Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

30-Year-Old Driver  
Team Penske
Team Penske
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Blaney has been a classic underachiever for most of his career, but not in 2023. The Penske Racing star collected three wins and 18 Top-10 finishes in a terrific campaign. The driver of the No. 12 Ford would be red hot during the Chase and would snap up two wins, and two runner-up finishes, including a runner-up effort in the season finale at Phoenix that would crown him the 2023 champion. Blaney will be challenged to top that performance in the upcoming season. Despite the hot end to the year and the short off-season, our prior three defending champions have finished fourth-, seventh- and 12th-place in the final standings of their title defense years. That's a foreboding statistic for Blaney going into 2024. He has a great team, and great support around him, but can he hold onto these gains? We believe he can to a certain extent. Another two-to-three-win campaign is quite possible and another flirtation with the 20 Top-10 mark should be in store. Whether it leads to a second title depends entirely on how Blaney racing during the critical 10 races of the Chase. Read Past Outlooks
Wins Iow Corn 350
NASCAR Cup
June 16, 2024
Blaney won the Iowa Corn 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway Sunday night.
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The Penske Racing star would dominate the night at Iowa Speedway. Blaney led 201 of the 350 laps and won stage 1. Over the closing laps he'd stretch his lead out to over a half-second over William Byron and cruise to his first victory of the season. It was Blaney's 11th-career Cup Series win.
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NASCAR Barometer: Two-Tire Stop Helps Blaney Win at Iowa
Yesterday
Ryan Blaney picked up his first win of the season in the Cup Series' first ever visit to Iowa Speedway. C.J. Radune highlights the action and tells you where some of the top names stand heading to Loudon.
NASCAR DFS: Iowa Corn 350 Powered by Ethanol
4 days ago
Ross Chastain has been trending in the right direction, and C.J. Radune has the No. 1 car featured among his top value picks this week in DFS at Iowa Speedway.
Iowa Corn 350 Preview: New Speedway
6 days ago
Denny Hamlin has been dominant on short tracks this season, and Mark Taylor has the No. 11 driver among his top fantasy plays for the first Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway.
NASCAR DFS: Toyota/Save Mart 350
11 days ago
Ty Gibbs has been a standout recently in the Cup Series on roach courses, and he is among C.J. Radune's best DFS values in the field this weekend at Sonoma.
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Preview: Returning to Road Circuits
13 days ago
William Byron has emerged as the driver to beat at road courses. See what other drivers Mark Taylor thinks that can challenge the No. 24 team at Sonoma this weekend.
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Blaney has been a classic underachiever the last few seasons since promoting to the NASCAR Cup Series. We keep waiting for the Penske Racing youngster to take that big leap and have a breakout campaign. Last season was his first winless campaign since his rookie year of 2016, although Blaney kept his Top-5 and Top-10 totals at a comparable and reassuring 12 and 17 respectively. His laps led were also in line with recent norms at 636 for the season, so it wasn't like Blaney wasn't racing up front. He was just missing that luck or magic ingredient to close wins in 2022. We're sort of taking a "hold" approach to Blaney for the new season. There were some highlights in the final 10 races of last season to be sure, but no real signs of a major breakout heading into 2023. We've tagged him as a hold status driver going into the new season.
Blaney took a few more steps in his development last season. He posted a career-best three victories and 20 Top-10 finishes. Blaney also tied a career-best mark in terms of standings finish, coming in seventh-place in the final tally. The driver of the No. 12 Ford will lose Todd Gordon as crew chief and start anew with Jonathan Hassler in 2022. That could prove to be a minor setback, especially in the early part of the season. It could take some time for the new duo to develop communication and chemistry. Blaney is still wildly talented and should continue posting strong numbers as he and his crew chief get some races under their belts. While we're very optimistic about the upcoming season, we still believe Blaney lacks the potential to challenge for the championship. He and his Penske Racing team will be among the faces just outside the top championship contending teams.
One of the top rising drivers in the sport, Blaney held serve in 2019. He didn't quite make the gains we expected for him last season, but much of that can be attributed to the COVID-affected campaign. Blaney still slugged it out to one win and 17 Top-10 finishes. The driver of the No. 12 Ford didn't make a deep drive into the playoffs, and that's where much of the disappointment comes in. Still, Blaney's numbers held up well when compared to 2019 and his average finish held steady at 13.8. Crew chief Todd Gordon and Blaney now have one season under the belts as a duo, and will now look to climb from here. This driver and team certainly have that potential. Blaney has become one of the top superspeedway drivers in the series, and his road course skills are improving with each passing start. This could be the season where he notches a multi-win campaign and breaks the 20 Top-10 plateau for the first time.
