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Ryan Blaney

Team: Wood Brothers Racing-21
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/31/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'7 / 140

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 12 Snap-On Ford Mustang, won the Hisense 4K TV 300, his fifth victory in 56 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five NXS races at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS). Cup regular Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 28 NXS races at CMS and his third top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Austin Dillon (third), another Cup regular, posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine NXS races at CMS. Cole Custer (seventh) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Elliott Sadler leads the NXS point standings by 6 points over Justin Allgaier. May 27 - 4:27 PM

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Ryan Blaney posted the single fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice for the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway session with a speed of 188.055 mph.

This will be Blaney’s fifth attempt at Charlotte and he has not yet cracked the top 10. His best starting position before this week was a 16th and he will lineup seventh on Sunday. That could make a difference, but he has fallen back from his grid position in three of the previous four times.
May 27 - 10:02 AM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 12 Snap-On Ford Mustang, had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The average speed of 179.673 mph was best of the 19 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 2 Austin Dillon, No. 41 Kevin Harvick, No. 18 Christopher Bell and No. 42 Tyler Reddick on the rest of the top five on this list.
May 25 - 7:38 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Ford), driving the No. 12 Snap-On Ford Mustang, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Hisense 4k TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The lap of 182.834 mph was the best of the 42 cars completing laps in this session. No. 48 Brennan Poole, No. 20 Denny Hamlin, No. 22 Brad Keselowski and No. 2 Austin Dillon made up the rest of the top-five on the speed chart. The No. 40 Dodge driver, Austin Wayne Self, was the slowest.
May 25 - 5:52 PM

Ryan Blaney has a current six-race, top-20 streak going on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks with a worst result of 18th at Atlanta in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 this spring.

Blaney has finished worse than he started in all of those races, but two of his last three efforts have been promising. He led the field to green last week at Kansas Speedway and lost only three positions before the end to finish fourth. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, he started third and dropped four positions to seventh, so he should contend for a top-10 this week in the Coke 600.
May 23 - 11:45 PM

Ryan Blaney won the second stage of the Monster Open, which will advance him into the All-star race.

Blaney will join Chris Buescher as a new starter in the All-star race. Blaney has been much stronger overall on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He should contend for a top-10 in the main event.
May 20 - 6:58 PM

Ryan Blaney led the field to green, stayed with the leaders throughout the 400, and finished fourth at Kansas Speedway.

Blaney had a shot at victory in the closing laps. His number one pit stall allowed him to beat Martin Truex Jr. off pit road during late race pit stops, but the veteran had a stronger car at the end. Blaney used up a lot of the good on his tires trying to pass the No. 78, but was a great value with his top-five finish.
May 14 - 12:21 AM

Ryan Blaney won the pole for the 400 with a speed of 189.600 mph. This is his first career pole, but the fourth time he will start on the front row this year

Blaney made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on this track in 2014 and qualified 21st. He experienced a hub problem and lost four laps in that race. He’s experienced trouble in his last three starts this year—including once at Richmond when he qualified on the outside pole. If he can stay out of trouble, however, this should preface a solid top-five finish.
May 12 - 7:44 PM

Ryan Blaney came within one position of winning the biggest race of his career this February when he finished second behind Kurt Busch in the Daytona 500.

Taking advantage of opportunities like that is more important than ever with NASCAR’s in-with-wins rules for the playoffs. Finishing second in the first race of the season had the added benefit of giving him a springboard in regard to points, however, and Blaney has stayed in contention for a playoff berth.
May 5 - 12:52 PM

Ryan Blaney posted the second-fastest lap in qualification for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway and will line up to the outside of Matt Kenseth.

This is Blaney’s third second-place start this season. He was on the outside pole at Phoenix International Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway before finishing 23rd and 12th respectively. He has a pair of top-10s after starting third, but those are his only top-10s from the first three rows in 10 attempts during his career.
Apr 28 - 5:48 PM

Ryan Blaney posted the fastest single lap in an incident-riddled first practice for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 194.182 mph.

The end of practice was slowed by Erik Jones and Chase Elliott pounding the wall during their mock qualification attempts. Several drivers did not get to take the lap they wanted, so qualification is going to be extremely exciting.
Apr 7 - 2:33 PM

If his last four attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks are an indication, Ryan Blaney should finish in the low-teens in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and perhaps challenge for a top-10.

Blaney’s most recent effort on this track type came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and he scored a seventh in the Kobalt 400. His last Texas race produced a 12th, so fantasy players should expect something in that range.
Apr 6 - 11:44 PM

Ryan Blaney has made two previous starts at Martinsville Speedway and both of them ended in 19th-place finishes.

Blaney lost place-differential points in both events. He fell back seven spots in the spring and four in the fall. That suggests he will not be a great value if he qualifies well this weekend for the STP 500.
Mar 30 - 11:13 PM

With his ninth-place finish in the Auto Club 400, Ryan Blaney has earned three top-10s in 2017. None of them have come in consecutive weekends.

Expand the parameters some and Blaney has now finished in the top 10 in every other race during a seven-week span. He is not particularly strong at Martinsville Speedway, but will be a top contender at Texas Motor Speedway, so that pattern could continue.
Mar 26 - 9:22 PM

Ryan Blaney has finished in the top 15 only one time in five previous starts on two-mile tracks. He was fourth last August in the Pure Michigan 400.

Three of his disappointing results came with crash damage, including a DNF in last year’s Auto Club 400. He has been running strong in recent weeks and his record is not long enough to infer much, so he should be watched closely in prelims.
Mar 24 - 1:32 PM