Ryan Blaney is the only driver in the playoff who is winless. Blaney was fortunate enough to secure a qualifying spot after going winless in the regular season. The strategic blender from the Martin Truex Jr. team in Daytona helped him to secure the spot.
Ryan Blaney did end up in the victory lane once this season in the No:12 Penske Mustang. He won the All-Star Exhibition Race at Texas Motor Speedway mid-season and earned the million-dollar prize money.
Blaney failed to convert the momentum he had from the Texas win to the official race wins. The insurance top 10 finishes he amassed throughout the season helped him to secure the playoff entry. But after three playoff races, he is still winless.
Texas Motor Speedway will host the first race of Round of 12 on Sunday. The win gives Blaney a strong advantage over the rest of the grid at Texas. If he failed to repeat the mid-season form on Sunday, this might be the end to his playoff campaign and championship hopes.
Find out what Ryan Blaney said
Ryan Blaney said that he is looking forward to Texas Race. He added that he is confident after the All-Star Race win there. Blaney pointed out that a win at Texas will put the driver in a good spot for next weekend’s race at Talladega.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend after having success here at the All-Star Race. It definitely brings you confidence. It’s an interesting round. Three different race tracks that we’re going to and everyone’s gonna put a massive emphasis on this weekend because if you can win this one, you’ll be in a good spot for Talladega [Superspeedway],” Ryan Blaney said.
Ryan Blaney pointed out that he expects the non-playoff driving to win the playoff race to be a continuous occurrence going forward. He said “It just shows the strength of the whole field whether you’re a part of the playoffs or not. It shows that anybody can jump up there and win, you’ve seen it all year. I think you’ll continue to see it,”.
Ryan Blaney was asked about the disadvantages of fighting teammates in the playoff. He pointed out that it showcases the ability of Team Penske as a team. Blaney said that having multiple cars of the same team in the Championship four race will better one’s odds.
“I definitely don’t think it’s a disadvantage by any means. It really speaks volumes to have all three of our cars advance out of the first round. I think you can still lean on each other, you still would even if one or two of your cars were out, but it gives you better odds to try to get as many cars to the final four as you can,” Ryan Blaney added.
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