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Ryan Blaney - NASCAR Nationwide Series

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Birth Date:Dec, 31, 1993 Height:5'7" Primary SponsorDiscount Tire/Hertz/Snap-on
Birth Place:High Point, NC Weight:140 Car:Ford Mustang
Residence:High Point, NC   Crew ChiefJeremy Bullins
twitter: @ryanblaney22

Biography

One of the most promising young stars in NASCAR, Ryan Blaney returns for his third season with Team Penske in 2014. Blaney will have a full plate this season as he will run 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz/Snap-on Ford Mustang to go along with a pair of races in the Sprint Cup Series driving the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion for Team Penske.

With only three starts behind the wheel of the No. 22 Mustang in 2013, Blaney proved he could race with the best as he earned his first Nationwide Series victory after leading 96 of 200 laps at Kentucky Speedway while out-dueling series regulars like champ Austin Dillon and Blaney’s Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. Blaney earned a ninth-place finish at Iowa Speedway while substituting for scheduled driver Joey Logano after rain delay forced the race to Sunday and Blaney also secured a 10th-place finish at Phoenix.

With his victory at Kentucky, Blaney helped the No. 22 team score solid points that eventually led to the 2013 Nationwide Series owner’s title for Team Penske.

Along with his starts in the Nationwide Series, Blaney also competed full time for his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. Piloting the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, Blaney earned his second career win at Pocono Raceway along with his first career pole in the series at Kentucky Speedway. He also produced eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes during the 22-race schedule. As a result of his strong performance, Blaney won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award for the Truck Series.
Ryan Blaney will continue his rapid NASCAR development in 2014 competing in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz/ Snap-on Ford Mustang for Team Penske.

In addition to his Team Penske opportunities this season, Blaney will also return to compete full time for Keselowski’s Camping World Truck Series team. In just seven Nationwide Series races with Team Penske in 2012, Blaney recorded five top-10 finishes among those seven starts and posted a then series career-best runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway. He also competed in six Nationwide 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 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 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 younger 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.

With a strong pedigree in racing, it was clear from an early age that the young 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.

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. In his debut Late Model season in 2008, Blaney produced four top-10 results in six starts.

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. He also won the 2010 CRA Southern Six-Pack Championship, behind one race victory. Blaney 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.

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 made the most of the opportunities he’s earned since joining the team in 2012. As he continues to grow as a racer, Blaney has the benefit of the winning and experienced No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz/Snap-on 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.




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