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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 was penalized for jumping the restart at the end of segment one of the All-star race, which dropped him to the tail-end of the field. He raced his way from 24th to fifth at the end of the second 20-lap segment.
Blaney and Elliott appeared to be locks to advance before Michael McDowell’s late spin in the first segment. Now they both have huge obstacles to overcome and only one has the potential to advance with a segment three win. May 21 - 12:17 PM

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Ryan Blaney was adjudged to jump the restart with one lap remaining in the Sprint Showdown. His penalty is that he will have to drop to the back of the pack for the second of three segments and will almost certainly not have a chance to win.

Now the focus shifts to Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon on the front row as one more driver attempts to advance to the big show.
May 21 - 11:57 AM

For the third consecutive week, the top two 2016 Rookie of the Year candidates both finished among the top 10. Ryan Blaney finished eighth behind third-place Chase Elliott to earn his fifth top-10 of the season.

Both freshmen are having remarkable years and they are great choices in most salary cap games. As first year drivers, it is difficult to reward them with huge values and players willing to take a risk on drivers with limited statistics are reaping the benefit.
May 15 - 8:33 PM

Ryan Blaney scored his first top-five of the season and the second of his career at Kansas Speedway in the 400. He advanced two spots from his seventh-place starting position in route the fifth-place finish.

This is only the fourth time this season that Blaney beat fellow rookie Chase Elliott across the line as both fast freshmen are racing like veterans. Perhaps even more important, this is the first time Blaney has beaten Elliott in a race where they both finished among the top 10. Elliott finished ninth.
May 7 - 11:13 PM

Ryan Blaney led the field at Talladega SuperSpeedway in one category last week: He made 817 green flag passes during the afternoon, which equated to more than 5.5 cars per lap during the 147 green flag laps around the circuit. Green flag passes are counted in multiple locations around the track at scoring loops. He ended the day ninth.

Blaney earned a lot of experience in that race in route to a top-10 finish and will be a better value once the series returns there in the fall. His high number of passes means that he was in heavy traffic all afternoon. The next closest competitor in this regard was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 653 green flag passes.
May 3 - 4:55 PM

Ryan Blaney has earned five NASCAR Sprint Cup top-10s in his career and two of those came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. One of his top results was earned last October when he finished seventh in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting eighth.

His other top-10 on this track type came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this spring from a 14th-place starting position, so qualification and practice will be critical in helping fantasy owners decide whether to start the No. 21. Be aware, however, that he faded from seventh to 29th one month ago at Texas.
May 3 - 10:02 AM

Ryan Blaney earned his third top-10 of the season in the 10th race of 2016. He finished ninth after starting the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway 19th.

Blaney has been lagging behind fellow rookie Chase Elliott and did so again this week. Elliott finished fifth, but that has not made Blaney a bad value. He is less expensive in most salary cap games and proved that he is capable of running with the leaders when he stays out of trouble.
May 1 - 6:42 PM

Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Blaney narrowly missed scoring his third top-10 of the season. He finished 11th in the Food City 500 at Bristol and finished seven spots behind fellow freshman Chase Elliott.

Blaney actually ran better than Elliott for most of the race with an average running position of 10.64 to Elliott’s 16.3. At the end of the race, however, the No. 24 was moving forward and the 21 was dropping back. Most points get paid at the end of the race.
Apr 17 - 8:44 PM

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.

Blaney is coming off a bad week at Texas Motor Speedway and that makes him even more unattractive from a fantasy standpoint. At Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago, he finished on the lead lap, however, and could defy predictions. Blaney’s other short track effort came at Bristol last August when he finished 22nd—four laps off the pace.
Apr 14 - 7:07 PM

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.

Blaney was expected to run well on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track and might have if not for getting off-sequence. He is still a driver who must be considered for future unrestricted, intermediate speedway races.
Apr 11 - 1:39 PM

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.

Both rookies have been solid on unrestricted, intermediate speedways this season and that trend is going to continue. Still modestly priced because they are first-year drivers, they fit almost any salary cap scenario.
Apr 8 - 4:12 PM

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.

The important thing to note in that statistic is that Blaney finished on the lead lap. Rookies often have difficulty on this course. Blaney spent almost the entire race on the same circuit with the leaders and was among the top 10 for about 15 laps. Blaney’s strong run elevated him to 15th in the standings.
Apr 3 - 9:53 PM

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.

If not for tire problems that plagued the field at Auto Club Speedway he would likely enter this weekend with three consecutive top-10s. The rookie battle will see-saw between Blaney and Chase Elliott all season and the No. 21 has many more top-10s and a few top-fives coming in 2016. Because of sporadic trouble on the track, however, Blaney is the worst closer in the first five races. He has dropped 31 positions with the checkered flag looming.
Mar 25 - 2:49 PM

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.

For most of the race he ran in sight of Chase Elliott, however. The rookie battle will be one of the best fantasy owners have seen in many years and will spur both drivers to great heights.
Mar 20 - 10:59 PM

Ryan Blaney joined Chase Elliott in the top 10 this week at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500. He finished 10th.

That was his second consecutive top-10 on the heels of a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week. Blaney is going to make the Rookie of the Year battle close, but head to head, Elliott seems to have him edged.
Mar 13 - 9:20 PM