Wednesday, Dec 01

Ryan Blaney Texas Post-Race Report

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his third career start at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) during the WinStar World Casino 350K, Friday night, after qualifying 15th earlier in the day.

Blaney was called to pit road by crew chief, Doug Randolph, on lap 25, while under caution for one round up on the track bar, fuel and four tires. The Cooper Standard pit crew did an excellent job gaining three track positions for Blaney with a quick stop.

Blaney made his way up to the second position, passing Kyle Busch with ease on lap 37, but came on the radio saying he was feeling a vibration in the front end. Randolph assured the young driver that his crew would work on the Ford F-150 the next time he was on pit road.

The No. 77 and the No. 99 machines brought out the second caution for a tangle in turn two. This allowed Blaney to make his second pit stop for fuel, four tires and another round up on the track bar. Once again the Cooper Standard crew had an exceptionally fast stop, propelling Blaney all the way up to second on the next restart.

Randolph brought Blaney down pit road one last time for one down on the track bar, a right rear screw jack, a touch of wedge out, fuel and four tires. The crew didn't lose any time with all the changes made under caution.

On lap 106 Blaney took over the lead for 10 consecutive laps, but started to fall off due to a mechanical failure in the front end causing air to get trapped underneath his BKR machine and slow him down. This resulted in Blaney finishing a very disappointing 15th after having a Truck to contend with the lead all night.

The No. 29 BKR team currently sits eighth in the NCWTS driver points standings, 96 points back from first.

"It was a very disappointing evening for our Cooper Standard team. We ran up front for 10 laps, but just didn't have what it took to stay up there as the laps wound down. I am looking forward to heading to Phoenix next weekend for some short track racing." - Ryan Blaney



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