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Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Team Finishes 32nd at Dover; Remains in 13th in Driver Standings

A broken axle thwarted a potential Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team top-10 finish for the second consecutive week in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

After scoring stage points in the first two segments of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway, driver Ryan Blaney once again limped to the garage to fix a broken axle. Unlike last week at Charlotte, the Wood Brothers’ wheelman had to go back for additional repairs and ended up several laps down and in 35th place.

Blaney ended up in 32nd position by the time winner Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag.

“To have the same problem bite us two weeks in a row is as improbable as it is disappointing,” Blaney said. “On the plus side, we were definitely a top-10 car and showed it in the first two segments.”

The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion started the race 15th on the grid and worked its way into the top 10 by lap 77. Blaney guided the Wood Brothers’ famous No. 21 to a seventh-place finish in Stage 1 and grabbed four additional championship points.

Blaney remained solidly in the top 10 throughout Stage 2, even getting as far up the field as second place before finishing the segment in eighth and collecting three more stage points.

Thanks to the extra stage points, Blaney remains in 13th place in the driver standings, 225 points behind leader Martin Truex, Jr.

The next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit is Pocono Raceway for the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. on FS1.

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