Ryan Blaney will make only his third career short track start this week at Bristol Motor Speedway at the Cup level. His lack of experience makes him a difficult driver to handicap.
Ryan Blaney cost fantasy owners a ton of place-differential points at Texas Motor Speedway. After qualifying seventh in the Duck Commander 500, he lost ground during an ill-timed pit stop and finished 29th—a loss of 22 spots.
The top Rookie of the Year contenders advanced to the final round of qualification at Texas Motor Speedway for the Duck Commander 500. Chase Elliott qualified fourth with a speed of 193.036 while Ryan Blaney was seventh at 192.885.
Ryan Blaney was the highest-finishing Rookie of the Year contender in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He finished 19th, the last driver on the lead lap.
Rookies can go an entire season without backing up a top-10 with another, but Ryan Blaney finished sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway three weeks ago and was 10th at Phoenix International Raceway.
Ryan Blaney was running 13th and on his way to a third consecutive top-15 before he apparently cut a tire and pounded the wall on lap 194. He was accredited with a DNF (Did Not Finish) and 35th-place result.
Ryan Blaney joined Chase Elliott in the top 10 this week at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500. He finished 10th.
Ryan Blaney does not have very much experience on short, flat tracks in his brief career with the Wood Bros. His one previous attempt came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last July. He finished 23rd.
Ryan Blaney earned top Rookie of the Year honors at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Kobalt 400. He finished sixth.
Ryan Blaney was the highest finishing rookie in the Daytona 500. He finished 19th after starting seventh.
Ryan Blaney qualified seventh in Sunday’s qualification for the Daytona 500. He may not start there, depending on his Can-Am 150 Duel finish, but as one of two fastest Open drivers, he knows he will at least get a chance to race in the Big Show.
Penske Racing had an ace up their sleeve at the end of the final practice before Sunday’s pole qualification. Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney ran in tandem to give them a faster speed than anyone who ran single runs.
When NASCAR announced the 36 charters and reduction of race fields from 43 to 40 cars, it put Ryan Blaney is a situation he knows all-too-well: He must race his way into the Daytona 500 and qualify as one of four drivers to make the show on time each week during 2016.
Ryan Blaney could not repeat Trevor Bayne’s feat of winning his first Daytona 500 in his first start with the Wood Bros. Last year, he finished 39th with a blown engine, but he could still be a surprisingly good value. In four starts on plate tracks, he has a best finish of fourth in last year’s GEICO 500.