Ryan Blaney needed to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway to make the Chase, but an early crash ended his night.
The No. 21 SKF Ford brought out the first caution of the night on Lap 11 after hitting the Turn 2 wall. It was the result of a blown a left-rear tire after Blaney had made contact with Trevor Bayne.
After extensive repairs in the garage, Blaney did return to the race.
“I don’t really know what happened, to be honest with you, I thought I was clear,” Blaney said. “It looked like we were clear and could get down. The 6 (Bayne) got us in the left rear pretty good, and it eventually cut our rear tire down. I don’t know. I have to see it, but I thought I was clear, and he didn’t think the same way. It’s an unfortunate race deal. It stinks we are behind the wall so early in the race. I think we could maybe take more than that.
“I definitely thought we were clear. They were telling me we were clear. Apparently, the 6 just came up and got us in the rear. It was probably a stubborn headed thing by both of us. I should have known better than that. It is unfortunate that we didn’t get to run to see where our car was going to go. That is the most unfortunate part about this. We didn’t even give ourselves a shot at it. That is something I will have regret about. All we can do is go on to Chicago and try to do better there.”