“I didn’t think we were as good,” Ryan Blaney on finishing as the top Mustang at the Nashville Superspeedway

Find out what Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney had to say about their Nashville outing and the lucky finish at the end

Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney

NASCAR’s come back to the track after the weekend mid-season break saw a long rain-drenched day and night of racing in the Nashville Superspeedway hosted Ally 400. The 17th round of cup racing saw drivers tackling different track conditions on the same day itself with the race cut in half following rain delays and lightning risks. On the back of some clever pit design, the No:9 Chevy Camaro Zl1 driver for Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott Secured his second win of the season.

Team Penske Racing going into the race following their dominant display in the last cup race at Sonoma where they secured all but the P1 position in the race. But it wasn’t as smooth going as expected for the team as they struggled throughout the race just to stay in contention with Ryan Blaney being their top contender finishing at P3 behind Kurt Busch and Champion Elliott while Austin Cindric finished P7. The decision to stay out of the pit proved vital for Penske just like what had happened to Chase Elliott.

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Find out what Ryan Blaney said

Ryan Blaney
Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney acknowledged that as the race kept progressing late into the night he lost some good grounds against fellow competitors. He pointed out that though they were competitive in the day with both hot and slick but failed to keep that competitiveness in the night as he spun out hard during the later stages of the race, which cost him some positions back then,

Race kind of kept progressing later into the night I thought we lost some ground between some of the other cars. I thought hot and slick during the day we were pretty competitive and then something went down and I didn’t think we were as good. I had to go to the back and then spun out trying too hard,” Ryan Blaney said.

The No:12 Mustang driver pointed out that his crew chief made the right call in deciding to stay on the track at the last stop as they were able to get to P3 while running P9. He added that though it wasn’t a bad finish he wish to have raced in the day when they were more competitive saying “Jonathan made a good call to stay out the last stop. Why not, running ninth and was able to run third, so that was a good call by him. Overall, I wish it was in the hot and slick of the day because I thought we were a little bit more competitive, but not a bad finish,”.

Talking about the race Ryan Blaney’s teammate Austin Cindric acknowledged that he will take the finish as a good one as it took a long for him to reach here though he was passed by a few drivers in new tires at the end when he was promoted to P5 following the front runners pitting. He pointed out that his crew chief made the right call which helped them to gain nearly 10 spots.

I’ll take it, I guess. That was a long way to get there for sure. Obviously, getting the lucky dog halfway through the third stage and getting our Duracell/Menards Ford Mustang into the top five. I got passed by a few guys on tires there at the end, but obviously had speed in the car. We just needed the track position,” Austin Cindric said.

Jeremy made a great call to run long and we got probably 10 spots out of that and probably got about six or eight more on the restart there and was able to have a representative day,” Austin Cindric added.

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