SPARTA, KY – Ryan Blaney just wanted to salvage a good finish this weekend. See, he was on a demotivating slump heading into this weekend’s Quaker State 400. Blaney, went from being a legitimate Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title contender to outside of the top 10 in the points standings.
It’s not like he hasn’t had a fast race car though. Entering Saturday night’s race, Blaney led the third most laps in all of the series this season. He just hasn’t had the luck to go along with the speed.
That’s why he was adamant before tonight’s race that he just needed to finish in the top 10. He’d do just that. Blaney, brought his No. 12 Ford home runner up for his first top five finish since a fifth place run at Texas back in early April. At the time of that top five, Blaney had five top eight finishes in the opening seven races of the year. In the 11 races after, he had just three.
That’s why his good finish on Saturday night comes at a crucial time. Blaney, had three straight finishes heading into this weekend of 18th or worse. In fact, four of his last seven finishes entering tonight’s race were 34th or worse.
As you can see, this was much needed.