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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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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

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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

Ryan Blaney will start on the front row for the first time in his career. With a lap of 136.877 mph, he will join Joey Logano in leading the field to green.

Last week, Blaney matched his previous career-best qualification of third. He finished seventh at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is getting enough laps under his belt for players to trust that he will stay among the leaders all day on Sunday.
Mar 17 - 8:49 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, led the second practice session for the XFINITY Series DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

His lap of 131.277 mph was quickest of the 37 cars out on the track for this session. No. 20 Erik Jones, No. 9 William Byron, No. 18 Daniel Suarez and No. 19 Matt Tifft are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Timmy Hill in the No. 40 Dodge was the slowest.
Mar 17 - 7:53 PM

Ryan Blaney swept the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway last year with a 10th in the spring and eighth in the fall.

Short, flat tracks often take a while to learn. The fact that Blaney—and his fellow rookie Chase Elliott—swept the top 10 there points to their overall strength. Blaney is in the top 16 in points this week and is liable to remain there for quite some time in the first part of the season.
Mar 17 - 7:31 PM

Ryan Blaney started Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in third, ran with the leaders most of the afternoon, and finished seventh.

Blaney finished sixth in last year’s edition of this race and that made him one of the favorite dark horses. He paid off with a solid performance for a modest price in salary cap games and should be on players’ radar screens in two weeks on the next unrestricted, intermediate speedway when NASCAR visits Auto Club Speedway.
Mar 12 - 8:46 PM

Ryan Blaney posted the quickest 10-lap average in the final practice session for the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.347 mph.

Blaney also had the eighth-best fastest lap. He rolls off the grid third and should be able to maintain a top-10 position throughout the first two segments. Last year, Blaney finished sixth in the Kobalt 400 to get off to a strong start in his freshman campaign. Odds are good that he will do that again in his second season.
Mar 11 - 4:15 PM

Ryan Blaney finished sixth in last year’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and jumpstarted his solid rookie run.

He was the Rookie of the Race with that finish, but would prove to be a little uneven on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks as the season progressed. He scored top-fives at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway later in the year and ended with a pair of top-15s. He slipped to 18th last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and that all adds up to unclear expectations for Blaney this week.
Mar 10 - 2:01 PM

Ryan Blaney sustained last-lap damage in last year’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which played a part in his 25th-place finish.

Blaney was running well in that race for much of the afternoon and he immediately rebounded to finish sixth in his next outing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Add two more top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, and fantasy players can expect good things from Blaney this week.
Mar 2 - 2:14 PM

Ryan Blaney crossed under the checkers second in the 2017 Daytona 500.

Blaney started well back in the pack in 36th. He added 34 place-differential points to his total and that likely helped fantasy owners win their league. Previously, Blaney had finished worse than he started in every Daytona race. In the closing lap, Blaney was unable to mount a charge as the field broke apart after Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson stumbled on fuel in the final laps.
Feb 26 - 6:38 PM

Ryan Blaney has finished worse than he started all three of his Daytona International Speedway attempts.

Blaney started the 2015 Daytona 500 12th, but sustained crash damage and blew an engine to finish 39th. Last year he started seventh in the 500 and 12th in the 400. He finished in the top 20 both times, but lost a few place-differential points. Blaney will be more predictable later in the year on unrestricted, intermediate speedways.
Feb 16 - 1:01 AM

Ryan Blaney got off to a great start in 2016 with six top-10s in his first 14 starts, but he lost momentum at the midway point of the season and earned only four more before the season ended.

For the season, he had the 21st-best average finish and that put him close to the midline, but only 12 of his results were worse than 20th. With a little more consistency in 2017 and a leased charter, he should be a better value overall this year.
Jan 6 - 1:27 PM

Ryan Blaney finished eighth in the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to sweep the top-10 on this track in his freshman season.

That also made Blaney to top-finishing rookie of the race. With Chase Elliott one spot behind him on Sunday, this was a throwback in more than one way because it evoked the start of the year when these two ran so well and were one another’s closest competition.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Ryan Blaney posted the single fastest lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the AAA Texas 500 with a speed of 188.515 mph.

Blaney rolls off the grid eighth, so this confirms his overall speed. His 10-lap average in this session was not overly impressive, however; he had the 14th-quickest time among 26 drivers who posted at least 10 consecutive laps. Blaney will contend for a top-10 if the race has short green flag periods, but that will be hard to predict pre-race.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 11:49:00 AM

Ryan Blaney has finished between 10th and 12th in three of his six short, flat track races his year.

None of those came at Martinsville Speedway, but he was not far off with a lead-lap, 19th-place finish. He qualified 12th for the STP 500.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 01:25:00 PM