After getting caught up in the Big One at last Sunday’s Daytona 500 and wrecking out, Ryan Blaney definitely didn’t have the finish that he was hoping for. But, when the race was all said and done, he and his team did technically end up $5 richer, thanks to a crazy pit stop that ended in a fairly intact $5 bill getting pulled out of the grille of Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang.
As you can hear in the above clip, the radio back-and-forth between the Team Penske driver and his crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, as they discuss the discovery of the crisp Lincoln is pretty damn hilarious.
Bullins: I don’t know about you, but we’re making money down here. There was a $5 bill stuck in the grille.
Blaney: Is it a full $5 bill, or is it beat up?
Bullins: Oh yeah, it’s almost mint condition.
Blaney: Vending machine worthy. 10-4.
Random cash discoveries aside, Blaney’s fate at Daytona International Speedway — he didn’t finish the race, but technically placed 31st — was less than ideal. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this upcoming weekend. That race will be the first one to feature the new aerodynamic rules package, which is meant to slow stock cars down and lead to more passing opportunities on more medium-sized tracks. Blaney isn’t too sure how to feel about it.
“I am trying not to anticipate much just because I haven’t driven the new package,” Blaney told NASCAR.com. “I try not to think about it too much. I just want to go out because you don’t know what to expect yet.
“We’ll just have to see how [the package] drives and how it races. I’m very curious.”
The race at Atlanta will no doubt be an unpredictable one. But will it be $5-getting-stuck-in-the-grille unpredictable? Not likely.