Blaney scores lowest finish since Pocono victory


By James Jackson
July 30, 2017

Ryan Blaney posted his lowest finish in seven races Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Blaney, who won at Pocono in June, finished the Overton’s 400 in 30th, two laps down. Blaney was not made available for comment at Pocono Raceway.


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After leading 10 laps en-route to his first career victory in June, Ryan Blaney looked to repeat his success at Pocono Raceway for a second time this season.


Blaney started the race in fifth position and managed to hold his position which kept him away from an eight car crash on the first lap. Blaney restarted in fifth and got a run on Denny Hamlin and quickly cleared him for fourth. On lap 15, Blaney was the first driver to do green flag pit stops.

When the green flag pit stops cycled through, Blaney ended up sixth. At the end of stage one, Blaney finished in 5th and received 6 playoff points.

After a bad pit stop, Blaney restarted stage two in 11th position, putting Blaney deep in traffic. Just after the restart, Blaney narrowly avoided making contact with Jimmie Johnson and ended up going in the grass and losing several positions.

On lap 63, Blaney had a tire go down and suffered a substantial amount of damage on the right front of the car. Blaney pitted but he reported more problems after the incident such as smelling oil in the car.

After fixing the damage Blaney ended up in 33rd position two laps down. Blaney finished stage two in 31st position.


Blaney restarted stage three in 31st position, two laps down. After an uneventful stage three, Blaney finished in 30th position two laps down. IMAGES Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts

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