Ryan Blaney Wins GEICO 500 at the Line

Ryan Blaney wins the GEICO 500 at the line, in a heated battle with Ricky Stenhouse Jr to the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Menards/Sylvania Ford, races Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet, to the Checkered Flag in the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney wins the GEICO 500 at the line, in a heated battle with Ricky Stenhouse Jr to the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Talladega Superspeedway is home to fast speed, tight packs, and big wrecks. The NASCAR Cup Series brings forty drivers in two lines roaring through two straightaways and high banked corners. It’s a track that gives fans the chance to witness some of the best racing seen. Drivers will weave in and out of lines to draft their way up to the front. The races at Talladega Superspeedway are two of the most anticipated races of the year.

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Ryan Blaney Wins by Inches on Emotional Day at Talladega

Ryan Blaney wins by 0.007 of an inch in the NASCAR Cup Series, GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, June 22nd.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Sylvania Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney wins by 0.007 of an inch in the NASCAR Cup Series, GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Monday, June 22nd.

An event that began with a massive show of support for Bubba Wallace ended with one of Wallace’s best friends, Ryan Blaney, celebrating in Victory Lane for the second straight race at Talladega Superspeedway.

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FanShield 500 Continues Blaney’s Bad Luck, Makes Early Exit

 FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway with Ryan Blaney in practice on March 6, 2020
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Tarkett Ford, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 06, 2020, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The FanShield 500 produces new points leader at Phoenix

Ryan Blaney’s luck turned from bad to worse on Sunday, and it cost him the NASCAR Cup Series lead.

Despite a pit call at Las Vegas that cost him a chance to win and a corded tire at Auto Club Speedway that forced his No. 12 Ford to pit road from second place with three laps left in last Sunday’s race, Blaney was first in the standings on the strength of solid stage finishes in the first three races.

That came to an abrupt close in Sunday’s FanShield 500 when Blaney’s race ended ten laps before the first stage did.

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Team Penske is Finding Early Success in 2020

Team Penske driver, Ryan Blaney at Auto Club Speedway February 28, 2020.
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 BodyArmor Ford, prepares for practice laps at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020, in Fontana, California. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the third consecutive week, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney looked to be THE driver to deal with for a NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag. And while tough luck circumstances resulted in another ‘near miss’ rather than Victory Lane celebration – his work has still been stellar enough to propel him into driver standings lead for the first time in his five-year career.

The 26-year-old holds that top position in the championship for the second straight week as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix Raceway for Sunday’s FanShield 500 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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Corded Tire Knocks Ryan Blaney Out of Runner-Up Spot at Fontana

Ryan Blaney at Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Cup Series March 1, 2020
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 01: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 BodyArmor Ford, races in the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 01, 2020, in Fontana, California. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Ryan Blaney had one of the fastest cars in Sunday’s Auto Club 400, but at the end of the day, he had very little to show for it.

Blaney finished second to eventual race winner Alex Bowman in the first stage. He turned the tables on Bowman in Stage 2, winning the segment by a wide margin. But Blaney got shuffled back after a restart on lap 128 and found himself in fifth place when Bowman passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead on lap 133.

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