Ryan Blaney may have made it to the Playoffs and currently sitting the Drivers’ Standings in 9th.
But he’s looking to improve himself and bounce back this Sunday at Las Vegas after finishing 11th three days ago.
His Las Vegas Cup Series Record
He made four starts at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2015.
During his debut run, he started off from 30th before coming home 19th out of a 43-car field.
Since he came back as a full-time driver in 2016, Blaney scored two straight Top 10 runs over the next two years.
From a mid-pack 14th, Blaney ran very well en route to a fantastic conclusion in 6th.
Last year’s performance sounded okay in 7th despite running off from 3rd.
Though, six months back for the first time in Team Penske, not only Blaney tied Top 10s to three in a row.
But he did score his first Top 5 Las Vegas Cup performance in 5th from Pole Position.
- Four Starts
- 1067 of 1068 Laps Completed, 99.91%
- One Lap Led
- One Top 5, 25%
- Three Top 10, 75%
- Average Start: 12 & Finish: 9.2
- DNF: Zero
Besides, he made two more starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series between 2015 & 2018.
He scored Two Top 5 and ten finishes in 2nd from 4th three years ago and 4th from 8th earlier in March respectively.
That latest run did provide a great run-in towards his 5th place finish the following day at Cup level as mentioned a while ago.
- Two Starts
- 400 of 400 Laps Completed, 100%
- 35 Laps Led
- Two Top 5 & 10, 100%
- Average Start: 6 & Finish: 3
- DNF: Zero
Plus the similar amount of starts over in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the defunct Brad Keselowski Racing.
2013 may not have been his best race wanted down in 20th from 15th.
But in 2014, he went on to score his only Top 10 after finishing 6th from Pole Position.
- Two Starts
- 292 of 292 Laps Completed, 100%
- 17 Laps Led
- One Top 10, 50%
- Average Start: 8 & Finish: 13
- DNF: Zero
Ryan Blaney’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season
- 26 Starts
- 6541 of 7189 Laps Completed, 90.8%
- 586 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, Las Vegas in March 2018
- Best Finish: 2nd, Kentucky in July 2018
- Five Top 5, 19.2%
- 12 Top 10 finishes, 46.2%
- Average Start: 10.1 & Finish: 15
- DNFs: Four, Crash (Bristol, Kansas & Daytona 2) & Engine (Charlotte).
- He currently sits 9th in the Drivers’ Standings with 2007 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
- 40th, Daytona
- 2nd, Kentucky
- 7th, New Hampshire
- 12th, Pocono 2 & Watkins Glen
- 5th, Michigan 2
- 7th, Bristol 2
- 15th, Darlington
- 11th, Indianapolis
It’s a fresh start going into this weekend as Ryan Blaney enters the Playoffs for the second time in 2018.
With the confidence over the Team Penske equipment at recent times, the cars looked very fast.
On Blaney’s end, he raced well inside the Top 5 for most of the day.
But on the finishing part, it has to happen and stay there on a regular basis without mistake.
The error on pit road when he overshot his stall saw him fell short of finishing inside the Top 10.
It’s one of these areas that the No.12 crew has to improve on so they can help Blaney achieve the expectations that he desired at the checkered flag.
11th doesn’t round overly positive.
But he can see that progress is moving forward slow and steady hoping a problem-free race day plus a speedy No.12 Ford Fusion will finally follow his team-mates Brad Keselowski & Joey Logano into victory lane.
Not only that, if he wins one of the next three races or score the maximum points possible which includes:
- This Sunday at Las Vegas
- Next Saturday Night in Richmond
- Charlotte Roval Course in the Fortnight
Then he’ll go straight through to the Second Round of 12 knockout Playoffs.
Ryan Blaney finished as high as 9th last year in the Championship with a single-car squad like Wood Brothers.
Now he wants to perform better than his personal best with a target towards the semi-finals in the Round of 8 plus the Ultimate Championship 4 Finale at Homestead.
Through a great organization as a whole who won Championships in the past; it can certainly be possible.
For now, it has to begin from scratch when he resumes work tomorrow during Practice & Qualifying sessions.
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