Another NASCAR Cup playoff driver has been bitten by the mechanical issue bug in Sunday’s playoff race at Dover International Speedway.
Ryan Blaney took his car to the garage with just under 100 laps to go in the opening race of the Round of 12 with a mechanical issue.
Blaney becomes the second Team Penske driver and third playoff driver overall who has suffered a mechanical issue in today’s race.
Teammate Joey Logano was unable to start the race due to a breakage in the rear end of his car. He took his car to the garage and his team was able to repair the problem and get Logano on track, 23 laps down.
Last week’s winner at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, Chase Elliott, suffered an apparent blown motor just eight laps into the race that ended his day prematurely. Elliott said he will likely have to win either next week at Talladega or in two weeks at Kansas in order to be able to advance to the Round of 8.
We’ll update this story when additional information is available.