DOVER, Del., October 2, 2017 – Ryan Blaney won his first NASCAR Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway, driving the No. 22 Team Penske Fitzgerald Ford Mustang. He took home his sixth overall Xfinity win and recorded the eighth Xfinity win of the season for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines. In Blaney’s sixtieth overall Xfinity start and second win in the 2017 season, he topped the field by leading 136 of 200 laps at Saturday’s Use Your Meon. Drive Sober 200.

“Congratulations Ryan, Roger and Team Penske,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan and the team ran a great race this past weekend, executing perfectly. Roush Yates Engines is proud to power these Ford Mustangs with Ford Performance and capturing our eighth Xfinity win of the season.”

Blaney’s Mustang, powered by the Ford FR9 engine ran well all day and after a fast pit stop put the No. 22 in the lead coming off pit row to take the lead on lap 123. Blaney would keep the lead and take the checkered flag, making him the third different Team Penske driver to bring home a win in the No. 22 this year, joining Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

“We made some great changes after the first Stage to get it better to where it needed to be,” said Blaney in victory lane. “We actually got it better for the last run. It’s awesome to get to victory lane with Fitzgerald. This is really cool.”

Ford Xfinity Playoff drivers Cole Custer and Ryan Reed each finished in the top-20. Custer (No. 00  Stewart-Haas Racing) qualified sixth, ran inside the top 10 the majority of the race, and finished eighth. Reed (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing) came home 16th. Custer currently sits fourth (-14) and Reed eighth (-52) in the playoff standings.

As the field of twelve NASCAR Xfinity drivers go into Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7th, they will be facing an elimination round. The top eight drivers will advance to round two.

Dover marked the first elimination round for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Four Ford Fusion drivers advanced to the Round of 12; Brad Keselowski (-53), Kevin Harvick (-107), Ryan Blaney (-115) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-130) as they head into Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on Sunday, October 8th.

The Ford F-150 Playoff drivers, Chase Briscoe (P3) and Austin Cindric (P4) of Brad Keselowski Racing both finished in the top-5 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will head into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series elimination round at the Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 14th. The top six drivers will advance in the Playoffs.

About Roush Yates Engines  
Roush Yates Engines is a leading edge engine development company, with three state-of-the-art facilities based in Mooresville, NC; which include Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Engines Group, focused on road racing and Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions, a world class manufacturing center. The company’s core business includes designing, building and testing purpose built race engines.Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance is the exclusive engine builder of the NASCAR Ford FR9 V8 engine and twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine that powers the Ford GT supercar.With the unparalleled culture of winning and steeped in rich racing history, Roush Yates Engines continues to follow the company’s vision to lead performance engine innovation and staying true to the company’s mission, provide winning engines through demonstrated power and performance.
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