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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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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

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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

The top-two rookies of 2016 have run nose-to-tail during most of the 2016 season. For the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway, they will start side-by-side on row seven. Chase Elliott qualified 13th with a speed of 179.444 mph; Ryan Blaney was 14th at 179.379.

Elliott leads in Rookie of the Year points, but Blaney has made the battle very interesting. Both drivers have been great values during practically every race.
Jun 3 - 5:18 PM

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

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