Biography

At just 23-years old, third generation racer and son of veteran NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, Ryan Blaney is a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement. Full of enthusiasm and passion, Blaney will return for his sixth season with Team Penske in 2017 running a limited NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) schedule. Through an alliance between Team Penske and the Wood Brothers, Blaney will also return behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Ford in his second full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.   

With four top-five finishes and six top-10 results in eight NXS starts for Team Penske in 2016, Blaney once again proved he could race with NASCAR’s best. Recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, Blaney completed his first full Cup Series season ranked 20th in series points after posting an average starting position of 14.0 and an average finishing position of 18.5. Blaney ended up second in the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings to highlight a strong debut season.

With a strong pedigree in racing, it was clear from an early age that Ryan Blaney had a bright career ahead of him on the track.

Blaney was a multi-time winner in Bandalero cars at Concord Motor Sports Park and Young Guns Winter-Heat Points Champion. In Quarter Midgets, Blaney won over 100 races in three classes and won multiple class and series titles, including the 2009 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Heavy AA Series, the 2009 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in World Formula and Junior Half, 2008 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in Light AA and was the 2007 World Formula Gasoline Alley National Champion.

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Biography

At just 23-years old, third generation racer and son of veteran NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, Ryan Blaney is a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement. Full of enthusiasm and passion, Blaney will return for his sixth season with Team Penske in 2017 running a limited NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) schedule. Through an alliance between Team Penske and the Wood Brothers, Blaney will also return behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Ford in his second full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.   

With four top-five finishes and six top-10 results in eight NXS starts for Team Penske in 2016, Blaney once again proved he could race with NASCAR’s best. Recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, Blaney completed his first full Cup Series season ranked 20th in series points after posting an average starting position of 14.0 and an average finishing position of 18.5. Blaney ended up second in the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings to highlight a strong debut season.

With a strong pedigree in racing, it was clear from an early age that Ryan Blaney had a bright career ahead of him on the track.

Blaney was a multi-time winner in Bandalero cars at Concord Motor Sports Park and Young Guns Winter-Heat Points Champion. In Quarter Midgets, Blaney won over 100 races in three classes and won multiple class and series titles, including the 2009 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Heavy AA Series, the 2009 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in World Formula and Junior Half, 2008 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in Light AA and was the 2007 World Formula Gasoline Alley National Champion.

As a junior developmental racer, Blaney won more than 25 races in Legend Series Cars, was the 2007 Young Lions Winter Heat Point Champion and Lowe’s Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Winner in Young Lions.

In his debut Late Model season in 2008, Blaney produced four top-10 results in six starts. At age 15, Blaney was voted the 2009 PASS South Rookie of the Year and was again series runner-up with 12 top-10 finishes in 14 starts, while he finished third in the overall 2009 PASS National standings.

Blaney also won the 2010 CRA Southern Six-Pack Championship, behind one race victory. He finished second in the 2010 PASS South points standings, as he earned three wins and finished in the top 10 nine times in 13 races.

Blaney also captured the 2011 PASS South Super Late Model Championship, after he won twice and posted six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In his first start in the ARCA Series, Blaney won the pole position in track-record time at storied Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in June of 2011, and he led 154 of 200 laps before a cut tire led to a sixth-place finish. Later that season, Blaney finished second to eventual series champion Ty Dillon after starting on the outside pole at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, as Blaney led 67 of 203 laps.

In 2011, Blaney made a memorable debut in heavier race cars after a stellar developmental career, as he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race in November at Phoenix International Raceway in dominating fashion in only his third K&N Series start. Blaney finished eighth in his K&N debut in April 2011 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway after qualifying 10th. He finished 17th at Iowa Speedway prior to that, as he started third and ran in the top-five for much of the event.

His experience and success in the NASCAR developmental ranks helped pave the way for him to Team Penske, where he’s made the most of his opportunities since joining the team in 2012.

Blaney made seven XFINITY Series starts with Team Penske in 2012, recording five top-10 finishes and posted a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway. He also competed in six NXS Series races for Tommy Baldwin Racing, adding another two top-10 finishes to his resume.

Blaney also proved his versatility behind the wheel in 2012 by competing in the Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Blaney raced in nine NCWTS races for Brad Keselowski Racing and he recorded a victory at Iowa while posting top-10 results in five races. The young Blaney lived up to the family name in the K&N Pro Series as he posted two runner-up finishes in just five races competing in his father Dave Blaney’s DB Racing entry.

