Blaney has a ‘crappy’ day in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 23: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack during the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on February 23, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

For much of the closing laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney was shining.

Blaney led a total of 54 laps and was in control of the lead with under 10 laps to go.

It all came undone with six laps to go.

Ross Chastain, subbing for the injured Ryan Newman, spun bringing out the race’s ninth and final caution. Blaney pitted along with several of the leaders.  Logano however had a miscommunication with his crew and missed pit road.  He would lead on the restart which came with two laps to go.

Blaney however had to settle for 11th.

“It was just a crappy situation,” Blaney said.  “We fight our butts off to get the lead there from third and get it.  I had a good shot of holding the 88 off.

“I thought we could have once we got in clean air I thought our car was pretty decent.  The caution came out and we pitted, some guys didn’t, some guys took two and we just end up getting absolutely destroyed with people not knowing how many cars were to the outside of them.

“It’s easy to look back on it and say we should have stayed out.  That’s a tough call for Todd Gordon in his position, but I’ve got to thank him for giving me a really good car.  We were great on long runs.  We were so good on long runs and that’s something to hold our heads up high about, it just stinks about the finish.”

Greg Engle