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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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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

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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

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.

Both results are respectable. Blaney will need a top-15 in order to be a good value and while that is certainly within reach, it is hard to predict based on such a limited record. He has earned three top-15s in the past six races this season, but also has a pair of 30-something results. Overall, he is a risky proposition on a wild card track.
Aug 15 - 8:30 PM

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.

Blaney was widely considered a dark horse to make the Chase with his early season surge. He and fellow rookie Chase Elliott were running in the same tire marks, but a few more mistakes by the No. 21 provided some separation.
Aug 14 - 3:32 PM

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.

A modest result with minimal place-differential points made Blaney a questionable value at Sonoma Raceway. He is unlikely to perform significantly better at Watkins Glen International, but should be monitored as fantasy players take notes for 2017.
Aug 5 - 11:37 AM

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.

Blaney is still a rookie, however, and as such he is unpredictable in race trim. Start him at your own risk.
Jul 1 - 6:15 PM

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.

Blaney’s best result on this 2.5-mile superspeedway was a 19th this spring. His only other attempt on this course ended in a blown engine and crash damage. He has a good chance of finishing in the top 10 if he stays out of trouble.
Jun 30 - 2:34 PM

Ryan Blaney has scored six top-10s in the first 15 races of 2016, which is a "batting" average of 0.400.

When he misses, Blaney is often still a good value. He has finished in the back half of the pack only four times and rarely costs fantasy owners many points. Equally important, he has finished better than he started eight times, which has added place-differential points in games that offer them.
Jun 24 - 4:52 PM

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.

Blaney lost one spot in the points to Ryan Newman. He is now 11 ahead of Kasey Kahne, but he needs to keep challenging for top-15s to maintain his spot. Newman and Kahne both finished ahead of him at Michigan.
Jun 12 - 8:24 PM

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.

Blaney has been remarkable on some very tough tracks, but he has struggled with consistency. That has kept his salary cap low in most games, which has made him the better value of the two top freshmen when fantasy players guess correctly. Until he cools off, Blaney deserves special note each week. Four of his top-10s have come in the past five races.
Jun 6 - 6:40 PM