Ryan Blaney Dover Post Race

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 grabbed a second place finish in the Lucas Oil 200 Friday afternoon at Dover.  He has now finished third or better in two NCWTS races at Dover and he claimed his third top 10 finish in 2014.   


Blaney started in 14th place and steadily worked his way toward the front.  By the 60 lap mark he was inside the top five and as the 200 lap race neared halfway, he had climbed up to second place.  He was hot on the trail of the leaders when he came to pit road for a scheduled stop on lap 134 during the fifth caution of the race.  Unfortunately, two laps later Blaney was back in the pits because of a loose left rear wheel.


Ryan restarted seventh when the race went green on lap 139 and he began to once again work his way forward.  He climbed up to third place by lap 170 and took second with just 15 laps to go. He gamely fought to catch the leader over the final miles but simply ran out of laps, taking the checkered flag in second place.


Blaney also gained precious ground in the series championship standings.  He gained 20 points on the leader in the NCWTS championship standings, leaving Dover just 19 points behind first place in the standings.



Ryan Blaney - No. 29 Cooper Standard 


Ford F-150: "Everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing gave me a great Cooper Standard Ford F-150 today.  Unfortunately we couldn't be one spot better but can't complain after the last couple of races that we've had.  It was a pretty solid afternoon for us.




"We had to start back in 14th place and we got up in the top five fairly quickly and were able to work our way to the front from there.  They did a great job on pit road all day and having good stops and trying to gain us spots every single time.




"With about 50 or 60 to go we had a pit stop and had a loose wheel and luckily we caught it before we went back green.  We got a caution maybe 20 laps after that and I was able to lineup sixth and finally go to work. Overall it wasn't a bad run for us.  It's really what we needed after the past two races and what we encountered at Kansas and Charlotte.  It's a good start to try to string together some really good runs and make up all the points that we lost in those two races.  It feels good to finally get a finish that you deserve.  We had really fast trucks at Kansas and Charlotte and unfortunately I got caught up in those incidents.  It just brings a lot of pressure off our shoulders knowing that we can perform well."


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