Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his inaugural start at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday.
After qualifying and heat races concluded, determining where each driver would start in the lineup, Blaney was slated in the 23rd position as the 30 Truck field came to the green.
Blaney certainly had his work cut out for him starting near the rear, but he was able to manage through each of the three race segments to make up ground and better position him for the final run.
When the sixth and final caution fell on lap 148 for debris in turn four, it set up a green-white-checkered finish for the Cooper Standard team. Blaney was able to hold position and claim 15th in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Since Wednesday night marked the third time Blaney had raced his father, Dave, on a dirt track and the first time in a NASCAR national series race, proud sponsor of the No. 29 BKR F-150, Cooper Standard, came out to watch the action.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits eighth in the NCWTS driver points standings, 74 points back from first and just one point back from fifth.
"It was disappointing the way things fell out of our control with qualifying and ultimately putting us behind the eight ball early, but without overlooking the chance to race with my father in such a high profiled event, I'm happy we were able to gain from where we started the race. I am so proud of my team for all their hard work and I can't wait for Pocono next week in my Cooper Standard Ford." - Ryan Blaney