Late-Race Wreck Mars Strong Quick Lane Team Run at Talladega

by Official Release On Sun, Oct. 15, 2017

Stage Points Boost Blaney from Ninth to Seventh in Playoff Standings

TALLADEGA, Ala., Oct. 15, 2017 – Despite being involved in a late-race crash that took Ryan Blaney and the Quick Lane Ford Fusion out of the top 10 in the Alabama 500 to an 18th-place finish, they were strong all day here at Talladega Superspeedway and leap-frogged from 11th to seventh in the NASCAR Playoff standings going into the Round 2 cutoff race next weekend at Kansas Speedway where only the top eight advance.

Blaney started the race in ninth and quickly moved into the top five. He drove to third place on lap 50 and stayed there until the 55th lap that ended Stage 1 wheer he collected eight valuable stage points.

The Quick Lane pit crew spent a little extra time repairing some minor damage on the Wood Brothers iconic No. 21 Ford and sent their driver out for the start of Stage 2 in 30th position. The team battled handling issues throughout the segment but Blaney powered his way to the front on lap 92 and did not relent until Stage 2 was complete and he added another 10 stage points and a playoff point to his totals.

“It’s obviously valuable,” Blaney said after being checked out of the infield care center. “I thought we were one of the faster cars all day, which was nice to show, but you can be the fastest car and not finish the race.”

Blaney re-started the final stage in fourth and was back in the lead two laps later. He slipped to second place by the 130th time around the big Alabama superspeedway. Blaney slid back to fifth and later narrowly escaped being involved in a wreck that took out several championship contenders.

He was running fifth when he got put into the wall and his day was over.

“We were up by the wall and somebody probably got turned and I got in it,” Blaney recalled. “I didn’t think there were enough cars to wreck that much anymore, but we happened to find it and a good day kind of went down the drain.”

The 18th-place finish, combined with 18 stage points and so many Playoff contending cars finishing the race on tow trucks, allowed Blaney and the Wood Brothers to jump from 11th place, five points behind the Round 2 cutoff, to seventh place, nine points above the cutoff.

The next race on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. on NBCSN. It is the final race of Round 2 of the NASCAR Playoffs. Only the top eight drivers will advance to Round 3.

Ford Motor Company’s newest parts brand, Omnicraft Auto Parts, will be the primary sponsor on the No. 21 Fusion at Kansas.

 

 

 

About Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers

Ford’s Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center offers routine vehicle maintenance such as oil and filter changes, light repair services including brake repair, and tire replacements on all vehicle makes and models. With more than 800 locations and growing, customers can visit www.quicklane.com to find a center that is closest to them, print savings coupons and review maintenance tips to keep their vehicles running at peak efficiency. This site includes information on how to spot tire wear, how to jump-start a battery and even a series of tips to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.

Omnicraft

Omnicraft is part of the Ford family of parts brands: Ford, Motorcraft and Omnicraft. Omnicraft is the exclusive non-Ford/Lincoln parts brand of premium aftermarket parts. With more than a century of parts heritage to build upon, Omnicraft provides excellent quality and fit and is a preferred choice of professional automotive technicians. To find out more about Omnicraft, visit www.omnicraftautoparts.com or contact your local Ford or Lincoln dealership.

Wood Brothers Racing

Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 99 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 117 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop. The team currently runs the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the famous number 21 racecar.

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