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Ryan Blaney

Team: Wood Brothers Racing-21
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/31/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'7 / 140

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Ryan Blaney finished eighth in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to sweep the top-10 on this track in his freshman season.
That also made Blaney to top-finishing rookie of the race. With Chase Elliott one spot behind him on Sunday, this was a throwback in more than one way because it evoked the start of the year when these two ran so well and were one another’s closest competition. Nov 13 - 7:57 PM

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Ryan Blaney posted the single fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the AAA Texas 500 with a speed of 188.515 mph.

Blaney rolls off the grid eighth, so this confirms his overall speed. His 10-lap average in this session was not overly impressive, however; he had the 14th-quickest time among 26 drivers who posted at least 10 consecutive laps. Blaney will contend for a top-10 if the race has short green flag periods, but that will be hard to predict pre-race.
Nov 5 - 11:49 AM

Ryan Blaney has finished between 10th and 12th in three of his six short, flat track races his year.

None of those came at Martinsville Speedway, but he was not far off with a lead-lap, 19th-place finish. He qualified 12th for the STP 500.
Oct 29 - 1:25 PM

Ryan Blaney was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender at Kansas Speedway with a 14th in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Blaney entered the weekend with a two-race, top-10 streak to his credit on this track. He failed to keep that intact, but now has three straight top-15s. He was also the top-ranked rookie in the spring, which makes this one of his more successful tracks. Fantasy players should put a note in their records to watch him closely next May.
Oct 16 - 9:24 PM

Ryan Blaney has scored four top-10s in his past nine races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Two of his top-10s came at Chicagoland Speedway in the most recent attempt three weeks ago and at Kansas Speedway this spring. His best Charlotte Motor Speedway was a 14th last fall and that he should be in the top 20 at the very least when the flag waves over the Bank of America 500.
Oct 7 - 6:53 PM

The XFINITY Series Dover race postponement (to Sunday at 10:00 am) -- due to weather -- left teams scrambling to assemble its lineups Saturday afternoon with playoff chances on the line.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender, Joey Logano, was expected to perform double-duty, but with both races now on Sunday, teams had to reassemble its lineups so he could focus on the main event -- the first elimination race in the Chase. Ryan Blaney will sit behind Team Penske's No. 22 Ford for Logano as well as drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion in Sunday's Sprint Cup Citizen Soldier 400.
Oct 1 - 7:46 PM

Ryan Blaney finished eighth after starting 18th in this May’s AAA 400, which gives him a perfect record of top-10s.

Notably, he finished within sight of fellow rookie Chase Elliott. Those two have been close in nearly every race. When one is on the roster, the other should be as well—especially since Blaney is moderately priced in most salary cap games.
Oct 1 - 6:47 PM

Ryan Blaney finished 12th in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which was his fourth top-15 finish in the past five races.

Blaney failed to make the Chase and that might actually prove to be a benefit for fantasy players. It is keeping him under the radar screen for most of one’s competition and provides a great differentiator for a minimal charge.
Sep 27 - 6:13 PM

A late-race gamble when he stayed out on old tires did not give Ryan Blaney the victory, but it did produce a top-five. He restarted the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with the lead, but was overwhelmed by fresh tires and finished fourth.

This was Blaney’s second top-five in the past four races. Notably, he was passed at the line in a near-photo finish by fellow rookie Chase Elliott. These two freshmen have been virtually deadlocked several times in 2016, but Elliott had superior support from his team and made the Chase.
Sep 18 - 6:41 PM

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.

Even a 20th-place result at Charlotte Motor Speedway this May was not enough to make him a great value. His 35th at Kentucky Speedway was the second straight time on this course type that he scored substantial, negative place-differential points, so even a strong qualification run this week is going to make him hard to trust.
Sep 16 - 12:30 PM

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.

All weekend we have been predicting Blaney and Chase Elliott would challenge for a top-five. Elliott finished second to Blaney’s fourth and now both racers are poised to go on another top-10 run. Darlington Raceway next week could provide a momentary blip for the Young Guns.
Aug 28 - 5:33 PM

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.

This is precisely the way they started the year. Both hit hard times during the summer, but last week’s Bristol Motor Speedway reversed their fortune with strong runs before crash damage hurt their efforts.
Aug 27 - 9:41 AM

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.

Both rookies should run well on Sunday on Michigan International Speedway and both are moderately priced in salary cap games. They should contend for top-10s.
Aug 26 - 6:24 PM

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.

At the beginning of the season, these two rookies paced one another and it appears they are picking up where they left off. Last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, both were top-five capable before sustaining crash damage.
Aug 26 - 1:40 PM

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.

Blaney was in Chase contention for much of the early part of 2016, but he struggled to maintain top-10 streaks. Now he needs to win to get into the playoffs. Bristol is host to five drivers’ first wins, including most recently Kurt Busch in 2002. Dale Earnhardt Sr. also earned his first win on this track in 1979 as did Rusty Wallace in 1986.
Aug 19 - 12:46 PM