NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying Report - Mid-Ohio

August 12, 2016

Track:    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Race:    Mid-Ohio Challenge
Date:    August 12, 2016

No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang – Ryan Blaney

Position:             3rd
Time:                   84.906 seconds
Speed:                95.739 mph               

Fastest Qualifying Time:      84.346 seconds (No. 2 – Hornish, Jr.)

Recap:  Ryan Blaney qualified third for Saturday afternoon's Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang.  It was an impressive run for the 22-year-old driver considering Friday was the first time he's seen the 2.4-mile road course.  Blaney found himself in the top-five during both Friday practice sessions and backed it up in qualifying, timing in fourth quick in the first round despite having to make two runs with rain approaching the track.  Blaney held the second spot in the final session but eventually got bumped to third late.  It ties where he started at Road America last season, his only career NASCAR XFINITY Series road course start to date.  He would go on to finish second in that race.

Coverage:  The Mid-Ohio Challenge will air live tonight at 3:30 p.m. ET on the USA Network. Race coverage will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.