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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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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

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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

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.

Blaney is coming off a top-10 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however, and has the skill needed to maintain his position on the track. Watch qualification closely because he is liable to finish near the position he starts.
Mar 8 - 6:41 PM

Ryan Blaney earned top Rookie of the Year honors at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Kobalt 400. He finished sixth.

Blaney had a challenge all day from Chase Elliott until that freshman was involved in an accident late in the race. Blaney spent more than 80 percent of the race inside the top 10 and confirmed fantasy experts’ confidence in him.
Mar 6 - 8:57 PM

Ryan Blaney was the highest finishing rookie in the Daytona 500. He finished 19th after starting seventh.

Blaney’s finish was not entirely representative of how he ran. He spent more than 125 laps inside the top 10, but was in the wrong draft at the end of the race.
Feb 22 - 2:26 PM

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.

Blaney is racing for Rookie of the Year honors and does not have one of 36 chartered guaranteed starts. This was one of his earliest obstacles. He will challenge Chase Elliott in the rookie battle and that will go down to the end of the season.
Feb 14 - 2:51 PM

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.

This is critical for Blaney—who is in a Penske affiliated team. He is one of the Open drivers without a charter and guaranteed start. He needs to make the show on time and if qualification is rained out, he will get to start near the front of his Gatorade 150 Duel on Thursday. Additionally, today’s times will allow two drivers to get in on time if time trials do not happen.
Feb 13 - 3:33 PM

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.

NASCAR gave charters to team that have raced fulltime since 2013 and the Wood Bros. have run partial schedules since 2008. Michael Waltrip Racing’s charters will be purchased by Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch, while HScott Motorsports will lease a charter from Premium Motorsports this season for the No. 46 of Michael Annett, according the NBC’s Dustin Long. Blaney is capable of making every race, but fantasy owners will have to pay close attention each week to insure he qualifies.
Feb 10 - 12:16 PM

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.

Blaney will be moderately priced in the 500 and that could make him a hidden gem. In three starts on plate tracks in his current ride he has developed engine problems twice, however, and that could make him a dangerous pick.
Feb 4 - 12:11 PM