Ryan Blaney

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Ryan Blaney
Born (1993-12-31) December 31, 1993 (age 20)
High Point, North Carolina, U.S.
Achievements 2010 CRA Southern Six-Pack Champion
2011 PASS South Champion
Awards 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Car no., team No. 12 (Team Penske)
First race 2014 5-hour Energy 400 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
23 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Car no., team No. 22 (Team Penske)
2013 position 95th
Best finish 95th (2013)
First race 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Richmond)
Last race 2014 EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (Joliet)
First win 2013 Kentucky 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 16 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
41 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 29 (Brad Keselowski Racing)
2013 position 6th
Best finish 6th (2013)
First race 2012 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Last race 2014 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
First win 2012 American Ethanol 200 (Iowa)
Last win 2013 Pocono Mountains 125 (Pocono)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 26 2
Statistics current as of July 23, 2014.

Ryan Blaney (born December 31, 1993 in High Point, North Carolina) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 29 Ford F-150 for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series as well as the No. 22 Ford Mustang and No. 12 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in the Nationwide Series, and No. 12 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis. He is the son of NASCAR driver Dave Blaney.

Career[edit]

Blaney's 2011 ARCA car at IRP
Blaney's 2011 PASS car at North Wilkesboro
Blaney's 2013 truck at Rockingham

A third generation racer and son of Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney,[1] Blaney started his racing career in quarter midget racing, winning his first race at age 9;[2][3] he also competed, and won, in Bandolero cars at a young age.[4] Moving up to Legends cars at age 12, Blaney won the Lowe's Motor Speedway Young Lion’s Winter Heat Point Championship, as well as in three divisions of the Carolina Fall Nationals in quarter midgets.[2]

At age 14, Blaney debuted in late model racing at Orange County Speedway, while in 2009, at age 15, he began competing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS)-sanctioned South Super Late Model Series, finishing second in points and winning the series' Rookie of the Year award; he finished third in the PASS national points as well. In addition, he won the Eastern Grand Nationals quarter midget event in Huntsville, Alabama.[2]

Continuing to compete in the PASS South Super Late Model Series in 2010, Blaney scored his first career win in the series at Dillon Motor Speedway, adding wins at Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Newport Speedway on his way to a second consecutive second-place finish in the PASS South championship standings.[2] Blaney also competed in the Champion Racing Association (CRA)-sanctioned Southern Six Pack series, winning the series championship for 2010.[3] Returning to the PASS South Super Late Model Series in 2011, Blaney won two races in the series, at Dillon Motor Speedway and Ace Speedway, winning the series championship.[2][5] He also made his debuts in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East in 2011, scoring top ten finishes in every start in the three series;[5] he won his first career NASCAR race in the K&N Pro Series West season finale at Phoenix International Raceway,[6] winning by over two seconds.[7]

For 2012, Blaney, who had won praise from Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick for his driving skills,[8] returned to the K&N Pro Series East, running six races for family-owned DB Racing, driving the No. 10,[9] as well as to the PASS Super Late Model Series in the Carswell Motorsports No. 98.[10] In addition, he signed with Tommy Baldwin Racing to compete in six NASCAR Nationwide Series races, driving the No. 36 SealWrap Chevrolet,[1][11] starting at Richmond International Raceway in April.[4] Ryan qualified in the top ten in his debut at Richmond International Raceway, and finished seventh in the race.[12]

In July 2012, Blaney announced that he had signed a contract to drive for Penske Racing a minimum of three races in the 2012 Nationwide Series season, starting at Iowa Speedway in August.[13] He also ran selected races in the Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing,[14] finishing sixth in his debut in the series at Bristol Motor Speedway.[15] Blaney won his first career race in the Truck Series on September 15, 2012, at Iowa Speedway; at the time he was the youngest winner in Truck Series history at 18 years, 8 months and 15 days. The previous record was 20 years, 18 days set by Kyle Busch in 2005.[16][N 1]

