Fantasy owners need to exercise a little caution regarding Ryan Blaney this week at Chicagoland Speedway. In his last eight starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he has earned three top-10s and one top-20, but the remainder of his efforts ended 25th or worse.
Ryan Blaney posted top-10 speeds in all practices and qualification for the Pure Michigan 400. He backed up his seventh-place start with a fourth-place finish at Michigan International Speedway.
Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott both had top-seven times in the first practice session at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott qualified fifth; Blaney will start seventh. And notably, they had the second (Blaney) and third (Elliott) fastest laps in Saturday morning’s session. Blaney posted a lap of 201.427 mph; Elliott went 201.196 mph.
Chase Elliott posted a lap of 201.303 mph to qualify fifth. Ryan Blaney had a lap of 201.202 mph and will start the Pure Michigan 400 seventh.
Ryan Blaney posted a lap of 200.775 mph to become the fastest rookie in first practice for the Pure Michigan 400; that put him fourth on the speed chart. Chase Elliott was seventh fastest overall at Michigan International Speedway and second among the freshmen with a speed of 200.585 mph.
Ryan Blaney had the second-quickest, 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed of 126.485 mph was set during his 26th to 35th laps on the track.
Ryan Blaney has made two starts at Bristol during his career. He qualified 15th last August in a pre-rookie warm-up before finishing 22nd and went from 18th to 11th this spring.
Ryan Blaney earned six top-10s in the first 14 races of 2016, but he has been unable to bank another in the most recent eight attempts. He has come close on two occasions though, with 11ths at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
Ryan Blaney has made only one Cup start on a road course. This June he finished 23rd in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 after starting 26th.
As an open driver, Ryan Blaney needed to make the Coke Zero 400 on time. He did so with a lot of miles per hour in the bank, advancing to the final 12 and qualifying 12th with a lap of 191.253 mph.
Ryan Blaney has a pair of top-10s on the restrictor-plate Talladega SuperSpeedway, but on the sister Daytona International Speedway he is still seeking his first top-15.
Ryan Blaney has scored six top-10s in the first 15 races of 2016, which is a "batting" average of 0.400.
Ryan Blaney got loose and slammed the wall hard on lap 164 of 200 in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He recovered to finish on the lead lap and salvaged a 17th-place finish. That also kept him 16th in the points’ standings.
Ryan Blaney finished 10th in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono to score his sixth top-10 of the season and the eighth of his career. This is the fifth time this season two rookies have finished inside the top 10.