTS start at Dover.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits fifth in the NCWTS drivers point standings, 44 points back from first and only 14 back from second.
"I am so proud of my Cooper Standard team. We all stuck to our game plan and executed thoroughly here today at Dover. I wish we could have been in victory lane, but I'll take a top three finish any day at a track as tough as this place. This is exactly the type of caliber team we have and I couldn't be happier with my guys. We will build on this success and carry it over to Texas next week." - Ryan Blaney