In just three XFINITY Series races with Team Penske in 2013, Blaney scored his first career victory at Kentucky Speedway after leading 96 of 200 laps. Blaney also scored three top-10 finishes and one top-five result in just three starts.

During the 2014 race season, Blaney competed in his third season with Team Penske as he ran a limited schedule in NXS competition. Blaney captured his second series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and also earned his first career pole at Iowa Speedway. Over the course of Blaney’s 14 races, he produced 10 top-five finishes, 13 top 10s, one pole and one victory, with an average starting position of 5.6 and an average finishing position of 5.8. Blaney’s results helped the No. 22 team win its second-straight NXS Owners’ Championship for Team Penske. Along with his races in the Xfinity Series, Blaney also competed full time for his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Piloting the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, Blaney earned his third career series win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario along with pole-winning efforts at Michigan International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He also produced 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes during the 22-race schedule. As a result of his strong performance, Blaney finished second in the Camping World Truck Series championship standings and was named Most Popular Driver in the series. 

With 13 starts in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang during the 2015 season for Team Penske, Blaney proved he was one of NASCAR’s brightest rising stars as he earned his third and fourth NXS victories, respectively, at Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway – the track Blaney where captured his first series win during the 2013 race season.  Blaney posted nine top-five finishes in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang and had an average starting position of 7.7 and an average finishing position of 9.6 in 2015. Blaney and the No. 22 crew produced solid points that eventually helped lead the No. 22 team to its third consecutive NXS Owners’ title for Team Penske.

Along with Blaney’s XFINITY Series starts, he also ran five races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for teammate Brad Keselowski and the Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) team in 2015. Blaney was able to capture one win at Bristol Motor Speedway with four top-five finishes and five top-10 results. Blaney also led 95 laps and had an average finish of 3.2 in limited action. Blaney completed all 794 laps he was scheduled to compete in the series in 2015.

Blaney also made a significant move to the top rung of the NASCAR ladder as he made 16 Sprint Cup Series starts for Team Penske’s affiliate team, Wood Brothers Racing in 2015. Blaney made his Daytona 500 debut for Wood Brothers Racing and qualified the tradition-rich No. 21 Ford in 12th place for the historic race and finished 39th after engine issues brought his race to an early end. Blaney went on to compete in 16 out of 19 scheduled races for the Wood Brothers and posted career best stats, qualifying third at Talladega before finishing fourth at the Superspeedway.  Blaney and the No. 21 team also put together a strong run at Kansas, starting eighth and finishing seventh. Blaney’s 16 race Cup Series campaign brought one top-five finish, two top-10 results and an average starting position of 14.5. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, The Wood Brothers announced they would race full time in 2016 and Ryan Blaney would compete for Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors and battle for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Cup.

As he continues to grow as a racer, Blaney has the benefit of the winning and experienced No. 22 Discount Tire Ford team behind him. With talented and winning teammates like Keselowski and Joey Logano to learn from and a championship-winning crew, Blaney will continue to blossom at Team Penske this season. Gaining even more experience at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level with Wood Brothers Racing this season, Blaney looks to continue to blossom as one of NASCAR’s top young talents in 2017.

Career Highlights

2016 - Completes his fifth season running a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for Team Penske. Produces four top-five and six top-10 finishes in eight NXS starts.  Completes first full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing and finishes 20th in points recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.  Finishes second in the 2016 Rookie of the Year standings.

2015 - Continues to grow as a young driver, competing all three of NASCAR’s top series. Runs a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for Team Penske. Produces wins at Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for his third and fourth career series victories. Records nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with two victories in 13 NXS starts. Helps the No. 22 team capture its third consecutive NXS Owners’ title. Competes in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races for Brad Keselowski Racing with one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. Makes 16 Sprint Cup Series starts for Wood Brothers Racing, Team Penske’s technical alliance partner. Produces one top-five and two top-10 finishes in limited action. Named to race full-time in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford this season after completion of the 2015 campaign.

2014 - Races in his third season with Team Penske. Running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), captures his second series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wins his first career pole at Iowa Speedway. In 14 Xfinity Series race starts, posts 10 top-five finishes, 13 top-ten results, one pole, and one win with an average starting position of 5.6 and an average finishing position of 5.8. Strong results help the No. 22 team win its second-straight series Owners' Championship. Runs full season schedule in the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) for teammate, Brad Keselowski. Sets career-high numbers with one win, 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10 results and 181 laps led. Finishes second in driver series points and wins Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. Makes Sprint Cup Series debut for Team Penske at Kansas Speedway, starts 21st and finishes 27th. Makes his second Cup career start at Talladega Super Speedway, starts fourth and finishes 22nd, leads 15 laps, his first in the Cup Series.

