Playoff Preview: Ryan Blaney

By Dominic Aragon

September 13, 2017

Ryan Blaney will be making his first playoff appearance in NASCAR’s premier series.

The Wood Brothers Racing driver picked up his first career victory in the Cup Series at Pocono Raceway in June.

2017 also marks the first appearance for WBR in the playoffs.

Blaney will start the playoffs seeded ninth with 2,008 total points.

“I think all of the races in the playoffs we can go and do really good at,” Blaney said. “I think the first round is pretty strong for us and Chicago has always been a fast race track for us, so hopefully we can start off with a strong showing and can have a good run to where we go to Loudon, which is probably our worst track in that little series.  

“We still run decent there, but I think the biggest thing is just not making mistakes, getting stage points and not messing up on pit road with speeding or things like that.

“You don’t want silly things happening that kind of take you out of the first round because I think round two is really, really strong for us.

“There are some really good tracks for us in there, but I’m proud to just be in it. It’s nice to be a part of it with the Wood Brothers in my last year with them and hopefully we can have a good 10 weeks. It’s gonna be fun.

Blaney has never won at any of the tracks in the playoffs.


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