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Ryan Blaney on the Busch Clash: “It was a really strong showing by our group”

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott at the 2021 Busch Clash. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

The Busch Clash polesitter was glad by how the team performed on Tuesday night.

Ryan Blaney had a shot at winning the Busch Clash on Tuesday after starting from the pole position. He headed into the final chicane as a leader, but a collision with the reigning champion and his close friend Chase Elliott deprived him a trophy as he crossed the finish line 13th. Despite such an unfortunate conclusion to the race, Blaney was happy with the team’s performance at the road course.

“I thought it was a really strong showing by our group, the Great Lakes Flooring Menards Ford Mustang I thought was really fast. We got lucky and started on the pole. I didn’t really get up to speed the first couple laps. I was kind of on the splitter a little bit, let Denny [Hamlin] get by me. I thought we were pretty even to Denny. He was pretty fast”, said the no.12 car driver.

“I’m not really sure what happened to him, but he was pretty quick. But I felt like we were pretty even with him. We made some changes to our car throughout the night. Honestly, on that early restart, it set us back, but honestly, it cycled up pretty good for us. We were able to get a couple of good restarts and get up through the field, and Todd Gordon made some good calls and decisions on pitting, things like that”, he added.

Team Penske’s driver was also optimistic about the progress on road courses: “Really proud of the effort. I feel like our road course is getting better. I think we need to improve our late run speed. Our cars need to hang on a little bit better. Other than that, really proud of the whole group. We’ve made huge gains, like I said, on the road course program. We still got a little way to go, but it was a nice step in the right direction to build notes for a couple of weeks.

Ryan Blaney will try to get another pole position this evening. This time it will be for the Daytona 500.

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