2013 - Captures his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Kentucky Speedway as he helps the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz team capture the NASCAR Nationwide owner’s championship. In three starts for Team Penske, records one victory and three top-10 finishes. Drives for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series and wins at Pocono for his second career victory to go along with eight top-five finishes over the course of the season.

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Career Highlights

2016 - Completes his fifth season running a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for Team Penske. Produces four top-five and six top-10 finishes in eight NXS starts.  Completes first full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Wood Brothers Racing and finishes 20th in points recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.  Finishes second in the 2016 Rookie of the Year standings.

2015 - Continues to grow as a young driver, competing all three of NASCAR’s top series. Runs a limited schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for Team Penske. Produces wins at Iowa Speedway and Kentucky Speedway for his third and fourth career series victories. Records nine top-five and 10 top-10 finishes with two victories in 13 NXS starts. Helps the No. 22 team capture its third consecutive NXS Owners’ title. Competes in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races for Brad Keselowski Racing with one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes. Makes 16 Sprint Cup Series starts for Wood Brothers Racing, Team Penske’s technical alliance partner. Produces one top-five and two top-10 finishes in limited action. Named to race full-time in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford this season after completion of the 2015 campaign.

2014 - Races in his third season with Team Penske. Running a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), captures his second series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wins his first career pole at Iowa Speedway. In 14 Xfinity Series race starts, posts 10 top-five finishes, 13 top-ten results, one pole, and one win with an average starting position of 5.6 and an average finishing position of 5.8. Strong results help the No. 22 team win its second-straight series Owners' Championship. Runs full season schedule in the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) for teammate, Brad Keselowski. Sets career-high numbers with one win, 12 top-five finishes, 17 top-10 results and 181 laps led. Finishes second in driver series points and wins Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver award. Makes Sprint Cup Series debut for Team Penske at Kansas Speedway, starts 21st and finishes 27th. Makes his second Cup career start at Talladega Super Speedway, starts fourth and finishes 22nd, leads 15 laps, his first in the Cup Series.

2013 - Captures his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Kentucky Speedway as he helps the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz team capture the NASCAR Nationwide owner’s championship. In three starts for Team Penske, records one victory and three top-10 finishes. Drives for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series and wins at Pocono for his second career victory to go along with eight top-five finishes over the course of the season.

2012 - Competes in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Team Penske, recording five top-10 finishes and posting a career best runner-up results at Texas Motor Speedway. Earns two additional Nationwide Series top-10 finishes in six races with Tommy Baldwin Racing. Drives for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and earns five top-10 results in nine races while claiming a race victory at Iowa. Drives for his father’s DB Racing team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and earns two runner-up finishes in five races.

2011 - Wins in just his third race during debut season in NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Phoenix after posting an eighth-place finish in his first race. Competes in the ARCA Series, winning the pole at Winchester and leads 154 of 200 laps before a cut tire results in a sixth-place finish. Earns a runner-up result at Lucas Oil Raceway behind series champion Ty Dillon. Captures the PASS South Super Late Model Championship after he wins twice and posts six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

2010 - Wins the 2010 CRA Southern Six-Pack Championship with one race victory. Finishes second in PASS South points standings as he records three wins and finishes in the top-10 nine times in 13 races.

2009 - Wins PASS South Rookie of the Year honors and finishes as series runnerup with 12 top-10 finishes in 14 starts while placing third in the overall PASS National standings. Wins the Eastern Grand National Championship in Heavy AA Series and Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in World Formula and Junior Half. Posts over 100 victories over three classes.

2008 - Produces four top-10 finishes in six starts during his debut Late Model season. Wins the 2008 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in Light AA.

2007 - Earns Young Lions Winter Heat Point Championship and captures the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Young Lion Summer Shootout. Wins the World Formula Gasoline Alley National Championship.

2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season Statistics

DateEventStartFinishPoints (Behind)Rank (+/-)
3/18/17 DC Solar 200 33 2 0 (--) 0 (--)
4/8/17 Cowboy 300 4 2 0 (--) 0 (--)
4/22/17 Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 9 2 0 (--) 0 (--)

Season Totals


Current Point Standings: NA
Starts: 3
Poles: 0
Victories: 0
Top 5s: 3
Top 10s: 3
Avg. Start: 15.3
Avg. Finish: 2.0

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