The Penske Racing youngster took some gradual steps over the last three seasons, and now Blaney may be poised to explode. The driver of the No. 12 Ford won a race for the third-straight season, and he claimed career-best marks of 11 Top-5 and 18 Top-10 finishes in 2019. It all added up to an impressive seventh-place finish in the points for Blaney. Now he and crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, will look to step it up a notch in the upcoming season. We really liked the way this driver and team rounded out last season. Blaney has a lot of momentum and looks like he has the most room to grow of the drivers ranked in our Top 10. We could see Blaney post his first multi-win season in 2020 and he could break the 20 Top-10 plateau for the first time in his career. Those fantasy racing players who are fortunate enough to get Blaney on the cheap this season should reap some pretty big rewards. 2020 could be the last season this driver comes cheap in drafts and auctions.
Blaney made some strides last season in his first year of racing under the Penske banner. The driver of the No. 12 Ford racked up his second-career win with a victory at the Charlotte Roval in perhaps one of the toughest tests of last season. He also grabbed three pole positions and 16 Top-10 finishes en route to a 10th-place finish in the standings. Blaney would have liked a deeper playoff run, but that just wasn't in the cards. He'll look for more incremental improvement in 2019. Blaney returns to the same team and crew chief Jeremy Bullins. The two will look to keep the momentum rolling and to drive deeper into the playoffs this coming season. Blaney is very talented and has yet to really tap into his potential. He makes a good candidate for breakout or speculative upside this season.
Probably one of the most watched drivers in the upcoming season will be Blaney and his new No. 12 Penske Racing team. The young driver makes the jump from Wood Brothers Racing to Penske. Blaney accomplished a lot of great things in his short time with the No. 21 Ford team. He even took the Wood Brothers back to victory lane last year with a big win at Pocono Raceway. Blaney's one win, 14 Top-10 finish campaign of last year should be viewed as just the tip of his potential. With the full resources of Penske Racing, great lineup of sponsors and Jeremy Bullins calling the shots from atop the tool box there's great potential in this driver and team. Blaney is one of the rising stars of NASCAR and he should post an incredible breakout season in 2018.
The Wood Brothers Racing return to full-time action last season was a great success. A big part of the reason for it lies directly on Blaney's shoulders. The youngster exceeded expectations in every way. He claimed nine Top-10 finishes along the way en route to a respectable 20th-place finish in the final driver standings. Not bad for a driver who only had 18-career starts at NASCAR's top level prior to last season. Blaney will set the bar a bit higher in the upcoming season. He will once again be paired with crew chief Jeremy Bullins, and the team also returns completely intact. The goal in 2017 will simply be to make the Chase for the Cup and to be more consistent from week-to-week. Both goals are entirely possible. Winning a race may still be out of reach for the No. 21 Ford team, but there's still plenty of room for more Top 10s and improved consistency.
After nine seasons of part-time racing in the Sprint Cup Series, Wood Brothers Racing will return to full-time competition in 2016. Blaney will take the wheel and continue the work that he started last season with his 16-start schedule. Over those efforts there were a lot of ups-and-downs, but the young driver managed to claim two top-10 finishes and even one top-5 finish. Blaney will compete for Rookie of the Year honors and battle with Chase Elliott for that honor. Jeremy Bullins returns to the crew chief's seat and will continue to build chemistry with this talented youngster. Blaney has eight combined victories between the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series and he has a runner-up finish in the 2014 truck series standings to his credit. Blaney has tremendous talent and will grow with this small team.
The second generation driver and son of Sprint Cup Series veteran Dave Blaney will get his first full-time NASCAR ride in 2013. Blaney will race the full schedule in pursuit of the championship for the strong No. 29 BKR team. He made nine starts for this team last season with one victory and five Top-10 finishes. If you project those results out over a full 22-race schedule you get numbers that are near championship-contending. Blaney is obviously talented, and the Camping World Truck Series is a good fit at this point and time for the young driver. This driver and team should be a winning combination.
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Fast Sonoma Practice
NASCAR Cup
June 7, 2024
Blaney was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 97.866 mph.
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Crash and DNF at Charlotte
NASCAR Cup
May 27, 2024
Blaney crashed and finished 39th in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night.
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Trouble at Darlington
NASCAR Cup
May 12, 2024
Blaney would get into a multi-car accident and finish 36th in the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Dover Practice
NASCAR Cup
April 27, 2024
Blaney was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Würth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 159.468 mph.
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Fifth-Place in Cook Out 400
NASCAR Cup
April 7, 2024
Blaney finished fifth in the Cook Out 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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