Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard CareersForVeterans.org Ford F-150 won the pole for the Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.
Blaney and crew chief Chad Kendrick - with help from spotter Joey Meier - timed their run to perfection in the final qualifying session while their fellow competitors failed to post a time before the round ended. Ryan won his first pole of the season and and the third in 43 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
The race, however, was another matter. Blaney led twice for 10 of the first 11 laps but soon thereafter the handling characteristics of his No. 29 Cooper Standard CareersForVeterans.org Ford F-150 began to go awry. He was running eighth when he made his scheduled green flag stop for four tires and a round of adjustments on lap 50 but neither seemed to help. By lap 65 he had fallen from the top 10 and on lap 72 Blaney made an unscheduled stop under green where the team made repairs to the truck's front nose. He returned to pit lane on lap 78, this time to battle an overheating problem. Ryan returned to the race seven laps later and collected a 21st place finish.