Blaney’s crew penalized earlier than Darlington begin
Ryan Blaney is in a gap to begin the NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs following an inspection infraction at Darlington Raceway.
Crew Penske has misplaced 10 driver and proprietor factors from Blaney’s No. 12 crew for improperly mounted ballast on its Ford Mustang in pre-race inspection. Blaney additionally loses his beginning place, which was seventh, for the Southern 500 and can begin from the rear of the sector (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN). Crew chief Todd Gordon has additionally been ejected from the occasion.
“Crew Penske’s No. 12 Ford Mustang was penalized for Improperly Mounted Ballast throughout inspection this afternoon previous to the NASCAR Cup Collection race at Darlington,” the crew mentioned in a press release to the media. “A 5lb bag of lead that’s usually used throughout setup on the store to simulate fluid weights previous to the race engine being put in was unintentionally left within the automotive. The crew accepts the penalty and Travis Geisler will function the crew chief for the No. 12 crew this night.”
Earlier than the penalty, Blaney was seeded seventh on the playoff grid with 2,013 factors. He’s now tied with Kyle Busch at 2,003 factors at thirteenth on the grid.
“Everybody goes be robust within the playoffs, so you actually must be on prime of your sport, however I like our momentum,” mentioned Blaney earlier this week. “It’s only a matter of placing races collectively and take them one race at a time. I feel this crew can try this, nevertheless it’s going to be essential for us to win within the rounds. That’s what it’s going to take for us, I really feel, to advance or have actually, actually good level days. However I really feel actually good about this crew.
“Todd Gordon and I labored nicely collectively this 12 months, it’s only a matter of maintain constructing with one another and never making any errors, not having any blowups within the rounds. You’ll be able to’t actually have a mulligan. I’m not saying we’re within the worst place — there are guys in worse positions than us — however we’re not in one of the best place. So, we simply must have a stable 10 races.”