Ryan Blaney is searching his first Top 10 since Michigan in three weeks on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
A few days ago, despite starting off from 2nd, his run didn’t end well as expected down in 18th.
So, Blaney & the No.12 crew will hope to perform the best he can in qualifying tomorrow to bring out the best race strategy for Saturday.
Ryan Blaney’s Daytona International Speedway Cup Record
It’s the place where Blaney made his Cup debut with Wood Brothers Racing three years ago at the 500.
He since made six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series appearances at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Despite starting off from 12th, Blaney ended up 39th with an engine issue on his first Daytona 500.
Blaney did slowly improve, but not by much at P19 in his first race of 2016 a year later.
Then his record keeps getting better time after time when he finished 14th in the 2016 Coke Zero 400 before only finishing 2nd behind Kurt Busch from last year’s Daytona 500.
12 months ago, Blaney became unfortunate to be involved in a wreck with nine laps to go.
Despite leading nine laps of last year’s Daytona summer run, he’s unhappy with the outcome in 26th place.
And six months ago, Blaney started 3rd & came home in 7th for the first time in 2018 with Team Penske.
- Six Starts
- 1097 of 1134 laps Completed, 96.7%
- 129 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 3rd, 2018 Daytona 500
- Best Finish: 2nd, 2017 Daytona 500
- One Top 5, 16.7%
- Two Top 10, 33.3%
- Average Start: 13.2 & Finish: 17.8
- DNF: Two
- Average Driver Rating: 93.5
Ryan Blaney’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season
- 17 Starts
- 4439 of 4972 Laps Completed, 89.3%
- 463 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, Las Vegas in March 2018
- Best Finish: 3rd, Martinsville in March 2018
- Three Top 5, 17.6%
- Eight Top 10 finishes, 47.1%
- Average Start: 8.6 & Finish: 16.4
- DNFs: Three, Crash (Bristol & Kansas) & Engine (Charlotte).
- He currently sits 10th in the Drivers’ Standings with 495 points.
- 7th, Daytona 500
- 12th, Atlanta
- 5th, Las Vegas
- 16th, Phoenix
- 8th, Fontana
- 3rd, Martinsville
- 5th, Texas
- 35th, Bristol
- 22nd, Richmond
- 18th, Talladega
- 8th, Dover
- 37th, Kansas
- 36th, Charlotte
- 6th, Pocono
- 8th, Michigan
- 34th, Sonoma
- 18th, Chicagoland
He ran well within the Top 10 for the first two stages where the No.12 crew added new tires towards the final stage hoping for a fresh re-start towards the front row.
However, things didn’t end well when Blaney reported a loose wheel midway through Stage 3 & went a lap down.
Thankfully when a caution came out on Lap 209, Blaney won the lucky dog.
He’s hoping that another yellow flag closer towards the checkered flag would help revive him back in the Top 10.
But with the race continued to finish under green, Blaney only had to rely on sorting the No.12 Ford Fusion home in 18th.
Managing tires has to be the key by keeping the car’s balance right so Blaney can continue driving a Top 5 spec race car every race weekend.
For now, Blaney is hoping to score another front-row qualifying run tomorrow afternoon before planning a clear and concise race day strategy for Saturday.
He may have moved up inside the Top 10 when it comes to Drivers’ Standings.
But maintaining a Top 5 run & potentially scoring his first win of 2018 guarantees Blaney some security towards Playoffs time this September.
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