Ford Performance NASCAR: Ryan Blaney Darlington Accident Quotes

NKP #12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang

RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang Dark Horse – WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE?  “Me and the 19 got put three-wide and it’s just a tight corner.  The replay I saw, the 24 took up probably more racetrack than he should have after kind of rewatching it back.  I thought it was just, kind of got tight, but you can’t run three-wide through there.  Nobody wanted to lift and I got tagged and then kind of collected a few guys.  The 24 took up more track than I would have liked, honestly.  He kind of sandwiched the 19 into me, but it’s a really, really crappy end to our day.  I thought we got pretty good.  We came from not starting great and drove up there in the top 10 the first stage and finally got good pit stops and restarted sixth.  I was ready to look forward to the second half of the race and never got a shot, and then the guy that causes it gets away scot-free.  That’s what normally happens.  It’s an unfortunate end to our day.  I thought we could have learned some stuff today that could have helped us for the future and hopefully we can still take from what we learned today and apply it later on.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BATTLE BACK AND THEN HAVE IT GONE ALL OF A SUDDEN?  “A rollercoaster ride.  Ups and downs.  Ebbs and flows.  You’ve just got to roll with it.”

WHY DIDN’T YOU HIT THE 24?  “I’m not gonna hit him.  I’ll save that for another time.  I almost did on accident, actually. I got on the apron and the toe link was busted.  I almost actually hit him when I didn’t mean to.  I just wanted to show my displeasure, so we’ll see where it goes.  I just wanted to show that I wasn’t happy.  After watching the replay, I kind of deserve not to be happy.  He used up some good track that I thought he didn’t have to use up.”

WHAT MORE DID HE DO THAT HE SHOULDN’T HAVE?  “One, don’t shove it three-wide at a place you can’t run three-wide.  If he wants to do that, fine, but your responsibility is to leave room.  You have to leave room for the top two cars.  You shoved the bottom of three (wide), you have to leave space and he was off the dotted line until we were already wrecking.  He faded up and sandwiched the 19 into me.  We’re as high as we can go, so it’s like, I don’t know if he thought he had enough room or gave us enough room and didn’t or whatever.  That’s just what I was like, you’re responsible for those two guys when you shove guys three-wide.  You have to act like two cars are to the top of you.”

Campbell Marketing & Communications for Ford Performance

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