Blaney returned to the Camping World Truck Series in 2013, driving the full schedule for Brad Keselowski Racing and competing for the series' Rookie of the Year award.[18] Blaney won his first career pole in the series at Kentucky Speedway in June,[19] then in August won his second career Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.[20] Blaney also competed in the Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway in June, substituting for Joey Logano after a rainout created a schedule conflict; Blaney finished ninth in the event.[21] Blaney compted in a second Nationwide Series race in 2013, at Kentucky Speedway on September 21, and led 96 of the race's 200 laps to win his first career race in the series, beating Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton.[22] Blaney was the only race winner in the 2013 Nationwide season to not have any Sprint Cup experience.[23]

In January 2014, Blaney announced that in addition to a full Camping World Truck Series schedule with BKR, he would be running fifteen Nationwide Series and two Sprint Cup Series races for Team Penske during the year.[24]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
In 2012 Blaney switched from Nationwide to Truck Series points at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The current youngest Camping World Truck Series winner is Erik Jones, winning at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2013 at 17 years, 5 months, and 8 days.[17]
Citations
  1. ^ a b McLain, Mike (February 6, 2012). "Young Blaney coming up in a hurry". Tribune Chronicle. Warren, Ohio. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Getting to Know Ryan Blaney". Ryan Blaney official website. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Ryan Blaney Set to Make ARCA Debut for Venturini". Automobile Racing Club of America. June 23, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ a b Utter, Jim (March 17, 2012). "Dave Blaney’s son, Ryan, making name". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  5. ^ a b Moody, Dave (January 18, 2012). "Ryan Blaney Inks Nationwide Schedule With TBR". Sirius-Speedway.com. Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ Bassetti, John (January 30, 2012). "Blaney’s 2012 up in the air". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Blaney Best in Phoenix K&N Race". Motor Racing Network. November 12, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  8. ^ Utter, Jim (August 21, 2012). "Blaney going full speed ahead". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, NC. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  9. ^ "NASCAR: Tommy Baldwin Racing signs 18-year-old Ryan Blaney to run six Nationwide races". AutoWeek. January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Blaney to Drive Carswell Motorsports 98 Super Late Model in 2012". Ryan Blaney official site. March 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  11. ^ Pockrass, Bob (January 19, 2012). "Dave Blaney’s son, Ryan, to run six Nationwide races for Tommy Baldwin Racing". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  12. ^ Bassetti, John. "Ryan Blaney debuts 7th in Nationwide competition". Youngstown Vindicator. Youngstown, OH. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  13. ^ Pistone, Pete (July 17, 2012). "Ryan Blaney joins Penske Nationwide team". Eye on NASCAR. CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  14. ^ Pistone, Pete (August 9, 2012). "Ryan Blaney joins Brad Keselowski's Truck Series team". Eye on NASCAR. CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  15. ^ "Ryan Blaney Makes Impressive Debut". Brad Keselowski Racing. August 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  16. ^ "Blaney becomes Truck Series' youngest winner". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Pearce, Al (November 9, 2011). "Erik Jones becomes youngest winner in NASCAR history". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  18. ^ Pope, Thomas (April 7, 2013). "Rising star Ryan Blaney coming to Rockingham trucks race". The Fayetteville Observer. Fayetteville, NC. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  19. ^ "Blaney wins pole for UNOH 225 at Kentucky". Yahoo! Sports. June 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  20. ^ "Ryan Blaney wins Truck race at Pocono on dad's advice". USA Today. McLean, VA. August 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  21. ^ Norman, Brad (June 11, 2013). "Logano sub Blaney welcomed weekend rain". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  22. ^ "19-year-old Ryan Blaney wins Kentucky Nationwide race". USA Today. September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  23. ^ Pennell, Jay (February 28, 2014). "Do Nationwide regulars want Cup drivers' participation limited?". Foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  24. ^ "Ryan Blaney will make Sprint Cup debut this season for Team Penske". Fox Sports. January 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Ty Dillon
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent