Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ryan Blaney- New Kid On The Block

Ryan Blaney currently competes in the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion with Affiliation Teammates of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logoano, and Michael McDowell
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Ryan Blaney is the driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion. His dad is Dave Blaney, a guy who has been around NASCAR my whole life. Ryan has definitely shown he belongs in NASCAR over the past four years. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in 2012 at Bristol with Brad Keselowski Racing, finishing 5th. Since Ryan has won three races since his debut at tracks that include Iowa and The Canadian Road Race. 
He made his NASCAR Xfinity Debut at Richmond with Tommy Baldwin Racing, a team who as of late his dad competed for and almost won the Daytona 500 in 2012. In this race Ryan qualified the #36 in the top ten and he ended his debut an amazing 7th place. Since Ryan has drove the #22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for Roger Penske, Winning his first race in the Xfinity series at Kentucky in 2013. He has only won one other race and that was edging out Kyle Busch in Bristol in August of 2014. In 2015 Ryan is running the 22 car with Team Penske drivers like Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. 
Ryan made his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in Kansas driving the #12 car for Team Penske, a ride that was also inhabited by Indy Car Driver and former NASCAR Driver Juan Pablo Montoya. He brought the 12 car to a 27th place finish. At the end of 2014 Wood Brothers Racing announced a partnership with Team Penske and Ryan Blaney pitting Ryan Blaney to drive the #21 Race in a limited schedule. The crew chief would be Jeremy Bullins who brought him, Joey, Brad, and Michael McDowell success in the Xfinity Series, including the win at Bristol. 
Daytona came and Ryan was ready to roll for the 57th running of the Daytona 500, Ryan would start in the 12th position but after engine failure, Ryan would finish his first Daytona 500 in the 39th position. Wood Brothers next race would be in Las Vegas where Ryan would do double duty. He almost won the previous days Xfinity Race where Austin Dillon would just barely beat him. Ryan’s 2nd Wood Brothers start would fare way better than expected. Ryan finished in the 19th position, a very honorable finish. At Texas the team again had issues ending 42nd. Then Talladega came. Ryan was one of the select few that benefited the new Rapid Fire Qualifying. Ryan started in the 3rd position making you wonder if it was group qualifying how well he would have fared and who knows may have even put that 21 car on the pole. Throughout the race Ryan was lurking in the darkness as you could say and by the time 10 to go came he was 3rd and many were beginning to believe the Wood Brothers would be visiting the Talladega Victory Lane for the first time since 1980, but on one of the final laps Denny Hamlin went for the lead and well many others did too. Ryan then got shuffled back just to run his way back to the 4th position, the first top 10 for Wood Brothers since Trevor Bayne’s Daytona 500 win in 2011.
Ryan proved in Talladega that it’s not IF Ryan Blaney will get his first win but WHEN will he get it. Wood Brothers have Talladega in October on the schedule and many will expect that 21 Car to win at Dega’. Ryan definitely fits the title “New Kid on the Block” His buddy Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., Chase Elliot, Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, and a few other Younger talent are showing we will have drivers to like, drivers to hate, after Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and the older talent like that to take over their rides. Gillette definitely needs to bring back the old Young Guns ad because we have a ton of Young Guns in the lower series.

Ryan’s NSCS Stats *credit*
Year Starts Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s
2014    2  0  0    0
2015    4  0  1    1  

Ryan’s NXS Stats *credit*
2012   13  0   1    7
2013    3  1   1    3
2014    14  1  10   13

Ryan’s NCWTS Stats *credit*
2012     9  1   2    5
2013    22  1   8   13
2014    22  1   12   17

