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NASCAR: Ryan Blaney tipped to be one of the next drivers to visit Victory Lane this April

Ryan Blaney is looking forward to continuing his strong start to the 2018 season with No.12 Ford Fusion for Team Penske as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series resumes from Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The last time he finished two weeks ago at Martinsville is in 3rd place despite winning the second segment.

He’s looking to turn from a front row to a victory lane finish with an aim to lock his automatic place into the upcoming post-season Playoffs which commence this September.

Ryan Blaney’s Texas Cup Record

In out of his six starts at Texas in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Blaney clocked 1388 of 1963 laps completed as well as led 148 laps out of anyone on this 1.5-mile track.

Looking back at his debut year at Texas, it didn’t go well when he’s unfortunate to suffer an engine issue in P42 despite starting in P13.

What’s even worse to recap his 2015 journey at Texas is that he became involved in a crash on Lap 26 where Blaney called a day early finishing in 43rd place.

But when he first secured his full-time ride with Wood Brothers back in 2016 as an open-car team, Blaney’s starting position did significantly improve when he ran as fast as seventh.

His first Spring 2016 race still didn’t go well when he finished P29.

But Blaney managed to complete his 2016 journey when he finished closer towards the Top 10 mark in P12.

Looking back to last year this time as a full-chartered organization, Blaney almost secured the pole award where he fell short to Kurt Busch,

But he did start on the front row before repeating the same position exactly a year ago before he posted his highest finish at TMS at P6 in November 2017.

So Blaney is stepping up for himself when he bagged a Top 10 finish for the first time at Texas when his former team (Wood Brothers) increased equipment & charter support over the past year.

If the No.21 car still ran as an open-car team, then Wood Brothers wouldn’t be able to match the desired ambitions they achieved with Blaney last year before Team Penske hired him to drive the No.12 car.

Summary

  • Six Events
  • 1388 of 1963 laps completed, 70.7%
  • 148 laps led
  • One Top 10 finish, 16.7%
  • Average Start: 10.5 and Finish: 24
  • DNFs: Two, Engine (April 2015) and Crash (November 2015).

Ryan Blaney’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far.

  • Six Starts
  • 1810 of 1811 laps completed, 99.9%
  • 264 laps led
  • Two Top 5 finishes, 33.3%
  • Four Top 10 postings, 66.7%
  • Average Start: 9.2 and Finish: 8.5
  • He currently sits 3rd in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’ Standings with 223 points.

Conclusion

Ryan Blaney is one of the few drivers to take out as the next new winners of this Cup Series season this month.

His transition from Wood Brothers to Team Penske is a no-brainer where the qualities from we saw in the No.21 to the No.12 this year is a step above which is a definite plus moving forward towards this weekend.

Plus seeing that he’s had a great race car with the Ford powertrain having driven for a few years now, Blaney has all the momentum it takes to secure his second Cup Series win and first ever for Team Penske.

If he continues to impress his ever-blossoming form & win one of the races, then Blaney’s month of April will strengthen his statement of intent as this year’s genuine Championship contender.

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