Ryan Blaney wrecks out after leading Food City 500
Ryan Blaney was off to a strong start at Bristol Motor Speedway, but his race ended in a crash on Lap 117 of the Food City 500.
The driver of the Team Penske No. 12 Ford led for 100 laps, but he couldn't avoid a crash between Trevor Bayne and Chris Buescher. He was collected with race-ending damage to the front end of his car. Jamie McMurry and Harrison Rhodes also got caught up in the collision.
“It’s obviously frustrating when lapped cars wreck and take the leader out. That’s unfortunate,” Blaney said after being checked out at the infield care center ( via NASCAR.com ). “They weren’t lap-down cars yet, I guess, but I don’t know. I didn’t really see much. By the time I got away from the car right in front of me they were already turned right up the race track and I was already going to the top.
“I kind of saw them spinning low and I thought that top was gonna be OK and then they slid back up and got us. That stinks. I thought we had a good car and nothing to show for it.”
Blaney's teammate, Brad Keselowski, avoided the wreck and won the opening stage of the Food City 500.