NASCAR Rapid Fire Qualifying

Daytona Group Qualifying was a failure so lets try something different?
At Talladega this weekend NASCAR attempted a new qualifying format similar to Single Car Qualifying. After Daytona something had to be done especially with the Clint Bowyer and Reed Sorenson incident almost costing Clint his shot at the Daytona 500. I think the change should only be implemented for the Daytona 500 Qualifying in which I didn’t think a change was needed from the original Single Car Qualifying. The new qualifying was good for those like Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who really had fast cars in single car practice. Drivers like Ryan Blaney and Sam Hornish Jr. really benefited from this Qualifying with Ryan starting 3rd and Sam starting 12th, both starting inside the top 15. Drivers who were hurt by this new qualifying include Michael McDowell, who finished 7th at Daytona in July last year and led laps last season at the 2.66 mile superspeedway. It also hurt Jeb Burton who, like McDowell, didn’t turn a fast enough lap to qualify for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, McDowell’s first DNQ since Atlanta in 2014. McDowell had speed in Pack Practice on Friday where he finished 10th. Sadly Michael was unable to show his pack speed on Sunday. Others who this new qualifying didn’t really treat well include Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Landon Cassil, and a few others. Teams like Hillman Racing normally qualify very well when it comes to group qualifying at superspeedways because of the fact that underfunded teams don’t normally have the speed when it comes to single car runs. McDowell, who has affiliation with Team Penske, usually works with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano who technically are teammates to Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell. These teams when alone don’t have the speed in single car runs but if you put them in the pack at Talladega or Daytona during qualifying they will run very fast laps because of the draft. In my personal opinion NASCAR needs to have Single Car Qualifying for the Daytona 500 because Leavine Family Racing, Phil Parsons Racing and others like them can race their way into the show on Thursday in the Budweiser Duels. But on any other level keep the Group Qualifying until NASCAR can find a way to qualify with equal playing grounds. (Koelle, 2015)

Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competed in Pocono this afternoon! Erik Jones and Kyle Busch lead the field to green, Jones gaining yet another pole in 2015.

Kyle Busch Wins His Truck Series RETURN!

Kyle Busch won Saturdays Pocono Mountains 150 after three attempts at a Green White Checkered. 

Notable incidents include Former Points leader Matt Crafton and Brad Keselowski made contact and with Brad Keselowski Racing driver Tyler Reddick leaving with the points lead made many at Thor Sport including Matt Crafton thought Brad went out and intentionally wreck him so that Tyler Reddick would take the points lead. In my view why would someone who owns his own truck total his own truck to help his own truck! Knowing Brad he's not that type of driver especially when his own truck was fast. We'll see how this situation pans out over the next couple of weeks!

The Second GWC had Timothy Peters attempting to take the lead while Austin Dillon tried to pass Erik Jones turning Erik around and just barely clipping Timothy causing both to come into the pits putting them out of contention. Timothy Peters finishing 7th and Erik Jones finishing 10th. 

The one that would set up the final restart included Mason Mingus and John Wes Townley with Kyle Busch coming to the white flag! 
Kyle Busch would break away from the field and take his 43rd career Truck Series Win!

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes a week off and will return to Michigan for the Careers For Veterans 200 Pres. by Cooper Standard Tires and Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation!

Pocono Mountains 150 Results

1      51    Kyle Busch
2      00    Kevin Harvick
3 19 Tyler Reddick
4 13 Cameron Hayley
5 33 Austin Dillon
6 98 Johnny Sauter 
7 17 Timothy Pete
8 54 Matt Tifft
9 14 Daniel Hemric
10 4 Erik Jones
11 11 Ben Kennedy 
12 15 Mason Mingus
13 8 John Hunter Nemechek
14 23 Spencer Gallagher
15 02 Tyler Youn
16 63 Garrett Smithley
17 05 John Wes Townley
18 74 Jordan Anderson
19 50 Kyle Martel
20 28 Ryan Ellis
21 40 Todd Peck
22 6 Norm Benning
23 1 Travis Kvapil
24 07 Ray Black Jr
25 94 Wendell Chavous
26 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
27 08 Korbin Forrister
28 88 Matt Crafton
29 45 B J McLeod
30 29 Brad Keselowski
31 36 Justin Jennings
32 0 Caleb Roark